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I’M GLAD I HAD A BIGGER BROTHER WATCHING ME... STEPHEN BALDWIN REVEALS HOW HE GOT OVER HIS FEARS ABOUT TV REALITY SHOW – P3

WOMAN A ‘WALKING MIRACLE’

How I’ve beaten cancer A womAn considers herself a “walking miracle” after beating breast cancer.

Starr is shining... after finding God THE Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has revealed how God has become a reality in his life. Starr, who will turn 70 this

year, says life improved after his faith strengthened. He admitted he had “stepped off the path”. ● Full story... Page 5

Linda Whalley, from Blackpool, had to have a mastectomy, but it was her Christian faith that helped her throughout her ordeal. Linda 61, said: “They found two cancerous lumps in my breast – both primary. I was riddled with it.

dying “They said the only option was surgery and then I might have to have radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well. “I asked if had gone too far – I didn’t want to go through surgery if I was going to die anyway. I wasn’t actually worried about dy i ng, because I knew where I was going. The

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specialist said we would have to wait and see.” After being told about playing a waiting game, Linda, who was also told she may develop bone cancer, decided to turn to her faith and prayed. “This wonderful peace came over me and I was as calm as anything,” she said. “It didn’t matter whether I lived or died because I knew I would be OK going in God’s strength. “After the operation, as I was being moved into the recovery room, I suddenly felt this hot burning sensation on my chest. “I was chatting away to a nurse putting things away and when I went back to my room, I felt fine. I didn’t need any ● Continued on Page 5

HEALED... Linda Whalley


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Coma teen fights back to recovery A STudENT who was in a coma for a week after being struck down by meningitis has cheated death and made an incredible recovery. david Coppin, from Coventry, was said to be “slipping away” in hospital after collapsing in front of his terrified mum, Lorraine. The 19-yea r-old’s m i racu lous recovery even brought cheers of joy from the relieved doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to save him. And dav id emerged from the coma unscathed. His mum, Lorraine, believes God kept her son alive. She asked for the hospital’s duty chaplain to join her and together they “placed david in God’s hands”. The next morning Lorraine went to church and continued to pray. Later that day she got the miracle she needed. Lorraine said: “Even when he began getting better there was a lot of worry because meningitis can cause blindness, brain damage and loss of limbs. “But we had a whole team of people praying for david day and night and we tried to push away any negative thoughts. “For him to come out the other end unscathed is a miracle. I still pinch myself everyday. I can’t believe david’s still here.”

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BAFFLED DOC CANCELS SURGERY

YOU’VE NO ‘KNEED’ OF AN OPERATION! An 80-year-old woman had a knee replacement operation cancelled after receiving prayer.

Joyce Carter was told she had ‘the knee of a 30-year-old’ after returning to her doctor, who just a few weeks earlier told her that her cartilage was worn out after an X-ray. Her pastor, Colin Marks, of A10 Christian Mission in Hertfordshire, told New Life she no longer has any pain in her knee. He said: “The doctor who examined it said that the bones of the knee joint were rubbing together, and he referred her for an X-ray. That revealed that the cartilage was worn out, and she was told the only remedy was a knee replacement operation.

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KNEE-MENDOUS.,, Joyce Carter is standing tall after a miracle healing

lieved for a good report at her next hospital visit. “Early in 2009, Joyce was shar“She telephoned as soon as she ing this at church and asked if we got home from her appointment with would pray for her knee. She has long the consultant where he discussed believed that God is good and that the results of the scan. he answers prayer; indeed she has “She said he couldn’t work it out. A TEAM from the Church of England experienced his healing touch quite Contrary to the X-ray and the previare offering couples prayer at a wed- a few times over the years. ous examination, the scan showed ding show to take the stress out of “Joyce was specific: she wanted a a perfectly healthy knee joint with organising their big day. new knee, but didn’t want the operaperfectly healthy cartilage. In fact he The stand will be at the show in tion. So we did what Jesus told us told Joyce, ‘You’ve got the knee of a Birmingham on March 5 and 6, and to do. In a simple prayer we agreed 30 year-old!’ has already been part of wedding for her knee to be healed – replaced “Joyce has since told us that she shows across the uK. – supernaturally. We agreed and be- just can’t stop telling everyone she meets what God has done. We’re grateful for a God who loves a nd ca res for each and every one of us, a nd who is w i l l i ng and able to help in our time of need. It says in BUlK OrDerS SUBSCriBe the Bible that, on the cross, Jesus took all • Only £10 for 12 issues Prices inc. UK delivery Please send me ............. our sickness and pain Order Cost • Free delivery direct to so that we might not copies of the ................. 25 £10 (40p each) have to carry it ouryour door MONTH selves. Joyce doesn’t 50 £15 (30p each) issue for £ .................... • Inspiring stories of faith just believe that God 100 £26 (26p each) can heal – she knows • Just a brilliant newspaper! 200 £48 (24p each) it by experience.” Please send me .............

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MINISTER: FORGIVE ME A POLITICIAN at the centre of a scandal has said she has asked God for forgiveness for cheating on her hubby. Iris Robinson – who had an extra-marital affair in 2008 – has resigned from the House of Commons and the Northern Ireland Assembly after the allegations became public last year. But Iris, 60, has apologised for her actions. In a statement, the mother-

of-two said: “I have damaged my profession in Christ, but I am comforted that he was able to forgive even me.” Both Iris and husband Peter have attended services at the Pentecostal Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast. The Robinsons’ minister, Pastor James McConnell, said: “For this to happen has brought great sadness to me.”

