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									                                                                                                                  ‘And a tenner fell
                                                                                                                  to the floor’
                                                                                                                  Brother Smiley of Dudley
                                                                                                                  is known in the West
                                                                                                                  Midlands Adventist
                                                                                                                  community as a coach
                                                                                                                  contractor and bus
                                                                                                                  driver. In the wider
                                   by Bert Smit, Executive director, ADRA-UK                                      Adventist community he
                                                                                                                  is known for his video
                                  abies are dying and    The compassion of Christ, the sensitivity to the         productions: Some

                        B         disease is wide-
                                  spread. The village
                                  chief tells me there
                         is no clean drinking water.
                         Young girls walk three miles
                                                         suffering of humanity that Jesus had taught them,
                                                         engaged them to ‘look intently’ at this man and
                                                         his needs.
                                                             As Christians cut from the same cloth, made
                                                         from the same mould by the same Jesus who
                                                                                                                  have conjectured that
                                                                                                                  a surgical procedure
                                                                                                                  might be needed to
                                                                                                                  separate H. Smiley,
                                                                                                                  esq. from his top-
                         before school to collect        discipled Peter and John, we cannot ignore the           of-the-range video
                        water. The sight brings tears    existence of poverty and human need in our               camera.
                        to my eyes, but also hope.       world today. We too must ‘look intently’ at                  But in the wider community of the West
                       Visiting this village in Mali I   twenty-first-century needs, seeking ways to be           Midlands Brother Smiley is known as The
                       recognise ADRA can give an        of practical help in just the same way that Peter        Ingatherer. Year after year he has been the top
                       opportunity that will make a      entered into dialogue with the disabled man.             ingatherer in the North England Conference
                      real difference to the lives of         ‘Look at us,’ Peter demanded. He wanted eye         and sometimes in the British Union. When the
                      these villagers.                   contact. He wanted a serious, personal conversa-         inhabitants of Dudley see Brother Smiley
                           Making a real difference is   tion. Peter was demonstrating that he valued this        approaching they reach for their wallets and
                     the story of redemption. Jump       man as a human being, a child of God. Someone            chequebooks, and think of a number as broad
                    to the book of Acts. In chapter      for whom Jesus died on the cross. He took the            as Brother Smiley’s smile. Never has a man
                    3 we read the story of a                                           man seriously. Instead     been more successful at living up to his name.
disabled man who was healed by                                                         of the ritual dropping         Since September the still-smiling Brother
Peter and John. Lame from birth, he                                                    of a small coin, which     Smiley has been struggling with a health issue
was brought to the Temple Square                                                        hundreds did each         that affects his capacity to drive coaches. At 68,
each morning so that he could eke                                                       day without ever          he was also a little worried that it might affect his
out a living as a beggar.                                                               looking the man in        capacity as an ingatherer. But God is with him and
   Peter and John could not walk by on                                                   the eye, Peter wanted    out came the big, red tins.
             the other side of the road.                                                 to hear the man and          At one home, however, instead of reaching for
                                                                                          understand his          his wallet, a contributor reached into his supply of
                                                                                          needs – and to be       excuses. ‘I’m skint,’ said the man, bringing out his
                                                                                          heard, to be in a       wallet to show Brother Smiley that it was totally,
                                                                                           real relationship      but totally, empty of all money. ‘I’m penniless,
                                                                                           with this man.         moneyless, beggarly and boracic . . .’
                                                                                                Peter is honest       Just then the man waved his wallet to and fro.
                                                                                            with the disabled         And a tenner fell to the floor.
                                                                                            man. Peter and            Brother Smiley smiled some more and raised
                                                                                            John are not men      his eyebrows while pushing forward his tin.
                                                                                             of wealth and            ‘It’s a fair cop,’ the man said, picking up
                                                                                             power, but they      the £10 note, putting it in the tin and grinning
                                                                                             understand the       sheepishly. ‘See you next year, Smiley!’
                                                                                              power of faith          Brother Smiley thought as he walked away:
                                                                                                          >16     Another good year for ingathering.

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                                                                    METROPOLITAN AREA:              29 March - 20 April
                                                                    PROVINCES:                      29 March - 13 April
                                         been donated to such a community

                                                                                                                                                                      Bright dawn
                                         by an eminent doctor. His name was                        Job vacancy – Management Accountant
                                         carved in large letters, with an              The Stanborough Press Limited, based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, is seek-
                                                                                       ing to recruit a Management Accountant at its Grantham-based offices. Key
                                         added sentence to state that he               responsibilities include the monthly preparation of management accounts,
                                         gave this water supply to the com-            debtor and creditor control, monthly payroll and assisting the Financial
                                         munity. The four sides of the granite         Director in various aspects of the day-to-day accounting operation.
                                         structure bore the words, Faith,                  The successful applicant will be an individual motivated by a desire to
                                         Hope, Charity, Temperance. But it             spread the Gospel and will need to become fully conversant with                David Marshall
                                                                                       Excel/Quattro Pro and have a working knowledge of year-end account
                                         seemed that this fountain was the             preparation. It is also expected that the successful applicant will have a
                                         driest spot on the street, for there          strong commitment to the ethos of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
                                         was no water in the fountain. So, in              Salary and allowances according to the denominational wage scale.
