by Richard DeLisser, Communication director
ver seventy candidates baptised in over two John Parker from the USA. The church Nakka, blind
O weeks demonstrates that evangelism is alive
and well in the South England Conference.
Traditionally the months of September to
November have always been the favoured time of
year for the holding of major revivals and campaigns
has been full to overflowing every
night and their baptism was
also on 13 October.
This is just the begin-
ning. Starting on 13
since the age of 10, is an
expert in eschatology as it relates to
the books of Daniel and Revelation. He
has served at Spicer Memorial College for
more than 18 years and has conducted forty
in our churches. This year is no exception. October Pastor Sam Neves evangelistic campaigns all over India and three
Watford Town culminated its ‘Mission of Mercy’ shared ‘Experience Freedom meetings in the United States. He is a God-
campaign with a baptism on 29 September. Eight Beyond Your Senses’ for two weeks at the Norbury fearing man who composes and sings Christian
individuals were added to the Kingdom of God church and also at the Wimbledon International songs in his
through the preaching of Pastor Michael Harvey, church under the theme ‘Something Missing’. Pastor mother tongue.
president of the North Jamaica Mission. Balham Roger Morris from Trinidad and Tobago opened
have just finished a two-week revival with Pastor London District 6B’s two-week cam-
Elwin St Rose, a chaplain in the US army. Pastor St paign on 13 October at the Brixton
Rose has just finished a tour of duty in Iraq and church with singing evangelist Delina
shared with the congregation many stories from Roberts. Also starting on that date,
this theatre of action. Six persons responded to Pastor Chiluba from Zambia began a
his appeal to enlist in God’s army and were also series of meetings at the Beckton
baptised last Sabbath. Maranatha church.
Over the past three weeks the Portuguese And finally the Plaistow church
churches in London have been conducting separate
but concurrent evangelistic campaigns, culminating
in bringing all four churches together at the Advent
Centre for what is called ‘Harvest Week’. The speak-
er for this special week is Pastor Nemuel Stina from
Brazil. He is a former Voice of Prophecy speaker and
now pastors one of the largest churches in Sao
Paulo. Four people had already been baptised during
the campaign and another large baptism took place
on 13 October as the programme closed. On Sabbath
6 October a month-long series of meetings concluded
for the Bristol district of churches. Pastor Richard
Daly states that seven candidates are ready to be
The Croydon church has been holding a series of
meetings with evangelist Pastor Hainsworth Joseph
from the USA. Local church pastor, Dr Brighton begins a series of
Kavaloh, is very excited about the 40 candidates he Prophecy meetings
has ready for baptism this Sabbath. The Clapton from 13-27
Community church began a two-week evangelistic October with Dr
campaign last Sabbath, with speakers Pastors Sharath Babu
Robert William, Bernard Akakpo and Michael Harvey. Nakka, a blind
A baptism took place on 13 October. ‘Finding the evangelist and
Christ in your Crisis!’ is a two-week campaign being Theology professor
run by the Hackney church with evangelist Pastor from India. Dr
Images from the NW’s Baptism Make it Autumn, not Fall
and Day of Fellowship David Marshall
(see report on page 9)
How does autumn strike you? To the Christians in Colossae (2:9, NLT),
Some hate it because they associate it Paul wrote: ‘Let your roots go down into
with death and decay. For others it’s their him.’
favourite season. Perhaps what makes the For the Christians in Ephesus (3:16, 17, Survival of the night that separates
difference is what we do with it. NLT), this was Paul’s prayer: ‘that from his October from March is down to roots. Roots
The kids have gone back to school and left glorious unlimited resources he will empower that ‘grow down into him’.
the high street and the shopping mall to the you with inner strength through his Spirit. Week of Prayer – the first full week in
grownups. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts November – is right on target, rootedness-
The football season is under way. as you trust in him. Your roots will go down wise. This year the eight readings are centred
At church we thank God for the harvest into God’s love and keep you strong.’ on the words of Jesus in John 14:1-3. In them
with big bunches of huge-headed chrysanths, Autumn is time for reflection, not fall. And Jesus was telling his disciples how to survive
wheatsheaf-shaped bread, heaps of green our annual week of prayer is as good an both the winter of their lives and the winter of
apples and, best of all, the heady scents of occasion for this reality check as any. And the the world. There had just been a clash of
VACANCY: ASSOCIATE TREASURER. The British Union Conference is the season. reality check is about roots and rootage. egos among his disciples. Peter had pro-
seeking to recruit a full-time Associate Treasurer for the Union office, There are crisp, frosty mornings when the Roots determine both the fruit harvest and fessed undying loyalty but from a divided
Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts. Applicants will be members of the front windscreen fogs. We drive under the survival through winter winds to God’s heart. Judas had gone out into the night to
Seventh-day Adventist Church and have substantial experience and
qualifications in Accountancy (ACCA/CIMA) as well as a broad knowl-
cathedral arching of autumn-gold trees. But springtime. betray him. Within the hour Jesus would be in
edge of the Church and its affairs. This position is normally considered watch out! The police love to spring speed When I have ‘mellow fruitfulness’ worries the throes of Gethsemane’s terrors. But his
a ‘call’ appointment of the British Union Conference nominating com- traps on these bright sunny mornings! (which is often), I find Paul’s words to the thoughts were not for his own ordeal but for
mittee and as such candidates should be prepared to be fully involved As if choreographed, the animal world Philippians a great help: ‘I am certain that the survival of his disciples – from then until
in the life of the Church including flexibility to travel and attend commit-
tees throughout the UK and Ireland. They must have the right to work in moves into autumn mode. As the children God, who began the good work within you will now – of their spiritual winters.
the UK. The salary package available is between £30-£35,000. return to school, the swallows and swifts continue his work until it is finally finished ‘Set your troubled hearts at rest,’ he
Interested persons should send their CV for consideration to: BUC assemble on the electric wires and, when on the day when Jesus Christ returns.’ began; then continued, ‘Trust in God always;
Executive Secretary, BUC Office, Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts
WD25 9JZ. Email: email@example.com. everyone’s arrived, set off south after a (1:6, NLT.) He started, so he’ll finish. I like trust also in me. There are many dwelling-
Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 14 November 2007. single swirl. that. I find reassurance in that. places in my Father’s house . . . ; I am going
The squirrels get hyper as they store nuts The really tough season for me is that to prepare a place for you. And if I go and
for winter. Sluggishly (reflecting their summer four-month period after the clocks change prepare a place for you, I shall come
also increases the risk of certain diseases and irritability and nervous system response leading
affects longevity. to increased stress sensitivity and tendency to diet) the hedgehogs check for a des res in a during which I must both leave home and again . . .’ (REB.)
The body utilises energy at a faster rate aggression. quiet corner of the garden in which they can return home – in the dark. You’ll be doing Surviving through your winter to your
when stressed. This change has an impact on Caffeine increases stress hormones, spend winter. In the house, huge spiders that, too, but for a shorter period. Not many spring is not determined by how many times
metabolism and, consequently, the requirements irritability, dehydration and encourages loss of tactlessly emerge from behind the drapes workplaces have a 7.30-6pm working day, as you have recited those words in Sabbath
of nutrients. calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. and my wife’s screams oblige me to slay we do. School, but how grounded your life is in them
Stress hormones accelerate heart rate; Excess protein (particularly animal) creates
increase muscle tension; elevate blood pressure, metabolic stress and robs the bones of calcium. them. (Yes, I know. You don’t do that. You During that winter’s night of the year, I and how connected you are with the One who
cholesterol and triglyceride levels which increases A stress buster diet could consist of the collect them in cupped hands and deliver miss my garden and my walks. The only plus said them.
the metabolic rate. following: them out into the frost. Good for you!) factor I can think of is that the lawn doesn’t Make this your best Week of Prayer ever.
Increased metabolism can stimulate an Omega 3 fats – have been suggested by As God slowly, subtly orchestrates the need mowing. Your survival may depend on it.
increase in the use and excretion of carbohy- research to have a calming and anti-depressive transition from summer into autumn, the
drates, fats, proteins and nutrients such as effect on the nervous system, enhancing brain
vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K, and also health and mental well-being. Rich sources are
retail world is neither slow nor subtle. The
‘Back to School’ taunt that has been there ‘Season of mists and
minerals such as calcium, chromium, magnesium, flax seeds, walnuts and almonds. mellow fruitfulness,
phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. High-fibre diet rich in fresh fruits, since July is replaced by Christmassy tinsel.
