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CHRISTIAN BAPTISM! Baptism into Jesus Christ! Baptism by full immersion!

Jesus Army had many baptisms in 2007. Most were young men in their teens and twenties. UK youth is open to a Jesus who is alive and revolutionary. Jesus Himself was baptised. And He said that those who believed in Him and followed Him should also be baptised. It’s a vital part of being a Christian.

And our baptism in water will, as Jesus described, be accompanied by the experience of being baptised with the Holy Spirit. Baptism in water speaks of our dying to our old, sinful life. And we rise, in Holy Spirit baptism, to walk the new life of holy adventure as Christians. We have with us the life and power of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to know more, please get in touch (see contact details above).

Young men splash out: Danny, 19 and Ali, 22, baptise Dave, 19.

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You can call us: our National Helpline is 0845 123 5550 (local call rate), and generally there are real people to talk to, not machines. Email us at info@jesus.org.uk Want to have a look at what the mJa is all about? Check us out from anywhere in the world on our website: www.jesus.org.uk But in these days of hi-tech, we still have an address and lots of people write in. Jesus Fellowship, FREEPOST, Nether Heyford, Northampton, NN7 3BR Across the UK you are welcome to call one of our local churches if they are near you. There are Jesus Army congregations and groups around the UK. They are not all the same size, they meet in different sorts of premises, but they are all made up of people who love Jesus and are ready to help you on in your faith too.

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FORGOTTEN NO LONGER The Jesus Army takes the gospel to the “forgotten people”, those who are lonely, hurting, and poor. Julia Faire tells Streetpaper the moving story of one such lonely person. EDDIE WAS crippled with arthritis, incontinent and in his eighties. He had never been married, never had any children and had no family in Nottingham. He once told me that he didn’t get visitors and that’s when I decided I would adopt him; I would become his daughter. Eddie came to our church a few times but he was a hurt man, and especially hurt by his past experiences of church. When I rang to say I was coming to see him he would put on his best clothes although this was a real struggle as his movement was very painful – it was something special to him. When I left after visiting him we would pray together for Eddie knew Jesus, better in fact than me, I felt – as I would discover. One day Eddie rang me. He was upset but calm. Some hooded men had come and forced his backdoor open with a crowbar at dusk. As he sat helplessly in his wheelchair, they

took everything he owned that was of any value. He pleaded with them (and they consented) to leave his hearing aid batteries. “Jesus was with me” he told me bravely. “I wasn’t afraid.” One Saturday I went to see Eddie. On the way I had a sudden inspiration. I would go into the discount shop and buy him some cakes. He was overwhelmed. “Did you know it was my birthday?” he said. On a dark winter evening, I rang Eddie. He didn’t answer. I tried again the next night... again, there was no reply. Eventually I got hold of the warden of the old people’s sheltered accommodation where he lived. “I’m very sorry” she said, “Eddie has passed away.” I went to the crematorium. There was very few people at the service – it hardly did justice, I thought, to one of God’s forgotten ones. At the end the vicar asked if anyone would like to pray. I took myself by surprise and cried out, “Thank You, God, thank You that Eddie is Yours and has gone to be with You.” Eddie: forgotten in this life, maybe, but certainly not in the next.

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Imaginative glimpses of how different people saw the death of Jesus.

A POLL on prayer, commissioned by Tearfund, the Christian charity, reveals that while only about one in five British people goes to church at least once a year, twice as many of them pray. Far from prayer being irrelevant to today’s secular society, 10 million people say that they pray ‘daily’ and a further 10 million ‘regularly’. In London, the figure is even higher – three out of every four people pray regularly. What did they pray about? 68 per cent pray for family and friends, 25 per cent for world issues and 41 per cent give thanks to God.

Churches help p to solve street violence FOLLOWING a survey of more than 3,000 church leaders and members, the Church Consultation on Violent Crime reported that 65 per cent wanted their churches to be involved in playing an active part in helping the families of victims of street violence. One of the writers of the report, Reverend Ermal Kirby, said churches could help the families of victims “put their lives back together”. The survey followed the violent death of 16-year-old Jonathan Matondo, who was shot on the street in Sheffield. Jonathan had spoken of becoming a pastor.