Group helps Brown plea to churches tackle debt CHRISTIANS are helping tackle poverty across south-east Hampshire. Churchgoers want to ease money worries of people in the community by lifting them out of crippling debt and helping them to manage their finances. Worshippers will offer debt counselling for those struggling w ith money issues, a nd r un courses to help people learn how to balance their budgets. They’ve joined forces with the national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to offer hope to thousands who struggle to cope. Churchgoers from Holy Rood Church, Stubbington, are among those who w i l l r u n cou rses across south-east Hampshire.

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown has invited Christians to work alongside the Government in building a better society. Mr Brown said the public square was not a marketplace t hat cou ld be st r ipped of values. “I don’t subscribe to the v iew t hat rel ig ion shou ld somehow be tolerated but not encouraged in public life, that you can somehow ask people to leave their faith at the door

when they enter a town hall or a Commons chamber,” he said. “Churches and the Christian charities have been Britain’s conscience on causes from debt ca ncel lat ion to child poverty, to the good environmental stewardship of the earth, and each of these great recent causes is rooted in the idea that we are each other’s brother and sister’s keeper.”

THE founder of the Street A ngels in itiative has been awarded an MBE. The accolade was presented to Paul Blakey for services to community safety in Halifax. Pau l fou nded the fa ithbased project just over four years ago. The initiative still has teams of volunteers pa-

trolling the streets of the town on Friday and Saturday nights to ensure the safety of those in the town centre. Paul said: “To receive the MBE is a testimony to all the Street Angels and the amazing teams of volunteers across the uK. Street A ngels is a very simple idea that is God inspired and works.”

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WEARING HIS HEART ON HIS T-SHIRT... Stephen Baldwin as he is evicted from the Big Brother house

LET’S FACE IT... the naan bread A SuRRey man has revealed he saw the face of Jesus when tucking into an Indian meal. Dav id Howlett, 34, was about to tuck into a rogan josh at India Dining, in esher, Surrey, when he says he saw Christ’s facial features – complete with beard and flowing hair – in the blackened patches.

EERIE He said: “My wife and I were about to tuck into our food when I spotted Jesus looking right back at me. “Needless to say I chose not to take a bite, and photograph it instead. It was one eerie experience.”

Baldwin reveals how he got over worries about TV show

Purity call A pASToR and social entrepreneur is encouraging young people to enjoy their lives by remaining pure. Michael Kosmas, 23, hosted an event in London where sexual purity seminars were held for teenagers. He said: “We live in a sex saturated society and it is so easy for believers to be swept along by the tide that says that we need to be in a sexual relationship in order to be fulfilled and to be seen to be with it.”

CELEBRITY CELEBRITY Big Brother contestant Stephen Baldwin has admitted he was worried about taking part in the reality TV show as a Christian. The Hollywood star said he had to trust a bigger brother – Jesus – when he agreed to enter the house in the last-ever series of the Channel 4 show. The 43-year-old said: “For me, going into Big Brother was something I was afraid to do as a Christian. I thought these people are going to tear me apart. “In my spiritual connection to the Lord, there was never anything that said ‘don’t go’. I just try to be hearing from the Lord as best I can. “I felt the Lord saying ‘I’m with you’. For me there are clear indications when something is not right. Then there’s these moments like Celebrity Big Brother when God says, ‘Do you trust me?’” Baldwin revealed that he believed winner Alex Reid’s openness towards God was genuine – and said that praying with him could be the first step towards faith. He explained: “Alex asked a bunch of questions and eventually that lead up to me saying to him ‘do you want to know God’. “He said yes, so he was open to God. Alex Reid might not completely understand everything about all there is to know about Christianity, but it’s not about that, it’s one step at a time.” Cage fighter Reid was deeply moved when Stephen prayed with him. In a heart-to-heart chat, Baldwin grabbed Alex’s hand and told him: “God has a plan for you. Hold my hand. He wants to reveal it to you – to show it to you. “Repeat after me this prayer of salvation: ‘Father Lord, tonight with my friend Stephen, I’m asking you to come into my life.’ “If you read the Bible and pray then your life will change in a way that’s so much more exhilarating, thrilling and exciting than anything you have experienced before.” Alex sat repeating the prayer before saying: “I am willing to believe.” Reid told Big Brother: “I am using my time

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SADDENED... Stephanie Beacham is upset as she fears the Bible could leave the house in here to reflect on what Alex Reid is all about. I have been doing a lot of thinking. I’m doing a lot of reflecting.” Baldwin’s time in the house clearly affected many celebrities. Veteran film and TV actress Stephanie Beacham was visibly upset when she was told that Baldwin was up for eviction. She pleaded for the programme’s producers to allow his Bible to remain within the house. In the diary room she told Big Brother: “It has genuinely moved me – the idea of not having the Bible.” She was quick to insist that her emotional response was no ploy for sympathy and said: “I am not acting. But the idea of not having the Bible would be truly depressing. “If Stephen were to go – I would really like the privilege of the Bible please.” She then began to cry after Big Brother asked who she would miss most, the people or the Bible. Flinching, she responded: “It’s the Bible – wow. It hit me again – it was the Bible. I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach!” Baldwin admitted that he was surprised by the reaction of the housemates to the Bible. Appea r i ng on I T V chat show Loose Women after his eviction he said: “What was really interesting was this very interesting point of connection for everybody that I never expected in a million years.”