STRESS Nutrition choices can have a profound effect vegetables, nuts and whole grains maintains The autumn rhythm finds its resonance in of the maturing sun.’
Part 5b on the stress response: appetite satisfaction, discourages snacking and human life. Patiently God peers through the To Autumn,
Vulnerability to stress increases with poor diet provides vitamins A, C, B6 and B vitamins niacin, mist for the change to ‘mellow fruitfulness’ in John Keats, 1819.
THE FOOD FACTOR and can impair brain function. thiamine, riboflavin and folate for good nervous
Research shows that we can make nutrition and Skipping meals drops blood sugar levels, system health. High-fibre diets improve mood our lives. Before the clocks change, before
lifestyle choices that decrease vulnerability to causing reactions in the nervous system, which and curb afternoon drowsiness. the storm clouds threaten a wintry tomorrow,
stress, increase the ability to cope when stress can create feelings of anxiety. Minerals such as magnesium, iron, selenium, God invites us to pause, take stock and ask
occurs, and protect against negative outcomes Depressed individuals may crave sugary zinc, phosphorus and calcium are provided by ourselves, ‘Well, how’s it coming?’
of stress. and/or fatty foods during times of stress. the above foods and result in significant stress Remember. No matter how you rate
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is Excess amounts of sugars and refined foods protection, enhance energy and alertness and
important as chronic stress can affect the can diminish thiamine, niacin, B12, magnesium encourage good nerve impulse transmission.
yourself in the ‘mellow fruitfulness’ stakes,
body’s nutritional needs, metabolism, brain and calcium. Reduced levels of these nutrients it’s the number, depth and strength of ‘No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
function, mood, immunity and general health. It can increase nervousness, anxiety, fatigue, Eat well! your spiritual roots that will determine As I have seen in one autumnal face.’
Elegy 9, John Donne, 1635.
your survival of the winter winds.
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Middlesbrough Day of Baptism in Preston
really took her faith seriously enough and a very harmonious group song,
until a few years ago. She used to ‘Heaven is in my heart’.
enjoy going to clubs, smoking, and In his sermonette, Brother Marwa
drinking, but the Holy Spirit was spoke to the congregation about the
It is always special when parents sister’s wedding. Also, they would speaking to her. When she came to walls in our lives that may hold us
bring their children to be dedicated witness Nanvula’s baptism that Cleveleys, she visited the Adventist back from making our decision to
by Peter Jeynes to the Lord and Sabbath 4 August afternoon. church (then in Ashton, Preston) a follow Christ.
was no exception. George and Lena Nanvula was born in Glasgow, couple of times but did not return. Pastor Kevin Johns proceeded to
ome summertime and it’s the season for
be baptised. Not so Kuri brought baby Melita, and studied Hotel and Catering Nanvula began to listen to that still, baptise Nanvula, watched by her
Seventh-day Adventist days of fellowship. long ago Eric found Nanvula Deen brought her baby Management at Blackpool and Fylde small voice and she started to parents, brothers, sisters, church
Middlesbrough arranged their second district the thought of church Liywalii and 10-year-old daughter College and lives with her husband attend church again. Baptismal family and friends. Approximately
day of fellowship on the first day of September to a frightening prospect. Sadia, to receive this blessing. and two children in Cleveleys. She class was her first port of call to get thirteen young people made their
coincide with a baptism. Naturally enough, being Prior to his baptism Today was a triple celebration for works for the Civil Service. Although her spiritual journey back on course. way to the front when the altar call
the friendly north-east of England, we invited the Eric had conducted Nanvula because her parents were she was born into the Adventist The afternoon programme com- was made.
churches north of us to participate in the whole Bible studies and led visiting from Zambia to attend her message, Nanvula said she never menced with a rousing song service JENNY JEFFERS
event. meetings on Church
Sabbath School was the normal affair. Polish history – and will do more.
class? Of course. Multi-national? Of course. Divine Lupi Mwanjoka, a teenager, fol-
service, arranged by the Newcastle pastor, Sandy
Pairman and his team, included the Newcastle
lowed Eric into the pool. After sharing
his testimony on video we learned
Facing the Giants
choir and their small orchestra. Passers-by, our that a young man brought up in the Sometimes it’s giants of fear; sometimes it’s
outdoor greeters reported, were pleased to see so Church can have a real story of a giants of failure; there are many kinds of giants
many cars and so many people with smiling faces. changed life that can be readily threatening to overwhelm us in this life. But how
Dinner was the usual soup and rolls affair, along observed by his family, peers and fel- do you learn to put your trust in God, face up to
with Polish specialities, Asian delights and good low Christians. An impromptu the giants and gain victory over them? Members
old English home-cooking which saw the five chorus led by Lupi’s mother signalled and friends of ‘The Church’ learned how when
thousand fed well. a rise in the spiritual temperature – they watched the film, ‘Facing the Giants’.
Our speaker for the morning and the afternoon and the sight of a young man with an Afterwards they relaxed with a picnic in the
was Pastor Don McFarlane. The afternoon found enormous smile rising out of the summer sunshine at Forty Hall, their al fresco
us all preparing for a baptism. One candidate was water. Lupi joins the Darlington worship invigorated by the spiritual boost of their
a member of the McFarlane family. Monique, shared experience. football fan or not, this film will lift your heart as it also at the heart of ‘The Church’, a church plant
Pastor McFarlane’s daughter-in-law, expressed ‘Facing the Giants’ is the story of an American lifted ours. The ‘wow’ factor of ‘Facing the Giants’ designated by the South England Conference as a
her obvious trust in the Lord in football coach and his wife, coping with the chal- is self-evident, as many continue to talk about it ‘Majority population plant’. Working to further
baptism. Naturally, father-in-law was to lenges of life on and off the football field. It’s the weeks after the film was aired, recommending it God’s cause in this day and age, ‘The Church’ –
baptise his daughter-in-law. church. Darlington, now a thriving church, runs an feel-good surprise movie of the season that has to friends and family alike. which meets each Sabbath at St John’s Methodist
A special occasion made all the more English language school for the local Polish com- touched the hearts of more than one million peo- The message of the film is simple: ‘Never give Church, Yews Avenue, Enfield – has taken yet
special by the temporary church home used by munity and regularly sees a full church building. ple. This is a heart-warming story of faith, family up, never back down, never lose faith’, for with another step in reaching the lost, a work which
Middlesbrough church – St Barnabas Anglican Monique McFarlane was next into the pool. Led and football, and whether you are an American God all things are possible. These sentiments are God is richly blessing. JAN DUST
church in the parish of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. by her husband, Mardon, Monique’s family and
While some Anglican churches conduct baptisms friends gathered around the pool to witness this
West Bletchley baptisms
by immersion (St Barnabas among them), the young lady express her faith. The congregation of them, having had thriving careers, Keynes Central, to share in the
baptistery usually has to be a portable version. were able to see the event through the overhead found themselves unemployed delight of Lambert Walters, affec-
The one we borrowed was a birthing pool – camera, giving, as it were, an angels’ view of a overnight, Mrs Ncube having to give tionately known as ‘Wally’, as he
how appropriate! tremendous family event, and one could imagine up work to care for her husband. was baptised by Pastor Alonzo
Five candidates presented themselves the sounds of angels rejoicing. Sabbath afternoon 23 June saw the of Precious’s previous life, to be While going through their darkest Wagner III. As usual it was a joyous
that afternoon. Eric Hamilton-Johansson, a Michael Watson originates from Sheffield, just baptism of Precious Enos at the replaced by a new life in Christ. valleys they have acknowledged the occasion that attracted the support
former matelot in the Royal Navy, was the first to around the corner from Sheffield Burngreave West Bletchley Community church. The previous Sabbath was Camp invaluable support and consistency of family, friends and acquaintances.
church. Michael went into the entertainment The baptism was conducted by Meeting, when Anne Ncube and her of Seventh-day Adventists which led The evening of Friday 27 July will
industry and never really left it, except that now the minister of the Milton Keynes husband Bekithemba, made the them to make further enquiries remain a pleasant memory for some
he entertains to a spiritual purpose. His testimony, district, Pastor Alonzo Wagner III, public decision to follow Christ. Their about the denomination and resulted time as each person present
shown on the day of his baptism, can be seen on who immediately captured the atten- testimony revealed that, while at in a decision to take Bible studies. renewed their commitment, along
youtube: tion of the congregation by pointing home in Zimbabwe, Mr Ncube was West Bletchley Community with Wally, to ‘create in me a clean
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm7rxWYY4-g out the paradox that we were pres- involved in a most horrific incident church met for the second time this heart, O God; and renew a right spir-
Michael is the second person to be baptised ent to celebrate a death: the death which had far-reaching effects. Both year in our mother church, Milton it within me’. SYLVONIE NOEL
from the Horden house church, with spiritual
growth into the Kingdom of God a notable and
regular feature of church life.