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Eddie is no longer a “forgotten person”

Cross perspectives #1 By a Pharisee a religious leader who opposed Jesus

SO MUCH for your proud boasting, Jesus! Where are your “Father’s” legions of angels now then? Just a common criminal, that’s what you are, stuck there between two of your sort for all to see. Ha! The people preferred a mass murderer to you. Given the choice by Pilate, they’d rather have Barabbas set free than you, the so-called miracle worker and selfstyled “Son of God”. So what if you “saved” others – healed the

sick, delivered the demonised, or raised the dead? You cannot save yourself. So it must have been by demons that you did your charlatan acts. We knew it all along. And this is the “King of Israel”? Stuck there like a pig? What are you waiting for? Come down from the cross, and even now we will believe in you. You trust in God; let Him rescue you now then. “Son of God”? An illegitimate abomination, more like! see page 3 >>

IF YOU marry, rather than just live together, the statistics show that you may well be more healthy resulting in a longer life. This is the finding of a study by the government’s Office of National Statistics. Although the number of weddings has declined by four per cent over the last ten years, those who have married will statistically be more likely to stay together and provide better care for each other after they reach the age of 65. Of those couples who currently supply 20 hours or more weekly care for each other, 84 per cent are married.

Fun,, funkyy gosp pel for mobile generation NEW IDEAS for getting the Christian message across by mobile phone have been developed by a Welsh company in Monmouthshire called Teimlo. Mobile users can now choose from a list of services from the “Ecumen” range, which includes ring tones and ‘wallpaper’ with a Christian theme and a Bible you can read in the dark. The new service is praised as one way of communicating the gospel better – especially among young people. ‘It’s getting the message across in a fun, funky way,’ commented Pastor Robbie Howells, of Newport City Church, south Wales.

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Gent by name - and now by nature! Chaos and crime on Carlisle’s rough estates. Then HMP Doncaster. Then HMP Lindholme. Mark Gent, 28, certainly needed a new life. MARK GENT had a troubled youth by anyone’s standards: cannabis; ecstasy; drinking and fighting on “the Currock estate”. Injecting amphetamines to get high; necking Valium to come down. “You could get Valium for 50 pence each on the estate” says Mark. His mate Barry had “connections” with the drug underworld and began storing drugs in their foster home. One time, Mark found a thousand ecstasy tablets under Barry’s bed. Mark’s plan to sell the ecstasy ended in disaster. Ripped off by Harry, a dealer he thought he “could trust,” Mark didn’t dare go back home “empty-handed”. But after a week or so of sleeping on mates’ settees he went back and told Barry what had happened. As a result, Mark was

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badly heavied by one of Barry’s “colleagues”, “a massive guy with a bald head”. “He grabbed hold of me by the throat, pinned me against the wall and put a knife against my neck. I thought, ‘I’ve had it, this guy’s gonna kill me’. “He said, ‘Where are the drugs?’ and I tried telling him, through sobs. He kept pressing this knife closer to me. ‘Do you know I could put this knife right through your face?’ ” Mark escaped with his life, but realised he had to get out of Carlisle. The chance to leave came unexpectedly. Arrested for assaulting his foster mum in a wrangle over her purse, he was sent to a bail hostel in Accrington. But he started using heroin through mixing with addicts there. “My giro went on heroin. I just couldn’t break away from my heroin addiction.” The continual cocktail of heroin, drink, Methadone and Valium made Mark, in his own words, “psychotic”. “One time, I was drink-

ing with this bloke. He fell asleep. I got a knife out of the kitchen and went and started checking his pockets for money. He woke up, so I stabbed him. The knife that I used – thank God – was a bread knife and quite flexible. If it wasn’t actually for that, I’d have probably been in prison now for murder. “There was blood all over me. I panicked and thought ‘What have I done?’ So I went to the phone box round the corner and phoned up the ambulance and explained, ‘I’ve used a knife on my friend’. The ambulance phoned the police and they came round and arrested me. “I did 21 months in prison in HMP Doncaster and then HMP Lindholme in Yorkshire.” Afterwards, Mark drifted to Northampton where he lived on the streets and encountered the Jesus Army. “I saw a Jesus Army sticker on a house’s window. I thought ‘I’m going to go and knock on that door and try and get some sandwiches

and a blanket’ ” He knocked on the door and Jesus Army leader, Steve, invited him in, saying “Do you want something to eat? Do you want a bath?” Mark remembers his first Jesus Army meeting. “They were singing, and I just started to well up inside. I felt really unclean and I burst out in tears. Steve prayed for me and I felt really filled with God’s love. I felt accepted and clean. “I found God over that weekend and found a love for the church, for my brothers and sisters.” Some time later, Mark was baptised – in a river in December (he must have been serious). That was five years ago in 2003. Mark is now an up-and-coming leader, living in a Jesus Fellowship community house. His face falls most naturally into a grin; no longer pinched, scared, hard, hunted. In Mark’s own words, “God has freed me. The life I’m living now is for God.” Some names changed.