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Hope in haiti after earthquake horror

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Bible bid for Vietnamese VIETNAM – A bid to distribute tens of thousands of Bibles in Vietnam has been launched by the Scottish Bible Society. There has been a rapid growth in the number of Christians in the country over the years, but a massive shortage of Bibles. The Scottish Bible Society, along w it h ot he r Bible Soc iet ies, h as funded work in the past 12 years translating the Vietnamese Bible into modern Vietnamese. The Old Testament has been available since 2004, but work on The New Testament was only completed late last year. Scottish Bible Society Chief Executive Elaine Duncan said the Scottish Bible Society had launched the appeal to raise funds to print and distribute the revised Bible across Vietnam. To help raise funds for the appeal, contact the Scottish Bible Society on 0131 337 9701, or you can email info@scottishbiblesociety.org.

UK teachers help addicts SUNDAY SCHOOL... worship continues at a makeshift church in Haiti

DEVASTATED Haiti is still coming to terms with the massive quake that shook the country to its knees. But, amid the rubble, it has emerged that Christians in the country have not allowed the destruction of their homes to weaken their faith. Although millions of Haitians are without anywhere to live, many continue to worship God in makeshift churches and on the ruined streets. Christian organisations have rallied to help the stricken country by supplying food, water and medical aid. British evangelist Andy Hawthorne, who heads The Message Trust, based in Manchester, recently visited the country that he knew

Nine go into one for event NINE Christian radio stations have united to support a major event raising vital funds for family projects in Haiti. Held at the Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, last month, the Hea rt for Ha iti event broadcasted live music from bands including YFriday. The eve nt suppor ted Christian charity Compassion, which runs more than 300 projects on the island. Radio stations included A l ive Rad io i n Du m fries, Revival FM in Cumbernauld, Bra nc h F M i n Dewsbu r y, Hope FM in Bournemouth, several Cross Rhythms stations and national station UCB Radio.

by Matthew Murray very little about before the earthquake. Mr Hawthorne told of “apocalyptic scenes of heartbreak and hope” in the quake-ravaged country, where it is feared the final death toll may hit 200,000. He said: “We had to transport two young people with broken backs in a flat back truck over roads ripped apart by the quake. “One of them, paralysed when his house fell on him, was carried to us on a door by his friends. Mr Hawthorne and his team evacuated a nine-year-old girl who had been buried for three days who had to have half her foot am-

putated. Her other foot was badly crushed. Hawthorne said: “As we flew on a small missionary plane back to the mainland we were praying that amid the chaos we could find an orthopaedic surgeon. “When we landed the first people we saw was a group waiting to fly out. They were an orthopaedic team. We have to say that along with the misery, we saw miracles.” American Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr George Wood said: “Our missionaries tell us in Port-au-Prince [people] still put on their best clothes and walk to church Mark Driscoll, preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, also visited Haiti. He said: “It was so amazing in the midst of devastation to see the people that love Jesus.”

Charity ball raises £83k AN international charity that provides free medical and humanitarian care has raised £83,000 for Haiti at a fundraising ball. The a mount ra ised both delighted and surprised organisers at the charity Mercy Ships. A host of leading doctors, business leaders and heads of the medical and shipping industries joined to celebrate the work of Mercy Ships and congratulate the selfless volunteers that give up their lives to help those less fortunate. Don Stephens, the founder of Ch ristia n cha rit y Mercy Sh ips, attended for the first time and updated the guests on the charity’s response to the Haiti disaster, which

The Mercy Ship Africa Mercy includes partnering w ith other charities to send medical teams to the devastated island. Judy Polkinhorn, executive director of Mercy Ships UK said: “It is very humbling to have so many people in one room together who all care and support the work of Mercy Ships and who are willing to part

with their money to help improve the lives of others. “Mercy Ships is deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Haiti and we have our assessment team already on the ground working with our partners as well as medical equipment and volunteers on-route to help strengthen the support in Haiti.” Meanwhile, guests at the evening were told about the Africa Mercy’s successful 10-month outreach to Benin during 2009. During its stay, medical volunteers performed 5,000 free surgeries on board the ship, as well as over 33,000 eye treatments and 10,000 dental procedures.

USA – Two young teachers are leaving their careers behind to pioneer a home for recovering female drug addicts in New York City. And despite facing new territory, Gemma Till, 28, and Lea-Ann Jones, 25, believe God has been preparing them for the daunting challenge ahead. The volunteers, who have already given up salaried jobs, will leave their comfort zone of close family and church life in the West Midlands to step into the unknown in Astoria, Queens for a period of up to twoand-a-half years initially. Gemma told New Life: “It’s no exaggeration to say we are leaving behind our lives. We are saying goodbye to our families, jobs, cars and even our mobile phones! “It’s also very new to both of us as we have no personal experience of the drugs scene from any angle.”

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USA – A former porn director who quit the seedy business has spearheaded the lau nch of a fa m i lyfriendly video website. Similar to YouTube, Godbeat.tv allows videos to be shared without fear of unsuitable material. It was set up by Jeff Myers, who turned his back on pornographic videos. For seven years, he was one of the top 10 producers of online pornography in the US. Though h is business brought him great wealth, it also led to his own personal self-destruction. It was then he turned to Christ and launched Godbeat Media Group.

Churches rally to send support to survivors Hope on air BLACK churches across the UK have responded generously with money to help support survivors of the Haitian earthquake. The New Testament Church of God (NTCG), one of Britain’s largest black denominations, put a call out to their 138 churches to raise funds for Haiti. The church expects to collect at least £15,000, which

will be sent to their international headquarters Church of God (COG) in Cleveland, America, and channelled to Haiti. Meanwhile, UK-based Assemblies of God World Ministries has raised more than £90,000 after it appealed to leaders of its churches to ask congregations to donate to its Incare Appeal for Haiti fund.

GHANA – Hundreds of thousands of people in two areas of Ghana have access to local Christian broadcasts for the first time. A n estimated 700,000 people are expected to be able to hear the broadcasts.