Ruth Mhlanga is a Zimbabwean physiothera-
pist. Bible studies with Pastor Peter and Jill
Geldart, senior elder at Middlesbrough, have
revealed two of the spiritual gifts that God has
given to Ruth. One of these, a speaking ability,
was demonstrated to the congregation in an
excellent testimony. Perhaps the greatest testimo-
ny of the afternoon was seen in the appeal from
the pool made by Pastor McFarlane –following
which Ruth’s twin sons, Rafael and Russell, asked
for baptism. Left to right: Pastor A. Wagner, Precious Enos, Mrs & Mr Ncube Pastor A. Wagner (left), Lambert Walters
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Is it harder or is it easier?
followed by division into respective Pastors Mackintosh and Almeida of Adventurers respectively, were
LETS day at Preston
classes for various club activities (acting intern) conducted a bap- accepted into the fold after transfer-
which included cooking, pioneering, tismal service. Albert Hutchinson ring their membership to Tottenham.
John Wilby reports on a Scottish Youth Day of Church history and reviewing class had decided to begin a forever A special offering was collected to
folders. During these tasks the friendship with Jesus as he claimed assist two church building projects
Fellowship children demonstrated their ability him as his personal Saviour from in the Caribbean.
by Jenny Jeffers
More than 100 youth from across isn’t relevant to today’s young peo- to work together productively, sin. For Jean Douglas it was the The theme for the day was Sabbath morning 26 May was the occasion of the LETS for the Holy Spirit without whose help we cannot pray
Scotland came together in Aberdeen ple.’ ‘The philosophy for life is to do interact with one another and heartfelt business of homecoming. ‘Walking with Jesus’. The Pathfinders day of fellowship. Visitors and members alike were effectively.
on 29 September for worship, whatever feels and seems right as build new friendships. Anne Marie Spence sang, ‘No More and Adventurers conducted the warmly greeted on their arrival in church.
reflection and a feast of gospel long as it doesn’t hurt others.’ ‘Every At the end of the session the Nights, No More Pain’, which served day’s programme, assisted by Footsteps – This is known as the least popular
In his sermon, Pastor Eglan Brooks, BUC Personal ministry. Our job is just to plant the seed and God will
music for the Scottish Mission religion offers a different explanation children re-grouped and discussed as the meditational that prepared Pathfinders and Adventurers from Ministries director, reminded us of the need for the
Youth Day of Fellowship. Josephine of the meaning of life and truth.’ the morning’s events. It was good to our hearts to receive the sermon Chingford church. Upstairs the do the rest. The question was asked, Do you need to
whole church to become involved in evangelism and
Eikum, Aberdeen Youth leader and ‘Freedom means being able to do hear positive comments from both entitled, ‘The truth about baptism or church was full. Members who were know the Bible? The answer was: Know a little –
not to leave it all up to the pastor. He reminded us of
her team, had put together a whatever you wish as long as it’s children and counsellors alike. what is stopping you?’ This was seated upstairs were reminded of trust God a lot. We are his hands and feet. We were
the journey of Moses and the children of Israel to the
thought-provoking and inspiring legal.’ The session ended with a vote of delivered by church elder Michael their duty to be hospitable and give reassured that all who choose door-to-door ministry
Promised Land. Just when they thought they were
programme with musical and other In a world where youth are daily thanks from Jenny Stoddart, Baker who had also been one of the up their seats to visitors who were getting near to their destination, Moses died. are trained and supported well.
contributions from Aberdeen, faced with difficult choices, the Erdington Pathfinder club leader, keynote speakers in the outreach downstairs. Sometimes in our Christian lives, we go through Pastor Brooks outlined some major challenges facing
Dundee, Crieff and Glasgow. congregation’s reaction to further commending both clubs for a suc- programme conducted the previous Divine service started with the similar experiences when everything seems to be our Church today:
Addressing the day’s theme, questions produced some revealing cessful and productive morning. week. Adventurers and Pathfinders walking going fine, then something bad happens and our
‘Making the Right Choice’, Pastor up the aisle in twos, posting the Love – We don’t love each other the way we should.
responses. ‘What would you do if We look forward to the next one! In his address he asked, ‘What security falls apart. Pastor Brooks urged us to
Paul Tompkins, Trans-European you found a wallet with money in it JENNIFER STODDART hinders baptism?’ He gave three flags and repeating their mottos and continue to move forward and leave the past behind. Relationships – We have poor relationships with each
Youth director, posed the question, but no address, or if given too much possible reasons. The first was pledges. Elder M. Palmer from the ‘God has given us all we need to share the Gospel,’ other and this demonstrates the relationship we have
‘Is it easier or harder to be a change at the supermarket?’ ‘Would High day baptism at knowledge about the act of baptism Oxford Street Wolverhampton church he said. To take the Gospel forward, we are to try new with God.
Seventh-day Adventist Christian you cheat on your tax return or, if itself – it must be by total submer- delivered the message, based on ways of sharing – simple things like having fellowship
today than it was for parents thirty pressed for time, get on a train
Handsworth sion in water. Secondly, baptism is Joshua 6:13 and Hebrews 11:30. He lunches, doing practical things within the community,
Service – Every member should be involved in service
Even though the Sabbath in itself is to the church and the community.
years ago?’ A straw poll of those with no ticket or park in a disabled God-given – it isn’t a manmade reminded the congregation that to trying something unusual. He encouraged us to pray
present revealed that most thought it a high day because of the sanctity requirement but a biblical requisite. walk with Jesus would bring sure more, fast more and be bold like Joshua and, most of Prayer – We don’t know how to pray and do not spend
was harder. The paradox was, he that God has placed upon it, The third reason that might stop victory. However, we cannot walk in all, always be prepared to do something for Christ. enough time in prayer.
Summing up the day’s delibera-
said, that because it was ‘easier’ – Sabbath 29 September had an someone from being baptised is fear. God’s camp and Satan’s camp at The afternoon programme took on the form of
tions, Pastor Tompkins said ‘As Mission-driven Church – We are here to serve the
we don’t have as much in the world extra special element to it. Yet Elder Baker challenged us all to the same time. We have to make a workshops which included Health, Spiritual Gifts,
Christians, choices are all about how community and should focus on Christ’s love and
to ground us – it is ‘harder’. It was Health Ministries Day and ‘arise and be baptised’ and urged choice. When we choose God, he is Languages, Bible Studies, Revelation Seminars, Prayer
we apply what we know – in the example. The Mission belongs to the whole church
He related the choice made by the church was blessed with the the already baptised to recommit a faithful rewarder. He who con- and Footsteps. Feedback was given from some of the
Bible – to our everyday living.’ and the association should be built upon a network
Demas who, in 2 Timothy, deserted ministry of Adrian Roberts who, with their lives to God. quered sin and death is able to do workshops: of volunteers.
Paul because he ‘loved the world’. his customary adeptness, pointed Both candidates were baptised ‘exceeding abundantly above all that
He contrasted this with Mark who, Pathfinder Networking out a positive correlation between and accepted into the Handsworth we ask or think’.
Spiritual Gifts – We learned that spiritual gifts do not Discipleship – A requirement for every member. Don’t
when inclined to give up, was On Sunday 1 July the Erdington illness and faith as he urged us to MAXINE DONOVAN
necessarily have anything to do with your individual just baptise and then leave the candidate, you need to
church. talents but are really all about what God wants you
encouraged by Barnabas to Pathfinder club commenced their try to reclaim the position we once NOVA BANTON
help them in their spiritual development.
