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WE LIVE in stressful times. Worry is in the air, insecurity about the future. It’s easy to think “Does anyone care?”

Jesus was a human being like you and me. He got tired. He felt stress. He wept. He was poor. But people loved to be near Him because they felt His warmth and love. He carried peace, friendship, care. He spoke words of real hope. Jesus is alive today. And still loving. Today Jesus’ people belong together and enjoy one another, joined in a cause. Young men, in particular, love to belong to Jesus. He’s the great role-model of what it means to be a man. Jesus People: there’s a place for you. Come and belong.

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WICKED (REALLY GOOD) Jesus Centre helped pull Ben through

Drugs, crime, prison... then freedom. Ben Lewis, 32, tells Streetpaper his story. I WAS 17 and living in London and addicted. My drug addiction led to me getting mixed up with crime and prison followed. The only good thing about prison was that one day in the prison library a Bible fell out of the shelf into my hands. I read it and it got through to me. I became a Christian and after my release was baptised in a London church. After that, I went in and out of different churches – but I couldn’t get off drugs. Eleven years later, in 2003, it was fixed up for me to get out of London to do drugs-rehab in a hospital in Northampton. I was on a day out in town when a complete stranger gave me a leaflet inviting me to

an event at Northampton Jesus Centre. The Jesus Centre in those days was tiny. It was in a small converted shop next to the huge cinema where

I’ve been going back ever since – that’s five years ago. I can tell you straight away what’s good about the Jesus Centre: you’re accepted there for who you are.

the Jesus Centre is today. My first impression? Well, I thought it was wicked (really good!) and I wanted to go back.

People there have a heart for the outcasts – just like Jesus did. It doesn’t matter if you’re a criminal or a prostitute or a drug-addict

or an alcoholic or whatever – Christ came to give His life for people just like them – not for the ones who think they are goody goodies and alright people. Being at the Jesus Centre has given me more confidence in life because people believe in me. I’ve got a job now. I go to the Scrabble sessions and maths and drama classes and I’ve found loads of friends. Three of my mates from outside the church have come with me to the Jesus Centre – and now they’ve been baptised as Christians, too.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a criminal or a prostitute or a drug-addict or an alcoholic or whatever

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A BRITISH-BASED Muslim imam’s daughter was hunted by an axe-wielding gang after she became a Christian. In a new autobiography, Hannah Shah tells how her Muslim father sent a 40-strong gang to carry out her “honour killing”. At 16, Shah fled a forced marriage in Pakistan and became a Christian after staying with a Christian family. Shah says she wrote The Imam’s Daughter to speak out for British Muslim women who live in fear. When Shah reported her abuse, a social worker from her own community shopped her to her father, telling her “It’s not right to betray your community”.

TERROR Gang attack

Blair says be “p proud of Christianityy” FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has slated “ludicrous decisions” where Christians have been disciplined in the workplace for expressing their beliefs. Describing our time as “an age of aggressive secularism”, he encouraged those with faith to have confidence. He hoped that disciplinary cases like that of Christian nurse, Caroline Petrie, suspended for offering to pray for a patient, were “exceptional” rather than the rule. Society needs the contribution of those with faith, he said, whether to promote peaceful co-existence between faiths and cultures or to “infuse” public life with “clear values”.

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RADICAL “A RADICAL preacher...” Guess the rest of the headline. “Gives all his money to the poor”? “Speaks out against hypocrisy?” No: “A radical preacher jailed for inciting terrorism” (BBC, May 2009). In many minds today, the word “radical” throws up images of fuming imams or plotters in Afghan caves. It’s an angry word, a violent word. But being radical shouldn’t be about hatred and fear. A true radical is passionate for good; prepared to live for love, 100 per cent. Radical means “from the root” (from radix, Latin for root). A true radical is prepared to change everything – root, branch and all – and live for what really matters. Jesus Christ is the best and truest radical that ever lived. He radically sided with the outcasts, welcoming them into His circle. He radically challenged the proud rich and the religious bigots. He radically called people into the

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new society that He was forming – people who would live to love and serve. He still calls people today, to give up everything else and follow Him, to join His love revolution – to be true radicals.

MOST British people want religion and religious values to have an important role in public life, a new BBC survey has found. The ComRes poll of over 1,000 people found 62 per cent in favour of faith having a role in shaping British society. Around the same number (63 per cent) said that British law should respect and be influenced by the UK’s traditional religious values. Despite secularist calls to “free” society from the views and beliefs of religious traditions, the survey demonstrates public support for religious values.

