The Inside Column 23/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 24, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you.  We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

 In five days’ time Greta and I will be winging our way to London, to attend the Holy Trinity Brompton Leadership conference. As some of you will know both Greta and I worked for HTB when we lived in London, and this church has played a big role in my Christian life. As well as attending the conference we will be visiting churches where people we used to work with are now involved in leadership. I will be spending time with the Bishop of Islington, (he was our next door neighbour) who is now the Bishop of church planting. If all goes to plan we will be away for about three weeks, leaving 27 April and home on 18 May.

Luke will be in charge for the time I am away, with the help of Eric and others, if you have  any issues please get in contact with the church office.

Our mission partner Bright Hope World recently sent through an update on their missions projects:

We are very grateful to God for what has been achieved over the past twelve months and want to sincerely thank you for your part in this ministry. Some of the highlights, through Bright Hope World partners:

  • 7,406 families are being assisted to provide for themselves
  • 659 families are accessing microloans
  • 2,030 people are learning to read and write in literacy classes
  • 1,332 people are in vocational training

These are very encouraging numbers representing the huge commitment our partners and team have to helping the poorest of the poor. So the question is – are we making progress?

Last week one of our partners was speaking at my church and shared some very challenging statistics about what is happening in Thailand. The great news is that many thousands are no longer bound in slavery and superstition but are joyful followers of Jesus. The number of Christians in Thailand is doubling every 12 years.However, of the 68 million Thais 95% are Buddhist and only 0.5% are Christian. 52 million Buddhist Thais live in villages that do not have a church. 86% of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists will never meet a Christian. Therefore, friends, we have so much to be thankful for but the job is not yet complete. Please continue to support our partners as they sow the seeds of the gospel.

Yours in Christ



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