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Bridge-building:
How shall they hear?
Reaching Hearts
A passion for the lost
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Editorial Board
Mark Barnes
Andrew Christofides
Spencer Cunnah
Chris Jenkins
Peyton Jones
Huw Kinsey
Christine Owens
Menna Thomas
Keith Vine
John Woolley
Consulting Editors
Revd Stephen Clark
Revd Philip Eveson
Revd Graham Harrison
Revd Stuart Olyott
Te Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are both land-locked
lakes, but there is a significant difference between them.
Te Sea of Galilee has both an inlet and an outlet. Water
flows through it and as a result the Sea of Galilee is alive
with fish and all sorts of marine life. But the Dead Sea
has only an inlet. No water flows out of it and as result
the Dead Sea is lifeless, with such a high concentration of
dissolved minerals in it that it is not even fit to drink. All
of which is a thought-provoking picture of the church of
Jesus Christ in the United Kingdom at this present time.
Evangelise or perish!
A Christianity that only takes in will end up a dead
Christianity. No matter how much sound teaching we
hear, fellowship we enjoy, or reformed our worship, if it
does not flow out in gospel witness to the world around,
church life will grow stale, unwholesome and dead.
Tere is a great danger at the moment that the issues that
are preoccupying church life are just internal matters.
Great energy can be expended discussing—perhaps argu-
ing about—what hymn book should be sung from, what
version of the Bible should be read and what the correct
order of service should be. It does not really matter what
the issue is if it has the practical effect of drying up
gospel outreach. If that is allowed to happen, then very
quickly spiritual gangrene will set in and do its lethal
work. A generation or two later you’ll find a church that
has become a nasty clique dominated by a few families
who still drag themselves along. But the church will have
committed suicide, leaving a building to be turned into a
warehouse, antiques centre, garage or mosque.
One of the keys to any church’s life is its evangelism. We
evangelize or perish! So how do we overcome British
reserve, natural shyness, our preoccupation with other
things and lack of spiritual zeal? How do we change our
churches from being like the Dead Sea, only taking in,
to being more like the Sea of Galilee, taking in but also
flowing out into the community in vital gospel witness?
Accountability
“We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that
each one may receive the things done in the body, according to
what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore,
the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2 Cor. 5: 10-11).
Te Bible’s first motivation for evangelism is the ultimate
accountability of the whole human race to Jesus Christ
the Judge. A verdict will be delivered at the final judg-
ment. Te apostle Paul stresses the individuality of this
judgment. Each one will receive what is due. We are
assessed personally before the Judge with no excuses, no
passing the blame and no hiding place. As the American
President Truman reportedly put on a plaque on his desk
in the White House, ‘Te buck stops here’, so it will be
on the Day of Judgment. No secrecy. No cover-ups. No
private confessionals.
Editorial: Why evangelise?
Inside...
Howshall they hear? (Peter Jeffery) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Christianity Explored (Andy Christofides) . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Reaching Hearts (Ben & Bethan Thomas) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Opening Doors: Stories fromlocal churches . . . . . . . 8
Going out with the gospel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Use words if necessary (Chris Jenkins) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
A passion for the lost (Anne Kelland) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
O-mission (Roger Carswell) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Church on the move (Ross Mackeznie) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
In righteousness I will see Your face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Children’s Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Tis provides an urgent spur to the task of making the
gospel of Jesus Christ known. Will we be able to face the
Lord Jesus Christ with a clear conscience if we know that
we have neglected the responsibility of sharing the gospel
with people who must also stand before that same Judge?
Can we be reserved, laid back or prayerless in the light
of the coming Great Day? Evangelism is not a Christian
hobby or an optional extra in the Christian life. It is a
rescue operation as urgent as any lifeboat that is launched
from our shores into a stormy sea. Te verdict of Jesus
Christ, the Judge, leaves us with no option but to start
looking for ways for the gospel to flow out from ourselves,
from our homes, and from our churches.
Responsibility
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that
if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those
who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who
died for them and rose again” (2 Cor. 5: 14-15). Paul’s ego and
reputation were not at stake as he made the gospel known.
In fact, he was able to be detached from criticisms that were
levelled against him. His experience of Jesus Christ had put
him beyond self-centred considerations. Te love of Christ
had rendered him indifferent to both the flattery and the
disapproval of human beings. He was not the centre of his
own universe any more. He lived for Jesus Christ whose
glory was the determining factor in his thinking. Te amaz-
ing reason for this was that Jesus Christ had died for Paul,
and he could never get over that astounding fact. As far as
Paul was concerned, the sacrifice that Jesus Christ had made
on the cross had meant the death of the old Paul with his
obsessive self-righteousness and pride. He could no longer
live for himself in that way. God had given him a whole new
focus in his life. Does that challenge us? Are many of our
inhibitions about evangelism associated with pride? What
will he think of me if I tell him that I am a Christian? What
will she say about me to others if I offer to read the Bible
with her? How will my neighbours react if I share the gos-
pel with them? But the love of Christ strips selfish motives
from our hearts and drives us out with a passionate desire
that other men and women around us should discover the
grace of God and the new life in Christ that we have found.
Persuasion
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were
pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be recon-
ciled to God.” (2 Cor 5: 20). Christianity is not about human
beings finding their way to God. It is about God sov-
ereignly opening up a way back to Himself by a gigantic act
of grace. Te root problem that the gospel addresses is our
sin, which is the primary obstacle between us and God. We
need to be reconciled to God. In the gospel Paul describes
a great exchange that has taken place: For God made Him
who knew no sin [the Lord Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, that
we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5: 21).
Tere is a beautiful symmetry here. On one side there is
Jesus Christ who is sinless. On the other side there are sin-
ners like us. As a result of God’s gracious intervention, Jesus
Christ is made sin and we are made righteous through faith
in Him. So simple, and yet so extraordinarily wonderful!
But the publicity of this great plan of reconciliation, all
devised and executed by God Himself, is placed in our
hands. Paul describes the message as ‘the word of reconcili-
ation’ (2 Cor. 5: 19). Tat is why evangelism requires
more than silent testimony. It requires words. It is a mes-
sage in words about what God has done in Jesus Christ,
and that message has to be passed on. Certainly people
will be encouraged to listen as a result of our Christian
behaviour and as we demonstrate the love of Christ to
them. But we cannot hide behind the silent witness of
our lives, even holy lives. No one can believe the gospel
unless they have heard it. Faith comes by hearing.
People sometimes ask what right we have to intrude upon
the lives of other people with the gospel. It’s so un-Brit-
ish! But in evangelism we are not acting as interfering
busybodies, but as personal representatives of the King of
kings. No doubt being ambassadors for Christ requires
diplomacy, but it also carries with it a certain dignity. We
have every right to face men and women with the claims
of Jesus Christ. He is their rightful King, whether they
acknowledge Him or not. Indeed, we are to do more
than that—as ambassadors we are to plead with men and
women to accept the reconciliation which the Lord offers
to all in the gospel of grace.
If these great biblical incentives are not enough for us
to make every effort to reach out with the gospel then
our churches will die. Tey will dry up. And they will
deserve to dry up, and be nothing more than examples
of what happens in a Dead Sea where no water flows
out—where we have nothing to say to a lost world des-
perately in need of a message we claim to possess.
Spencer Cunnah
Evangelism is not primarily a matter of method and
technique, but of a correct biblical attitude on the part of
Christians. Tis article is not about evangelistic methods.
Its concern is rather to help believers see their God-given
responsibility to evangelize a lost world. How we do it is
nothing like as important as doing it. Tis is not to say
that method is unimportant. Unfortunately, in recent
years, much evangelism has been so man-centred that
it has produced countless ‘decisions for Christ’ but few
conversions to Christ. A method that does not see souls
truly saved, but merely attracts and entertains sinners, is
not biblical evangelism. Te purpose of evangelism is to
reach sinners with the gospel, so that they might come in
repentance and faith to Christ.
One of the problems of the man-centred methods of the
last forty years is that some Christians have been put off
from doing any evangelism at all. Evangelical believers
tend to swing from one extreme to another. We see bad,
unbiblical methods being used and decide the safest
thing to do is nothing. Tis attitude is just as wrong as a
preoccupation with instant results. ‘No evangelism’ is not
the answer to bad evangelism.
A correct attitude to evangelism will reflect three things,
namely:
• a concern for the glory of God
• a concern for lost souls
• a concern to be obedient to the commands of
Christ.
Western civilization, in Europe and North America, has
produced a culture that cares little or nothing for God. You
only have to think of some of the things that are legally and
socially acceptable today, like abortion and homosexuality,
to see the truth of this. God no longer counts in the think-
ing of most people. Te nominal Christianity propagated
by religious programmes on the radio and TV demonstrates
the same truth. For most people today biblical Christianity
is a joke, an outdated theory that is no longer relevant, and
being ‘born again’ has become a term of disdain.
A concern for the glory of God
Only one thing is going to change all this, and that is for
men and women to be truly saved and made new in Christ.
Once a man knows and experiences the joy of new (that is,
spiritual) birth he will never mock it. Once a sinner’s eyes
are open to the beauty of Scripture it will be his delight for
ever. One of the reasons why God saves sinners is that they
might be to ‘the praise and glory of his glorious grace’ (Eph.
1:6). Tus God is glorified in the salvation of everyone
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who comes to Christ. Tere are many other ways in which
Christians can glorify God, but surely one of the greatest is
to be used by God to proclaim the gospel of Christ through
which alone sinners can be saved. It is no use mourning
over the way the world thinks of God if we do nothing to
make Him real to men and women who are dead in their
sins. Our first concern, then, must be for the glory of God.
A concern for lost souls
Men and women without Christ as their Saviour are going
to hell. Tey are not simply going to ‘a Christless eternity’,
as it is often put. Tey are without Christ now. Tey are go-
ing to exist for ever under the wrath and judgment of a holy
God. Christians often ask, ‘How can I get a burden for
souls?’ Te answer has to be: read the Bible and believe it.