Networking venture. This was the to do.
continue. ‘Who made the right
first step in an exciting project. It
held as exemplars of a healthy Live healthy Witnessing – Every member needs to be a witness.
choice?’ he asked. ‘Like Mark,’ he lifestyle. Languages – Many members were unaware that there
said, ‘whenever the going gets tough commenced with the link to The afternoon continued with the Tottenham: Walking with This was the theme of the Ipswich
are at least 15 websites that we can visit. It was Evangelism – It is not an event, it is a process.
church’s first healthy living weekend.
and we fall, we should get up and Handsworth Pathfinder club. health ministries theme as the Jesus The programme was put together by highlighted that we are supported by non-Adventists
“finish the race”.’ Loretta Griffin, Handsworth club expert gardeners of the church were Sabbath 15 September was a mem- and that we need to get the word out. Also, different The day concluded with a ‘High Praise’ session,
the health leaders Glenda Raquel, when people were given the opportunity to share their
In the afternoon, a questionnaire director, began by welcoming asked to share their knowledge of orable day at Tottenham church. It Verley Roberts and their team, with translations were available such as Urdu and Punjabi.
circulated earlier sought comments Erdington Pathfinders. As part of growing crops and the optimum was Pathfinders’ and Adventurers’ experiences through songs and testimonies.
the support of Elsie Staple, the Bible Studies – Interpersonal skills, who to visit,
on the following statements about their devotional exercise the entire conditions needed to produce Day, the first for nearly four years. This was a day when skills were shared to enable
South England Conference Health tactfulness and Bible study skills were discussed.
life’s choices: ‘There’s nothing group was then called to repeat their good yields. It was also the day when Winston us all to be well equipped to be effective disciples for
wrong with breaking the law as long respective memory gems. Then Handsworth went into and Suzette Rodgers, director of Prayer – We discussed the power of prayer and asking the Lord. What should we do now? Go, tell!
During the Sabbath morning
as it doesn’t hurt anyone.’ ‘The Bible Normal club preliminaries were rejoicing and celebratory mode as Pathfinders and assistant director worship service Dr Chidi Ngwaba
delivered an informative, jargon-
free health talk. The afternoon
An island chapter closes programme was a diabetic
workshop led by Gloria Simon,
a diabetic nurse specialist.
of many health weekends.
It was truly a positive event that
was much requested and needed
In a climate where there is much
debate about the need of good role
models in our society we are
achievements. Well done, Victor. To
God be the glory! We wish you the
very best in your future career.
On Sabbath 11 August, Pastor Paul De Beer preached his final sermon to
members and some welcome visitors from Kenya to the Isle of Man church. It On Sunday the church opened and is another way in which the extremely proud of his excellent G. JOHN
was with sadness that Pastor De Beer preached on the remembrance of God its doors and greeted members and Ipswich church is reaching out to the
for us. Paul and his wife Flo have been earnestly serving the Isle of Man visitors by offering health checks. An needs of the community.
company for the last eight years of ‘retirement’ and now, at 71, this is actual estimated fifty-five people, of whom TRICIA EVELYN
retirement for Paul and a well-earned break for them both as they go to visit one third were non-Adventist,
family in Europe prior to emigrating to Australia in September. attended and were offered advice Call to the Bar
Paul’s ministry commenced thirty-seven years ago when the Lord called and checks on blood pressure, blood In a momentous ceremony in July,
him into the Church and, ultimately, the ministry. Paul served the Church in sugar levels, cholesterol and body Victor Ashley Gilbert John was called
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Switzerland and, latterly, the Isle of Man. mass index (BMI). to the Bar at The Middle Temple,
The company of the Isle of Man feel blessed at having had their love and The response from those London EC4.
care over their time spent here, and they will be greatly missed, fondly attending was very encouraging A son of the Chiswick church,
remembered and forever appreciated. The last sermon was followed by a and requests have been made Victor studied at Glamorgan
fellowship pot luck lunch at their home. about future events. The health University, where he completed both
F. CHADWICK team hopes that this is the first his BA and MA in law.
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BUC president quizzed at Welsh NW evangelistic campaign
Mission Big Day by John Surridge, Welsh Mission president
Photos: Anna Surridge
n Sabbath 6 October approx- much he had enjoyed his ministry in the BUC president, Pastor McFarlane
O imately 200 members and
friends of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Wales
gathered for a day of fellowship at
the Pavilion Conference Centre in the
the Welsh Mission and pledged to
continue supporting the work of the
Church in his retirement.
In an innovative afternoon
programme, hosted by BUC
responded that the most important
criterion for holding that particular
office is that the person should be
an ordained minister. Although
women are not yet ordained as min-
beautiful mid-Wales spa town of Communication director Pastor isters in the worldwide Seventh-day
Llandrindod Wells. Victor Hulbert and filmed by Wes Adventist Church, Pastor McFarlane
Guest speaker for the day was
BUC president Pastor Don McFarlane
who preached on the theme of
‘hope’. Building on 1 Corinthians
13:13 Pastor McFarlane described very two years the members
‘love’ as the supreme motive, ‘faith’
as the currency that we use to
access the blessings of God, and
‘hope’ as the engine of life.
Pastor Ed Sammons, together
E and ministers of the North
West churches in the NEC
mobilise their forces to put on
an area-wide evangelistic campaign.
In 2005 the area campaign was held
with singers and a band, led the in a tent in Platt Fields Park in the
contemporary praise and worship south of the city of Manchester. Photos: Donald McKenzie
which made a significant This year, for the first time, the Patterson, of the Central Jamaican August, and the second baptism of a Liverpool Stoneycroft, and one
contribution to the atmosphere campaign effort was focused on the Conference, was the evangelist. further nine souls took place in the Wilmslow.
of the day. Pastor McFarlane north of the city. Members in the On Friday evening 10 August, divine service on 1 September. Of We look forward to pulling
described the music as ‘moving’ north of Manchester have long months of planning suddenly came the twenty people baptised, fourteen together for another team effort for
in both senses of the word, and waited for such an effort. The to life as the venue filled with people joined Manchester North church, the next area campaign in 2009.
expressed his appreciation for the Abraham Moss Theatre, in and the programme got under way. three Manchester Central, two PASTOR BARRY STOKES
young people who had taken the Cheetham Hill, was the venue for The first baptism of eleven people
time to rehearse and bring their the effort, and Pastor Orlando was held on Sabbath evening 25
instruments and voices to enhance Kapon from the Adventist Warmly hosted by Pastor Mike Logan
the day of fellowship.
In a special presentation during
Media Centre, Pastor
McFarlane faced some
from the Carmarthen district, the
concert had something for everyone
Song competition at Langley
the morning service Welsh Mission hard questioning from a and, despite their very early morning September 8 was a big day at the Langley church. The day included
president Pastor John Surridge paid panel of young people. The start, most people stayed right to the Sabbath worship and songs of praise in the morning and the afternoon
tribute to the work of Pastor Roger programme was unscript- end. included a song competition in which choirs, duets and solo acts
Neal and his wife Marilyn. Pastor ed and, although he had A number of people worked hard participated. The event is held annually and is an opportunity for Asian
Neal came out of retirement to min- no prior knowledge of the to make the day a success. worshippers from Pakistan and India to celebrate their talents through
ister in the Shrewsbury and Telford questions, Pastor Members from the local Llandrindod songs and worship. Participants, as well as worshippers, travelled from as
churches three years ago but retired McFarlane dealt well with Wells church helped with the cater- far as London, Leeds, Leicester, Walsall, Bedford and Nottingham. The day
again at the end of September. After subjects ranging from ing, and each member of the Welsh brought a sense of praise and fellowship for all attending, some of whom
being presented with a card and a Christianity and evolution Mission ministerial team had a spe- had met for the very first time.
bouquet respectively, Pastor and Mrs to the role of women in cific role. In addition to those Among the participants were the Langley Adult SDA Church Choir,
Neal stayed on the stage as Pastor the Church. Asked already mentioned Geoff Dennis led Crystal and Christien Masih, the Langley Children’s Choir and the Oxford
Brian Phillips prayed for them. In his whether he thought a time would said that he personally felt that they the Sabbath School time, Jan Choir.
response Pastor Neal spoke of how ever come when a woman could be should be. In response to a question McKenzie kept things running to ALFRED MASIH
on jewellery he pointed out that the schedule, Jeremy Tremeer managed
Seventh-day Adventist principle the screen display, and George
behind this issue is actually ‘mod- Asiamah headed the ushering.
esty’, and that Christian modesty Although Clyde and Anette Moore
should help to determine our entire were unable to attend due to other
lifestyle, not just what we wear. He meetings being held in Greece,
did concede, however, that in the Old Anette provided a banner and some
Testament many times of revival spectacular fabric flowers.
were preceded by God’s people, en Around 200 pictures from the day
masse, giving up their jewellery. can seen in the gallery section of the
The finale to the day was a Welsh Mission website at
‘Songs of Praise’ concert which www.adventistwales.org.
included congregational singing as ‘Let’s Talk’ with Pastor Don
well as musical performances that McFarlane can be viewed/
drew on a number of different styles. downloaded on www.hopetv.org.uk.