                                         spite of the doctor’s self-laudatory              Letter of application with current CV and addresses of two referees
                                                                                       should be sent to: The Financial Director, Stanborough Press Limited,

                                         inscription of ‘This is the gift of Dr        Alma Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 9SL. Email: stanborg@aol.com.
                                         So-and-So’, and in face of the beau-                                     Deadline: 31 March 2008.
                                         tiful words, Faith, Hope, Charity,
    with Curtis Murphy                   Temperance, the spring itself was
                                                                                                   Interviews for suitable candidates will be held in April.          What a dawn it was.                                clear that God had all but provided them with    his issues of pride and arrogance would be
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                                             It reminded me of the day that        work second to none. We are                 Pastor Curtis G. Murphy, British
                                         Jesus was making his way to               admonished to ‘. . . go out to the          Union Conference Publishing            centuries of slavery.                              escape ambush.                                   His Egyptian education had taught him the
                                         Jerusalem and, feeling hungry, he         street corners and invite everyone          Director, Stanborough Park, Watford,       When slavery had begun they had been               Is that what God does? Lead us into crisis   politician’s lesson: If it’s going to happen,
Dried-up fountains –                     noticed a fig tree that offered a solu-
                                         tion to his hunger. On further investi-
                                                                                   you see.’ (Matthew 22:9) to bring
                                                                                   ‘whoever will’ to the ‘fountain of
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                                                                                                                               God wants to do through you.
                                                                                                                                                                      one, big, extended family with twelve branch-
                                                                                                                                                                      es. The conditions of slavery notwithstanding,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         situations so he can teach us a thing or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you’ve got to make it happen. For forty years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the wilderness of Midian Moses had to
                                         gation, Jesus experienced disap-          living water’.
   fruitless trees                       pointment, sorrow and regret
                                         (Matthew 18:19f). In that moment a
                                                                                       Are you willing to share the invi-
                                                                                   tation to the Master’s fountain and
                                                                                                                                                                      their numbers had grown exponentially.
                                                                                                                                                                      Egyptian measures to reduce the Hebrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             That was how it came over in some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sabbath School classes last quarter. At times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          learn that the opposite is true: You have to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          await God’s timing.
                                                                                                                                SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT                  birth rate had, if anything, been counter-         I seemed to see God as a Master Chemist              So, on the shores of the Red Sea, aged 80,
         any of our old villages and     decision was made that the tree was       table with someone? It doesn’t have

M        market towns are graced
         with fountains donated by
some wealthy benefactor. Some of
                                         not ‘fit for purpose’. ‘May you never
                                         bear fruit again!’ What a condemna-
                                         tion! What a judgement! What an
                                                                                   to be stressful or difficult. Why not
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                                                                                                                                                                      productive. Some experts believe that two
                                                                                                                                                                      million Hebrews took part in the first Passover!
                                                                                                                                                                          They did what was asked of them in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         who was turning up the heat of the Bunsen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         burners beneath a chemical mix meant to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         represent me. Why? To produce changes that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Moses was just the man to take command
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and give God’s orders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Credit to the Israelites, against every
them are quite elaborate and were        outcome! Fountains that have dried        a willingness to serve and a heart           England Conference of Seventh-        matter of the lamb’s blood. While the              would help produce pure gold?                    instinct to panic, they obeyed orders. Had
seen as the pride of the community       up! Trees that produce no fruit!          that is centred on Jesus Christ, who         day Adventists will be held           Egyptians wailed, the Hebrews packed. Came             May I suggest that God is in the business    they not done so they would have run right
when they were first built and work-     Could it be that we are losing our fit-   is still the author and finisher of our      from Thursday 26 June to
                                                                                                                                Sunday 29 June 2008 at The Spa        the dawn and they were facing east and mov-        of producing pure gold, but that the flame-      into the Egyptian spears.
ing. I can think of a very nice one in   ness for purpose? Jesus made our          faith.
Buxton, and I’m sure that you know       purpose very clear. ‘Go out to the            Join us, your tree can bear fruit,       Conference Centre, Scarborough.       ing out. The sweet smell of freedom was in         beneath-the-Bunsen-burner bit maligned his           As it was they stood, then obeyed the
of many more.                            whole world; proclaim the gospel to       your fountain can provide refreshing         PASTOR PAUL A. HAWORTH                the air. Their departure was unhindered. At        methods.                                         command to march towards the sea. Moses
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    I read of one recently that had      all creation.’ (Mark 16:15.) Ours is a    in a dry and desolate world. Contact                                               that stage the Egyptians were glad to see the          Let’s rejoin the Israelites between the      raised his staff. The pillar of cloud before
                                                                                                                                                                      back of them. It was a heady moment they           Pharaoh and the deep Red Sea. Had God set        them became, at nightfall, the pillar of fire
                                                                                                                                                                      would never forget.                                up the ambush?                                   that kept the Egyptians at bay behind them.
                                                                                                                                                                          The logistics of mass catering troubled few        Between the freed slaves and the sea was     The wind blew. At dawn an impassable
                                                                         reduce your risk of developing        to boosting the growth of new brain cells.             if any; nor did any sanitation or medical chal-    Moses. Moses was trying to make himself          riverbed swamp had become a dry highway
                                                                         dementia later in life. The                                                                  lenges they were likely to face. Freedom and       heard. Check Exodus 14:13 for the orders God     to freedom. (Exodus 14:15-31.)