Believe what it has to say about the terror of the Lord and
the eternity of judgment. Ten consider that this is what
your unbelieving children and parents and friends will have
to face unless they turn to Christ. If that does not give you
a burden for souls then nothing will. If unbelievers are to
avoid hell they must be saved. Tere must be a genuine
work of the Holy Spirit in their lives that transforms them
by grace and justifies them by faith. If we believe this, then
our methods of evangelism will be those which, as far as
possible, avoid empty decisions. We want to see these folk
truly saved, not just become religious for a short time.
A concern to be obedient
Do you see how these two concerns will govern our atti-
tude to evangelism and give it both relevance and urgency?
So thirdly, will be a concern to be obedient to the commands of
Christ. He has commanded us to go into all the world and
tell out this gospel. Once our attitude is right, evangelism
will become inevitable. We will not have to be persuaded
and organized into periodic ‘evangelistic campaigns’, but
will see evangelism as a privilege and joy.
Peter Jeffery is a retired minister an author of a number
of books including “How shall they hear?” (published
by Evangelical Press) from which this article is taken.
How shall
they hear?
Peter Jeffery
Christianity Explored is a ten-week course aimed at introduc-
ing people to Jesus Christ. Week by week course participants
explore Mark’s gospel, addressing three questions that are at
the heart of Christianity: Who is Jesus? Why did he come?
What does it mean to follow him? So runs the promotional
blurb for a course that has become so widely used by
church groups throughout UK.
At a time when almost total ignorance of the Christian
message pervades the land, anything that can be used
to shine gospel light into the gloom is most welcome.
Christianity Explored is most welcome!
Devised by the Anglican curate, Rico Tice, (currently
on the staff of All Souls in London) the course is thor-
oughly scriptural, simple to use and, vitally, simple to
understand. Over the past six years at St. Mellons Baptist
Church in Cardiff, we have used the course in various
settings and with different groups. On each occasion
those participating have been helped; believers have been
strengthened and, often, outsiders have been converted.
So, what’s it all about?
Christianity Explored is Scriptural
Te course takes participants on ‘a walk through Mark’s
gospel’ where they encounter the Lord Jesus Christ for
themselves. Te content is thoroughly biblical, simply
examining the text of Mark and relying on the Spirit
to apply the message. An often repeated phrase used by
Rico Tice is, ‘We preach Christ—God opens blind eyes’
Christianity Explored is Simple
First, it is simple to use. Te course comes with three
main booklets: How to run the course, Study guide lead-
ers’ edition, and Study guide for participants. Tese are
available from Christian bookshops or from the course
website (www.christianityexplored.com) where next day
delivery is an option. Along with the booklets, the site
can supply invitations and posters in order to advertise
the course.
When Christianity Explored was first launched, a good
deal of preparation time was necessary in order to give
the sessions’ main talks which needed to be adapted from
transcripts in the course manual. Now however, a series
of videos and more recently DVDs have become avail-
able in which Rico Tice gives the talks. Te sessions are
shot on location around Britain and are of such a high
standard that I personally no longer give the talks myself
but simply play the recordings. Te advantage is that now
non-preachers can run the course.
Secondly, it is simple for participants. Te publicity sup-
plied makes it clear that those attending need no prior
knowledge of Christianity. Tey are assured there will
be no ‘religious bits’ such as singing or prayers; also that
they will not be asked any direct questions or asked to
read out loud, but they will be given plenty of oppor-
tunity to ask questions of their own. Te course is very
simple and readily accessible to all who attend.
Christianity Explored is Flexible
A possible barrier to churches using the course is perhaps
that ten weeks is too much of a commitment. From
experience we have not found this to be the case, with
numbers holding up well and even increasing over the
period. However, the course is flexible enough to allow
for a shorter six or seven-part series to be offered if time
was a real issue.
Christianity Explored is developing
A version of the course for use with those who have Eng-
lish as a second language has been developed. Tis is very
helpful for use amongst overseas students, refugees and
asylum seekers. A youth edition has just been launched
which could be useful in schools and church youth
groups.
As a follow up to Christianity Explored, Discipleship
Explored is now available, taking participants through the
book of Philippians.
In conclusion, this is a really useful and most welcome
resource, which in the right hands and under the Spirit’s
guidance can be used by any believer to the benefit of
many and to the glory of God.
Andy Christofides is the pastor of St Mellons
Baptist Church, Cardiff and a member of the
editorial board of Te Evangelical Magazine.
A
review article
by Andy Christofides
the building of a former medical mission in Clerkenwell.
Te fact that it was ready within just a few months of our
agreeing to come was a clear sign of the Lord opening
the door for us.
Arriving with a three-month old baby could have proved
diffi cult, but the Lord made our paths straight. Te
church welcomed us so warmly that we settled in very
quickly; and having a little one means it’s easier to strike
up conversations with people we meet in the local parks
or shops. Megan, now twenty-months old, is learning
Welsh at home and attends a Welsh playgroup in south
London once a week. We’re quietly fighting all the Eng-
lish influences on her impressionable mind!
Reaching out
As a church and leadership team our greatest desire is
to see those who live in this area brought to Christ. We
are well known in the community and have many good
contacts through our children’s meetings, regular door-to-
door work and bi-monthly special services. Recently we’ve
given these a theme, for example, ‘Tanking God’ around
harvest time and ‘Love’ on the Sunday before Valentine’s
Day. Several people who don’t come every Sunday have
joined us, which has been an encouragement.
Te church in Soho has been given the use of a shop
building by the council. Te shop is on one of Soho’s
busiest streets and is a very visible gospel presence in the
heart of this depraved area. On a Tursday evening we
put a book table outside and distribute leaflets to those
passing by in an attempt to speak to them about Christ.
Many people stop and open up to us, with a number
taking a gospel or other literature and promising to read
it. Please pray for the hundreds who have taken leaflets
as well as those who have been confronted with their
spiritual need in conversation.
On Saturday afternoon a small team can be seen round
the corner from the Royal Opera House with a blue felt
board and a timeless message. Te open-air work reaches
mainly those from outside Covent Garden who are
passing through this part of London. Most don’t want
their afternoon of shopping interrupted by talk of eternal
things, but some do stop and, as we talk, we see evidence
that the Lord is at work in their heart. Pray for strength,
clarity and ‘wisdom from above’ in the open air.
A key aspect of our work is door-to-door outreach. Meeting
people ‘on their own territory’ can be a challenging thing,
but we praise God for many good relationships built up
over the years. Nevertheless we long to see those who know
us well, and know the claims of Christ equally well, stop
resisting the only One who can save them. Please pray that
in this, and all aspects of the work, the seed sown would fall
on good ground and would bear fruit for eternity.
Ben and Bethan Tomas are Covent Garden
Workers with the London Inreach Project. Before
their move to London they were members
of Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff.
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medium-term. But we were willing for that assumption to
be challenged and God certainly had other plans—plans
that we would never have dreamed of ourselves.
Te path He took us down began when we got married
and committed ourselves as a couple to seek to be obedi-
ent to His will, whatever that was. I had always known
that the Lord had the final say in the way I used the
abilities and strengths He had given me. For eight years,
the place to serve him was BBC Wales, where I worked
as a journalist, a job I loved. I’d had the ambition to be
a BBC reporter from the age of twelve. After becoming
a Christian at fourteen on an EMW Camp, I still felt it
was right to continue working towards this goal and the
Lord opened doors to make it possible.
However in the summer of 2004 my situation at the
BBC became less certain and we began to pray more
specifically for guidance about our future. Ten, over the
summer break we saw a ‘Wanted’ advert for an assistant
worker to join those already labouring in Covent Garden.
After several visits, much prayer and many conversations
with friends and church elders, we accepted the invita-
tion to make the move up the M4.
Confirmation
Tere was just one stumbling block—the small question
of somewhere to live. Yet in a matter of weeks the Lord
answered our prayers by providing for our needs: a flat in
Dick Whittington came here to find his fortune, but thou-
sands of Londoners today are spiritually poverty-stricken.
London Inreach Project
It was this great need among those living in the very
heart of the city that burdened a small group of men
twenty-five or so years ago. Tey got together to form
the London Inreach Project with the aim of planting re-
formed evangelical churches in Central London to reach
those living in that area. It’s estimated that there are
around seven thousand permanent residents in Covent
Garden alone, making that task a considerable one.
After much prayer and groundwork, the first church to
be formed was Immanuel Community Church in Soho.
Ten years later in 1997, Covent Garden Evangelical
Church came into being. Te work has been steady but
slow and today a small fellowship of ten members and
a handful of adherents gather regularly. Currently the
Covent Garden Church meets with Immanuel Com-
munity Church. Because of our location we usually have
visitors worshipping with us and we can be as many as
thirty on a Sunday. Tere are two full-time evangelists
in Covent Garden, Derek Sewell and Ben Tomas, who
work closely with Andrew Murray, the pastor in Soho.
God’s call
As with any part of Central London, there are two faces
to Covent Garden. Tere’s the public face seen by the
tourists—theatres, famous shopping streets, artists and
performers—and there are the families who work, go to
school and buy bread and milk here. It’s these people that
we feel God has called us to get alongside and live and
share the gospel with.
In many ways, London is a world away from Cardiff,
where Bethan and I lived until we moved to work here. A
capital it may be, but Cardiff can never compete with the
pace of life and sheer volume of people who flood every
part of London. (Well, match days might come close.)
If you’d asked us a couple of years ago whether we ever
thought we’d leave Wales, we would have been fairly sure
that the Lord wanted us where we were for the short- to
Reaching Hearts
in the heart of London
Ben and Bethan Thomas
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Opening doors
Stories from local churches
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Mission Impossible?
Prior to St. Mellons Baptist Church’s May Mission (en-
titled Mission Impossible?), much prayer and careful plan-
ning had taken place. Prayer bookmarks were made avail-
able to church members to help them to pray regularly for
the Mission. A free magazine containing a message from
the pastor, various testimonies of church members and
an outline of the Mission meetings, was prepared. Tis
publicity was distributed to the St.Mellons area as well as
the surrounding hamlets, totalling approximately fifteen
thousand homes. (You can read this magazine at our
website: www.stmellonsbaptist.org.uk/missionimpossible)
Te Mission week commenced with an evening meal, by
invitation only, at Blooms restaurant. About 140 people
enjoyed the three-course meal and listened intently
to Roger Carswell’s challenging epilogue. Two-thirds
of these people were the guests of church folk. As the
evening ended, each guest was given a pack containing a
John’s Gospel and Roger Carswell’s book Why Believe?