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GBK’s busy youngsters Invitation to the House of Lords
easier to care for our campers than
when the tents covered a greater
area. We looked in amazement at
raise funds for local newspaper reports of flooding, hail,
n recognition of her work as a parents to get in contact with other Volunteer – as a co-
etc, and realised that we were being
protected from the worst of the ele-
ments. The only outdoor events we
had to cancel during the week were
I local volunteer parent representa-
tive in Oxfordshire for Contact a
Family (CAF), Sophia Nicholls,
families, both on a local and
national basis. Each year CAF
reaches at least 275,000 families.
founder and trustee of ASNA
(registered charity providing
the sandcastle competition and the trustee and co-founder of ASNA Rosey Foster, chair of Contact a support and training in the
The lively and energetic Pathfinders of the GBK church (Adventist Special Needs Family, said: ‘The volunteers show disability field), trustee of
worked hard and raised a grand total of £223.32. Their Association) was invited to attend a other parents that they are not alone South and Vale Carers’
Each day Colin Bussey took a
activities ranged from car washing, nail and hair care reception and grand tour of the in what they are experiencing and Centre, consultant to
minibus full of campers and staff on
and a mini workshop with children’s toys and books on House of Lords and Commons on 14 how they are feeling. They also help Oxfordshire Carers’ Forum,
short trips to places of interest. On
display. The older youth got on with their projects while September. This celebratory event parents take those first difficult carer representative to the
Wednesday the whole group boarded
the tiny tots had fun on the two bouncy castles. Haven Local Women’s Refuge in Wolverhampton. Claire was hosted by Baroness Jill steps in accessing local services Oxfordshire Carers’ Strategy
a coach and visited a farm in
When energy flagged, refreshments were provided. Heath, manager of the refuge centre, accepted the Pitkeathly, the former Chief Executive and make sure they are aware of Steering group and volunteer
Anglesey where the campers enjoyed
More than one hundred people participated, enjoying the cheque presented by Wendy Watson-Teague and Pastor of Carers UK. The day was in their rights and entitlements.’ parent representative for
stroking and feeding the animals.
gathering, and were generous with their donations. Roystan Smith. recognition of each volunteer’s Sophia Nicholls has been CAF in Oxfordshire.
The braver ones had a cart ride
One proud Pathfinder showed off the neckerchiefs DELVA CAMPBELL individual achievements and the involved in the field of disability for Sophia says, ‘Being
around the whole farm. As usual,
of which three were purchased from the total fund * ‘GBK’ is the affectionate nickname for the Great Brickkiln Street continuing value of the Contact a over ten years since the birth of her involved in supporting fami-
before returning to camp, a stop was
collected. The remaining £100 was donated to the Seventh-day Adventist church, Wolverhampton. Family scheme. son Matthew Nicholls, now 11. Her lies living with disabilities is
made for dodgem rides.
We are very grateful to Alva CAF is a national charity which involvement in disability and special not a job but a way of life for
provides advice, support and infor- needs spans three levels: me. Since the birth of Matthew, I feel honoured to give back my time
Diamond Wedding Gallagher for the creative projects
available in the Arts and Crafts mation for families with children Personal – as a parent. have used the support services and experience to support other
at GBK* sessions each day, and for his aged 0–19 with any disability or
health condition. CAF also enables
Professional – as a health care
practitioner and academic.
made available by these much
needed voluntary organisations and
families and professionals needing
support and advice.’ SOPHIA NICHOLLS
John and Gwendolyn Campbell cele- leadership of the Special Needs
brated their diamond wedding day Drama group, which prepared an
item for each worship session.
on 11 August. The couple was given
a large bouquet of flowers from the Worships were led, as usual, by our
padre, Pastor Curtis Murphy, and we
Dundee Youth Baptism Peterborough Fund Drive
GBK Sabbath School department.
John Campbell, aged 84, served as felt the presence of the Holy Spirit There was great delight in the Dundee church ‘Is it your Money?’ Seems a strange question, David had to fight Goliath, we have to fight the
head deacon at GBK Wolverhampton during these times. family when four young people had the moral doesn’t it? But this was the question that was seemingly impossible task of raising £1,000,000
church for many years. He was We were also very grateful to the courage to commit themselves publicly to Christ asked as we launched the new building fund at (that’s right one million – buildings are expensive
recently presented with a gold award kitchen team, led by Archie, one of and back away from the tabloid values of post- Peterborough Adventist church, Clarence Road. these days). Now we know full well that this
from the church Ministries depart- our young people from Belfast, modern society. Baptism is a unique, once-in-a- Why such a question and why a building fund would be unrealistic, if it was not for the fact we
ment as a token of gratitude for the magnificently supported by Bernard lifetime experience and the promise of lifelong you ask? serve a God that specialises in the impossible.
devoted hard work and Christian Hunt, who provided us with attrac- commitment made the baptismal service a lively Well, we can rejoice at Peterborough because Sabbath 14 July began with a presentation and
commitment shown during his period tive, healthy meals. Our thanks also and emotive occasion. In his address to the candi- we are growing, and growing rapidly. So much so, a fund drive. One of the elders of the church
in office. go to Les Simpson, manager of the dates on Sabbath 9 June, Pastor Marcel Ghioalda in fact, that we have had to start a branch asked some soul-searching questions and made
Mr Campbell’s wife, Gwendolyn, site, and his wife Tracey, who both said that baptism was not only the first step in the Sabbath School at the Peterborough River Lane some soul-searching points:
aged 80, is still active in the Lord’s thanks that their eight children, message to the youth: ‘Be sure your went far beyond the call of duty. Christian life and a symbol of discipleship of church. God desires to give us the funds if we are
service at GBK and is a member of seventeen grandchildren and marriage is approved with God’s Our last full day, Sabbath, Christ, but also a washing from sin and an act of This growth is twofold. Many are joining us willing to do his work.
the sanctuary choir. The couple thirteen great-grandchildren were blessing. Only then can it last a life- dawned bright and sunny, which faith. Each candidate chose a supporter to lead from far-flung corners of the world. But this Money is a good tool but a bad master, so we
enjoyed their special day surrounded able to witness that wonderful time.’ meant that the usual afternoon walk them to the baptismal pool. The diversity of their growth is complemented by some solid outreach are to let go and give it back to the Lord.
by their loving family. They gave God event. John Campbell sent a DELVA CAMPBELL to Whistling Sands could take place. selections was a wonderful demonstration of the that has resulted in many new visitors from the With 10 small churches (our eventual aim, God
After evening worship Pastor Murphy power of Christianity to bridge cultural and ageism local area. The church is growing and all praise willing) rather than one large church, every
led us to the garden where a shrub barriers. For their baptismal theme hymns, Lynn goes to God. Sabbath there will be 40 or 50 people in training
New at GBK was planted and dedicated to the
memory of staff and campers of
Kanyowa chose ‘Oh let me walk with thee my
God’, Anastasia Reim chose ‘I have decided to
So now we have a giant to contend with. As for the Kingdom rather than 4 or 5 (this training
consists of ministering to the church body).
Paulette Perry, left, and Faith Hudson have been welcomed into the fellowship Special Needs Camp who are now follow Jesus’, and Ashley Kanyongo, ‘This is my Make it the purpose and goal to live God’s way,
of ‘GBK’ – the Great Brickkiln Street church, Wolverhampton – following their resting until the return of Jesus. The desire to honour you’. The charm of the occasion ers that framed the baptismal rebirth ceremony. including our financial means given into his
baptism. The welcome was given by Pastor Fray and the church’s heads of day ended with an Agape meal with was heightened by the beautiful pastiche of flow- After immersing the three young ladies Pastor hands.
departments. Both women were baptised following the tent evangelistic the staff team, when we rededicated Ghioalda urged the whole church After all, it all belongs to God and it’s his
campaign in June at East Park, Wolverhampton. ourselves to service of our Lord. to remember their own baptisms, money, isn’t it?
I would like to express thanks to re-commit to Christ and actively To date we have raised £6,600, a small step
ADRA for their support of our camp support the candidates in their but a large start.
and those who raise funds for the future pilgrimage. Pastor Neal We need your help. Help with fund raising
ADRA appeal each year. Thanks are Robertson welcomed the ideas. Your presence would be a blessing here in
also given to the members of the respondents into full membership Peterborough, if you have time to visit.
Special Needs Camp 2007 by Joy Bussey team who give their time each year.