                                                                         news is that making the right         Brain facts:
                                                                         changes in diet, exercise,
                                                                                                                                                                      faith were everything as they made steady          told him to give. There were three: •Don’t be        They watched God work. That was an
                                                                                                               • Oxygen plays a key role in brain health.
                                                                         mental stimulation and social            Developing the efficiency and depth of              progress east. Refreshment came from the           afraid. •Stand firm. •Watch God work.            even more glorious dawn.
                                                                         interaction is not only good             your breathing improves brain function.             wells of grace. Leadership came from an                How come Moses was so clear and cool             Yes, God permits tough times to get our
                                                      for you, but also good for your brain.                   • Adequate water is essential to                       80-year-old shepherd who followed a pillar         while everyone panicked?                         attention: but he doesn’t bring the tough
                                                          However this is not a new discovery. This reve-         balancing physiological and biochemical             of cloud.                                              Moses was 80. He had been preparing for      times on. Yes, having got our attention, God
        Brain Health Series                           lation was presented over 100 years ago in an
                                                      era when research on the brain and human psy-
                                                                                                                  processes in the body, as well as nerve
                                                                                                                  and brain function.
                                                                                                                                                                          What a dawn!
                                                                                                                                                                          Before long the atmosphere changed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         this cool, calm moment since he was 40. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         40 Moses had been a brilliantly educated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          uses the opportunity to deal with our issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (COL, 177.)
                     Part four                        chology was still in its infancy. Ellen White, in her    • A diet rich in antioxidants slows the
                                                                                                                                                                      dramatically. They were caught between a           trainee Pharaoh who, at the same time, knew          Jesus told Pilate – who had claimed that
                                                      commentary on physical habits affecting the brain           ageing process and diseases associat-
      PHYSICAL WELL-BEING AND THE BRAIN               and causing mental deterioration, said this: ‘Study         ed with brain degeneration.                         600-chariot mechanised army and the deep           he was from an enslaved race. One day he         he had the power either to crucify or release
Close relationship between mind and body –            is not the principal cause of the breakdown of the       • Exposure to toxic substances damages                 Red Sea. Expecting slaughter on an industrial      would be called upon to lead the Hebrews on      him – that he would have no power over him
‘There is an intimate relation between the mind       mental powers. The main cause is improper diet,             the brain, accelerates ageing and                   scale, they were eager for someone to blame.       Liberation Day. At 40 he was hot-headed          at all had not God permitted it. (John 19:10,
and the body, and in order to reach a high stan-      irregular meals, a lack of physical exercise, and           increases the incidence of memory loss.             So who precisely had got them into this mess       enough to attempt to jump-start the liberation   11.) All that happens to you has to be sieved
dard of moral and intellectual attainment, the laws   careless inattention in other respects to the laws       • Unstable blood sugar levels damage                   in the first place?                                process. He murdered a high-profile Egyptian     through God’s great grace and infinite power
that control our physical being must be heeded.’      of health.’ Mind, Character and Personality,                brain cells and impair brain function.                  They were in a classic no-way-to-win           oppressor in the belief that this evil deed      before it impacts your life. That’s how it is.
Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, p. 380.     vol. 2, p. 382.                                          • Thyroid dysfunction can impact mood                  situation. To the east: the Red Sea. To the        would be a signal to the oppressed Hebrews       Galling for the devil, don’t you think? He
    Perhaps you engage in exercise and healthy            Researchers have found substantial evidence             and mental well-being.
eating to maintain your physical health and well-     that with the optimal physical environment the           • Exercise increases mental agility and
                                                                                                                                                                      north: Egyptian fortresses. To the south: hun-     to rally to his banner in revolt. There were     cannot unleash anything on you until God
being, but did you know that in doing so you are      brain continues to generate new brain cells                 alertness.                                          dreds of miles of blazing desert. To the west:     close to two million of them. They had to be     has sieved it; and even then God reserves
also benefiting your mental health?                   throughout life. Studies indicate that challenging          Nurture your body; nurture your brain               an Egyptian army of rumbling chariots that         in with a chance! (Read Acts 7:25.)              the right to make sure that it works to our
    Current studies highlight the mounting            environments, which include a number of compo-           and enhance its functional capacity.                   were bristling with the spears of men who              On the following morning Moses was           ultimate good. (Romans 8:26-28.)
scientific evidence which shows that positive         nents, such as controlled learning opportunities,                                                               believed they had every reason to be angry         jump-starting a top o’ the range camel               Meanwhile God says, ‘Step out of the
lifestyle decisions you make now will help to         social interactions and physical activities, are key     Good health!                                           and every excuse for excess.                       and taking the shortest route to the nearest     traffic. Take a long, loving look at your High
                                                                                                                                                                          So who, precisely, had got them into that      frontier. He was off on the first of forty       God, above politics, above everything.’ ‘Be
                                                                                                                                                                      situation?                                         consecutive sabbatical years in the wilder-      still and know that I AM,’ and WHO I am.