Te Family Fun Night took place on the Friday evening.
About 75-80 people attended, including contacts from
the church’s Sunday School and Youth Club. Hotdogs
were served as families moved around different stations,
facing the challenges of a variety of games as they did so.
Te evening concluded with a clear gospel epilogue.
Te Saturday morning got off to a good start with the
Men’s Breakfast at the Pastor’s home. Roger Carswell
gave a gospel talk at the end. ‘Finding God in Goa’ was
the title of the evening meeting in the chapel. Tis took
the format of an interview with Roger Carswell asking
Daniel Owen from Newtown how he had become a
Christian. A gospel message was given on the Sunday
services also, with the Sunday School singing in the
morning. As at all of the other meetings, packs were
given out to those who were interested.
During this encouraging week, most of the people who
came had been personally invited. Some made a profession
of faith, many others felt challenged and seven faithfully
attended the Christianity Explored follow-up course.
Nikki Spouse, St Mellons Baptist Church, Cardiff
Reading Group
Two years ago we were holding a Christianity Explained
course. When it came to an end a man called Mel asked
whether we were planning a follow up. It was out of that
request that our Reading Group grew.
When it began I was hoping to gather together four or
five friends from the church who would read a book for a
month and then meet to discuss what they had learned. To
my surprise we started with more than twice that number
and now have about fifteen regularly reading the books
and attending the meetings. Ages range from late teenag-
ers to those who long since qualified for their bus passes!
Te books are chosen by me. Te intention is to provide a
balanced diet. So we will try to read a book that simply ex-
pounds part of the Bible, such as Sinclair Ferguson on the
Sermon on the Mount or Dr Lloyd-Jones on Habakkuk.
We will follow that with a book that deals with Christian
doctrine or experience, such as R C Sproul’s Holiness of
God or Jerry Bridges Pursuit of Holiness. Finally we will
read a biography or a book that looks at some period of
church history, such as Arnold Dalimore on Spurgeon or
J C Ryle’s Five English Reformers.
An attempt is made to ensure that books chosen are ‘meaty’
but not too demanding, though a few more challenging
books have been introduced. Our meetings, which are
held in a member’s house, last about an hour and a half
with a break for tea and biscuits. During our time together
we work our way through a questionnaire. Tis helps us to
ground our discussion in what we have read.
It has been interesting to hear people’s reactions to differ-
ent books. One or two have been found equally helpful
by the whole group. Other books have been a real bless-
ing to some while others have found them less helpful
personally. It is good to be reminded that Christians are
not clones. We do not all have to enjoy the same books,
even ones the pastor thinks we will! When we started
out, a few joined the group with reservations. Tey said
they found reading really hard, but intended to have a
go. Without exception, all such have found the discipline
of the group a help, and they have enjoyed reading the
books. Others thought they were not interested in church
history but soon discovered they were mistaken!
As a result of the meetings it has been good to see people’s
confidence growing as they find they have something to
contribute to the discussions. Comments have included; ‘It
is good discipline to find ourselves reading books we would
not otherwise think of.’ And ‘It stops us half reading books!’
One spin-off from the group has been that members have
taken to passing on the books to others, often sending them
to friends in other parts of the country, and even abroad.
Despite its origins, the members of the group have, from
the beginning, mostly been Christians, and since we
started, the Lord has wonderfully saved Mel!
Our Reading Group came into being almost by accident,
but has proved to be a source of great encouragement and
blessing. Why not try something similar in your fellowship?
Richard Wigham, Tabor Baptist Church, Llantrisant
If you would like further information about any of
these initiatives, or would like to tell us of initiatives
undertaken by your church, please write to us.
Toddler’s Group
It’s Tursday and the Toddler’s Group is a hive of activ-
ity. Te noise level rises as little bundles of energy hurtle
down the slide, or dart in and out of the Wendy house,
or crawl nose-to-tail through the bendy tunnel. It’s a
bit quieter in the craft corner where some of the older
ones are concentrating on their paintings or Play–Doh
models, although it must be said that there are one or
two who are dropping paint all over themselves or their
neighbours with great enthusiasm. It’s just as well that
we provide plastic aprons.
Te mums and grans (and the occasional dad) are stand-
ing around or sitting in groups, chatting while they keep
a wary eye on the children. Church mums and some
older helpers move about, lending a hand where needed.
Sometimes a conversation gets serious as problems and
frustrations are shared.
A measure of calm is restored as the toddlers gather to
sing Christian songs and to listen to a story. Today it is
the story of baby Moses hidden in a basket among the
bulrushes. One mum is moved when she considers the
effect this must have had on Moses’ mother. She is one
of a small group of ladies who meet for coffee on Friday
mornings to look in more depth at the story they’ve heard
on the previous day. She has also been coming along to
the Sunday services, bringing her child with her.
Te story time is over, drinks are served, and the last
of the mums and toddlers have left. Te dishes have
been washed and toys and other resources have been
cleared away. We are tired, but a few more seeds have
been sown, a few more links
forged, a few more contacts
strengthened. We have
many opportunities here
– who knows what may
become of them? We
reflect that the children
love to sing, ‘Our God
is so big, so strong and
so mighty, there’s nothing that
He cannot do’, and so we
are encouraged to pray that
many children and adults
who meet here week by
week will come to a living
faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ.
Anne Hadley,
Freeschool
Court,
Bridgend
Real Lives
How can a small, enthusiastic, evangelical church with
limited manpower and resources touch real lives in its
locality? Tis might be a model for others to follow.
UCCF Cardiff and Pontypridd provided a team of ten
students led by Ben Carswell (UCCF Staff Worker) and
they worked alongside Noddfa Church, Pontarddulais for
a week in June. Tey distributed 3000 Neighbours News
magazines, and 5000 invitations to all the houses in the
area. Pastor Martin Williams said, ‘We could not have
covered the whole of Pontarddulais and Hendy without
the help of UCCF. Te team was excellent.’
Te mission had been planned for over a year. It started at
the Bont Carnival on the Saturday with a bookstall and
coffee tent. Each morning the team met with members
of the church to pray. Te team spent the morning on
door-to-door visiting. Tey gave out Neighbours News
and invitations to Real Lives meetings each evening. Team
Bible studies were held each afternoon. Evening meetings
ran from 6.45 to 8.00 p.m. and featured an interview/tes-
timony, followed by Ben Carswell preaching from John’s
gospel. Ben also spoke at the church’s annual Cool Kids
Club prize-giving to which local families were invited.
Two GPs, Carl and Sally Venn talked about life and
death issues at the ladies’ night. On Tuesday, John Mosey
focused on ‘When terror strikes’—reflecting on the loss of
his daughter in the Lockerbie disaster. Another evening,
Dan Owen explained how God found him after he
travelled on a ‘One-way ticket to Goa’ in India. On other
evenings, Bill Capper shared his testimony as a successful
businessman and Ali Kavanagh told the young people how
God rescued her from drugs and drug-dealing.
One student later recorded in her blog, ‘I had a really great
week of mission… I met so many lovely people and had the
privilege of working alongside them for the gospel… we
pray that much fruit will be seen as a result of the week.’
God brought a wide range of folk along. He surprised us
with His blessings. You can learn more about what we
did on our website: www.noddfa.com
Sharon Doherty, Noddfa Evangelical
Church, Pontarddulais
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10 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 11
Doing ‘church’ in twenty-first-century Britain seems to be
about as un-cool as you can get. As a result many pastors
have all but given up preaching evangelistic messages. What
we need to do is wake up and realize that we are, in part,
the ones to blame. We still seem to expect people to come
to us, but by and large, they don’t and they won’t. Actually
the Lord Jesus has made it very clear that He expects us to
go to them. Te emphasis of the Lord both in His teaching
and example is for the people of God to ‘Go’. Tat may not
be an easy prospect, but no-one said that evangelism would
be easy and that the Christian life itself would be easy.
Sitting comfortably
One of the wonderful assurances of the Great Commission,
which is still the standing orders of the church, is that when
we go, He, the Lord of Glory, the Head of the Church,
the Captain of our Salvation promises to go with us (Matt.
28:20). Should that not make a tremendous impact upon
us? Can we possibly be satisfied to think we have done our
duty by staying in our cosy buildings and praying for the
lost and preaching to the saved. Te good fisherman will
find out where the fish are and go there and fish! If we are
called to be fishers of men, surely we should do likewise!
It’s as though we have convinced ourselves of one, or both,
of the following: firstly that men are so indifferent today
they won’t listen to preaching or engage seriously about
spiritual issues, and secondly that God does not have the
power He once had to deal with men and bring them to
Himself. If the Bible is true then both of these are false.
What our society needs is the gospel! What men and wom-
en, boys and girls need is the gospel! Tragically, they are not
getting it, so many are living and dying without it! If we
really believe the gospel and its power to do supreme good
to others, should we not do all we can to take it to them.
Ignorant of the gospel
We’ve persuaded ourselves that ‘Friendship Evangelism‘
is the order of the day. Te supreme weakness with it as
a sole means of reaching people needs to be stated loud
and long—millions of people in our land don’t know
any Christians. Multitudes are outside of the scope of
the church, have no Christian friends or neighbours and
therefore are ignorant of the gospel. If we have any love for
those people, then let us go to them and point them to the
One who is able to change their hearts and save their souls.
Of course the softly, softly, don’t risk offending people
strategy has a sure appeal. But if we are serious about shar-
ing the gospel then sooner or later we are going to have to
mention the issues of sin and death and judgment. Let’s get
on with it sooner rather than later! Some of us have to la-
ment times when we left it too late and the opportunity was
gone! Yes, many Christians find witness very diffi cult. We
want to speak of Christ but struggle to bring the conversa-
tion around to spiritual things. In an open-air situation that
problem is removed. If someone has stood and listened to
gospel preaching you don’t afterwards have to talk about the
weather to open-up the conversation, you can go straight in
by asking them what they thought of the message. If you
stand in a High Street giving out tracts you will find that
just doing so will open up conversations about eternal things.
Inconsistency
How inconsistent we so often are as reformed Christians.