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THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD FOR RINGO THE Beatles legend Ringo Starr says he has found God after taking what he described as a decades-long search for enlightenment. The reformed rock legend, who turns 70 in July, admitted he had lost his way first as a Beatle, then later after the group broke up. He experimented with LSD and marijuana when he was a Beatle in the 1960s, then later in the 1970s suffered alcohol and cocaine problems. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the drummer, who is now teetotal and has quit his 60-a-day cigarette habit, said that religion was one of the most important aspects in his life. “I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself. “For me, God is in my life. I don’t hide from that... I think the search has been on since the ’60s. “I stepped off the path there for many years and found my way [back] onto it, thank God.” NEW LIFE COMMENT: There is a world NEW LIFE of difference between “becoming religious” and finding peace with God and a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope to carry a more in-depth interview with Ringo, but meanwhile would encourage readers to pray for him on his spiritual journey.

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How I beat GROUP ‘MAKES A MEAL’ OF SPREADING GOSPEL cancer was a miracle... ● Continued from Page 1 painkillers.” Linda had been put on a drip and thought that this was responsible for the lack of pain. “I said to one of the nurses that whatever was in the drip, it was working, but she said that it was only saline – she didn’t even know why I was on it, because I’d been taking fluid since I got back from theatre,” said Linda. “The surgeon was amazed as well, especially when a biopsy result showed that there was no cancer anywhere else. When I told him about my faith, he said to me that there were more things that go on between heaven and earth than we know. I just kept saying thank you to Jesus.” A year later, Linda had another trauma to face – the threat of bone cancer. She said: “I damaged my leg and when I was x-rayed, something showed up on my spine. I said to God, ‘You’re not going to cure me of cancer one year and give it me back another, so I’m claiming your healing in the name of Jesus, and by your stripes we are healed.’” One night, two days before her bone scan, Linda felt the same sensation she had felt after her operation. “I was asleep when I suddenly woke to a feeling – this burning, red hot feeling all over,” she said. “Then I remembered I’d had this feeling before – in the recovery room after my surgery. “Two days later, the bone scan came back perfectly clear. The shadow on my spine had gone.” Now signed off from the doctors and free from tablets, Linda is continually thankful for what God has done. She said: “God’s so fantastic. I’m a walking miracle! I could go on for hours about all the things the Lord has done for me!”

EVENT WILL CURRY FAVOUR WITH MEN HOT TOPIC... curries are being used to reach men with the gospel

CHURCHES have been urged to join together to spice up their efforts when telling men about Christ.

The Baptist Men’s Movement has revealed it is planning special curr y n ights across the UK next year afaf ter a trial scheme was s uc h a s uccess l a st month. They a r e e ncou ra g i n g churches of all denominadenomina tions to join them in offering men the chance to talk about

faith and build up friendships. And they hope Christian fellas will take their mates with them so they can get a flavour for the faith over a vindaloo with a second The Bigger Balti evening. BMM president Phil Creighton said: “We want to show that Christian men don’t have two heads and are ordinary people. “Some men don’t like church as it’s just not appealing. Events such as The Bigger Balti allow them to put on something that suits them and encourages men to get involved. It’s a great idea for fellowship.” In February hundreds of men across the country met for a dopiaza and debate, and BMM organisers hope next year’s The Bigger

Balti will be even more successful. The movement is also encouraging churches to screen World Cup games as part of The Bigger Match initiative. BMM leaders believe that the family friendly atmosphere will encourage sporting spirit without the need to head for pubs. And they are praying that another initiative – The Bigger Breakfast – in September will beat last year’s attendance when 3,500 men across the UK tucked into a fry up. “We think that men matter,” said Phil. “By creating spaces for them to meet up, it means they can build friendships, encourage each other and pray for each other.” For further details about BMM, visit baptistmen.org.uk.

Royals visit debt charity Former MP in faith talks PRINCE Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were told how people have been helped out of debt because of the work of a Christian charity. The Royal couple met staff and clients of national debt-counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), as part of their tour of good causes in Manchester.

debt CAP clients told Charles and Camilla of their experiences of debt and how CAP had helped them to find hope for the future through the

unique, face-to-face debt counselling that CAP provides. Charles and Camilla also met CAP’s Founder and International Director, John Kirkby, and CAP’s Salford Centre Manager, Mark Whittington. John said: “It was a real privilege to meet Prince Charles and Camilla. We really appreciated the opportunity to share with them the work we are undertaking with some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK.” For details about CAP in your area, visit www.capuk.org.

FORMER Tory minister Jonathan Aitken spoke recently about how he discovered God while in jail. The Slough Conservative Association hosted the ‘Fall From Grace – Into Grace’ talk where visitors quizzed him about his seven-month prison sentence. The ex-Minister of State for Defence had a high flying career which came tumbling down after he lied under oath in a libel action. The 66-year-old, who pleaded guilty to charges of perjury in 1999, said: “I refer to the spiritual dimen-

sion to my prison journey. I often give talks about prison reform based on my personal experiences.” The talk from Mr Aitken, who has advised the Government on prison issues, was organised by practicing Christian and Tory parliamentary hopeful Cllr Diana Coad. She said: “Jonathan is one of the most charismatic, interesting and knowledgeable speakers I have heard, and his faith is now formidable.” Money was raised during the event for Aitken Christian Services which helps prisoners and ex-prisoners.


