The Inside Column 24/02

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 24, 2019 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we Have John Vlaming from Bright Hope World with us. John is a farmer from Nelson, New Zealand. In December 2007 they went to Bright Hope World’s Maplehurst Farm (ZAM21) in Zambia to manage the farm for nine months. As Bright Hope World’s agricultural directors they are involved in overseeing and developing Bright Hope World farming projects in Africa and Asia.

Bright Hope World works mainly through key Christians and indigenous churches who understand their community and who can deliver holistic, unconditional compassion to all people, regardless of their gender, religion, race or ethnicity.


The strategies for helping the poorest of the poor come from exceptional local people already based in and working effectively in these communities. Their partners know the issues and culture, and are extremely motivated and dedicated in working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor.

The aim is to see lives changed and the poor empowered through six different types of Partnership:

  • Training and Education
  • Community and Agricultural Development
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • Humanitarian
  • Microenterprise and Microloans
  • Evangelism and Church-Planting

The Gospel is at the heart of everything Bright Hope World does. They are not interested in simply solving economic problems, but focus also on addressing the spiritual problems that cause poverty, and keep people locked into cycles of intergenerational poverty.

Well done to the Banquet in the Vineyard team for what without a doubt another great night, raising money for a Bright Hope World project in Recada, Kenya, Africa..

Last weekend we held the 6th Convergence Camp at Bethany Park Kaiteriteri with Guest Speaker Spanky Moore. Over 250 people attended including over 100 children and teens. An amazing time was had by all who attended. There were times of prayer, worship, teaching and fun activities. We will be posting some of the highlights on our website soon.

Thanks to Barbara Hadfield and the team for running the Sunday service here at St Barnabas.


Yours in faith




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