                                                                                                                                                                          In the opening verses of Exodus 14 it is       ness. There, in solitude and some discomfort,    (Psalm 46:10, MGE, NIV.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3 Messenger
                                                                                                                    Don Lowe and his scroll
                                                                  Victor Pilmoor

                                                                                                                                                                    three key words, “Believe, Behave and            used the imagery of the potter in Jeremiah 18.         the British Union. However, the feedback to BUC
                                                                                                                                                                    Belong”. The order we put them in says           Moulding that with his own experience of growing       president, Pastor Don McFarlane, who initiated
                                                                                                                                                                    something about who we are.’                     up an Adventist, rebellion and commitment, fitted      and chaired the meetings, was so positive and the
                                                                                                                                                                           Victor Pilmoor expanded the thought to    in with the way God continues to mould his life        discussion so helpful that plans are already
                                                                                                                                                                     emphasise, ‘If you see the three “Bs” as        and his Church. Indeed, in all our decisions and       underway for another planning weekend in 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                     linear you may be held back. Look at them       all our challenges, ‘God knows what’s on the other         To gain a further picture of the weekend and
                                                                                                                                                                     three-dimensionally and those coming            side.’                                                 meet some of the trustees, visit the BUC picture
                                                                                                                                                                      into faith grow through all three areas.’          A BUC trustees away weekend was a first for        gallery at www.adventistpictures.org.uk.
                                                                                                                                                                            Pastor Richard Brooks from
                                                                                                                                                                      Manchester South expressed some con-
                                                                                                                                                                      cern that the current emphasis on ‘rela-
                                                                                                                                                                       tionship’ is not enough. ‘It is a word that     John Loughborough School
                                                                                                                                                                              has been watered down by the             by Richard DeLisser, Communication director SEC
                                                                                                                                                                              world,’ he said. Pastor Eglan Brooks     Following the appointment last week of Mrs Laura Osei as Interim Executive head teacher of the
                                                                                                                                                                             summarised by emphasising,                John Loughborough School, much has been done by the South England Conference administra-
Steve Logan                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Relationship must go further.            tion to hear the concerns of the parents and pupils on the issue of the future direction of the
                                                                                                                                                                            Commitment must take it further.’          school now that the new leadership is in place. On Tuesday 4 March a meeting was held at the
                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday night focused on minist-      school for the purpose of bringing together Sharon Shoesmith, the director of Children and Young

God knows
                                                                                                                                                                            erial recruitment, deployment and          People’s Services for Haringey Council, and the parents, to share the Council’s commitment to
                                                                                                                                                                           development. KT Abbequaye from the          improving the standard of education for every child at the school.
                                                                                                                                                                           London Ghana church commended                   Pastor Sam Davis, president of the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       chair of the Interim Executive Board (IEB), opened the meeting by reminding all present that the
                                                                                                                                                                          Pastor Alan Hodges, BUC Ministerial          John Loughborough School is a Seventh-day Adventist owned and operated school with a
                                                                                                                                                                          Association director, for building the       Christian ethos. Pastor Davis also introduced to parents the members of the IEB who were

what’s on the
                                                                                                                                                                          skills and morale of ministry with pro-      present.
                                                                                                                                                                         grammes such as the recent Ministerial            Councillor Liz Santry, Haringey cabinet member for Children and Young People, in her address
                                                                                                                                                                         Council in Slovenia. He emphasised that       referred to how proud Haringey Council was when it learnt that John Loughborough School would
                                                                                                                                                                         he was glad we value our ministers. The       be the first non-Catholic or Anglican school to become state funded. She also stated that the
                                                                                                                                                                        greatest part of the discussion focused        Council had been watching very closely and were fully supporting the measures taken by their

other side
                                                                                                                                                                       around recruitment and retention. Pastor        director in seeking to bring improvements for every child at the school.
                                                                                                                                                                       David Foster of the Southampton and                 Sharon Shoesmith told parents that she was there to give assurance that the John
                                                                 Richard Brooks                                                                                                                                        Loughborough School would not be closed, that the Council valued it as a faith school, wished it
                                                                                                                                                                      Winchester district shared that Adventists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to remain as such, and that the Council wanted to assist the school in giving a good education to
                                                                                                                                                                     are not alone in their recruitment prob-          every one of its young people. She also reminded parents of the investment that is going to take
                                                                                                       Ms A. Wije
by Victor Hulbert, BUC Communication director                                                                                                                        lems. Methodists, Anglicans and Catholics         place at John Loughborough School under the Government’s Building Schools for the Future pro-
                                                                                                                                                                    are all struggling to fill their parishes.         gramme. Though there was disruption and interruptions by a small number of individuals, the
                                                                                                                                                                   Trustees looked at varied strategies,               vast majority of parents and young people were there to hear what the director had to say. Ms
Report of the British Union Conference Planning and Induction Weekend,                                                                                             including mid-life career changes for good          Shoesmith also sought to answer some questions and concerns raised by parents and pupils and
29 February-2 March, 2008.                                                                                                                                     lay-leaders, greater use of female clergy,              committed herself to meeting with parents on a monthly basis for the period during which the IEB
                                                                                                                                                               positive role models and encouragement for              is in place. The IEB meets monthly, the next meeting taking place next week. The plan is to return
         e came from a poor working-class home.        tive board of trustees which collectively                                                                                                                       governance of the school to the School Board in January 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                young members and positive selection of
         In school he scored ½ out of 20 in a          ensures delivery of its objects, sets its strate-                                                        non-UK based ministers. Sensitive perform-                 Speaking on behalf of the South England Conference, Pastor Davis stated, ‘I wish to make
         spelling test. There was no way he could      gic direction and upholds its values’. The                                                               ance management and appraisal were also                it clear that we are committed to the long-term future of John Loughborough School, and are
         become a minister. Now retired, he speaks     emphasis on good governance led to seven                                                                                                                        committed to delivering a higher standard of education for all of its children.’ The administration
                                                                                                                                                                discussed.                                             is encouraged by the support and prayers of members of the Church and a general commitment
with experience, holding his audience in rapt          breakout groups focusing on areas such as                                                                         Diversity was the main topic on Sunday        that, while the school has slipped in the league tables, there is a strong desire to turn the school
attention with a story of God’s leading to ministry,   excellence in board leadership, review and                                                                morning, including ideas on making new                into an example of educational excellence in the community, demonstrating Adventist education at
leadership in the British Isles and mission service    renewal, effective communication, and perform-                                                            immigrants welcome and valued in our                  its best.