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MANCONGREGATION REVEALS HOW GOD HASMEETS HEALED HIM AFTER MORE THAN A DECADESTREETS OF HELL THE THAT FOR SERVICES ON BIRMINGHAM’S

CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS Most people think of a church as a building with a steeple. But now a former addict has shown that it’s all about people, and she has set up a congregation for the homeless and people considered “outcasts” by society. Becky Barlow finds out more

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OUD music echoing around the centre of Birmingham on a Thursday evening may seem nothing unusual as the city boasts a vibrant night life. But the music of the Freedom from Addiction Church rises from the praises of more than 100 people who are addicts, alcoholics, the homeless and those considered outcasts by society. Sally Livingstone runs the church, and she understands the ‘congregation’ because she was once an addict herself. Sally overcame a horrific childhood of abuse and subsequent drug addiction when she became a Christian almost 12 years ago. And the church on the street is not her only ministry – Sally is also the founder and director of Livingstone House, a Christian detox unit and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the city. Sally was born in the 50s with a physical disability, which means she can only walk short distances, so her first six years were spent in an orthopaedic hospital run by nuns. It was here that a young Sally first heard about Jesus. The mum-of-four remembered: “Because I was in there and had no visitors, a bornagain Christian lady, started visiting me and she introduced me to Jesus. I was allowed out at weekends and she would take me to a Pentecostal church on a Sunday. She became like a mother to me.” But when Sally’s real mother came back into her life, her nightmare began.

horrific “One day, this very scruffy Irish lady came to the hospital and just signed me out – that was my birth mother. “Even though I wasn’t in an ideal place, it was the only home I had ever known. The hospital was clean, I was loved and I didn’t know violence,” she recalled. “But suddenly I was taken ‘home’ on a bus, to the backdrop of the Birmingham slums in the early 60s, into a sordid, violent world. “There was horrific violence and sexual abuse. I was beaten regularly and tortured by my father. He would think nothing of putting my head in the gas oven and hanging me upside down on door hooks for hours, taunting me, saying, ‘Where’s your Jesus now – see if he will save you!’” The abuse was so bad that years later it was likened to that dished out by the infamous Fred and Rosemary West. Sally tried to escape but couldn’t get away. She said: “I kept running away and the police would find me covered in bite marks,

STREET LIFE... Sally Livingstone (centre) with members of the Freedom from Addiction church during a service

belt marks and all sorts, but in those days it was a case of trying to keep the family together, so I was always sent home. “Mum would say my brothers and sisters had beaten me up and that I was lying.” Sally was eventually taken into an open air school at the age of 12 after it was realised she was indeed being abused. Not long afterwards, her father was stabbed to death by a neighbour. “I was so relieved that he couldn’t hurt me or beat me again,” she said. Desperate to escape her past, Sally went to live with her grandmother in Ireland. But her life spiralled into a cycle of drink and crime. By the time Sally was 17, she was serving her first prison sentence and was an alcoholic. And it didn’t take long for a teenage Sally to be seduced by the criminal underworld that thrived in Ireland during the 70s.

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he said: “I was an alcoholic, I took speed, smoked weed and I ran around with all sorts of characters.” But Sally’s life was about to get much worse. “I was 36 when I was introduced to

heroin,” she said. “One day I was trying to get some speed and I couldn’t get any so I did heroin instead. “I thought I could control it like I felt I was controlling the amphetamines, but I was controlling nothing in my walls of denial. “At this point I had lost all control over my drinking and using and the only one who did not know that was me. From the moment I took the heroin, I couldn’t stop.” Her third son, Vianney, was born addicted to heroin in 1988, but two years later Sally knew she had to get clean.

I’ve lived to tell the tale where many have died. Help me.’” Sally got herself into a 12-step recovery programme and moved back to Birmingham. Here she met a new partner and her fourth child Jamie was born, but the relationship was violent and Sally knew she had to get out. She said: “I went into a women’s refuge. I started to attend meetings and decided to do a detox from the methadone.” At around this time, Sally’s thoughts turned to God. “I kept putting the God Channel on TV and hearing people talking about no matter what mess you were in, come to Jesus. I’d have it on every day,” she said.

hEroiN “I used heroin for about two years and hit rock bottom like you wouldn’t believe,” she said. “I remember looking at my Vianney’s beautiful little face one day and thinking, ‘I can’t go on like this any more. Addiction has robbed me of everything but it’s not having my child.’ “I knew if I carried on like this he would be taken into care. I had hit my mental, physical and spiritual rock bottom. So I decided to do something about it – I prayed for the first time in years, ‘God, I’ve lost touch with you, but I know you’re there, because

PRAISE IN THE CITY... The diverse streets of Birmingham are home to the street church

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LEADER... Sally Livingstone

used to go to AA conventions and steal the Gideon Bibles from the hotel rooms. Why, I did not know, but over the years the Bibles began to pile up in the corner of my room. Sally read a passage in the Bible one day while watching a Christian TV channel. It was then she started her journey of faith. “I felt that God was talking to me personally. I found a church where I felt at

home,” she remembered. “I started going to church. I went to Alpha, Focus and started Bible college.” Sally started going on to the streets to share her story with the addicts, alcoholics and people living on the fringe of society, and it was from this that the treatment centre was set up in 1999. Sally opened the doors of her two-bedroom house and let the addicts in. It was a huge step of faith. She said: “Suddenly we found we had ten addicts and alcoholics from the streets living with us, all clean and sober and trying to learn how to address their illness of addiction and live a productive Christian life. God provided all our needs and provided a building.

dEtox “Today we have the first Christian 12step detox unit and treatment centre in the country – Livingstone House. Of those who complete the course, 81 per cent remain clean and 61 per cent remain committed to Christ.” And at a church conference in 2008, Sally’s vision for the church on the street

was born. I remember so clearly standing in one of our Freedom from Addiction meetings when I felt something in my spirit,” she said. “On my return to Birmingham I had a yearning to go down to the city where all the down-and-outs hang about and start a church – in the middle of the street, in the middle of the city.” Now 21 months later, the church is thriving.