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Gary Riley, 26, tells Streetpaper how he has overcome Asperger’s Syndrome to become a lover of people.

“THEY JUMPED me and pushed me into the road in front of a moving car. I spun round, clipped the wing mirror and ended up on the curb. They ran off.”

Gary found it hard to bond with people because he was born with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism which makes communication confusing. But the bullying at school made things a whole lot worse. “I suppose, when you’re different, people pick on that” he says. For Gary, Asperger’s meant constant trying, and often failing, to be accepted by others. Gary did begin to gain some friends in his late teens, but their circle was more about drink and drugs than anything else. “We’d get together to do drugs. I got into dealing a bit.” But a friend’s suicide stopped Gary in his tracks. Three grams of cocaine and he walked out onto a dual carriageway. Gary found it hard to deal with and began to hate life. Leaving home, Gary got a room to himself. But he was developing a phobia of people. He didn’t go out

and spent a lot of time surfing the net. “I felt a lot of hate. I was bitter and twisted” he admits. It was at this time that Gary found a new hobby: “I took a perverse pleasure in going into Christian chat rooms on the internet and ripping Christians to shreds.” One day Gary received a chat room message which said, “You look like someone who needs a friend.” He

changed his tone of voice and rebuked the evil that was swarming through Gary’s head and heart. It was Gary’s first experience of the power of God. “The buzzing stopped; I could pray again.” Four months later, Gary saw a Christian drama group performing on the streets and a man asked him if he knew Jesus. Gary had to admit that he really didn’t but that he wanted to. And so the man invited him back to his home – a houseful of Christians living together. The Christian community offered a crucial lesson in acceptance for Gary. Gary found a spiritual family – and an opportunity to know Jesus for himself. Now Gary is a university student in Bristol and a pivotal figure in the church there. He still has Asperger’s. But there is something much, much more powerful at work in him, too. “Jesus is always there, irrespective of how I’m feeling, I know that He loves me and I know I love Him.” And he’s determined not to give up. “I might have Asperger’s, but it’s okay to be me. I want to be someone who understands, who cares. I want my life’s work to be to befriend people, to help them be the people they can be.”

“I took a perverse pleasure in ripping Christians to shreds.”

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saw it as another opportunity to lash out: “I insulted everything about this man, Bob. But he just kept being friendly. He started showing me what real Christianity was about.” Later, they spoke on the phone and Bob prayed for Gary. But as they prayed, Gary had to stop. “I got this buzzing in my head, like a swarm of bees. I couldn’t concentrate. I didn’t know what was happening.” But Gary’s new Christian friend

ASPERGER’S SYNDROME: SOME FACTS Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism which affects social interaction and imagination. Some see Asperger’s as simply a different way of looking at the world around them. People with Asperger’s often have a high IQ and gifts in art, music, engineering, computer

science, maths, and physics. Asperger’s Syndrome affects four times more boys than girls. Famous people believed to have had Asperger’s include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Jane Austen, Bill Gates, Bob Dylan, Michael Palin, Vincent Van Gogh and Woody Allen.

NEW MAN Gary’s living for love

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MANY FACE In times of racial tension, the Church of Jesus Christ stands for solidarity THE UK’S favourite food is curry. We watch films imported from over the ocean. We wear clothes made on the other side of the planet. But will we ever be able to live as one? Just this year stunning Helen Lawal was crowned Miss York beauty queen and then found herself being threatened because she was black. Even darling of sport, Lewis Hamilton was the victim of racism at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix.

white. But it is a fact that is changing quickly and the Jesus Army wants to help lead the way. “There are more than 40 nationalities represented in our London church” reports Jesus Army leader Tim Skene. “The result is a colourful, lively, imaginative church. Each new national ingredient has added to the flavour.”

tive of the balance between white British and other racial groups throughout the country.” But what has this got to do with God? Back when the first ever Christian church started, something dramatic happened to launch it into existence. A bunch of common people spilled out onto the streets, miraculously speaking in many different languages. God’s Spirit had flowed into them. People from many different nationalities flocked to see what was going on – it’s one of the big reasons that the early church grew. It was a sign: church is for every nation. The old barriers are being swept away. As far as God is concerned church is a place where all peoples must be welcome. Churches full of different coloured faces, where everyone loves each other, are proof that God is making it happen. “Invitations to Jesus Army events always say ‘All Welcome, No Prejudice’” says Tschaka Roussel. “And we mean it.”