overseas.                                              ance. In the afternoon the trustees also spent                                                            congregations, using their talents and gifts
    ‘I could never understand why the brethren         considerable time learning to understand and                                                               to fulfil the mission of the Church, ways to
chose me to be a president,’ Pastor Don Lowe           question the intricacies of church finance. ‘You                                                           preserve or restore and enhance the nature
shared with the members of the British Union           have to approach the reading of a Statement of                                                             of the ‘British culture’ in our Church and,        Derek Paravicini
Conference Executive Committee, ‘but God knows         Financial Activity with a curious mind,’ BUC                                                                finally, what practical help new immigrants       A concert with pianist Derek Paravicini at Newbold     organiser of the concert. Miriam is Lead Music
what’s on the other side.’ Sharing the joys and        treasurer, Victor Pilmoor, told them. ‘Just reading                                                         might need to assist with integration.            College on Saturday night, 23 February, was a          Therapist for Learning Disabilities with Berkshire
sorrows of his ministry, Pastor Lowe, as a wise        numbers will tell you nothing.’                                                        Alfred Officer               Trustees left the weekend with positive   huge success. The audience was enthralled by the       East PCT NHS Trust and a member of Maidenhead
sage of Adventism, could review his history and            Trustees really appreciated the flexi-                                                                       understandings and a sense of God’s          young man’s skill and personality. Derek, originally   church in Berkshire.
that of the Church he loves and claim a leadership     ble agenda that allowed them time to                                                                             presence. Looking back, the varied devo-     from Berkshire, was born prematurely, is blind,            ‘I have followed Derek’s progress over the
promise still current today: ‘He who has begun a       discuss and share in depth. Fellowship                                                                           tionals stood out in many minds. Beyond      severely learning disabled and autistic but musi-      years,’ she says, ‘and it was my aim for a long
good work in you will perform it until the day of      over meals and during walks in the                                                                              Pastor Lowe’s memorable Sabbath pres-         cally he is a genius and is well-known around the      time to bring him back to Binfield. I first heard him
Jesus Christ.’ (Philippians 1:6.)                      beautiful grounds of the Node                                                                                   entation, Pastor David Foster’s Friday        world. He has appeared on TV many times.               play many years ago during a concert with the
    Friday 29 February-Sunday 2 March was a            Conference Centre in Codicote, Herts,                                                                           devotional focused on the rapid changes           He played to a highly appreciative audience,       Binfield Singers in St Mark’s church when he was
very special weekend for the committee members         gave opportunity for further discussion                                                                        in our Church over the last decade, and        thrilling them with his mastery of the keyboard,       just a young lad. This time he played across the
who serve as trustees of the British Union             and greater understanding among the                                                                            noted how the eating together, sharing         his ability to play requests, to play instantly ‘I     road at Newbold Church Centre.’
Conference charity. Meeting from early Friday          twenty-seven ministers, directors and                                                                          together and community of Acts 2 led to        want Jesus to walk with me’ (previously unknown            The concert raised over £400 for Newbold
morning, the weekend was part training and             lay people who make up the Executive                                                                          the ‘become one’ of John 17.                    to him) and to accompany professional violinist,       Primary School’s funds. The school choir opened
induction into the role of a trustee and part          Committee.                                                                                                           On Sabbath evening, scientist Dr Steve   Chris Rogers, whom he met just prior to the con-       the concert with arrangements of two hymns and
planning and review of core issues within our              Significant emphasis was placed                                                                           Logan looked at religion and Christianity       cert and with whom he had only rehearsed very          pupil Gregory Makachouck opened the second half
Church.                                                on evangelism during a Sabbath                                                                               through the eyes of his secular peers,           briefly. Derek loves playing popular music but with    by playing two pieces on the clarinet, accompa-
    Induction came principally on Friday as Pastor     afternoon discussion led by BUC                                                                              challenging us to reclaim these words            Chris played Bach’s ‘Air on a G string’ as one of      nied by his mother, Tanya. Asha, daughter of Chris
Eric Lowe, BUC executive secretary, shared the         Personal Ministries director, Pastor                                                                         for the good and be more aggressive              their items.                                           Rogers, delighted everyone with a violin solo.