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ally added: “People are giving their lives to Jesus and responding to the prayer and worship. To see them kneeling at the cross of Jesus is amazing.” Sally is now an accomplished and published writer and an international speaker on addiction within the Christian world. She continues to offer hope to the lost and broken. She said: “None of this would have been at all possible without Christ Jesus.” ● For further information about the detox unit go to www.livingstonehouseuk.org or www. sallylivingstone.co.uk

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OUD music echoing around the centre of Birmingham on a Thursday evening may seem nothing unusual as the city boasts a vibrant night life. But the music of the Freedom from Addiction Church rises from the praises of more than 100 people who are addicts, alcoholics, the homeless and those considered outcasts by society. Sally Livingstone runs the church, and she understands the ‘congregation’ because she was once an addict herself. Sally overcame a horrific childhood of abuse and subsequent drug addiction when she became a Christian almost 12 years ago. And the church on the street is not her only ministry – Sally is also the founder and director of Livingstone House, a Christian detox unit and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the city. Sally was born in the 50s with a physical disability, which means she can only walk short distances, so her first six years were spent in an orthopaedic hospital run by nuns. It was here that a young Sally first heard about Jesus. The mum-of-four remembered: “Because I was in there and had no visitors, a bornagain Christian lady, started visiting me and she introduced me to Jesus. I was allowed out at weekends and she would take me to a Pentecostal church on a Sunday. She became like a mother to me.” But when Sally’s real mother came back into her life, her nightmare began.

horrific “One day, this very scruffy Irish lady came to the hospital and just signed me out – that was my birth mother. “Even though I wasn’t in an ideal place, it was the only home I had ever known. The hospital was clean, I was loved and I didn’t know violence,” she recalled. “But suddenly I was taken ‘home’ on a bus, to the backdrop of the Birmingham slums in the early 60s, into a sordid, violent world. “There was horrific violence and sexual abuse. I was beaten regularly and tortured by my father. He would think nothing of putting my head in the gas oven and hanging me upside down on door hooks for hours, taunting me, saying, ‘Where’s your Jesus now – see if he will save you!’” The abuse was so bad that years later it was likened to that dished out by the infamous Fred and Rosemary West. Sally tried to escape but couldn’t get away. She said: “I kept running away and the police would find me covered in bite marks,

STREET LIFE... Sally Livingstone (centre) with members of the Freedom from Addiction church during a service

belt marks and all sorts, but in those days it was a case of trying to keep the family together, so I was always sent home. “Mum would say my brothers and sisters had beaten me up and that I was lying.” Sally was eventually taken into an open air school at the age of 12 after it was realised she was indeed being abused. Not long afterwards, her father was stabbed to death by a neighbour. “I was so relieved that he couldn’t hurt me or beat me again,” she said. Desperate to escape her past, Sally went to live with her grandmother in Ireland. But her life spiralled into a cycle of drink and crime. By the time Sally was 17, she was serving her first prison sentence and was an alcoholic. And it didn’t take long for a teenage Sally to be seduced by the criminal underworld that thrived in Ireland during the 70s.

S

he said: “I was an alcoholic, I took speed, smoked weed and I ran around with all sorts of characters.” But Sally’s life was about to get much worse. “I was 36 when I was introduced to

heroin,” she said. “One day I was trying to get some speed and I couldn’t get any so I did heroin instead. “I thought I could control it like I felt I was controlling the amphetamines, but I was controlling nothing in my walls of denial. “At this point I had lost all control over my drinking and using and the only one who did not know that was me. From the moment I took the heroin, I couldn’t stop.” Her third son, Vianney, was born addicted to heroin in 1988, but two years later Sally knew she had to get clean.

I’ve lived to tell the tale where many have died. Help me.’” Sally got herself into a 12-step recovery programme and moved back to Birmingham. Here she met a new partner and her fourth child Jamie was born, but the relationship was violent and Sally knew she had to get out. She said: “I went into a women’s refuge. I started to attend meetings and decided to do a detox from the methadone.” At around this time, Sally’s thoughts turned to God. “I kept putting the God Channel on TV and hearing people talking about no matter what mess you were in, come to Jesus. I’d have it on every day,” she said.

hEroiN “I used heroin for about two years and hit rock bottom like you wouldn’t believe,” she said. “I remember looking at my Vianney’s beautiful little face one day and thinking, ‘I can’t go on like this any more. Addiction has robbed me of everything but it’s not having my child.’ “I knew if I carried on like this he would be taken into care. I had hit my mental, physical and spiritual rock bottom. So I decided to do something about it – I prayed for the first time in years, ‘God, I’ve lost touch with you, but I know you’re there, because

PRAISE IN THE CITY... The diverse streets of Birmingham are home to the street church

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LEADER... Sally Livingstone

used to go to AA conventions and steal the Gideon Bibles from the hotel rooms. Why, I did not know, but over the years the Bibles began to pile up in the corner of my room. Sally read a passage in the Bible one day while watching a Christian TV channel. It was then she started her journey of faith. “I felt that God was talking to me personally. I found a church where I felt at

home,” she remembered. “I started going to church. I went to Alpha, Focus and started Bible college.” Sally started going on to the streets to share her story with the addicts, alcoholics and people living on the fringe of society, and it was from this that the treatment centre was set up in 1999. Sally opened the doors of her two-bedroom house and let the addicts in. It was a huge step of faith. She said: “Suddenly we found we had ten addicts and alcoholics from the streets living with us, all clean and sober and trying to learn how to address their illness of addiction and live a productive Christian life. God provided all our needs and provided a building.

dEtox “Today we have the first Christian 12step detox unit and treatment centre in the country – Livingstone House. Of those who complete the course, 81 per cent remain clean and 61 per cent remain committed to Christ.” And at a church conference in 2008, Sally’s vision for the church on the street

was born. I remember so clearly standing in one of our Freedom from Addiction meetings when I felt something in my spirit,” she said. “On my return to Birmingham I had a yearning to go down to the city where all the down-and-outs hang about and start a church – in the middle of the street, in the middle of the city.” Now 21 months later, the church is thriving.

