Mustard Seed Evangelical Church For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God
Welcome! Easter is a time for is to think about our religion, our faith, and reflect upon how special we are that Jesus chose to die for us, that we may have new life. When we talk about religion, most people think about rules; “Thou Shalt Not…”, and we can can so get caught up on this, that we fail to realise the full potential and meaning of the Christian faith. The English word ‘religion’ comes from the Latin ‘ligare’, which means “to bind”, or “to connect”. When we add the ‘re–’ to make ‘re–ligare’ or ‘religion’, we get ‘re–connect’. Religion is about reconnecting us and God. We read in Genesis that God created humans to live in relationship with Him, but we chose, and we choose to turn away from God. We’ve all done things that have broken our connection with God, chosen to sin, to hurt people through our words, thoughts or actions. This stops us from being able to connect with God, and leads to death. However, because God loves us, he is waiting for us to turn back to him, and so God sent his son, Jesus to save us; to take the punishment we deserve, so that we can be reconnected with God, by being forgiven, cleansed of our sin. Being a Christian is about making the decision to reconnect with God; to believe in what God has done, to ask him for forgiveness and to say yes to him. This reconnection with God leads us into the fulness of life, which is only found in him. Praise God, that we have this freedom of new life in Him!
Happy Easter! 2
Monthly Activities Date
Good Friday Service
The Mustard Seed
Visit to Residential Homes
Methodist Car Park
07:00 Sunrise Service
St. Mary’s CofE
07:00 Easter CTiC Service
08:00 Men’s Breakfast
18:00 Café Church
The Mustard Seed
Saturday 10/4 Sunday 25/4
The Church needs someone to join the cleaning team to clean the windows (frames and sills) in the lower hall and kitchen once a month. The job will take about 1½ hours. Please contact Julie ‐ Church Housekeeper.
Sunday Morning Worship Sunday 4th April David Jewell Sunday 11th April George Bickle Sunday 18th April David Jewell Sunday 25th April Sunday School Anniversary Sunday 2nd May David Jewell 3
Youthwork Update March has been another busy month, and the past term has been very encouraging.
in the class with the Newspaper report which they had started the previous lesson (when I was with them last). It was good to continue to grow relationships with the pupils and their teacher; I will hopefully be able to go in again to talk about the Bible next term. Please pray that these doors into the school will continue to open up, and that we will be given a strong vision and purpose for these visits.
Soul Space is still going strong, and we seem to have maintained our weekly average of 10 young people or so. It has been great to see the young people each week, especially as many of them are still from outside of the Church. People continue to bring their friends, and this certainly seems to be a trend that will continue. We have now started up a small tuck‐shop on Monday nights, with a selection of sweets for the young people to buy. This has been a popular move based on the suggestions of the young people, who continue to enjoy the group and activities. We have started playing more group games over the past few weeks, which this has encouraged more group interaction between the young people, and with volunteers.
I am continuing to be involved with the Churches Together in Callington. I had a meeting with the Methodist Church in Callington to enable me to share with them about what we are doing at the Mustard Seed and to look at how the Churches Together in Callington can come alongside each other in the youthwork we do. This meeting was helpful for both of us, and so we are now looking into the possibilities of what can be done for the 8‐12 age group, as we are aware that they are not being supported very well in an extra‐(Churh)curricular way (ie; nothing apart from Sunday School). We hope to arrange a meeting with parents of children in this age range in order to see how we can support them better, hopefully in preparation for something starting in September.
We had our second Café Church on Sunday 28th March, which went really well, seeing some new faces from the other churches in Callington, and someone who is a Christian but goes to Church in Plymouth. This young person also came to Soul Space the next night, and so it seems that our aim of seeing the young Christians in town connected and encouraged is starting to happen and grow. This month’s topic was ‘Living’ and we looked at how we as Christians can live life to the full, and find our satisfaction in God, rather than the world.
I am continuing to go into the Primary School in Callington, helping out at the ‘Splash’ after school club which the Church runs on Wednesday afternoons. This is a real eye‐opener for me in regards to how to work with the younger age group, and I hope to learn a lot from my experiences, which in turn would help with starting
I also had the opportunity to go into the Secondary School again, helping the pupils 4
something for 8‐12 year olds. Being in the Primary school also opens up the opportunity for me to provide a ‘link’ between primary and secondary school for pupils; something which is a possibility for development in the future. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers, please do continue to pray, as I can do nothing without His help!
The Back Pew An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways.
She decided she would take her lunch, sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating. She walked up to the group and with a big smile said: "and do you men know Jesus Christ?" They shook their heads and looked at each other very confused. One of the workers looked up into the steelworks and yelled out, "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?" One of the steelworkers yelled down, 'Why'? The worker yelled back, “’Cos his wife's here with his lunch”
Aims for 2010: 1. Spiritual Development
We want to see young people set on fire for God. We want to enable discussion, pray, read the Bible, and experience God at work.
2. Personal Development
We want to see young people grow. We want to provide a safe place for young people to learn about themselves, and the world around them.