aims of the Charity Commission that ‘every organ-      Eglan Brooks. Steve Logan from Crieff                                                                       about what is important. South England                ‘The piece was so beautifully performed that it        See Derek on his website: www.Derek
isation should be led and controlled by an effec-      church in Scotland said, ‘There are                                                                         Conference president, Pastor Sam Davis,           brought tears to my eyes,’ admits Miriam Wood,         Paravicini.net.                             MIRIAM WOOD
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                                                                                   £4,505.36, a significant increase        Walters, a former professional foot-
                                                                                   compared with the 2006 figure of         baller from Birmingham. He was an
                                                                                   £2,519.42.                               attacking, goal-scoring winger for a
                                                                                        For 2007, a further new element     number of UK clubs and represented
                                                                                   of fundraising was the Packathon,        England at various levels. He
The 2007 AYA fundraising event was       third in the collectors’ list for 2007.   through which approximately fifty        encouraged the children, and high-                                                                                                                                     Respite & Training Weekend
expanded to the format of a Family       The youngest stroller, Ezekiel Lowe       young people in groups of up to fif-     lighted how such charitable efforts                                                                                                                                          ‘Grace in Action’
Funday. As in previous years the         (GBK), at just 3 years of age, com-       teen, dressed smartly in Pathfinder      tend to build character and a sense
event took place at the location of      pleted a number of laps to keep his       uniforms, undertook supervised           of responsibility among the youth:
the Pavilion of Hope evangelistic tent   mother company. A bookstall sup-          packing of shopping bags for             qualities which are lacking in other                                                                                                                                         DATE: 25 April – 27 April 2008
campaign. The site had moved to          plied by Leicester Central church         customers visiting supermarkets          parts of society. To consolidate his
                                                                                   at seven locations in the West           words of praise, the young people                                                                                                                                          COST: £50 (£45 ASNA Members)
East Park, Wolverhampton.                raised additional contributions.
Somewhat atypical for the weather            A body MOT and opportunity for        Midlands. They gained an opportuni-      who took part in the fundraising                                                                                                                                              Children under 13yrs £20.00
                                                                                   ty to evangelise in the name of Jesus    activities enjoyed a special ‘thank
last year, the actual day of the event
was bright and dry. The Funday
                                         sickle cell screening were available
                                         to all attendees on the day. One of       and represent the Adventist Church
                                                                                   with exemplary behaviour. This also
                                                                                                                            you’ lunch on 18 November.
                                                                                                                                This year, on 18 May, it is hoped
                                                                                                                                                                    Croydon baptism                                                                                                                 Accommodation, resources, meals included.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Location: Pioneer Centre,
included the Strollathon, a gym-a-       the AYA benefactors, Oscar                                                                                                 As the sun set on Sabbath 26 January, Croydon church, packed as usual,
thon, games and activities for the       Sandwell, also had a stall displaying     helped them score necessary points       the Family Funday, Strollathon,         awaited the baptism of ten new souls, the first-fruits of 2008. Pastor Brighton                                                              Cleobury Mortimer,
young and young at heart. Great          posters and leaflets that shared          towards their ‘Caring for Others’ por-   Packathon and similar AYA events        Kavaloh admonished the candidates and congregation on the role they can                                                                           DY14 8JG
Brickkiln Street church members          useful information on this genetic        tion of the Pathfinder curriculum.       will gather more steam, enabling a      play in leading souls to a knowledge of Christ.
ably supplied refreshments.              condition, which affects people           Each club represented saw a per-         larger number of Adventist members          Of the candidates being baptised, three – Dominic Augustus, Sapphire                                                         ASNA training and respite weekend for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Workshops include:
    The main event was the               predominately of African, Middle          centage of the money raised being        and friends to get fit and have fun     Gravesande and Daniel Clarke-Terrelonge, all aged 10 – had parents who               • Support group networks                    people with special needs and
Strollathon in which eighty-eight        Eastern and Mediterranean origin. It      allocated to their clubs for a local     for a number of worthy causes. It       testified to the changes that had occurred in the lives of their children.           • Discussion workshops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Music workshops
people participated, representing        is the cause of significant morbidity     improvement project. Additional          gives young people a taste of how           Other candidates came from Malawi (Zabron and Judith Nyirenda),                  • Deaf awareness training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     disabilities, their families & carers.
eleven churches. The highest collec-     and early mortality in many of those      sponsorship is likely to be donated      they can be involved in community-      Zimbabwe (Gay Chiduza and her friend Tressie Makwanya), St Vincent                                                               This weekend will also benefit those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Outdoor and indoor activities for
tor was Trevor Davis, whose total        who express the homozygous or             by a club in Luton who have been         centred work in the same way that       (Sinclair Bibby), Jamaica (David Fullerton), but one of the most interesting of       adults and children include abseiling,
was £1,017. The average individual       double gene form of the disease.          collecting money through local           Jesus and other compassionate bib-      the evening was Shirley Worrell who has attended Handsworth church for                high rope climbing, orienteering,          learning to work and support people with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          challenge course and much more.
collection was £80.45. Great                 Other benefactors included the        activities.                              lical characters like Dorcas did. To    twenty-one years but decided that her baptism should take place at Croydon.                                                      learning disabilities and special needs.
