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					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
baptised.
    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)




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                                                                                                                                                                  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: elowe@adventist.org.uk.                                       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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Close bosom-friend
                      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

Fellowship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                      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
                                         bay?’
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
                                                                                                                                                                     director.
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-

women’s refuge
                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         resources, education,
                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                   bonfire.
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?
                                         DELVA CAMPBELL
                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NEIL BLEST


                                         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        js.bussey@ntlworld.com.                  Left to right: Lynn, Anastasia, Ashley and Mark                                  where he was baptised by his          JOHN WALTON
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Summer
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
Stanborough School.’
    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
ADRA-UK News
                                                  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
director, ADRA-UK
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-
                                                                                                                                                                                       Achieving Access
                                                                                                                                                                                     Empowering Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                Equipping churches and their
                                                                                                                                                                                          communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                              dpenner@newbold.ac.uk.                     August. Francis Stanhope Maggs was born              spent many happy years growing up with his             cemetery and awaits the call of the Life-giver.
  MARK TAYLOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on 6 March 1943 in Acton. The family moved           own parents. The family he loved so much               PASTOR BARRY STOKES

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                                                                                                                                 Alma gave thanks and praise to
                                                                                                                              her Lord who has blessed her life to
                                                                                                                              enable her to achieve this day.
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project in Somalia
by Bert Smit, Executive director
                                                                                                                              African Fellowship
                                                                                                                              There was such an excellent
                                                                                                                              array of music at the
                                                                                                                              Handsworth Wood-based
         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
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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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                                                                                                                                 data supplied by the Science Research Council.
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                                                                                                                               Oct 26 5.46         5.58      5.46     5.47     6.01
                                                                                                                               Nov 2 4.33          4.45      4.32     4.31     4.47
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