3. Community Development
We want to see young people growing friendships with each other. We want to see young and old alike sharing in the fellowship we have in Christ Jesus. 5
From Malcolm, Kerstin and Amy Gray
Thank God for dogs. Today, with their help, I killed another snake just next to our front door. You should have seen the relief on my face when I realised I was only dealing with a little one this time. I've lost count how many times the dogs have barked and warned me of dangerous or poisonous animals. There is a certain sound to the bark and you know that you'll have to take them very seriously and walk carefully.
meet up with Malcolm's brother Ed. He's doing really well by the way ‐ do a search online for Eduard Gray!!! We'll be back in Thailand by 20th of April. Our dear family friend, Tania Manners, will come and stay in Kong Wilai for three months in order to home‐school Amy. Amy is very much looking forward to having her own teacher. It'll be great to have Tania here, helping Amy get ready to adjust to going to the UK.
'Snake‐fights' are not as frightening as they used to be. I feel there are much greater battles to be fought... Talking about which.... ...I want to thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts for Tao. Last weekend she went see her boy‐ friend, Lae. We're happy she has come back and continued to work as our house‐ girl. But she has her mind set on a future together with this man. She speaks like someone who knows what they are doing, but isn't willing to change. Malcolm's and my heart are heavy and sad, but we continue to be her friends and try to encourage her in areas where she allows.
Yes, we'll be taking 'furlough' from August 2010 for 6 months. Malcolm's mum and dad have found a house where we'll be welcome to stay in Thornbury, just outside of Bristol. The house has a guest room ‐ if anyone should be interested!!! There is a Church of England school only 15 min. walk away where Amy has been accepted already! I found out they have parents' prayer meeting every Monday morning! Sounds just like something I would love joining! Amy has been taking steroids as medication against blisters she used to get on her hands and feet. The thought was to reduce the dose and that she would no longer need it. But every time we reduce the dose, the blisters come back. We went to see a doctor last week who thinks one likely diagnosis is that she has a form of gluten intolerance. The diagnosis can be confirmed by a biopsy, but we'll have to wait with that until we're in the UK. In the meantime we're having to learn about gluten free diet and all what that means!
My sister is getting married in Sweden over Easter, so we're planning to be there for this wonderful event! The climate change will be something for our bodies to try to cope with! Thank God for loving parents who really know how to look after us and try to keep us warm! The wedding will be held in the North of Sweden near a town called, Lycksele. We'll travel the 12h journey by car from Västerås with my family. We'll also have the opportunity to 6
Malcolm had a go already at making bread using rice, kassawa and corn flour. Not the usual flavour we're used to, but hopefully good enough. Amy is very good about it and tries hard to remember herself what she can and can't eat. It's good that rice doesn't have gluten in it!!!
how he stays sane through it all. Please, keep praying for him! With many 'big issues' to deal with constantly, we're both very ready for a bit of a break. Thank you so much for all you do for us! You're truly channels of God's faithfulness! Please, keep praying! Lots of love, Kerstin
Malcolm's workload is enormous. I wonder
Splash Club Special The Splash Special was a time of fun on Saturday 20th March. The children played games, made Easter nests and some even had a new hair style (covered in shaving foam and cereal)… We looked at the story of the Prodigal son and learned 1 John 4 v 19 “We love Him because He first loves us”. Thank you for praying for this event and a big thank you to Sarah, Reece and Tony who were so helpful in making sure the chocolate eggs were put in the nests and not in the children's mouths… also to Jean (Collins) Jean (Gregg) and Kath for all their hard work too.
From Andy and Cindy Rich
Proverbs 31 v8 NLT:
desperate condition. We praise God that she was able to receive life saving cardiac surgery and now is healthy and well and a joy to our hearts. (the 2nd cardiac baby in 6 months).
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Greetings from Andy & Cindy Rich on the Thai/Burma border. We thank God for your prayers & support. Please pray with fervour for the displaced people of Burma who are persecuted by the Burmese military with what amounts to ethnic cleansing. Right now young children are abducted and forced to work as child soldiers, woman and young girls are subjected to violence & rape, villages are being burnt to the ground and villagers killed or captured for slave labour. Health care is virtually non existent and people continue to die from TB, HIV, Malaria & communicable diseases. The clinic we have been running on the border has seen such cases as these, seriously ill patients travel from inside Burma as they heard about our small clinic with 'good medicine'.
The above scripture (Proverbs 31:8) has been a strong part of our calling before we came here, it has been something we have stood by and is certainly a reality when we are working for the Lord in this area. There are so many who need our voice/your voice to speak out for them. It may not cost us much to speak out or it could cost us everything. However, if we directly challenge evil in our society we should not be surprised or alarmed that a battle will rage. This year has been such a battle. Whilst the medical work has been a privilege & has begun to flourish with many Christian health workers volunteering to come here, we have been enduring a separate struggle. It has been exhausting, yet God has been faithful and sustained us through these times.