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Cross perspectives #2

By Jesus’ mother IT’S A LONG and lonely road we’ve trod that’s brought us here to this blood-soaked hill. A road of tears. A road of separation. A road of suffering. My son, I see your body on this cross – weak, defenceless, exposed, vulnerable – just like the baby I nursed so long ago, there in the muck and the hay. You were mine, but not mine. Didn’t you say a long time ago that you “must be about your Father’s business”? There I was, and Joseph too, frantic with worry, searching Jerusalem for you. And where were you? Sitting amongst the teachers in the temple, calmly debating with them! No, you were not as other boys. You never were. Now your eye, bloodshot, bleeding, a river of blood streaming, it turns to me and John, the disciple whom you loved. Your mouth, cracked and

broken, speaks: ‘Woman, behold your son.’ John, my son? Are you not my son? But it’s as you said “My family are those who do my Father’s business?” Harsh, it seemed, yet not harsh as once I understood. So still I follow, as I’ve always followed, and I will do your business – to the bitter end. see page 4 >>

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The Bible still tops the bestseller lists. So what’s it all about?

WHAT IS the Bible? A set of rules? A leftover from an unscientific age? A propaganda tool? Or just a dull book from school assemblies, best forgotten? Popular, powerful, and precious? The fact is that the Bible remains popular. About 44 million Bibles are bought each year. It remains a powerful book which has hugely influenced history’s giants, from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King. And for many, many people it is precious beyond words. As one Chinese Christian said “The first Bible I saw was very precious because it was during the Cultural Revolution when the Christian faith was prohibited and Bibles were not permitted.” So why has this book, regarded by some as dangerous or dynamic and others as dull, been so hugely influential? Is it worth the fuss?

The God story But the Bible is not just religious propaganda. It is scarily honest. Rather than “spinning” an

Imaginative glimpses of how different people saw the death of Jesus.

By the devil FINALLY I’M almost there. Just a few more minutes, that’s all it will take, and then I’ve won. From the moment way back at the beginning when I wormed my way into human consciousness and sowed the seeds of doubt about God’s intentions, I’ve worked and waited for this day. “Did God say?” I said. That’s all it took to sow confusion and set mankind on the downward path to destruction. Sheer brilliance, that’s what it was. As for you, Jesus, you may have escaped death as a baby. Somehow Joseph got wind of Herod’s plans and took you away. Or again when the people wanted to stone you, but you walked through the crowd and vanished. But death’s caught up with you now. It could have been so different. Bread you refused. Power you refused. Wordly acclaim you refused. And for what? Where has it got you? A common criminal’s death, that’s what. And if you’d agreed to work with me, you could have had it all.

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official line, the Bible spells out unsparingly the failures of God’s people when they messed up, like religious people sometimes do today. The Bible tells the real, often painful, story of God and the human race: that all life has been created by a God who loves this world, who wants to make Himself known, who gets involved with us and wants us to work with Him. As well as being human writings that reflect the personalities of many different authors, the Bible’s writings also claim to be “inspired” by God. God spoke through the writers to communicate His heart and desire for people everywhere.

The common thread Not that the Bible is an easy read like a paperback romance or a junior school textbook (who would expect this from a book that stretches so far across history and different cultures?) But there is one common thread that links the entire Bible together and makes sense of it all. One person: Jesus. The Old Testament contains hundreds and hundreds of stories and prophecies that point towards the saviour that God would send to the world. And His arrival is chronicled and explained in the New Testament.

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One statistician calculated that the chances of all the prophecies made about the Christ being fulfilled in one man – as they were in Jesus – are about 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. In other words, not very likely!

Relevant? The story is told of a South Sea Islander who proudly displayed his Bible to an American soldier during World War II. Scornfully, the soldier commented “We’ve grown out of that sort of thing”. The Islander smiled and said “It’s a good thing we haven’t. If it weren’t for this book, you’d have been a meal by now!” Down the centuries, the Bible has enabled people in every kind of situation to experience God’s special love through Jesus. This love has changed millions of lives, sustained people through the toughest times and given them a reason and the endurance to make the world a better place. That is why the Jesus Army works to make the Bible – and Jesus, who the Bible shows us – known by people everywhere.

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RADIO 4’s Today programme set their listeners a challenge: to sum up the Bible in ten seconds. Here are some of the ten-second Bibles they came up with. Some were in verse, like this one

Snappy rhymes, but possibly not quite as snappy as this

Or this “Bible Haiku” (Haiku is Japanese poetry with seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven, and five)

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Reckon you can do better? Send your “ten second Bible” to Streetpaper and the editorial team will choose some to be published. Email: streetpaper@jesus.org.uk

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Some were a bit more down to earth, but took seriously the challenge of trying to really sum up the whole of the good book

Man meets God, man loses God, God Finds man.