S

ally added: “People are giving their lives to Jesus and responding to the prayer and worship. To see them kneeling at the cross of Jesus is amazing.” Sally is now an accomplished and published writer and an international speaker on addiction within the Christian world. She continues to offer hope to the lost and broken. She said: “None of this would have been at all possible without Christ Jesus.” ● For further information about the detox unit go to www.livingstonehouseuk.org or www. sallylivingstone.co.uk

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COMMENT Ringo’s a star! FORMER drummer of The Beatles Ringo Starr has revealed that after all these years, he has turned to God. After living the high life, he’s realised that, at the age of 70, it’s never too old to consider the love of Christ. As the band he was a member of used to sing, All You Need is Love. Maybe he’ll change that tune so that it says All You Need is God’s Love. Because that’s the truth. No matter where you are in your life right now, consider a love so great you can’t imagine it. That’s how God loves you, even though you might not be feeling it right now. Why not try an Alpha Course (more details on Page 6) or your local church to find out just how much God loves you? It may sound unlikely to you at this very moment if you’re going through the mill. But we promise you he does.

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he does lots of activities. “He was toilet trained by the age of nine and uses Makaton to communicate. His understanding is very good and he’s quite a friendly character.” Andy was discharged by his heart specialist and by the time he was 20 he was discharged by his last specialist. “He’s not been healed completely but he’s got a quality of life that we were told he’d never have,” said Davina. A nd on June 28 last year, Andy was baptised. Davina added: “It was great. Andy organised what he wanted for his baptism. He knew exactly what he wanted. Andy loves Jesus with all his heart and enjoys going to church.”

BREAST cancer has been the focus of a storyline in Coronation Street recently with Sally Webster’s battle against the disease. And in the same household, there has been another storyline of her daughter, Sophie’s, Christian faith. Although just a soap, it mirrors everyday life. Linda Whalley is testament to that, as she was told the terrible news. It may seem unrealistic to some, but she kept her faith and held on to the promise that God can heal if we trust him. Some people may think it seems cruel that God allows some to suffer. But it isn’t God who causes suffering, it’s the evil that stems from the sin of mankind. Jesus said that if we repent and trust him, his death on the cross purchased forgiveness for our sins.

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Howzat for a festival? ‘Get your claws in faith’ ChrIStIAN cricketers in england will be hoping to follow the example set by the national team by having another successful year in 2010. the first ever National Christian Cricket Festival was held in 2009, and dates have now been announced for this summer’s events, with the tournament taking place near Bristol from June 5–6. Organiser Mark Blythe said: “to

enter the cup and festival teams must represent a church or Christian organisation and the leaders must be regular attendees. “the aim is to provide opportunities for friendship growth whilst playing cricket in the manner and with the values that will glorify God. Skilful and competitive but also in the right spirit!” Contact Mark on 07885 778501 or mark@mccfc.org.uk for details.

How I got to be top of tHe Klass!

AN American journalist has urged troubled tiger Woods to convert to Christianity following revelations about his adulterous lifestyle. Brit hume, a political analyst for Fox News, said: “Christianity is a religion for sinners and I think that tiger Woods has an opportunity here, and my prayer would be that he would take it.” hume was criticised for saying he doesn’t think the golfer’s belief in Buddhism “offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith”. ICE COOL... Cindy Klassen

the devout Christian made it to last month’s event in Vancouver, even though she has had to undergo major surgery. Doctors had to operate on both her knees, removing cartilage and tendons that had been worn almost into oblivion by a decade of workouts, training and racing. But Klassen wasn’t stressed by the less than perfect conditions in the run up to the games. She said: “I rely heavily on my faith in God. I know it’s in his hands. All that’s required from me is to give it my best every time I train or race.” to those who know the record-holding

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We all pray, but is it for right things? Whether you are a Christian or not there will have been a time in your life when you will have said: “Oh God, please help me,” and that is most definitely a prayer. the trouble is that too often we see God as some great vending machine in the sky – put in the right coin, or say the right sort of prayer, and you’ll get what you ask for by express delivery. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that because what we may believe to be exactly the right thing for us is often seen quite differently by God. Very often he says “no” because he knows that what we are asking for is bad for us either in the short, middle or long term! And that’s why it’s important that we make sure we hear from him because, believe it or not, God wants to talk with his children on earth very much indeed. A very fine Christian preacher and author of many year’s standing – David Wilkerson – puts it like this: ‘he talks to the Father about us and delights in our childlike trust’. David wrote a Christian classic called the Cross and the Switchblade and blesses many through his daily devotionals which he sends world wide from his New York church. he is a man well worth listening to. he says: “I am convinced that his greatest need is to h ave one -to - one com mu n icat ion with those he left here on earth. No angel in heaven can meet that need. Jesus wants to talk with us. “Where did I get such a notion that Christ is lonely and has a desperate need to speak?” “It’s in the Bible where we read about two disciples who are on the road to emmaus. “Jesus drew near to them and ultimately explained everything in the Scriptures to them. the result was that they were overjoyed and ran miles to find the other disciples to tell them what had happened.” Its absolutely no different with us. God wants to speak to us and explain his plans for us, but too often we are so busy demanding this and that we aren’t listening. If our ears are really open we can hear 100 times a day from God through our conscience, prayer or reading the Bible. Sadly, all too often because we haven’t given him time to talk we blame him when it all goes wrong. But it’s not his fault, so my tip this month is LISteN FOr GOD – he’S DeSPerAte tO tALK tO YOU.