This last 18 months has been a huge learning time for us (language, culture and spiritual warfare to name a few!). Andy took on the role as ambulance driver (as well as book keeper and Pastor) and being blessed with our own vehicle, we have been able to transfer many acutely ill across the border to the River Kwai mission hospital. We have additionally had a number of patients needing to go to Bangkok 7 hours away. In November we took a tiny baby girl of 12 months who heart & lung was failing, she was in a
Some of you may remember we shared deep concerns about a displaced child that was being abused, the situation got worse and worse. We had tried to move her our MTI children’s home but the step parents came and took her back again. Little A.(3 years+) had numerous cuts, marks, and burns all over her body and head. She has endured the most appalling abuse, two broken legs and a broken arm and we found her paralysed & had been left like it 8
for 10 days in July 2009, the guardians never bothered to seek help for her. She was also very badly neglected, socially isolated and never came to church with the rest of the family. Many times she just scrabbled around in the dirt under the bamboo hut. In November, Cindy had a strong compulsion to visit the home, and we believe now this was divine guidance as Cindy found her with a fractured femur, the bone was just coming through the skin, she was lying in the dark in agony. We persuaded the guardians to let us take her to hospital and she was transferred as an emergency for surgery 3 hours away. The hospital were shocked at her condition.
the sparrow & hears the cries of the oppressed. We have continued to receive warnings of harm and revenge and this has meant that we can no longer access the clinic or the village. We grieve for the many we love there who we have not been able to say goodbye to the children in the home and our regular patients for whom we have great concern. We ask you to pray for little A.'s recovery as she tries to walk again now the plaster is off. Her emotional deeper scars from what she has endured & rejection. Her future care and life in Thailand. Pray for our next steps as we need to relocate. We are thankful that HQ have been supportive to us and appreciate our difficult situation. Andy is in discussion with O.M leaders at this time in Bangkok and Cindy has returned back to UK for a few weeks because of the threats which have taken its toll on her health. She is really exhausted.
We fought harder from that point on to ensure she never went 'home' again. Initially no one seemed interested, she was an IDP (Internally displaced person) with no ID, seemingly a 'non person' . We thank God for 3 'special' Christian people the Lord put in our lives to help us. We witnessed many miracles, one plan to take Cindy hostage for the child was incredulously thwarted by Gods intervention. The fact that A. was just living on the Thai side meant that once we got through the 'red tape' she could still be helped by Thai law. If we had just 'up & ran' with her we could have been accused of child trafficking with heavy penalties. The fight to get her out of the abusive families hands has been hard. Child protection is still in its infancy in Thailand, many do not understand the rights of the child.
Pray for Burma that God will heal this land and that the persecution of ethnic tribal groups will stop. For more info. & prayer points see Christians concerned for Burma www.prayforburma.org Partners relief and development www.partnersworld.org In Him Whom we serve Andy & Cindy
Please do remember all our missionary friends around the world in your own prayers, it is a great way to help them and to be a part of God’s Kingdom!
The story is so complex and this is an attempt to simplify it. There is much we cannot say. The most important thing is she is safe and free from abuse & suffering. He really does have His eye on 9
Weekly Activities Mondays 19:45
Home Group at Grace’s. Come and spend some time praying for each other, worshipping God and studying John’s Gospel. All are welcome. Every Monday, except the first in the month when we have a prayer meeting at the Church.
Youth Group in the Hall. A chance for all the young people aged 14‐18 to get together and have fun playing games, pool and table‐ tennis.
Seedlings in the Hall. For pre‐schoolers and parents/carers.
Splash at Callington Primary School. An after‐school club for pupils at the school.
Ladies Bible Study in the Parlour.
Morning Worship at the Mustard Seed. Join us for a time of prayer, worship and teaching. There are groups for children and young people, through which they will learn more about God and enjoy finding out more about Him.
Evening Praise with worship, sharing and praying together before an interactive study focusing on what God is saying though the passage, not just trying to gain more knowledge. We are currently studying the Book of Revelation together.
Contacts Leadership Peter Coombe (01579) 382197 (Elder) email@example.com John Cole 01752 366109 (Elder) firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Children’s Work Tim Cadoux 07954388377 (Youth Worker) email@example.com Geraldine Parkyn (01579) 384197 (Splash) firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach Maureen Lloyd (01579) 351853 (Women’s Ministry) Kathy Cole 01752 366109 (Seedlings) email@example.com Geraldine Parkyn (01579) 384197 (Residential Homes) firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Activities John Cole 01752 366109 (Home Group) email@example.com
Contributions for monthly newsletter: Deadline: 21st March Speak to: Tim Cadoux Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 11
Mustard Seed Evangelical Church For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God
Who We Are: The Mustard Seed is a fellowship of Christians committed to discovering God’s love and truth for today. During our worship and study times, in our family and social events, and through our caring and Outreach Ministries we explore and share God’s grace and guidance as He helps us become and grow as His followers.
What We Believe: •God is real. •Jesus is Lord. •The Holy Spirit gives life. •God speaks through the Bible. •God forgives us. •Jesus cares for us. •Jesus is coming back.
We warmly welcome you, or anyone else to meet with us!