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DUST BLOWN AWAY

Stuart Patnell tells Streetpaper how the Bible came alive for him. I THOUGHT the Bible was an old dusty book about irrelevant stories and a weirdo called Jesus. In my late teens, a friend of mine showed me some of what it had to say. I was taken with this Jesus bloke, but I must admit I didn’t really get it. A year or so down the line, I gave my life to Jesus and had a powerful experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, almost overnight, it all made sense. The things I’d read in the Bible before all clicked into place and it came alive to me. I was blown away. When I read them again, they hit me smack in the face and gripped me in a way I would never have imagined. It was like I’d had a year of learning the Bible in my head, but the Holy Spirit made it all fit together and come alive in my heart. Nowadays when I read the Bible, I’m gripped and I love it.

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A MEMBER of the Jesus Army was told he had an aneurysm on his brain. It was the size of a golf ball so the medics told him, and it was potentially life threatening. The chances of the man surviving were described by the doctors as “very slim”. His friends in the Jesus Army got praying, believing that God could heal him and save his life. When he went for a check up the “golf ball” had shrunk to a pin head size. The medics were astounded; they had never seen anything like it before. The church is thanking God - they see it as a miracle like those Jesus did in New Testament times.

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ONE SUNDAY evening in Northampton, a Jesus Army volunteer was on First Aid duty at Northampton Jesus Centre during the Jesus Army’s church meeting there. She was called by the stewards to the foyer to assist a young man. He had been attacked with a broken bottle in Abington Park one mile away. When she asked him why he had come to the Jesus Centre he said that he knew he would get help. The volunteer was able to gave him first aid and send him on to the hospital. She said: “It’s good to know that this young man felt he would get the help he needed at the Jesus Centre”.

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struggle to stay alive. Why? He’s slumped forward. A spear pierces his heart, blood and water pour out. That means he’s dead. No room for mistakes. The dark, the weird calm, the dead teacher. Then the earth shakes. Rocks split. Then there’s this eruption inside me. I find myself shouting out: “Certainly this man was innocent”. We’ve killed an innocent man. I’ve killed an innocent man. “This was the Son of God.”

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Still, it was a long day. Noon came, and darkness fell over the whole land until three o’clock. The sun was obscured. It was weirdly still. I found myself holding my breath and didn’t know why. “It’s getting late.” We have to finish it before the day ends. Take a hammer, break the legs. That way they’ll no longer be able to push up on their legs to breathe: it finishes them off pretty effectively. But for this one there was no need. He didn’t

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IT STARTED as just another day. Just another execution. Two common criminals, and then this rabble-rouser rabbi they called Jesus. We’ve done it so often now it’s routine. We have to find new ways to add a bit of interest. So we took his clothing and made four piles, one for each one of us. But the tunic was woven in one piece. “Why not make it a game then, cast lots for it” we said. And it fell to me, as it happens.

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THE MODERN Jesus army is a church of the poor, a working class, underclass church. That’s not to say there aren’t people in our ranks who come from “privileged” backgrounds, but they, like the rest of us, have embraced a lifestyle of deliberate equality: brotherhood for real. One mJa member (the son of a wealthy lawyer, now living in Christian community), had an email from an old university friend recently. In it she describes two very different reactions to the Jesus Army: “I mentioned to a lawyer that I know that I’d met up with a uni’ friend now in the JA. He went off on one about it being ‘terrible’ – and I was a bit like ‘Whoa – have you actually ever met anyone or talked to anyone in the JA?!’ Anyway, it was an eye opener as to some of the reactions you lot must inspire! “To counter this I was also chatting to a homeless guy outside Harrods who was from Coventry and who knew the JA and said you were all great; in his words ‘not like the skinny girls who go to that posh church across the road!...’ “Think it’s probably telling that it’s the homeless guy and not the middle class lawyer who is positive about your work.”

IN HASTINGS recently, two men came to the Jesus Army church meeting even though they had “never been to a church before”. Some Jesus Army members had met them previously on the streets. Meanwhile, in Coventry another young man has been experiencing church “for the first time” with the Jesus Army. More and more people have no idea what Christianity is about or who Jesus is. A Jesus Army leader said: “Many people in the UK have little knowledge about Jesus; even those who do ‘know a bit’ usually have some funny ideas about what Christians actually believe.”