We put godly evangelists, like George Whitefield and
Daniel Rowlands, on pedestals and crown them as great
heroes of the faith. We read books about them, we listen
to lectures given about them and we go home thanking
God for them. But the one thing we won’t do, it seems,
is to copy them. It may have been locked church doors
which drove Whitefield into the open-air, but it is surely
empty church pews which should drive us out today. It is
time for churches to pick up the baton of our bighearted
forefathers and go into the town and city centres of our
needy land and preach ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified’.
Do men consider it undignified to stand in the local High
Street and preach Christ? After all they have their reputa-
tion to think of. Yet Scripture is full of examples of men
who were willing to put some of their dignity aside for
the sake of something far more important. We must ever
remember that we serve the One who was willing to make
Himself of no reputation in order to seek and to save the lost.
Open Air Mission
What we find when we go out to preach and witness for our
Saviour is that people are there who are willing to stop, look
and listen to the gospel. It can be so discouraging for an
itinerant preacher to arrive at a gospel service on a Sunday
evening somewhere only to be told by the elder at the door,
‘I don’t think there’ll be any unbelievers in tonight.’ When
we go into a pedestrianized shopping precinct in the mid-
dle of the day we never find a lack of unconverted people.
Te laws of this land still permit open-air preaching in
virtually every town and city. Te remarkable halting
of proposed government legislation back in January has
ensured the continuation of that freedom at least for
the present. However, at best, we should only see it as a
reprieve for the gospel and therefore the church needs to
make the most of the window of opportunity we still have.
So many churches seem to be failing in their duty to boldly
go out to people with the gospel and the blame lies at the
door of the leaders all too often. A pastor once told me that
it is a lack of expertise which prevents most pastors from
preaching in the open-air. I only wish that he was right. If
he were, then there are those available who would will-
ingly ‘come over and help’. Sadly, I fear he is not right at all.
Rather it is a lack of willingness which seems to confine
good men to their pulpits while the world outside perishes.
During the year, the Open-Air Mission has what are
known as ‘Team Events’ where outreach is carried out at
specific events or locations. One such event took place
over three days back in May. Ten Christians, five of
them full-time evangelists, took to the streets of central
Chester to proclaim the message of salvation, supported
by local evangelical churches. Te following is an extract
of the report given by the team leader Keith Bullock:
We praise the Lord for the wonderful opportu-
nity we had to preach the gospel in Chester again
this year. We seemed to have had a far better
response to the preaching than for a good many
years. Admittedly the weather played a part as
it turned out to be perfect for the kind of work
we do—a real answer to prayer. Numerous
conversations took place, with a large amount of
literature distributed. We had no opposition from
the authorities or from local shopkeepers and
offi ce workers. Many Christians, both local and
visitors, encouraged us in the work and were en-
couraged themselves as they heard the good news
of our Lord Jesus Christ being heralded forth.
Of the many benefits of open-air evangelism one is that it
helps to create an interest in spiritual things in some, and it
helps to identify others, who are already interested, in hear-
ing more. During the three days in Chester about a hundred
individuals were spoken to personally and as many gospels
of John given away.
• A Catholic lady stopped briefly to listen to the
preaching. She accepted a ‘What is Truth?’ tract,
and immediately began to read it. It was apparent
that she had never considered her own personal
standing before God. She listened, and willingly
accepted a John’s Gospel.
• Two young men at first mocked as the gospel was
preached. Later on they returned, and this time
were far more serious. Tey apologized and were
most earnest in asking how they could be sure of
going to heaven. Tey were told of the need for
genuine repentance and faith in Christ and both
took a gospel of John and an evangelistic DVD.
• A young lady listened to the preaching for a
while. She admitted to struggling with drug
addiction took a gospel of John and copy of an
evangelistic DVD which deals with addiction.
• A large group of teenage school children stopped
to listen to the preaching. A number engaged in
conversation and took gospels and Creation book-
lets. Among them was a girl who seemed quite
earnest and remained to talk after the others left.
• A Sikh gentleman was very interested and chat-
ted for quite a while. He gladly took a gospel of
John and promised to read it.
• A Hungarian man who couldn’t speak English
gratefully took an Ultimate Questions booklet in
his own language.
Tere are indeed people willing to listen to the gospel and
willing to talk about salvation. What is needed are tender-
hearted Christians who are willing to go out where they are
and share the gospel with them.
Gawin Kirkham, one of the first General Secretaries of the
Open Air Mission, speaking in the late 1870’s said:
Preach in the open-air; you have a population
that needs it, and a climate in which, for con-
siderable periods, it can be done with ease. Be
not deterred by diffi culties. Te work is of God,
and the commission given by His Son Jesus
Christ is as much in force now as when it was
uttered: Go out quickly! Time presses. Souls are
perishing. Te need is urgent. Men will hear.
God will bless. And soon there will be the ‘Well
done, thou good and faithful servant, enter
thou into the joy of the Lord.’
Tis must surely be a challenge and an encouragement to
our churches today.
Andy Banton is the General Secretary of Open Air Mission
Going out with the gospel
Andy Banton
12 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 13
possible to lead a ‘good’ life and that this will get us to
heaven. Many people think this and we must not confirm
them in this misapprehension. It is much harder work
to open our mouths and speak of God’s glory and man’s
sinfulness. I fully understand why Christians don’t want
to do this. It is painful and diffi cult to explain that all of
a person’s very best thoughts and actions only earn hell.
Witnessing needs words
It is however an immense privilege to talk about the gos-
pel. Paul could say, ‘we are ambassadors for Christ, God
making his appeal through us’ (2 Cor. 5:20). Doesn’t this
put a different complexion on explaining the gospel? We
speak on behalf of King Jesus. God uses us to appeal to
unbelievers to turn from their sin and trust Christ’s death
on the cross as their only grounds of forgiveness.
God blesses words. As Paul puts it in Romans 1:16 ‘I am
not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God
for salvation to everyone who believes’. Word and Spirit
work together so that words become ‘the power of God
for salvation’. Tat is to say, as we speak the apparently
foolish words of the gospel, God works by His Holy
Spirit to convict the hearer of the truth of our words. As
Paul puts it, ‘it pleased God through the folly of what we
preach to save those who believe’ (1 Cor.1:21). Paul came
to this conclusion in multi-faith Corinth where Paul’s
words were treated with a fair degree of contempt. Te
Jews wanted miracles, not words, and the Greeks wanted
only very sophisticated words of Greek philosophy (1
Cor.1:22). In this context Paul’s comfort and inspiration
was that although ‘I was with you in weakness and fear
and much trembling, and my speech and my message
were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstra-
tion of the Spirit and of power’ (1 Cor. 2:4). Te Spirit
comes upon the words which we speak for Christ, and
what appears foolish to the unspiritual, God transforms
into a demonstration of His Power!
Words will be provided
Jesus made the same promise. In John 14-16 Jesus is pre-
paring His disciples for his departure and He reassures
them that the Holy Spirit will be a better companion
to the believer than Jesus was to the twelve! Tis is a
glorious truth which we must keep in mind as we speak
for Christ ‘I will not leave you as orphans, I will come
to you’. We may feel very alone, feebly stammering for
Christ in a hostile environment. Te truth is, says Jesus,
the Holy Spirit ‘dwells with you and will be in you’ (John
14:17). He is alongside us and within us, guiding and
providing our words. Not only that, but when we speak
for Christ the Spirit does an amazing thing ‘He will
convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and
judgment’ (John 16:8). Tis is such a comfort to us. We
may be most inarticulate but when we explain sin to our
friends the Spirit will convince them that this is true.
When we try and explain about God’s righteousness, and
the gift of Christ’s righteousness for all who trust Him,
we can rely on the Spirit of God to bring this home to
the hearer. When we explain that the righteous God
judges sin, we can trust the Holy Spirit to give people a
sense of fear and burden that they need to be forgiven.
Of course many will reject our message and harden their
hearts to the message. Tis is not our problem. Our call-
ing is to be faithful, not necessarily successful. It is the
Spirit’s work to convict the sinner and He alone can carry
this responsibility, certainly not me or you.
So, I hope you agree with me that words are nothing to
apologize for. God uses His Word, the Bible. We do not
have to earn the right to speak God’s Word. Remember
what Jesus says: ‘all authority in heaven and on earth has
been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all
nations’ (Matt. 28:18). Te authority to do this belongs
to Christ and we need no other permission than His
command.
Chris Jenkins is the pastor of Litchard Mission Church,
Bridgend and a member of the editorial board.
I wonder how you respond to the quotation above. I have
found that many Christians accept the authority of this
saying without question. It has, it seems to me, become
almost an additional scripture for many. I want to chal-
lenge this.
Perhaps we feel obliged to obey this quote because it
comes from Francis of Assisi. Francis is obviously very
famous and I’m sure was a great man. He founded the
Franciscan order of monks. He is a famous example of
dissatisfaction with materialism. He was the son of a rich
merchant and chose a life of poverty. All very impressive!
I suspect however that Francis’ famous love of animals
is what endears him to the British. After all, we are a
nation of animal lovers! I have even known churches
(not ones associated with the Evangelical Movement
of Wales!) hold animal blessing services and Francis is
invoked as the authority for this.
If Evangelicals are not drawn to services of animal bless-
ing, they are often impressed by Francis’ famous hymn,
‘Make me a channel of your peace’. Tis hymn does have
merits, who wouldn’t want to be a peacemaker? Person-
ally however I’ve always found the hymn rather sancti-
monious. I don’t really like hymns which focus on ‘me’
and what I’m going to do for God. I would rather sing
about the peace which Jesus makes through His blood on
the cross and my total dependence upon His grace.
I’m sure Francis’ life of sacrifice would put me to shame,
but his words ‘Preach the gospel use words if necessary’
drive me mad! One friend of mine likens the quote to
saying to an English teacher, ‘Teach English, use words
if necessary’, or to a maths teacher, ‘Teach maths, use
numbers if necessary’ !
Dangerous
However, this quote is not only silly, but also dangerous.