Brickkiln church had the largest         Diana Princess of Wales Children’s             A presentation evening on 17        achieve this, the organisers, Trevor    Shirley travelled from Handsworth with her mother, family and friends.                All children and adults with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          disabilities will receive 1:1 support
number of participants (26). The         Hospital, Wolverhampton Sickle Cell       November topped off the efforts of       Davis, Cislyn Morgan, Lorna Harris,     CHERYL PELLEW                                                                         for activities from trained and CRB
highest church total was for Camp        and Thalassaemia Support Project          all involved. The host church,           Helderberg Jackson and Faye and                                                                                               checked volunteer carers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For further details contact:
Hill (£1,220.75). The most senior        and the Pavilion of Hope Youth            Pendeford, was packed as those who       the rest of the team, are inviting

                                                                                                                                                                    Four baptised at Ballinasloe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Helen Batten or Sophia Nicholls
stroller was Wesley Smith (Camp          Project. The last of these is likely to   took part received recognition of        more churches to be involved so that                                                                                                                                           on 01491 833395
Hill), showing that age is no barrier    use the funds to improve the facili-      their efforts in the form of certifi-    they can structure the events to
when it comes to participating in        ties for younger people attending the     cates of participation and pins. In      encompass an area spanning
                                                                                   attendance was the Deputy Mayor of       beyond the West Midlands.               The newly organised Adventist church in Ballinalsoe, Galway, had its first
AYA Strollathon. He managed to col-      West Midlands tent campaigns in
                                                                                   Wolverhampton and Mark Everton                                                   baptisms on Sabbath 9 February. Four young men, originally from Brazil, gave
lect at least £248.50, putting him       future years. The total collected was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hospice for children
                                                                                                                            DR JACQUELINE HALLIDAY-BELL
                                                                                                                                                                    their lives to Christ through baptism. It was a great day for the church which
                                                                                                                                                                    was organised last September. Some members of the community came by to
                                                                                                                                                                    see what was going on as they heard the music and saw the baptismal pool
                                                                                                                                                                    beside the church.                                                                The members of the Wallasey church                  made plaque as a thank you.
                                                                                                                                                                         Aparecido Pereira shared his testimony of how he became interested in        decided this year to make a collec-                     She thanked Pastor Barry Stokes
                                                                                                                                                                    the Adventist church and the Sabbath. He had studies with many members of         tion for Claire House, a hospice for                for the warm welcome she had
                                                                                                                                                                    the church and found that what they were telling him from the Bible was true.     children with terminal cancer.                      received from us all, inviting us to
                                                                                                                                                                    When he talked to his pastor, he encouraged him to continue studying, but he          Mrs Abi Smith, a representative                 visit Claire House at any time.
                                                                                                                                                                    decided to follow his heart and the truth and was now so excited to give his      from Claire House, came on 12                           The cheque was presented by
                                                                                                                                                                    life completely to God in baptism.                                                January to accept our gift of £180.                 Pastor Barry Stokes and Winifred
                                                                                                                                                                         During the service Daniel Lima Rodrigues, Cesar Pereira Marques and          She was very pleased and                            Parkes, who, at 93, is the oldest
                                                                                                                                                                    Fabricio Barros Riffel shared passages from the Bible that meant a lot to         presented us with a specially                       member of the church.         PAM GITTINS

                                                                                                                                                                    them in their walk with God. Now all four are looking forward to Jesus’ return
                                                                                                                                                                    and giving all their energy to the church.
                                                                                                                                                                         After the outdoor baptism, the call for anyone who was not baptised to
                                                                                                                                                                    make a decision was made. Daniel’s father came forward and his mother             Colchester outreach
                                                                                                                                                                    asked for Bible studies. Another baptism is planned in a few months in this       Colchester makes the most of                        again featured beautiful singing.
                                                                                                                                                                    vibrant new church.                                                               Christmas and the New Year in its                   There were games and jokes and
                                                                                                                                                                    STEPHEN WILSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      outreach activities.                                magnificent food. We welcomed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The local nursing home –                        Ipswich members – and our new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Greenways – was used as the venue                   minister, Pastor Sam, with his lovely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for carol singing on the Sabbath                    wife and pretty daughters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      afternoon preceding Christmas. The                  SUSAN J. INGRAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      carol singing was punctuated by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      appropriate talks and readings.                      Jotsam ‘The church has a nasty habit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The following Friday saw a                       of making a comeback just when you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           think you have finally got rid of it! That
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Carol Service in the                       happened with a vengeance in Russia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      church itself. It was a great evening                and China in our own lifetime. It hap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and was enjoyed by performers and                    pened in the eighteenth century when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the spiritual revival led by Wesley and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      listeners.                                           Whitefield changed the whole religious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By Sunday 20 January at 3pm we                   and moral face of Britain, within fifty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      had put the festive season to rest.                  years. It could happen again.’ Michael
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Green, Churchgoing for Amateurs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had our church social, which
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Baptism at Swindon                                                                                                                                                           Retirees meet members in Malta
Sabbath 24 November was a happy            talked to God, Pastor and Dalva,
day in Swindon due to the baptism          and, as he had done with everything
                                                                                                                                                                             by Pastor Martin Bell
of Brian Pearce and the welcoming          else, God gave me the answer.
back into fellowship of Linda                  So I decided I was ready for                                                                                                           n Sabbath 16 February a group of thirty-      are enthusiastic, using literature from our UK         country where St Paul was once shipwrecked and
    Here are their testimonies in their
own words:

Brian’s story
                                           baptism. I was cleansed and reborn
                                           into the life of love and blessing of
                                           our Lord.