“We’re a church that has deliberately opened its doors to everybody, and everybody has come in” It is a problem which reaches into every area of society. Even churches can still be found to be mostly black or mostly

Elsewhere around the country, Jesus Army churches have large numbers of other nationalities and non-white people in their membership. “We’re a church that has deliberately opened its doors to everybody, and everybody has come in” says Tschaka Roussel, another Jesus Army leader. “In fact the racial demographics of our church are roughly reflec-

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DEBBY Found sisterhood

FAITH ambassador, Debby 16, came to the UK for schooling from her homeland, Nigeria, when she was nine. “I found it hard and hated London when I first moved” says Debby. In a foreign country, away from her brothers and sisters, Debby moved with her father. Outgoing Debby soon got stuck in with new friends and tagged along to a Christian youth camp one summer. It changed her life. “God showed Himself to me” she enthuses. Debby began praying for her

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friends to find Jesus, too. Out on the High Street one day, hanging out with pals, Debby met the Jesus Army – and the sisterhood she’d been longing for. “They were different and interesting – people you can talk to, people you can easily be yourself with” she says. Now Debby wants to see the church keep growing – especially with more teenage girls! “It’s good to be part of a church where anyone and everyone can belong.”

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MARTYR THE WORD “martyr” has come to be associated with images of planes flying into buildings and cars bursting into flames. A word for fanatical suicide bombers. But the word itself has been hijacked. It started out as the Greek word martys which means “witness” – someone who testifies in court. The first Christians adapted it to mean someone who “testified” that Jesus was alive and was their master. They often paid a high price for that testimony. Some paid with their lives. And so the word martyr came to describe those who paid for their faith with their life. But these martyrs couldn’t have

been more different from suicide bombers who die for hate and vengeance. The first ever Christian martyr was a man called Stephen. Surrounded by murderers throwing rocks at him, Stephen died with these words on his lips: “Lord, don’t blame them for what they have done”. He died loving. He was following in Jesus’ footsteps. As soldiers were nailing Jesus to a cross, He prayed: “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.” Jesus died forgiving. In fact, the death of Jesus was one great big, cosmic act of forgiveness. God Himself soaked up human evil on that day and exhausted its power. That’s worth living – and dying – for.

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Rebellious Ritesh quits rat race

PETER On mission LIVELY lad, Peter, 22, was training for the South Korean military when one of his comrades told him about Jesus: “Jesus wants to give you a new life and new goals.” Peter, a searcher, had found the answer to his aimlessness. A few years later Peter moved to London to study and learn English. He was looking for an exciting church to belong to. He found the Jesus Army! Peter was amazed at the mix of people he found in

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Soldier Peter gets his marching orders the Jesus Army – from all walks of life – now loyal friends and joined in one Jesus revolution. Peter loves sharing Jesus with other people and helping the homeless and disadvantaged. “I want to spread the gospel in South Korea and, hopefully, one day in North Korea!” says visionary Peter. Now he is enjoying learning how to communicate better with people from other races to tell them about Jesus and the new life He gives.

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Terry tears down racial walls TERRY Passionate

Z I M B A BW E A N - B O R N Terry wants to see walls of prejudice broken down. “Although we are coloured differently and cultured differently we’re funda-

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mentally the same” he says passionately. Terry says “Multi-racial church breaks down preconceived unrealistic ideas about other races. Jesus teaches us to build real relationships with all kinds of people” And that is exactly what he wants to do. His dream is to stay close to Jesus and to share God with other young men and spread the good news of Jesus.

Hannah takes brave step to live for love

HANNAH, 21, is one of nine children brought up in the Norwegian countryside. She experienced the power of Jesus when she was only ten. From then on she wanted more from life than skiing and fishing. Leaving her family behind, she moved to the UK to live with the Jesus Army. She finds multi-racial church very exciting. “Sometimes there can be misunderstandings and cultural differences, but most of the time it’s great” she says. Hannah wants to see more young teenagers finding Jesus and becoming a part of God’s new society.

HANNAH Excited

MAURITIAN Ritesh has exchanged the rat race belief that education is everything for a passionate faith in Jesus. When Ritesh, 25, first heard about Jesus, he was amazed at His offer of love. “I went along to a Jesus Army event to find out more – and I found Jesus” he says with a smile. “Jesus’ final instruction was to make disciples from all nations” explains Ritesh. “So church needs to be multi-racial. It is so beautiful to see people from different backgrounds, cultures, continents united in praise of one God.”

Survivor Ruth is blown away HURRICANE Gilbert tore the roof off Ruth’s house, but it didn’t shake her faith in God. Survivor Ruth was brought up in Jamaica by Christian parents. Soon after she had moved to the UK, she met the Jesus Army in London’s Camden Town. Ruth now loves being part of a multiracial church. “Everyone, regardless of colour or race has a deep care for each other” she enthuses.