It permits Christians to close their mouths when they
should speak out in witness and evangelism. Of course
we must preach the gospel in word and deed. Our words
must be matched by our deeds. We must repent when
this is not the case. But we must use words! Te idea that
preaching is possible without words is laughable! Preach-
ing without words is not preaching. Moreover God likes
words. He spoke creation into being (Gen. 1:3). He sus-
tains all things by the word of his power (Heb. 1:3). Jesus
is the Word of God. As John put it, ‘Te Word was God’
(John 1:1). God chose to reveal Himself in the words of
the Bible.
I understand why it would be nice to do without words.
Words divide. If we speak about Christ this provokes a
response either negatively or positively. Perhaps people
won’t like us if we speak about Jesus. Whereas simply
‘witnessing’ by being a good person in work or in our
community means being known as a good person. Te
question is, however, will people understand that you are
good because Jesus has saved you. Tis is where words are
essential.
If we do not use words we are effectively leaving people
in the state of the ignorant heathen in Romans 1. Yes,
such a person is ‘without excuse’ because they can see
that there is a God who is to be worshipped, from His
creation. But they cannot get to Christ from their general
apprehension of creation. As Paul puts it in Romans
10:14 ‘But how are they to call on him in whom they
have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of
whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear
without someone preaching?’ Notice that the purpose of
preaching is not that people should ‘see’ something about
us, the purpose of preaching is that they might ‘hear’.
Tis is where words are essential. Sinners need to hear
the gospel—in word form.
Doctrine needs words
Words are essential to describe God’s glory. Remember
the second commandment, ‘You shall not make for
yourself a carved image’. A picture of God would dimin-
ish His glory, only words can do Him justice. Certainly
we can look at God’s creation and see something of the
magnitude of His glory and even God’s divine nature
(Rom. 1:19,20). However, to understand that God’s glory
destroys sin requires words. Similarly to understand that
God glorifies Himself supremely by saving sinners, words
are required.
Words are required to explain about sin. Again Romans
1 teaches us that we have consciences but it takes the
Word of God to convict us that, again in Paul’s phrase,
‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom.
3:23). If we just try and live out the gospel without words,
many will conclude the opposite of the gospel, that, it is
Preach the gospel,
use words if necessary
Chris Jenkins
14 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 The Evangelical Magazine: November 2006 15
Chris Owens interviews Anne Kelland who has served with
WEC in West Africa for more than thirty years.
How did a girl from the Rhymney Valley
become the WEC field leader for West Africa?
I was born in a small house in Cefn Fforest and later
lived in Maesycwmmer. It was a caring family and I went
regularly with my three brothers to church and Sunday
School. When I was sixteen my father died suddenly. I
was very close to my dad, and the last thing that I wanted
to do was to sit my GCE exams. A family friend came to
the house and encouraged me to take the exams, so I did.
A few months after finishing school I started my ortho-
paedic nursing training. It was during this time that I
came into contact with the Nurses Christian Fellowship
and first heard about a personal salvation. I can’t remem-
ber a time when I didn’t believe in God and that His Son
Jesus had died for the sins of the whole world, but it was
only as I related more with the Christian nurses that I
realized they had a peace which I didn’t have. However,
it wasn’t until three years later during my general nurse’s
training that I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour.
I gradually got involved in the Nurses Christian Fel-
lowship, no longer just going along to the meetings for
the coffee and biscuits at the end! I didn’t like to be up
front and often made excuses when asked to do things. I
found praying in a prayer meeting especially diffi cult. In
our nurses’ home we held a weekly early-morning prayer
meeting. Each week I went determined that I would pray,
but I would come away not having prayed. But Te Lord
had His way of getting me involved. One week He kept
everybody away except for one other person! It was the
start of my praying in public! As I look back now I am
so grateful to the nurses who didn’t give up on me but
continually encouraged me and prayed for me. I also got
involved in the church and in missions.
I was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Car-
diff. At one Sunday service the Lord spoke clearly to
me through some words in Mark 16:19-20: ‘After the
Lord had spoken to them . . . the disciples went out and
preached everywhere and the Lord worked with them
confirming his word.’ I knew the Lord wanted me to
go and share His Word and He would work with me
confirming His word. So I began to make enquiries at
different Bible schools and the Lord opened the door for
me to go to the WEC Missionary Training College in
Glasgow for two years.
My time at college was a very happy one and full of new
experiences, where I learnt not only how to study the
Bible in depth, but also to depend on God in a new way
and to trust Him to supply all my needs. I also learnt so
much about prayer, not only for myself, but for the needy
situations around the world. Days of prayer and fasting
were a new experience for me. I had never done door-to-
door visitation but every week we would go out in twos,
up and down the tenement blocks in Glasgow knocking
on doors to share God’s Word. At first I was terrified and
often prayed that no one would answer, but God gave us
wonderful opportunities to tell of His love. Every Sunday
we would go in teams to the main market in Glasgow for
open-air meetings. In all these new experiences God was
preparing me for what He had for me in the future.
After college I became a member of Mount Pleasant
Evangelical Church in Maesycwmmer and the church
has been very supportive. Te Lord confirmed His call to
the Gambia, West Africa, with 1 Cor. 16: 9: ‘a great door
for effective work has opened to me.’ So from 1975 until
the end of 1998 I worked there with WEC. At first I was
involved in medical work and with the small developing
church and later in the leadership of the team together
with my co-worker Shirley Strong from Australia. We
saw the missionary team grow to include at least ten
different nationalities, and also the Evangelical Church
of the Gambia registered under the leadership of a Gam-
bian. Troughout these years I can praise God for His
faithfulness. In my weakness He has been my strength.
One thing is for sure: when we walk with the Lord, He
leads and directs our steps. He closes and opens doors
of opportunity and service. As my time in the Gambia
was coming to an end, I received an invitation to join our
International Offi ce team. So from mid 1999 until the end
of 2002 I lived at Bulstrode, the WEC headquarters in UK,
where I was mainly involved in administration. Tis was a
further time of adjustment and learning. In 2003 I returned
to Africa and now I am living in Dakar. Pauline Wager and
I are the Regional Directors for West Africa and responsible
for six WEC fields: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau,
Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Can you give us some highlights of your years
in West Africa?
Te first is being part of a team working together with
one goal and a passion to see people turning from dark-
ness to light. Tis has involved hard work and flexibility,
especially working in a multicultural team, but the
rewards have been enriching.
Another is seeing people come to the Lord and go on to
become leaders in the church in both the Gambia and
Guinea. It has also been painful. We once had to stand
by helplessly as a young believer was beaten by his father
in front of our home. Crowds were standing around and
they asked us to intervene. When we asked what could
be done he asked us just to go inside and pray.
Te third was attending the first Christian wedding ever
in a village in Guinea. Pastor Lamin’s daughter Mariama
married Pastor Modou of the Evangelical Church of the
Gambia. It has been a privilege and a challenge to watch
these lives develop and blossom in serving the Lord. Tey
are the Church leaders now and our role is to pray and
support rather than to lead.
There must have been discouragements too.
What were they?
One has been not being able to communicate effectively
because of lack of fluency in the languages and lack of
insight into the culture.
Another was having to dismiss several of our key medical
staff who were baptized believers because they had been
stealing medicine from the clinic and we could no longer
trust them. How disappointing it was to see leaders in
the church walk away from following the Lord. At times
like this it is easy to stop trusting anyone and to want
to give up. But the Lord had to show me over and over
again the need to forgive and to start re-building rela-
tionships, just as He does with me.
Tere have also been misunderstandings on the team, and
seeing some team members leaving the field because the
work was too diffi cult.
Finally, a big disappointment has been watching minis-
tries closing down because of lack of personnel.
What are the responsibilities of your present
job?
My present job involves a lot of travel, mainly within
Africa. We must always be ready to spend hour upon
hour at airports because flights are delayed. Flexibility is
so important as the programme can change very quickly
especially when a crisis occurs.
Our main role is advising, giving pastoral care, training
and crisis management. Pauline and I try to visit fields
at least twice a year but some of the smaller fields more
often. We attend the annual field conference on each
field, and then make another visit later in the year to see
the teams where they live and work.
I find my ministry very challenging and fulfilling. People
often comment that I seem to be always travelling but
this is the work that the Lord has called me to, and I
have proved over and over again that ‘the joy of the Lord
is [my] strength’ (Neh. 8:10).
What would you like readers of the magazine
to be praying for you, and your team, both for
now and the future?
Te theme of our recent international conference was On
fire for the King with a passion for the lost. Tis is my desire
that my love for Him and my passion for the lost will be
evident in my life. Pray for wisdom and strength in all
our interaction with the field leaders, teams and churches
we visit. Pray that we will be a source of strength and
encouragement to them.
Secondly, pray for more personnel to fill the many gaps
on our field. We need people with a passion to see souls
won for the Lord and also to disciple believers to matu-
rity and leadership. Te church in Africa is growing but
there are still many unreached people groups. If readers
want to know more about work among the Mandinka,
Fula, Wolof, Jola, and more, please write and I will
gladly give you more information. My e-mail address is
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missions which are effective in evangelism. For details of
one recent mission which the Lord used, I encourage you
to read the article, ‘A strategy for Church evangelism’ on
www.theevangelist.org.uk website.
It is all too easy to throw up our hands in horror that
the Lord’s work is diffi cult and not very fruitful. But
who knows, perhaps we could prove again the truth of
Psalm 126: 5-6 that as we sow in tears, we will reap with
great joy and a rich harvest of people coming to faith in
Christ? Tere must be sowing before there can be reaping.
Roger Carswell is an itinerant evangelist
with Te Association of Evangelists.
everyone to know. Tere may well have been criticism by
some locals, but that all led to a greater dependence upon
the Lord to bless the labours of the Christians.
Mission possible!
Is it not time to take up the challenge to show that we
love the Lord, and the lost by organizing long weekend,
or better still, weeklong missions? We do not want our
gospel to be hidden away, proclaiming it to the same
people within the confines of the same four walls. So let
us attempt great things for God, and then expect great
things from God. Let us ensure that everyone in our
locality know us, know what we believe, and know that
we want them to believe too. It seems to me that one of
the best ways is to arrange prayerfully, carefully thought-
out evangelistic missions, which target everyone in the
neighbourhood. Te gospel is still the power of God for
salvation, even to our post-modern generation.