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Speed skating champ Cindy Klassen says she only got to this year’s Winter Olympics because it was all in God’s hands.

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Canadian, such an approach to sport will be no surprise. Klassen – who became the first Canadian to win five medals in one Olympics in 2006 – says Jesus is the most important thing in her life. having grown up in a Christian family she says that faith in God has always been there. “God is part of all of my life – including skating. he has given me this talent and it is all about using it for his glory – in competition and training doing it for him. Jesus is everything to me. I cannot get through one day without him.

LISTENING “I was so aware of his love for me and that he died on the cross for me. he is my shepherd and I am grateful to him for everything.” And prayer is vital to Klassen. “Prayer is talking to God and listening to him. that’s

so important,” the 30-year-old said. And Klassen is multi-talented when it comes to sport. In 1994, she represented Canada at Lacrosse and came close to making the Canadian ice hockey team for the 1998 Olympics. In 2002, she entered the Olympics as a speed skater, and in 2006, arguably the most successful point of her career, she was the star of the show in turin, where she picked up a gold, two silvers and two bronze medals. Klassen revealed a personal crisis in 2008, when her sister Lisa was involved in a near-fatal road accident. She said: “Our whole family just felt like God was lifting us up. It’s just great to see how prayer works.” A nd w i n or lose, K lassen is clea r about who she is. She adds: “It’s my relationship with Jesus that gives me true significance.”

that too often we see God as some great vending machine in the sky – put in the right coin, we get what we want ❜

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the new vice-chairman of West ham Utd football club has revealed she attends church and believes in God. Businesswoman Karren Brady revealed she and husband, football manager Paul Peschisolido, go to church each week. In an interview with the times, she revealed she would pray after a battle with cancer. She said: “My husband and I go to church every week with the kids. I do think in your darkest moments you pray to God to keep you alive.”

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IS David Beckham turning to God? the england midfielder, currently on loan to AC Milan from LA Galaxy, has recently had his latest tattoo – of Jesus Christ. Adding to his inky collection, it’s an image of a wounded Christ sitting gathering his strength on the way to his crucifixion. taken from a picture by artist Matthew Brooks, the tat is entitled the Man of Sorrows, referring to an Old testament passage that Christians see as predicting the Messiah.

MArAthON star Christine Ndereba will run in next month’s Boston Marathon – for the first time in five years. the Kenyan world class runner, left, won the marathon in 2005, but hasn’t run the road race since. And she credits all her success to God. She said: “My fame doesn’t come just by itself, it is a gift from God. And I thank God, when I came to know Jesus I knew that I have a friend, a friend who is always there with me.’


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South Africa rugby ace Luke Watson believes God guided him to sign for Bath Rugby. The Springboks superstar recently revealed how he prays continuously while on the pitch. Watson speaks unashamedly about his devout Christian faith – and how he puts it before everything, including rugby. Watson, the son of a highprofile anti-apartheid campaigner, courted controversy in his homeland after he was quoted making critical remarks about South Africa’s white-dominated rugby establishment. Moving to Bath may well have presented him with the opportunity to leave the political quarrels of South African rugby behind, but

Back row star reveals his decision over move Watson says that wasn’t why he upped sticks with his new wife. “Whatever situation I’m in – no matter how high-pressured or whatever controversy surrounds me – I will take the moral high ground, even if it means it’s detrimental to my career or that I’m going to suffer some consequences,” he said.

protects “Everything I’ve ever faced in my life, the only way I came through was by realising that there’s a God in heaven who protects me, who watches me and who, most of all, loves me. Noth-

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We prayed as shots were fired MANCHESTER CITY striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that the Togo national team began to cry out to God to save them when their team bus was shot at before the African Nations Cup. Speaking after the ordeal – which saw the team driver shot dead and five others, including two players, wounded – a horrified Adebayor said: “They shot at us for 30 minutes – all we could do was pray to God we’d live.” The squad was ambushed by rebels on their way from their Congo training ground to their African Nations Cup base in host country Angola. Adebayor, pictured, said: “We’ve seen one of our team-mates have a bullet in his body, who is crying, who is losing consciousness. We’ve seen death. “It’s one of the worst things I have ever been through. It was horrific. “I never thought I'd ever live through an experience like that. All we had to do was to pray to God to save you. I think that is what he has done quite well. “I don’t know if I am the target or not, all I know is that my team – my country – was the target. Why, I don’t know.” Adebayor’s Christian beliefs will no doubt have been a huge comfort to him since the attack. Last year, we reported how the former Arsenal striker couldn’t walk for the first four years of his life, until he was taken to church by his mum where he received a healing miracle. Speaking of his faith, the Togo skipper said: “Everything I do in life I put in the hands of God, my creator. He gave me the chance to be where I am today. At the team hotel, I pray before sleeping and I pray again in the morning. There is nothing more important for me than God.”

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ing is by fluke and when I had the opportunity of Bath coming up I realised that this is where God wanted me to be, that there was more than just rugby here – that God wanted to do a massive thing not only within the club but within the city. “I know that he was bringing me to Bath for more than just rugby. I remember the freakish incidents for me to get here and the manner in which it happened. “It was miraculous. I sat down with my wife and said, ‘This is what is happening, this is the situation. I feel peace in my spirit and I know this is where I have to be.’”

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