RUTH Enthusiastic Now her aim is to see more people of different races and cultures joining the church.

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JA founder issues an untamed call THE JESUS Army passed an historic milestone for the movement recently as its leader, Noel Stanton retired from public ministry. At 82 years old, he gave a final message at Easter, calling on the Jesus Army not to be “tamed” or watered down, but to live out its calling as a radical church, an expression of God’s new society. He highlighted the need for the Jesus Army to both stand firm in the face of opposition and to love all people with warm humanity. He now hands over the leadership of the church to a team of five, led by Mick Haines.

HOW DO you make choices in life?

Did you buy those trainers because you’d feel happier? Have you stopped talking to that person since they hurt you? Choices. How did you end up where you are now? Surrounded by the friends you have and the comforts you love. How did you choose this life and not some other life? Christians aren’t supposed to live aimlessly; just following life’s desires until they end up with the husband/wife and kids, car and semi-detached house (wondering how on earth they got to that position). Christians are called to live another kind of life altogether. Jesus challenged people to follow Him and said that no one – that’s right, no one – would be able to do so unless they were willing to give up all they had. He called people out of lives of affluence and accumulation. But what are we suppose to live for instead? Jesus promised that the highest expression of life was to give your life for others – to live a life of love. He told His followers to make a choice. To decide what it is they really wanted to live for. To choose something better. How about you – what you are living for? Take life and live it to the max, squeeze every drop of beauty out of it. Choose to know the pleasure of being alive and share that life with everyone else, even where it is at your own cost. If eternity is real we can’t afford to waste a moment.

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HAPPY HALLELUJAH What’s good about the gospel?

GOSPEL. We’ve heard the word, but we’re fuzzy about what it means. Religious. Something to do with black choirs. Or with fundamentalists (more mental than fun). The word itself means “good news” (from the Old English god, good, spell, news): the good news of the Christian message. But – before we even get to whether or not it’s good – is there anything newsy about a message that’s been public for two millennia? “Christianity? Old hat, mate.” “Christianity? It’s do unto others – something”. Joe Public speaking. But here’s Joe Pious: “Believe in Jesus and you can go to heaven when you die.” (He’s not sure quite how that works, but it’s a nice idea, so he dusts it off every Christmas.) Is this the gospel? An afterlife insurance policy? Let’s face it; if “the gospel” is only about something “up there” it’s pretty irrelevant

“down here”. Unless you’re on your deathbed (or morbid) – forget it. Cue atheist bus posters: “There’s probably no God: stop worrying; enjoy life”. Applied to this thin gospel, they have a point. But there is far, far more to the gospel than “pie in the sky when you die”. The true message of Christianity is heart-arresting, stop-in-your-tracks, what-was-that-you-said – news! It’s about Jesus – and the vision of the loving, rescuing God we get when we look at Jesus. He lived love. He died for love. He shouldered the weight of all our loveless lives, taking them to the grave. But God raised Jesus from death and in doing so launched a project, led by Jesus, to heal the world. And Jesus is looking for recruits. The gospel is a call. “Come. Dump your loveless life. Follow Jesus. Be transformed. Live to love.” That’s gospel truth.

Swiss and Slovak new churches MEMBERS of the Jesus Army have been visiting the Basivilla Community in Berne, Switzerland, which is part of the Jesus Army initiated “Multiply” network of churches. The Swiss community wants to express the radical Christianity of the New Testament and the Jesus Army are visiting to support them in this vision. Leaders from the Jesus Army also visited a Multiply church in Slovakia based among the poverty-stricken Romany community there. “It’s our identification with the poor that has meant God can so easily bond us together” commented Jesus Army leader, Andrzej Kurpiel.

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Cov doc sayys “It’s a miracle!” A YOUNG Jesus Army member in Coventry, Bethan Scullion, testified recently to a striking experience of personal healing. Bethan, 17, was sent to the hospital when her GP became very concerned about a possibly cancerous lump. At the hospital she was examined by a doctor then sent for a scan. Two hours later, when she came back to the original doctor for the biopsy, he told her the lump had totally disappeared, without explanation. The doctor asked Bethan if she had been praying, saying that he could think of no other explanation than a miracle.

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Oh Brother! When Jenny Hathaway, 32, found God, her wild child brother Andy, 34, was stopped in his tracks... Now they’re both running wild. ANDY WAS covered in sweat. He’d taken too much cocaine and was having a panic attack, convinced he was going to die.