A mission will cost both financially and in effort. It will
seek to be strategic and relevant for the people of the
neighbourhood. It will depend on Christians having
suffi cient confidence that the gospel will be winsomely,
faithfully and compassionately preached that they can
invite and bring people to listen. People have changed,
so the style of mission needs to be helpful to the people
of this present day. Te message is still that of ‘Christ
and Him crucified’ but we will need to think through
the style of mission. For example, outside of our Sunday
services, I think it is better not to ask unsaved people to
sing our hymns, but to come and hear our message in a
warm and welcoming atmosphere. Instead, a good musi-
cal group can serve the purpose of musically pointing
people to the Lord. We will need to think through our
vocabulary—many words and phrases that we love are
complete gobbledegook to non-Christians. And even if
they use our vocabulary, they may not use our diction-
ary, and mean something different from us. We need to
carefully choose the person who is to preach so that the
message is clear, non-condemning but true to the claims
of Jesus Christ. I have found that a good, clear testimony
that is shared through an extended interview can be very
powerful, and have genuine appeal for a non-Christian to
come and hear. I know from repeated experience, even in
recent years, that it really is possible to organize Church
for a new life, or the family living on a tough estate, or
our Muslim or Hindu neighbour? When I see the night-
clubs emptying at 2 or 3 in the morning, I wonder who is
reaching the person who goes to bed when I get up, but
gets up when I go to bed?
So why have church missions become a thing of the past?
And why have we lost confidence in the gospel to such
an extent that we feel we can only proclaim anything of
the good news as a tag-on after a fun evening, or a lavish
meal or a quiz night? Are we only able to evangelize
the very young and very old? Have we really reached
the stage where we cannot interest people in hearing a
relevant, engaging message about the Lord? Is our post-
modern age impossible to reach by simply proclaiming
the gospel with the power of the Holy Spirit? Or are we
excusing our lack of faith and zealous work for the Lord
by saying to ourselves that no one is interested in the
gospel? Has our proclamation become irrelevant to our
lost and desperately needy society?
Fervour
Not so long ago there used to be church or even inter-
Church missions. Tey were times when Christians
united in prayer and outreach to touch communities with
the gospel message. Teir main focus was the evangelistic
event each evening, but during the day the gospel would
be proclaimed in the open air, in homes and schools,
workplaces and pubs or clubs. Tere was fervour, with a
sense of expectation, looking to God to do the great work
of saving the lost. People were saved. Christians were
blessed, and the gospel of Jesus more engrained in peo-
ple’s minds. Of course there were sometimes extremes,
exaggeration and embarrassment, but through it all God
did His work, to honour His Son. If only for the dura-
tion of the mission, the Lord Jesus became the talking
point of the town. Communities knew that Christians
really believed what they believe, and that they wanted
Excuse me, but I am bewildered… and troubled by my
bewilderment. Discouraging statistics on how congrega-
tions are dwindling have bombarded the church, and
church attendance numbers are in free-fall. We are
living in days where there is almost total ignorance about
anything to do with the Christian message, or the Bible
story. Christians have so little credibility that when the
BBC recently produced a series of programmes on the
person of Jesus, the presenter was a committed Muslim.
Schools are increasingly wary of Christians taking as-
semblies or lessons. Te true and living God has been
excluded from government, the media, education and
society. God has seen fit to allow people from all over
the world, from different cultures and religions, to come
and live as our neighbours. Te ordinary British person
is thought to be spiritual and longs for happiness, which
seems illusive. And yet, the evangelical church has sud-
denly gone silent in its gospel proclamation. We seem
to have retreated into the safe houses we call churches,
and are satisfied by caring for our own needs. We are
concerned for overseas missions but hardly shed a tear
for those who live on our street but are without Christ or
hope.
A thing of the past
In a previous generation Christians preached to cinema
queues and in the open air. Tey went from door to door
sharing the gospel, gave away tracts on the street, put up
marquees from where the gospel would be preached, but
now we seem content to simply arrange courses for our
friends who are interested in the gospel. No wonder so
many churches see few people being converted year by
year. Praise God for the fruit there is through Christian-
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who have no Christian friends? Who is reaching the
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Te church at Wheelock
Heath recently celebrated its three-hundredth
anniversary. Te building is in an obscure village, chosen
during its furtive beginnings as a meeting place for dis-
senters on the run from the established church. Today
the village of Wheelock Heath is still small, though
it has grown with the addition of a number of small
commuter-belt estates. Te towns of Sandbach (20,000
population) and Crewe (120,000 population) are three
miles away, although people travel to the church from as
far away as Congleton (10 miles) and Alsager (6 miles)
as there is little in the way of conservative evangelical
churches in South Cheshire. Te area is a commuter belt
for Liverpool, Manchester, Stafford, and North Birming-
ham.
A big decision
As a result of people moving in to the area and conver-
sions taking place, the church had grown from seventy
members in 2001 to107 members. With as many as 170
attending on Sunday mornings, the numbers had reached
bursting point for our small building, particularly for
Sunday School accommodation. Te associated discom-
fort and safety concerns forced us to make a decision
about our meeting in the future.
Tis challenge to the status quo of the previous 300 years,
led to a number of suggestions outlined in a very helpful
document issued by the elders. A number of options were
open to us: remodel our existing building at a cost of
£250,000, providing seating for 266; erect a new building
on our car park costing £530,000, providing seating for
300; purchase or rent an existing building nearby; move
to a school hall or similar for each Sunday morning; or
have two Sunday-morning services.
Tis was made a matter of prayer privately, corporately
at our mid-week meeting and also on several Sunday af-
ternoons when we prayed together specifically about this
situation. A helpful feasibility study was received from a
Christian architect with advice and costing. As we had a
limited amount of land, and were effectively land locked,
it was agreed that any expansion would be too costly for
the actual benefits. Searches for land and buildings were
unfruitful, and we accepted that, having recently under-
taken major work on the manse, a further major project
was probably not a wise move. Further, since the main
area of membership growth was from people moving
into the area (70% of the growth) which is a commuter
belt, some of the movements may not be lasting. Some
felt that two Sunday-morning services could lead to a
weakening of our fellowship.
Times which involve change can be divisive, but we
thank God that He gave us unity and harmony during
this time and it was a time when we drew nearer to Him.
Soon the growing and settled view of the church was
towards the option of moving to a school hall, and a
number of suitable local buildings in the Sandbach and
Crewe directions were considered. Our pastor, Danny
Foulkes, reached an agreement with the headmaster
of the girls’ secondary school in Sandbach to use their
premises every Sunday morning for a six-month trial.
Tis, we believe, was confirmation of God’s leading and
we first met at the school in January 2006, and have done
so every Sunday morning since. We continue to meet in
our existing building in Wheelock each Sunday evening.
Ups and downs
Inevitably, but sadly, we have lost a few that used to
attend the church building at Wheelock, but by far the
majority of our members have seen the school as God’s
provision for us at this time. Even some who were a little
reluctant initially now recognize that God was leading
us in this direction. Te additional space has given us the
ability to welcome more people, including a few from the
immediate area. We use the school dining room to have
coffee and muffi ns after the morning service so that we
can enjoy meaningful, informal conversation. Delivery of
leaflets and evangelistic material to four thousand homes
in this area of Sandbach has been carried out, and we
pray that we may have an impact here. We hope to do
another delivery in the autumn and stimulate interest in
a Christianity Explored course, and perhaps hold some
accessible evangelistic services at Christmas.
What have been the downsides? An early start! We start
setting up at 9.30 a.m. for the 10.30 service. Everyone
has the opportunity for practical ‘ministry’ by putting up
posters, taping off ‘no go’ areas, setting up Sunday school
rooms etc. Some weeks there are unexpected problems,
which leaves us only just enough time to set up correctly.
Te most diffi cult period has been the summer exami-
nation month when there are 250 desks and chairs to
remove and then replace with yardstick accuracy. Sitting
down for the morning service can be accompanied with
hot sweat trickling down your back! But we think this is
a small price to pay.
In addition, it can be a job keeping track of new visitors.
Te deacons attempt to welcome, chat to, and get the
names of, all new attendees. Tis is not always possible
and, at the monthly deacons’ meetings, we can end up
with an interesting array of nick-names, based on ele-
ments of the conversations recalled.
Going forward
Te dynamics of the church changes as numbers increase
and it is possible to lose close contact with people. We op-
erate a small group structure, which alleviates the problem
to some extent, but some still slip through the net and
this can lead to loneliness. It is so easy to become anony-
mous in a large group of people. Preparation for worship
includes praying for sensitivity to seek out and encourage
those of our brothers and sisters especially in need, and
engaging in the sort of conversation the writer of Hebrews
exhorts us to in his ‘Let us’ section in 10:24-25.
As elders and deacons we have been reading John Ben-
ton’s Te Big Picture for Small Churches and noticed the
following, ‘Te real problems in churches are to do with
lack of life and fruitfulness, not the fact that it is a little
flock. Te evidence of the grace of God does not depend
on numbers’. Te opposite of this is obviously true,
numerical growth is not necessarily a sign of the grace
of God. We are not to let numerical increase, and the
administrative burden that it can bring, distract us from
the true spiritual health and growth of the church. John
Benton also makes the observation, ‘I have often noticed
a rather disturbing situation. It seems to me that many
larger churches are actually small churches, but with
very large fringes’. Tis becomes evident when asking for
additional support for the Sunday school, open air work,
and various other evangelistic activities. We should not
be unaware of the evil one and his devices, and consider
scale in the same terms as the world around us.
We long to see days of deep spiritual change in hearts,
created by the Spirit of God, through the Word of God.
Tis may be facilitated in a building with more space, but
God’s secret work is far beyond such physical parameters.
A contemporary, faithful, and living local expression of
Christ’s Church, experiencing the fresh presence of our
God, evidenced in deeper worship witness and mission,
is what we yearn for.
Please pray for us! Pray above all, as we believe God has
led us forward thus far to this new location, that He will
be with us in the future, in the worship and honouring
of His name, and the joyful, willing proclamation of His
gospel, in this new and needy area.