If you would like further informa-
and prayed for the Holy Spirit to
baptise each soul, guide them
Special Needs Camp at Aberdaron know, this year has been unusual. tion about Special Needs Camp and lead them into the heavenly
was different in many ways this The planning before camp had to be (6-13 July 2008), and would like to Kingdom. Mark Szallos-Farkas father in a ceremony witnessed by his family. May
year, though, as usual, we were altered as the site was flooded and be considered for a place in the also studied with the Dundee the grace of God continue to transform these
richly blessed. the tents had to be placed in the team, or as a camper, please con- baptismal group. He visited young lives as they study and work in the Dundee
We have been accustomed to only dry area. But what a blessing tact Joy Bussey on 01923 461044 or Romania later in the summer area.
wonderful hot weather but, as we all that proved to be as it made it much firstname.lastname@example.org. Left to right: Lynn, Anastasia, Ashley and Mark where he was baptised by his JOHN WALTON
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investiture at Ice in summer
Stanborough by Colin Stewart, SEC Youth director
Park From 22 to 29 July the Youth
Leadership Convention was held in
general youth ministry. These
youth will certainly return to make
Entrepeis, Spain. Youth leaders from significant impact on their churches
The Stanborough Park Adventurer across the South England and communities.
and Pathfinder clubs held an Conference and additional delegates One of the highlights of the week
investiture service during the from within the TED attended the was the special Communion service.
summer, presided over by Pastors annual retreat, now in its fourth Worshippers were invited to get their
Des Boldeau (BUC) and Nathan year. feet dirty in mud and dust and then
Stickland (SEC). A total of 32 The principal speaker, Chaplain wash each other’s feet. This gave
Adventurers (with 9 more receiving Roy Ice from Pacific Union College new meaning to the ordinance of
awards/reading certificates) and 19 (PUC), set the spiritually inspiring humility and many of those taking
Pathfinders (with 7 more receiving tone of the week at the first evening
honours/attendance certificates) worship session. The YLC community
were invested, and a total of 255 gathered and were told what living
awards were received by water means in daily discipleship part were visibly moved. They were
Adventurers and 70 honours by Adventurers, Pathfinders, leaders, Area
and were challenged to allow God to instructed by Pastor Ice not to eat
Pathfinders. Coordinator, Vernon Noel and officiating be in full control of their lives and the bread until they had considered
According to club director, Bernell ministers Pastors Boldeau and Stickland ministries. The theme, ‘How to what Jesus’ death meant and could
Bussue, most of the children live in prevent burnout in Youth ministry’, do so with insight. The service con-
the local area, with some from Walton’s famed sales raised a total was followed throughout the week tinued with a moving partaking of
slightly farther afield who attend of £1462.80 for HEART (Harmonising with Pastor Ice’s storytelling linked the emblems of bread and wine and
Stanborough School. ‘Currently & Empowering Africa to Regenerate to clear biblical principles. a praise and worship session.
around 75% of our children are from Together), a charity introduced to the The daytime schedule included The theme ‘Unite’ was truly
Stanborough Park’, he says. ‘Other clubs by Pathfinder leader, Angelette workshops ranging from conflict realised around the camp as a spirit
children come from the local com- Muller. The money raised was resolution to puppet ministry. These of love and fellowship was seen
munity, some of whom are not from rounded up by the clubs and a inspiring sessions form part of among the convention attendees.
Adventist homes. The remainder cheque for £1,500 was given to an equipping track for level 1 ‘How very good and pleasant it is
come from Adventist and other HEART representative Farozia and 2 youth leadership certificates, when kindred live together in unity!’
churches close by e.g. Luton and Chineegadoo during the investiture including Pathfinder ministry and Psalm 133:1.
Harrow and as far as Chiswick, service. Pathfinder leader, Angelette Muller (left), who introduced the HEART charity to the club, with
Willesden and the Wembley The club has since received Farozia Chineegadoo (centre) and Bernell Bussue
Thanks for your time Ipswich choir sing
Church of God. In many cases reports that the money has been
the connection is because these used to complete the building of children from the Stanborough distant country willing to help people
children are also pupils at walkway and stairs to allow the Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs, they do not know. Representatives of
Earlier this year the children
blind and disabled children in
a suburb of Kinshasa in the
they have felt moved to assist
further by giving funds and a long-
HEART, Paul and Farozia
Chineegadoo, intend to do a presen-
Kish Poddar reports back on his successful appeal following his recent trip in festival
undertook a ten-mile sponsored Democratic Republic of the Congo to term financial commitment to help tation in Sabbath School and the to India The Ipswich Adventist Gospel Choir, led by Tricia
walk along the nearby Grand Union access the school safely, especially the school. Mrs Julienne, who Adventurer and Pathfinder club so Evelyn, together with choirs from parish churches
I was overwhelmed by the response of the STOP While in India the volunteers visited the lovely throughout Suffolk, sang at the annual choir
Canal towpath from Cassiobury in bad weather. established the school and is the children can see and hear about International watch appeal earlier this year. We children of the Love Home, BESSO and Captain
Park, Watford, to Kings Langley. The Local government officials have herself blind, said she is overcome the impact of their efforts. festival at Long Melford.
received over one hundred watches which came, Azariah Children’s Home. I personally visited the Over the last four years our Gospel Choir
walk and some activities at Pat been so impressed by the help of the by the generosity of children from a JUNE COOMBS and BERNELL BUSSUE
not only from the generous Watford community, children of the Blessing Home and STOP has gained a position of great respect in our
but from as far as Colchester, Scotland and International treated the children of The Way To community and in the region as a whole.
Devon. They were carried in the luggage of the Life home to a trip to a wildlife sanctuary. PAUL KING
Aylesbury church official thirteen volunteers who went out to India this
summer to begin work on STOP International’s
The children who needed the watches were not
expecting them at the time of our visit, so the
opening Vocational Training Village. sight of these gifts caused great excitement. As
we put the straps around
On Sabbath 1 September the Aylesbury town Mayor officially opened the their wrists they patiently
Aylesbury Adventist church on Mandeville Road. Cllr Mrs Jenny waited, trying to contain
Puddefoot ceremonially cut a ribbon that was tied across the platform the thrill that was about to
during the celebratory church service in the morning. explode.
The church was filled to capacity as the congregation and visitors Once on their wrists,
gave thanks through music, worship and praise. the pride of owning their
Pastor Bernie Holford preached on the theme for the day: ‘Great is Thy personal watch was a sight
Faithfulness’. He used the metaphor of a journey, saying that ‘if we are to to behold. Thank you to all
discover a God of faithfulness, we need to wait quietly.’ who kindly made a gener-
Ralph Applewhaite and Pauline Sterling gave moving presentations on ous donation of a watch to
the history of the Adventist presence in Aylesbury which began in the bless the life of an orphan
1960s. The congregation worshipped in approximately nine different child. May God richly bless
venues before finding their home at last at Mandeville Road. you.
PASTOR DAVID SPEARING KISH PODDAR with JUNE COOMBS
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Development experience trip EDWIN HENRY FRANCIS (1927-2007) spected. Ed came to
Commission for Somalia. The 3-year reforestation activities and the
First Disability Co-ordinators England in 1967 to start a
project, valued at 2,000,000 Euro ADRA is planning an exciting trip implantations of stone cordon dykes Conference d. 13 September new life. He joined the
(£1,370,000), will promote the use for people aged 18-35 to a project and help restore agricultural educa-
by Bert Smit, Executive
Emergency responses see
of renewable energy options, such
as wind, solar and modern biomass,
in line with the global trend of seek-
co-funded with the European
Commission in Burkina Faso. The
trip will expose participants to the
tional facilities. Participants are
expected to raise funds to pay for
their trip and for part of the activi-
Equipping churches and their
W hen I heard that Ed had passed away
the first thought that came into my
mind was Ellen G. White’s ‘The great-
est want of the world is the want of men . . .’
quote. That quote describes the way Ed lived
company called J. S. Davis, he met and in 1954
married Ruby, the daughter of his mother’s
best friend, and his first child, Lydia, was born
there in 1955. Ed started working in 1958
with Gailey & Roberts – hardware and
Granose Food Company
in Watford, the family liv-
ing on what in those days
was called ‘Holy Row’.