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her own way round her prob- ball had rolled in and An- year, I could go shopping lems with English. “I learnt gela ran in after it). Happy on my own – it felt really to use my mind more,” she to meet Julia again, she good! I used to have to says. “Everything I wanted, asked if she could visit the take my mum with me to read prices.” I memorised.” church. Angela can now not only Packing jobs and a marAngela, now 45, enrolled ket stall followed, before, in the English classes. She read and write, but has aged 19, she married a started with the alphabet, found faith, family and much older man. It was reading shorter words and friends with the Jesus Army in Nottingham. In January disastrous. He beat her, then longer ones. . and as soon as she could, “Julia is very under- 2005, alone in her bedroom, she asked Jesus she escaped, deback into her life. termined to do “Hold me tight her own thing: and don’t let me “the usual things go,” I said. “And I – getting ready felt a release.” at 5pm, drinkNo one can ing, partying all call Angela stunight.” pid now. She likes A chance enreading the Bible, counter in the loespecially the cal post office in Psalms and the 2002 set Angela’s book of John. And life off on a differher new Chrisent course again. tian nick-name is She was standing “Evangela”, “bein a queue and cause I can talk got talking to the to anybody about lady in front who Jesus, anywhere, told her about in the town, at the reading and down writing classes The pen is mightier: now Angela is writing a book college, the Chase,” she for adults that explains. “Some had started up at the Chase in St Ann’s, Not- standing,” says Angela. listen, some walk away. But “She makes you feel comI tell anyone who wants to tingham. When Angela was intro- fortable, sits and listens, listen.” Angela is now almost duced to the teacher, Ju- and just explains it to you lia, she thought, “I know over and over again until half way through writing a book of her life and her you from somewhere.” It you get it. “When I went to school, struggle with dyslexia “so turned out they had met in a Jesus Army marquee on I thought I was always go- others can see how I strug“the Forest” 20 years be- ing to be slow, never going gled and that they don’t fore (Angela’s daughter’s to learn. But after about a have to.”

Dyslexia is that someo not a “disease” of. It is a typene can be cured likely to have 2-3 dy other, with of mind, like any children. Many have slexic and weakn its own strengths similar experience to had a ing to do esses. It is noth- la, being labelled as ‘tAngewith intelli It is a differe gence. often going through hick’, area that de nce in the brain miliating hell at schoola hu. The signs of and affects als with language dyslexia ar e needed to lethe skills that are varied and not all dy and spell. arn to read, write ics have all these sign slexfic D s: ulties in lear difare often ve yslexic people ning to good physic ry creative, have write and spell, in telli read, fr ng al om co le ft -ordination, right, in re think proble mem and can ea ms through well sequences like the bering al be si ph t, ly am un on derstand th others. membering s of year, in reor following Around 10% in st ru of ct th io e ns lation is dy popu. “Side ef oral way. Every slexic in some can include low self es fects” depression, teem, classroom and be is difficu lties in child havioural ren.

Famous dyslexics der of Richard Branson, foun panies the Virgin group of com of William Hewlett, founder Hewlett Packard Orlando Bloom, actor ess Whoopi Goldberg, actr time Winston Churchill, war Prime Minister rst George Washington, fi American President aisLeonardo da Vinci, ren sance genius ling Agatha Christie, bestsel crime novelist

Useful websites about dyslexia k www.bdadyslexia.org.u .uk www.beingdyslexic.corg.uk www.dyslexiaaction.o

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Cross perspectives #5

Imaginative glimpses of how different people saw the death of Jesus.

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HOLD ON, my Son, hold on. It is almost finished. My final plan to reverse the Satan’s plot and the disaster of human evil. They were made for relationship with me. I could never bear to leave them outside forever. And you, the sinless Man, are the only one who can set this sinful human race free. You groan and twist, tormented on the cross. Your suffering is my suffering and all the world’s: all condensed into this one moment of unadulterated evil. And then I turn my face away. No evil can dwell in my presence. “Why have you forsaken me?” you cry. But only for a moment, my son. Hold on. Hold on. Soon you will be with me in glory forever. And because you poured out your life even to death, because you counted yourself with the sinners, death will lose its sting.

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Soon you will be with me, seated at my right hand, radiant in light. And those who believe in you will join us here; even though they must cross this world’s way. “It is finished” you cry. No more sin, sickness, no more suffering, no more death. Only joy – forever. What is your perspective on the Cross of Jesus? Put your faith in Him and experience forgiveness and new life. He’s done your dying; join Him in His living. Pray like this: Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Please come into my life with Your love and forgiveness. Please save me. I freely choose to follow You for the rest of my life. If you prayed like this, get in touch with some local Christians who can help you on the next step (or phone the Jesus Army on 0845 123 5550).

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