Things had started to slide downhill for Andy at 16. When the rest of his family including his sister Jenny moved away from Milton Keynes, it seemed obvious for headstrong teen, Andy, to stay behind with his girlfriend. But it was a mistake. Smoking cannabis led to raves led to ecstasy. “All I wanted was to have a good time with my mates” says Andy “but I would often come home drunk, lie on my bed and wonder why life seemed worthless.” He had it all: the friends, the girlfriend, the flat, the car with the big music system. But life was a mess. 90 miles away in Norwich and surrounded by her favourite videos, Andy’s sister Jenny’s life was TV, clubbing, and drinking. But, unlike A n d y,

she’d go to church every Sunday morning. Her childhood God had told him to – and it was stolen Christianity had stuck somehow – though Jenny felt property). His friends thought he pretty remote from the people at the church. “No one had gone crazy until Andy returned a ever said much more than ‘hello’” she recalls. month later with a prize letter awarding Then an appeal was made to help a Christian youth him a £2000 car stereo. organisation and Jenny got involved. Going to Jesus That was ten years ago. Andy and Army events with them was an Jenny have been determined ever since eye-opener for Jenny, who to show that God offers life that is real started to see church difand completely different from the empty ferently: not dusty roualternatives of entertainment or drink and tine, but true frienddrugs. ships. And God was When Christian friends talked of pooling their more than a concept wealth as a sign of Christian love, Jenny jumped to these people; peoright in and became a founding member of “Livple experienced His ing Way,” the Jesus Army’s Christian community power and love. house in Ipswich. Andy, too, joined “Living Stones”, a Jenny began to see similar shared house in Northampton. how shallow her faith Now they live to pioneer church growth. had been. She decided Andy travels down to Milton Keynes to meet that she wanted to trust teenagers there regularly. Training younger God with her whole life and Christians in East Anglia to make posiget baptised as a Christian. tive choices for God has become Jenny’s Andy came along to his sister’s baptism; witnessing it passion. did something to him on the inside. “We both want to help people see Weeks later, shortly after the cocaine scare, Andy that Christianity is not just a bephoned Jenny in floods of tears. He felt desperate for lief, but something – Somebody a new start, but knew he was stuck. He wanted God in – to live and die for.” his life. Three months after Jenny’s baptism Andy was baptised too, in the bath, with his family and new church friends Cain and Abel: the world’s first siblings; the world’s first murder. Zeus and Hera: god and goddess, brother and sister, husband around him. Not a good start. and wife. (Mythical gods scored low on morality.) The change was Noel and Liam Gallagher: made music. Made headlines. Luke and Leia: a troubled childhood (it’s tough when your dad’s dramatic. Andy got rid The Marx brothers: made fi lms. Made ’em laugh. Darth Vader), but they turned out ok. Helps being Jedi. of everything in his life The Brontë sisters: wrote novels. Jack and Jill: he was a bad influence. She should have left him which took him away The Brothers Grimm: wrote stories. to fetch that pail of water without her. from God. He even The Ugly Sisters: had an even more depressing name than walked into the pub and The Wright Brothers: everyone thought they were wrong, but told his friends that he’d their creators, the Brothers Grimm (see above). they were Wright – and they invented the aeroplane. smashed up his £1000 car Tweedledum and Tweedledee: peas in a pod. Bart and Lisa Simpson: normal kids, but custard-coloured. stereo system (because

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GOD WAS literally on display in Oxford recently. The Jesus Army’s Christian community house on Oxford’s Woodstock Road was transformed into an art gallery. Theme: God. Paintings, pottery and po-

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IT’S CHURCH, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT Young Christians boldly go out and about taking church to the people WOULDN’T STEP foot inside a church? Young Christian enthusiast, Daryl Coy, 25, has taken church onto the streets. And it’s not holy water and wafers he’s giving out, it’s burgers and cola – with prayers. “A lot of people see Christian faith as irrelevant to life” says Daryl “especially if it all takes place in a big, ancient, stone building. But we want to share that Jesus is alive and totally relevant to everyone, everywhere.” So Daryl and his mates take their barbecue out onto the streets. Giving out burgers for free and wearing

bright red crosses, they are obviously Christians. But they aren’t there to preach. “We don’t want to just shout sermons at people” says Daryl. “We want to make friends and invite people to be part of the amazing family of Jesus, the church. “And we offer to pray for people, and help them find healing and love. It’s not about ancient history; it’s about here and now.” If you want to know more about Jesus and how you can become part of His loving revolution that’s changing the world, text us on 0774 0774 200.

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