The children attended
dramatic increase ing renewable energy to spur eco- hardships of living in a remote ties. More information about this Embracing difference and handled his life under the great God in builders merchants in Nairobi. In 1960 an Stanborough School and started the process
During the summer of 2007 ADRA- nomic growth. The role of energy in village without electricity and trip, planned for 23 June 23-10 July on 4 November, 10am – 4.30pm whose power he trusted and in whose arms he itinerant Adventist preacher came to town of becoming English, including dealing
rests now awaiting the great Resurrection and held a series of lectures. The Francis fam- with snow and cold winters. Ed made
UK consistently responded to reducing poverty is widely recog- running water while working in 2008, will shortly be available on at St Albans Adventist church, morning. Edwin Henry Francis, born 19 ily attended and by the end of the series were friends with many of those who worked
requests for help following a series nised as important. The project will the dust of the desert during the our website. 121 St Peters Street, St Albans, September 1927, was the eldest of four children, convinced of the veracity of these explana- at Granose and those who attended
of major disasters that struck also lead to increased access to day. Participants will help in Visit us at www.adra.org.uk. Hertfordshire, AL1 3EL the son of Isaac and Clare Francis. We laid him tions of Scripture and decided to join the Stanborough Park church. By and by that
to rest in the Stanborough Park church on his Adventist Church. Ed went to Gailey and church drew on his sense of right and
around the world. From responses to clean water, health and education Cost: £15 (£10 ASNA members)
80th birthday. He was born and lived to the age Roberts and asked for Saturdays off. This was responsibility and he became a respected
the floods that hit England to the
recent immense floods in Africa to
services. ADRA will be providing
solar power systems, windmills and
New project in Myanmar (Burma) Refreshments and lunch provided
For further details contact
of 13 in Nairobi, Kenya, where Isaac, his father,
worked as an engineer on the Kenya and
unheard of and they refused, giving him three
months’ notice of dismissal unless he
leader in the church, serving often as
deacon and elder as he had done in the
the Peru earthquake, ADRA-UK is alternative cooking equipment. A flock of goats and a series of dams and catchment ponds are among the ASNA 01491 833395 or Uganda Railways. The Nairobi of the 30s and changed his mind. Meanwhile Ruby and his church in Nairobi. In 1972 Ed went
schemes that will make a difference to one of the poorest and most vulnera- 40s was by no means the Nairobi of today. It had parents went ahead and were baptised. Ed to work for United Builders Merchants
willing to help. During recent months ADRA-UK will need to contribute BUC 01923 672251 not long been cut out of the African bush and waited, not knowing whether he would be and stayed with them until 1986 when it
ADRA-UK has committed nearly 25% of the funding. This will be ble regions of Burma (Myanmar). The Magway Division in the centre of the SPONSORS the wild animals of the plains and forests had able to find another job with Saturdays off, as became Jewson and he was made
£40,000 for immediate response to raised through the Annual Appeal country will benefit from an improved food security programme inaugurated ASNA, ADRA-UK, BUC still not given up all their rights! It was a town in the early 60s jobs were very difficult to redundant. Ed went then to work in London,
the needs of people in distress. and private donations. by ADRA-UK on 1 August. of single storey corrugated iron roofed buildings come by. The last Friday of his thee months’ commuting for three years until he took early
Despite the country having recently been in the news due to political and gravelled earth streets where herds of zebra notice came up and he was in his office clean- retirement. He loved sports from an early age
Since ADRA-UK is part of a network, NOTICE OF and wildebeest were known to gallop through ing out and tidying up when his boss came in and played hockey, cricket, squash and bad-
our joined financial assistance Transportation unrest and demonstration, ADRA is able to provide 716,257 Euro of aid to an ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and where leopard and hyena roamed the leafy and asked him what he was doing. He ex- minton to a high standard, later even taking
allows ADRA to respond quickly to Because of the high cost of shipping area currently assessed as one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions OF suburbs at night. Here Ed went to school, plained, and then the boss said, ‘Ed, we need up bowls. He loved to hike and hill climb.
of the country. The majority of the population live below the poverty line. THE LONDON SEVENTH-DAY learned the local Swahili language and to play men of principle and if you are willing to He had a rich, melodious voice, enjoyed
most disasters. and changing needs, the ADRA-UK ADVENTIST YOUTH FEDERATION hockey, one of the many sports that he picked stand up for your principles even to losing music and singing, and will be remembered
board recently decided to follow The average gross income of a small farmer household in the area is about Notice is hereby given that the Annual up along the way and that kept him so fit and your job, come back Monday, your job will be for his laugh. His energetic work for a number
Flip-flops for Madagascar guidelines provided by the ADRA 365 Euro (£250) a year. General Meeting (AGM) of the well to the last. During the Second World War he such and such and your salary will be such of local charities will be missed. Ed went
In a new project co-funded with the European Commission and London Seventh-day Adventist Youth was sent to Bellary, India, where he attended St and such (suitably boosted).’ There was great to sleep on Thursday night 13 September, a
The Shoebox Appeal is in full swing network to reduce significantly the Anthony’s School and absorbed some of his rejoicing in the family and the church and Ed dearly loved and greatly missed father,
implemented by local partner, ADRA Myanmar, ADRA will provide improved Federation (the ‘Federation’) will be
and we are planning for more than intake and shipping of used goods. held at 7.30pm on 10 November cultural roots. Ed returned to Africa in 1946, was baptised in 1961. I am sure that those of brother, grandfather and friend. Lydia, Judy,
5,000 gift boxes. Remember, you ADRA will plan to ship four contain- food security, leading to poverty reduction for vulnerable households in the this time to Tanga on the Tanganyika coast to you who knew Ed well both in and out of the Ken, Pat and his eight grandchildren look
2007 at the Advent Centre,
have up until 10 November to ers a year to help overseas Adventist Pakokku township of the Magway Division. The project will last for three 37 Brendon Street, London W1H 5JE,
join his parents who had been transferred there. church recognised and appreciated his stal- forward to seeing him in that grand getting-
years. Important things happened to Ed in the twelve wartness and quiet determination, character up morning.
arrange for the gifts for the orphans health clinics and hospitals, provid- for the purpose of electing years he lived in Tanga. He started work for a traits which made him so much loved and re- DEREK BEARDSELL
in Madagascar to be delivered to ing redundant medical furniture and ADRA will provide needed vocational skills training for landless of new officers.
labourers, seasonal migrant workers and women. The courses will A letter, together with a notice of
ADRA. equipment that can significantly ISMAY CLARKE (affectionately called to the West Country in 1948, settling in cared for him during that time and his pass-
the AGM, has been posted to all
improve health care provision in the include food processing and preservation, basic carpentry/cement youth leaders in Area 6 (London), the
‘Girlie’) (1926-2007) d. 30 January. It is Highbridge, Somerset. After attending a cam- ing has left a big gap in their lives. We extend
construction/bricklaying, basic mechanics/welding, and basic sewing. with great sadness that the members, friends paign in 1969 in Weston-super-Mare, Frank’s our love and sympathy to his wife Frances,
Somalia energy and livelihood developing world. ADRA would like to South England Conference Youth and family of Greenwich (formerly Deptford) mother and stepfather were baptised in 1970 son Christopher and fiancée Emma, daughter
project encourage its supporters to select This will enhance their capacity to earn an improved income rather than directors, all Area 6 pastors, and is and Lewisham churches in England and by Pastor L. Barker. Due to their influence Victoria and son-in-law Colin and Frank’s
just being able to provide low-paid unskilled labour. also available on the London Pegwell church in Barbados say farewell to Frank received Bible studies from Pastor John young grandchildren Charlotte, Abigail,
October 1 saw ADRA signing a local charities to benefit from used Seventh-day Adventist Youth
ADRA will also train small-holder farmers in sustainable dry-land Ismay Clarke. Ismay, wife of Pedro Clarke, French and was baptised later that year. George and Isobel. On 5 September the
contract for the largest project it has clothing. Federation website came to the UK in 1962, leaving behind her in Weston church is where Frank met a pretty funeral service was held in the full-to-
ever undertaken with the European farming techniques and improved livestock husbandry. This will increase (www.londonyouthfed.org.uk). Barbados five children in the care of relatives. young Bible worker, Frances Markham, and overflowing Adventist church in Weston.