Ross Mackenzie is an elder of Wheelock
Heath Baptist Church
Church on
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War and Grace is a terrific book. It contains thirteen
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Te stories are wonder-
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had the privilege of writing and speaking to…’ War and
Grace is truly a labour of love. You feel that the author
knows each of the men and women in the book, and as a
result the reader feels he knows and understands them, too.
It would make a great gift for a teenage boy (and it’s not
often you can say that about a Christian book). It’s real
Boys’ Own stuff – though I hope that doesn’t put off ladies
from reading it too! Did you know the Japanese pilot
who led the attack on Pearl Harbour was later converted?
Were you aware that the British secret agent who was
the inspiration for 007’s ‘Q’ was a Christian? Had you
realised the chaplain to Goering, Hess and the other
Nazi leaders at Nuremburg was a believer? Ten you need
to read War and Grace!
Almost everyone will enjoy and be helped by this book. Te
gospel is very clearly explained within each story, and there-
fore has great evangelistic potential. Yet believers will read it
and be both challenged and encouraged. So buy at least two
copies – one for yourself and one to give away!
Mark Barnes
Reviews
The Jesus Gospel
Liam Goligher,
Paternoster, £7.99
If the mark of a good book is
that it causes you to worship
your Saviour, then Te Jesus
Gospel is truly an excellent
book.
Te subtitle ‘Recovering the
Lost Message’, demonstrates
the book’s purpose – it’s a
response to Steve Chalke’s Te
Lost Message of Jesus, which
cause something of a furore
in 2003. Tis was not simply
because Chalke was denying the atoning work of Christ
on the cross – countless numbers have done that over the
generations – but that Chalke was denying penal substi-
tution whilst claiming to remain evangelical.
Tankfully, Liam Goligher does not defend the truth of
scripture by poring over Chalke’s work point by point.
Instead (to paraphrase Spurgeon), he lets the lion out
of the cage. Te Jesus Gospel is no mere defence against
liberal theology, it’s a glorious affi rmation of the truths of
the whole Bible in relation to the Cross.
Goligher, who was one of the preachers at this year’s
EMW Aberystwyth conference, structures the book us-
ing thirteen ‘scenes’ (chapters), grouped into three ‘acts’.
Each scene is solidly based on a biblical chapter or book,
and this is what gives the book it’s authority and power.
In Act 1, the book opens with the High Priestly prayer of
Jesus in John 17, before moving to the Pentateuch for a
thorough biblical grounding of sin and atonement, with
chapters on the fall, the flood, the Exodus and the Day
of Atonement.
In Act 2, Goligher moves to the person and work of Jesus,
showing the scandal of forgiveness (Psalm 51), the suf-
fering servant (Isaiah 53), and the purpose of Jesus (the
Gospel of Mark).
Act 3 shows the consequences of the cross, with chap-
ters looking at the book of Romans, reconciliation (2
Corinthians 5), God’s love (1 John), holy living (1 Peter)
and judgement (Revelation).
Tis is a book to be read alongside an open Bible, and one
that should have has two main audiences. Christians who
want to know more of what the Bible says about Jesus’ aton-
ing work will find their hearts warmed as their minds are
challenged. As the majesty of gospel truths stir your heart,
you will be brought to your knees in worship. But it’s also a
book that could be of particular value to those who say they
believe that Bible but haven’t grasped the implications of it’s
message. Tey will discover that its impossible to ignore the
seriousness of sin, or the glory of God’s redemptive plan.
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Some of you may know, or know of, our dear friend
Joanne (Jo) Williams who was taken by her Lord at the
age of thirty-three earlier this year after being diagnosed
with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2004. Jo is
now a member of Christ’s heavenly kingdom—a joy for
her, but a huge loss for her family, friends and the mem-
bers of Highfields Church, Cardiff, where she is so well
and truly loved and remembered. Jo had a massive impact
on a lot of people in many different areas of life, but here
we simply want to remember those areas of church minis-
try with which she was especially involved—EMW sum-
mer camps and International Student work in Cardiff.
EMW camps
Along with her sister, Beth, Jo had been a regular EMW
summer camp-goer since the age of ten. Many will
remember the two of them at the various camps and
Aberystwyth Conferences over the years. At the age of
fifteen Jo strongly felt the need to give something back to
this valuable work and so she became a ‘cook’ or ‘kitchen
helper’ working with Deanne and Peter Hallsworth at
Bryn-y-groes, Bala, and building up a close relationship
with both of them. Her commitment to her Lord, and
her evident talents working with children and young
people were soon noted, and it was no surprise that, at
the age of eighteen, she was asked to be an offi cer and
later, a ladies’ leader at EMW camps.
Jo was a highly valued member of every camp team in
which she had a part. She had the ability to organize ac-
tivities for the whole camp while also keeping her eye out
for the individual who was either struggling with home-
sickness or needing to talk about spiritual issues. She also
looked after the offi cers exceptionally well, providing
those much-needed cups of tea and biscuits at regular
intervals! Many also benefited from her enthusiasm and
encouragement in sharing the Word of God with young
people. All who attended camps with Jo, or who worked
alongside her, would agree that she had a real heart for
the work and that her involvement in
this area will be greatly missed.
International student
work
Every year thousands of
overseas visitors come to live
in Cardiff; many
of them are
students, some
are asylum
seekers or
migrant
work-
ers.
For many it is their first experience of Britain, or even
of being abroad at all. For many there is a curiosity, an
openness to discovering about the religion of their new
host nation. Tere is no doubt that Jo was concerned that
these guests of ours might be truly welcomed with fitting
Welsh hospitality, that they might find true friendship
among their hosts, and above all, that they might find
an opportunity to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus
Christ.
One former international friend wrote after Jo’s passing,
‘I can recall several times when, struggling with adapting
to my new cultural environment, Jo came to my side,
when no one else seemed to notice, and lifted my spirits
with her encouragement.’ Every September, when the
new international students would be arriving in Cardiff
by the busload, often somewhat disorientated, she would
be there, taking leave from work to spend all day stand-
ing in the Talybont car park or at the train station, meet-
ing the new arrivals, carrying suitcases, helping them
with their needs, making friends, showing the love of
God for the stranger and the alien, a work she had been
doing since her own student days.
One of the many things that Jo did as part of her work
with international students in Cardiff was to hold Bible
studies in her home. On alternate Wednesdays, during
term time, a small group of female students would attend.
Tey enjoyed Jo’s warm hospitality and cups of tea—Chi-
nese green or British. Tey borrowed books and films
to help with their English and enjoyed looking at Jo’s
family photographs. Most important of all however, they
were able to learn about God, and to ask questions about
Christianity. Tey were prayed for and cared for, and Jo
loved doing it.
Jesus at the centre
At her funeral service at Highfields Church, Cardiff,
Revd Peter Baker said of her, ‘Jo was like very few people
of her generation—100% committed. She gave herself
totally. Jo liked rugby, music and films. Jo was a very
normal person. But there was only one thing she lived for
and that was her faith in Christ. Like a stick of rock, the
name Jesus ran right through Jo Williams and anywhere
you broke her, and life did break her sometimes, you
would find her faith, her love for the Bible, and her com-
mitment to the message of Christ. Tat’s why the text on
the order of service at Jo’s funeral sums her up: For to me
to live is Christ and to die is gain. For those of us who
remain, the question is “for me to live is… what?”. Jo
would tell us, “No one less than Christ is worth the
effort” ’.
And in righteousness I shall see your face; when
I awake, I shall be satisfied with seeing your
likeness (Psalm 17:15).
In righteousness I will see Your face
Jo Williams (1972-2006)
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Forward! be our watchword
Te EMW Annual Meetings held this year in early
October at Malpas Road Evangelical Church, Newport,
were different! Tey were intended to be a bridge be-
tween the preaching rallies of the past and an all-inclu-
sive family day planned for the future.
Andy Christofides started with an attention-grabbing
gospel message, genuinely suitable for all ages. Stuart
Olyott, after presenting us with some frightening statis-
tics, called on four men to tell us about the work in their
part of Pagan Wales. Tim Gill (Newtown), Owen Grif-
fiths (Rhondda Valley), Chris Rees (Narberth) and Roger
Tomas (Ceredigion) all painted a picture of scattered
believers and struggling churches. Te rallying call was
given to the larger churches to pray for, help and support
these spiritual wastelands.
After refreshments and fellowship, there were concurrent
meetings. One, led by David Norbury, was an interactive
meeting for young people, entitled Youth Focus. Tis ma-
jored on the camps work of the Movement. At the same
time, Geraint Fielder gave a paper on Te Forward Move-
ment and Us, reminding us of the ministry of John Pugh
and the Joshua brothers with lessons for our own day.
In the final meeting Jonathan Stephen, the new principal
of the Evangelical Teological College of Wales, took us
to the edge of the Red Sea with Moses. Here we were
reminded that God called Israel to be obedient and to go
forward, not stand still or go back. Te call for us today
is also to go forward, despite the times in which we live.
I was glad to have travelled to Newport to be at these
meetings. Why not plan to be there next year? I, for one,
will be looking forward to them.
Mike Leaves
New building in Clydach
Bethel Evangelical Church, Clydach was founded thirty
years ago after seceding from the Presbyterian Church
of Wales. Te first church met in a small Red Cross Hall.
Within a few years an old church building was purchased
from the Church of Wales. With the introduction of new
rules governing disability access and toilets a decision
had to be made whether or not to update the existing
building or consider a rebuild.
Te new church is a two-storey structure with the seating
capacity in the main hall increased from 80 to 120. Te
main hall is situated upstairs with a baptistery fitted
into the floor. Tere is also an elders’ room and an offi ce
on the first floor. Te ground floor has a minor hall and
ancillary rooms. Access to the first floor is either by stairs
or disability lift.
Te new building was opened for meetings on 3 Sep-
tember 2006, when Revd Nigel Clifford and Revd Paul
Clement preached. Te offi cial church opening service
was conducted on 16 September when the previous min-
ister, Revd John Mainwaring, preached to around 180
people. Tere was also a special evangelistic meeting held
for the construction workers, suppliers and non-Chris-
tian friends and family on 21 September when the Rev
Andrew Davies preached to around 130 people.
Tese days were very special in the life of the church.
Many of those in attendance were founder members. All
could testify to the goodness of God in His provision for
the new building.