productivity. A revolving livestock bank system will be created for extremely By order of the Executive officers She worked very hard in the UK, holding six months later they were married. Their Tributes were given by Peter Isaac, a life-long
poor families based around an investment of 450 goats. Livestock act as a down two jobs, one of which was in the cater- marriage was blessed with a son Christopher friend of Frank, and Pastor David Foster, a
significant buffer in the event of a crop failure, as they can eat crop residues ing department of the famous Selfridges de- and daughter Victoria. Frank, with Frances’ family friend. The address was given by Pastor
Nottingham banquet There will be a
partment store in London. She became an help, ran his own engraving business and his Islwyn Rees, a former minister at Weston and
and graze on non-arable land vegetation. Surplus stock can be sold to cover banquet in Nottingham on 10 expert at cake-making and decorating and work can be seen on many buildings in the family friend. Frank was laid to rest in
income gaps. November at the Hilton Hotel. Price is other associated culinary skills. Her diligence area: he also supplied a memorial plaque for Highbridge cemetery. A passage of Scripture
£25. Dress code: smart formal. For
ADRA will also construct rainfall catchment ponds (4500m3 capacity more information and to reserve a
enabled her to bring her children to join her the BBC Blue Peter garden. The business grew that became precious to Frank during his ill-
in London. In 1972 she accepted the Adventist and ‘Maggs Commercial Engravers Ltd’ had a ness was Psalm 46 – ‘God is our refuge and
each – imagine a football field flooded in water a metre high) and ‘sand place, contact Sister Taylor or Sandra message and was baptised by Pastor Mark reputation for integrity and honesty in all its strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’
dams’ for domestic water supply. The 30 units across 15 villages will not only at the Sunshine Cafe 01158 407227. Leeds at the Lewisham church in south dealings. Frank was also greatly involved in Frank trusted in Jesus and we look forward to
improve the overall health of the community through access to clean water, London. She later transferred her member- the church he loved and, as well as taking seeing him on the great resurrection day
ship firstly to Deptford church and secondly other offices, he faithfully served as head dea- when there will be no more partings and all
but will also reduce the amount of work needed to supply the daily household WANTED: Second-hand SDA Bible
to the Greenwich church, when the former con for many years until ill health forced him things will be made new. MAUREEN REES
water needs, especially in the dry season, thereby lessening the burden of Commentary set. If you can help
church and membership relocated to that to resign his office at the end of August 2006.
please call 07804 859976.
women. area. Ismay held several church offices while As a very thoughtful man, Frank often put ELLIS BOWN (1915-2007) d. 19
ADRA-UK will contribute 15% of the total budget. at the Deptford and Greenwich churches, in- others before himself, and his friendly nature September. The Wallasey church is sad-
ADRA-UK is active in flood relief in Northern Uganda WANTED: Photographs of the cluding head deaconess, Sabbath School su- and varied interests, (including his love of all dened to report the death of one of its oldest
BERT SMIT, Executive director
building of Salisbury Hall, perintendent, Lay Activities leader, Senior things mechanical with wheels or pistons, members. Ellis Bown was born on 30
Newbold College Choir leader, Community Services leader and, travel literature, photography, diverse musical September 1915, and passed to rest at the
last but not least, the co-leader for the taste and singing in choirs), enabled him to Arrowe Park Hospital on 19 September 2007.
Golden Years The Principal would like to borrow
photographs of Salisbury Hall being
built in 1956/57, i.e. photographs
Greenwich Over 50s Drop-in Group. She was
always an efficient and effective leader, lead-
ing by example, holding the standards of the
strike up a lively conversation with the people
he met. He was also a man who gave encour-
agement to those close to him and often saw
Ellis was just a few days short of his 92nd
birthday. Ellis moved from Liverpool to
Birmingham in the 1930s looking for work.
Who said that marriage is obsolete? In a world in which marriage and of the grounds before it was built, Church in high regard. Her dedication and goodness in the personality of others before This was in the providence of God, for in
commitment seem to be things of the past, it’s good to see that some the different stages of the building forbearance will long be remembered and ap- anything else. Although Frank lived with can- Birmingham he found not only work but also
people are still faithful and committed to each other. process and the building on com- preciated by all who knew her and came cer for a year and a half it never crushed his his future wife. Ellis married Hilda Hunt on 5
On 1 July family and friends of the Walsall church joined with Mr pletion. If anyone has such photo- under her wing. She leaves behind her five will to live, his faith, or his love for those close October1940. Ellis died just a few days short
graphs and would be willing to lend children, Marva, Nigel, Marcia, Ormand and to him. Even in the darkest moments he re- of what would have been their 67th wedding
and Mrs Lloyd Lawson to celebrate fifty years of marriage. The happy Grantley; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-two tained his strong sense of dignity, self-worth anniversary. He was baptised by Pastor D.
couple renewed their vows in the presence of God, family and friends. them to be copied (the originals
great-grandchildren; two brothers; one sister and sense of humour. His relationship with Masih at the Camp Hill church, and was one
will be returned to you), please and a host of other relatives and friends. May God sustained his inner spirit and his strength of the last people to be baptised in the old
The ceremony was conducted by Pastors Jeffeth Nicholson and Patricia send them to: she rest in peace until that resurrection call of of character bore witness to the loving God in church before it was demolished to make way
Douglas, with other pastors who had met and worked with the The Principal, Newbold College, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. whom he faithfully trusted and impressed all for the new building. Ellis is survived by his
Lawsons during their time of service. St Marks Road, Binfield, Bracknell, COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT who met and tended him during his illness. wife, Hilda, son Robert, a sister Marrie and
A sumptuous dinner followed the ceremony with speeches and good Berkshire, RG42 4AN, or send Frank’s last weeks were spent at his home in brother Billy, and two grandchildren, Simone
wishes from all in attendance. them by email to: FRANK MAGGS (1943-2007) d. 27 Highbridge, the same house where he had and Fabian. He was laid to rest at the Landican
email@example.com. August. Francis Stanhope Maggs was born spent many happy years growing up with his cemetery and awaits the call of the Life-giver.
on 6 March 1943 in Acton. The family moved own parents. The family he loved so much PASTOR BARRY STOKES
14 Messenger 15 Messenger
ADRA-UK starts new
Alma gave thanks and praise to
her Lord who has blessed her life to
enable her to achieve this day.
project in Somalia
by Bert Smit, Executive director
There was such an excellent
array of music at the
atford, England – The The role of energy in reducing duction and marketing of 10,000 group’s concert on Sabbath 6
W Adventist Development and
Relief Agency in the United
Kingdom has secured its largest
poverty is recognised by the two
states, and energy ministries have
been established to coordinate
cooking stoves as part of the project.
The installation of energy equip-
ment will result in increased access
October. With only a few days’
notice, a packed line-up of
groups, soloists and instrumen-
project co-funded with the European related activities aimed at increasing to clean water. Health and education talists all presented their gifts of
Commission to date. The ‘Somalia access to energy services by the services will also be provided. This praise to God. What was amaz-
Energy and Livelihood project’ will rural population. will be done by creating an aware- ing was the melodious and
start in Somalia on 1 November and The project, implemented by ness of the effects of bad natural seemingly effortless singing of
will last for three years. Valued at network partner ADRA Somalia, will resource management and promot- Joyous Symphony, 12-year-old
€2,000,000 (£1,370,000), 75% of strengthen livelihood strategies of ing the use of renewable energy Pamela, Emmanuel and many
the funding is furnished by the the Somali people through promoting options, such as wind, solar and others. The concert finished
European Commission. the use of alternative energy options modern biomass. The intervention promptly with a reminder of the
Somalia is classified as a ‘least to meet growing energy needs. ADRA will be conducted in line with the group’s need to acquire its own
developed country’. It is one of the will install windmills, solar-powered global trend of seeking renewable building as the terms of their
poorest countries in the world with water systems and facilitate the pro- energy to spur economic growth. agreement with the secondary
per capita income of less than £100 school stipulate that they must
vacate the premises at a fixed
a year. Fifty-three percent of the
population live below the poverty Alma Jackson celebrates her 90th time each week. We need to
line. The situation has been exacer-
bated by the effects of war and lack birthday pray that groups like the African
fellowship continue to flourish
of state authorities. This has led to On Sabbath 28 July the Riverway church celebrated the 90th birthday of and bring new members into a
the total collapse of social services. one of our founder members, Alma Jackson. After the morning service a welcoming arena of fellowship,
ADRA’s main objective is to con- fellowship lunch was enjoyed, during which Elder Creer paid tribute to Alma, not hindered by the lack of their
tribute to overall poverty reduction in and a celebratory cake was cut. own facilities.
Puntland and Somaliland. The two Alma was always an active member of the Bromley and Riverway DR JACQUIE HALLIDAY-BELL
states are self-administering entities churches, holding various positions and providing beautiful flower
committed to post-war development arrangements, until in recent years her sight began to fail, preventing her ABC BOOK SALES
and recovery, and they have enjoyed from keeping up with events. When asked if she felt 90 years old, Alma October
28 Harper Bell 10.30am-2pm
relative peace and stability for some replied, ‘No’. NEC/SEC
time. Between them they have a Alma is truly a fine Christian lady: the church is still benefiting from her Women’s Retreats
population of close to 5.3 million. presence and we are delighted to see her reaching this milestone in her life. November
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