Nigel Clifford
New pastor at Ebenezer
Saturday, 30 September saw the induction of Revd
Graham John to the pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist
Church, Swansea.
Revd Sulwyn Jones, who had skilfully guided the church
through the process of calling a new pastor, led the
induction service. Te scriptures were read and prayer of-
fered by Revd Winford Tomas, the previous minister of
the church. John Aaron gave a clear account of how the
fellowship had set about the task of seeking and calling
a new minister and become increasingly convinced that
God was leading them to Revd Graham John.
Graham’s response left no one in any doubt that he too
had been deeply conscious of the leading of the Holy
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Spirit in this matter. Church members and new minister
then made solemn vows to pledge their commitment to
support and pray for one another. Revd Meirion Tomas
prayed for God’s blessing on both pastor and people, and
Brian Jones gave a warm welcome to Sian, Owen and
Evan into the family of the church at Ebenezer.
Rev. Peter Milsom’s sermon from 2 Cor. 4 on the treas-
ure of the gospel stored in jars of clay, made everyone
realise the awesome responsibility, which the minister
and congregation have in being entrusted with the task of
declaring the gospel of Christ. It set a seal on the decla-
ration of Graham’s keynote sermon from 1 Corinthians
on his first Sunday in Ebenezer, like the apostle Paul, to
‘know nothing…but Jesus Christ and Him crucified’.
After the service Graham and his family, the members of
Ebenezer, the members of Seion, Maerdy, where Graham
was pastor for fourteen years, and the many fellow Chris-
tians who had come for the occasion, met together to talk
about their sense of expectancy of blessing for the future,
and to enjoy the excellent refreshments.
Rhiannon Harris
Welcome and dedication at ETCW
Some 400 people, including approximately eighty from
Carey Baptist Church, Reading, attended the service at the
Bridgend Recreation Centre. Te occasion was an opportu-
nity to meet some of the new students. Unusually, all of the
thirteen new campus-based undergraduates are from Eng-
land or Wales. One new campus-based postgraduate student,
Lambert Kouboube, a pastor from Cameroon, also spoke.
It was an opportunity too, to meet the new principal,
Jonathan Stephen. He paid tribute to the excellent theo-
logical foundations laid by his predecessor, Eryl Davies.
He made it clear that he had no intention of digging up
these foundations, but rather building on them. As an
Englishman, he recognized the unique role the college
played in Wales, including towards those who use the
medium of Welsh. In January, the arrival of Dr Robert
Letham (Systematic Teology) would bring the number
of full-time academic staff to six. He would join Dr Tom
Holland (New Testament/Hermeneutics), Iwan Rhys
Jones (Old Testament/Hebrew), John Kendall (Reading
Skills for Exegesis/Greek), Dr Mark Pickett (Missiology)
and Jonathan Stephen (Preaching/Pastoral Studies).
Te principal described some of the projects planned,
including a multipurpose building to enable conference
seating for 500, a sports hall, lecture rooms and local
church/community use, and a women’s course to train for
biblical ministry to complement the men’s course.
Te preacher, Rupert Bentley-Taylor, Bath, preached
urgently from Revelation 22, the last words of the Bible.
Here, he said, is set out all we need to know and do:
Trust God’s Word, Proclaim God’s Word, Exalt Jesus Christ.
Kerry Orchard
Ladies’ Day
Tere were 228 ladies present, representing fifty-three
churches, at our seventh Ladies’ Day, held at the Brackla
Tabernacle, Bridgend, on Saturday, 16 September. It
proved a very encouraging time as some of the comments
about the day demonstrate—‘appropriate’, ‘challenging’,
‘honest’, ‘helpful’, ‘thought-provoking’, ‘praise God for
His goodness and answers to prayer’, ‘excellent ministry
and fellowship’.
Te day was divided into two morning sessions, ‘Why
pray?’ and ‘Does God answer?’ Te speaker, Deborah
Woolley, Cardiff, helpfully divided the first part into
i) Prayer: what is it? ii) Prayer: why do I struggle with
it? iii) Prayer: how can I remedy it? After a short break
the second session centred around Hannah—‘not just a
woman who prayed, but a woman of prayer.’ We were
challenged to have a ‘Hannah spirit’.
During the afternoon we saw the practical outworking
of both these topics in our third session, ‘ Yes, God does
answer!’, as we listened to testimonies from six women,
including a teenager, who, with a friend, was able to
start a Christian Union in her school, after some years
of prayer. All clearly testified that our God is a prayer
answering God.
Te whole day was memorable and uplifting and we trust we
shall have the joy of renewing fellowship again next year.
Lynne Clark
Women’s ministry team
I write on behalf of the Women’s Ministry Team of the
FIEC and in response to the article by Jill Christofides in
the May/June edition of Te Evangelical Magazine. It was
encouraging to see the subject of being a pastor’s wife
covered so honestly and helpfully by this article and we
thought you may be interested in hearing of the work we
are seeking to do.
Te Women’s Ministry Team was formed three years ago,
under the chairmanship of Sharon James, with two spe-
cific aims: a) to encourage appropriate biblical women’s
ministries, b) to encourage and support pastors’ wives
and those involved in women’s ministries.
One way in which we try to be of practical help is by
publishing twice a year a newsletter entitled News & Views
which is distributed freely to over 200 recipients and in-
cludes articles, book reviews, testimonies, news of confer-
ences and a questions-and-answers section. We would be
very pleased to add any of your readers to our distribution
list, if they supply contact details. Contact the Women’s
Ministry Team 01793 619603 or visit www.fiec.org.uk
Elisabeth Smyth
Sixtieth anniversary
Interesting comments are often picked up at resources
exhibitions attended by Go Teach. Here’s one: ‘Never
heard of you’. It comes as a surprise to hear this comment
because Go Teach has specialized in publishing Bible
teaching material for children and young people for sixty
years! We understand the comment
however, because, Go Teach con-
stantly reaches new customers and
is only one of many publishers
producing teaching material for
children
Another is, ‘What’s happened to
Go Teach?’ We sometimes hear
this expression of pleasant surprise
when people who stopped using Go
Teach realize how much its appearance has improved.
While the editorial policy remains unchanged, our
material is presented in full colour with a visual aids
book for every age group. You can see an example of our
Come Learn leaflets in each issue of this magazine. Tis
sixtieth anniversary year will set Go Teach on the road
for further expansion as it will be combining its editorial
and distribution offi ces onto a single new site in Cheshire
and taking on new staff.
Keep up the good work! It is always a pleasure to hear
this comment, as we did again this year at our stand at
the Missions Exhibition at the EMW Conference in
Aberystwyth. EMW is one of the sponsoring bodies of
Go Teach, and assists with a Welsh translation.
Can I help? Tis is a question we would like to hear. You
can share in the work by helping with writing, editing or
illustrating the lessons, encouraging other churches to
use the material, setting up a training event for children’s
workers with assistance from Go Teach, making a dona-
tion which will enable needy churches overseas to receive
Go Teach free of charge.
We’d like to hear from you.
Ray Tibbs
Penyrheol
Paul Whitely commenced his ministry at Penyrheol Free
Church, Gorseinon, Swansea, on Sunday, 17 September,
and the following Saturday his induction service was held at
Caersalem Evangelical Church, as Penyrheol was too small
for the congregation of nearly 200 that attended the service.
Paul’s previous ministry was at Crickhowell Evangelical
Church and a good representation of that congregation
was present at the induction. Steve Levy, from Mount
Pleasant, Swansea, preached from Isaiah 9:6 and force-
fully applied the necessity that the church should make
Christ its Sovereign Lord in every aspect of its life.
Tere is great expectancy in Penyrheol that God will use
Paul and Lynsey as they take up the work, and we pray
God’s richest blessing on them and the church.
Alan Levy
Personalia
Norman Millership has accepted a call to the pastorate
of Ystrad Mynach English Baptist Mission. For further
details see the Diary insert.
Graham Hind has resigned from the editorial board of
Te Evangelical Magazine following a prolonged period
of ill health. We pray that he and his wife, Tina, who has
also been unwell recently, will know God’s richest bless-
ing for the future.
Andrew Norbury has been appointed student pastor at
Peniel Evangelical Church, Maesteg, where he will work
alongside the pastor, Revd Owen Blackwood.
James Sercombe has accepted a call to Crickhowell
Evangelical Church. James has spent the last six years
in gospel ministry to students, working with UCCF in
Wales.
Bruce Powell has retired from the pastorate of Holywell
Free Church, Loughborough. At present he is recovering
following a sudden illness. He plans to relocate to his
native South Wales in the near future.
Tree recent graduates from ETCW have accepted calls
to churches: Montaz Ali, has accepted a call to Trin-
ity Baptist Church, Tenterden, Kent. Nick Fuller, has
received a call to a pastorate in Mirfield, West Yorkshire,
and Gary McKee, has been called to the pastorate of
Sunderland Evangelical Church.
Carwyn Arthur has accepted a call to minister at Beth-
lehem and Hermon churches, Treorchy.
Evangelical Movement of Wales
Ministers’ Day Conferences
Monday January 29th, 10:30–3:30
Cost: £11 – £5.50 for students
To book your place, or for further information, call
01656 655886 or email office@emw.org.uk
Understanding and Preaching Revelation
Greg Beale, Freeschool Court Evangelical Church, Bridgend
Godly Ministry for the 21st Century
Ken Brownell, Bryn-y-groes, Bala
Evangelical Movement of Wales
13-15s
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Dave Roberts & Rob Burridge
18
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August, Quinta
Steve Davies & Andy Pitt
15-17s
21
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July, Bala
Dan Owen & Peter Cresswell
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Glyn Ellis & Tony Seager
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Andrew Rees & Danny Foulkes
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August, Bala
Gareth James & Stuart Harding
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Paul Gamston & Ed Collier
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Mickey Webber & Phil Swann
Indoor Camps
Outdoor Camps
14-18s
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Huw Pritchard & Geraint Morse
Ladies’ Leaders are in place for most camps, and will be confirmed shortly. Booking forms and brochures will be
available at www.emw.org.uk/camps before the end of November, and will also be sent to all those who attended
camp in recent years. To add your name to the mailing list, call 01656 655886 or email camps@emw.org.uk
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