                                               People who know me observe
                                           that my happy outlook on life has
                                                                                                                                                                             O        six retired church workers from the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                      visited our Seventh-day Adventist church
                                                                                                                                                                                      on the island of Malta. Walking into the
                                                                                                                                                                             church in Birkirkara with sunlight pouring through
                                                                                                                                                                             the beautiful windows and reflecting on white
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adventist Discovery Centre, and utilising their very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    popular Better Living Centre, where talks on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    health, cookery and lifestyle are given. The medi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    um of television is also well used and one person
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is presently attending church who saw a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           preached the Gospel before continuing on his way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to Rome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1. The Anthonys on Gozo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2. Pastors pose beneath a statue of St Paul at Mosta
I was going through a difficult time       not changed, but the way I think         Pastor Smart with Linda and Brian                                                        marble floors and pristine white walls was quite       programme featuring the Sabbath.                       3. Martin Bell (left) with Ron and Sandy Edwards
in my life. I started to smoke again       about the Lord has. I am still young                                                                                              breath-taking and so conducive to worship. It’s            In the afternoon the British                       4. Retirees at St Valentine’s
and drink all weekend, sometimes           and learning, and I pray that God will   Cambridge and, while I never forgot               with a trip to Denver, Colorado, to                                                                                                                  5. The Adventist church at Birkirkara on Malta
                                                                                                                                                                             very hard to believe that this building was formerly   retirees arranged a special pro-                       6. Harry Wilby, Ron Surridge and John Woodfield
coming to work on Mondays smelling         keep showing me the way.                 my beliefs, I did not go back to                  visit my dear friends who had intro-   a supermarket. It was purchased and converted          gramme. It concluded with the
of beer. I even tried the ‘wacky                                                    church.                                           duced me to our Lord so many years     through the generosity and fundraising of an           local Maltese group coming
baccy’.                                    Linda’s story                                However, almost two years ago I               before. I asked Daryl if he would      Adventist lady who was the US Ambassador to            before the pulpit with their pas-
    I work for a well-known car            I started my Christian journey in        moved back to Swindon and met a                   baptise me while I was staying with    Malta. Originally the group had met in one room        tor and nine retired UK pastors,
manufacturer in Swindon. I had             Benin City, Nigeria. In 1975 I met       friend I had not seen since moving                them. He made arrangements with        on the island, but they did all the work themselves    who laid hands on their shoul-
noticed this young lady who always         some visitors of my neighbours.          out of the area. I discovered that he             the local pastor of Brighton church,   to convert the old supermarket into a beautiful        ders and prayed for the Holy
had a smile and seemed to have a           They were Daryl and Kerstin Meyers,      was a Jehovah’s Witness. He started               Denver, and I was re-baptised on 20    sanctuary.                                             Spirit to fill them all with joy,
caring nature.                             missionaries from the US. I started      to tell me of his beliefs. The more we            October 2007. To be baptised by            After divine service led by Pastor Martin          faith and assurance in God’s
    We began to talk about ourselves       Bible studies with them, and, on my      discussed, the more I found myself                Daryl and assisted by Kerstin meant    Anthony, the British group were invited to the         love, and the courage and
and she said the she was a                 return to the UK, began attending        defending what I had believed in and              that the day was one that will         ‘upper room’ to share a delicious lunch with the       conviction to continue to share
Seventh-day Adventist. She told me         the church in Swindon and in 1978 I      explaining why I thought that his                 always be very precious to me.         warm and friendly members. As this is the only         the Gospel in their beautiful
that she was singing in church that        was baptised. I spent about fifteen      teachings were wrong. I started to                However, the Person I need to thank    Adventist church on the island they have little
Saturday and invited me to come to         years in the church, both my sons        study again. My first visit back to               the most, because he loved the most    opportunity to fellowship with others of like
hear her. I agreed to go.                  came to church with me and I was         the Swindon church (around July 07)               and has had the most patience with     faith. Very soon total strangers were good
    As I opened the door a lady            an active member. I then went            was difficult, but I was welcomed                 me, is Jesus. How thankful I am that   friends. The handshakes, hugs and kisses
greeted me with a warm smile,              through a particularly bad time, and     warmly. After praying and studying                he never gave up on me and that he     were warm and generous, shared in
asked my name and invited me in. I         for a number of different reasons I      I decided that I would like to be                 called me back.                        a bond of common faith and belief.
sat and listened, although I did not       left. A few years later I moved to       re-baptised. This decision coincided              PETER YESUDIAN
                                                                                                                                                                                 Pastor Ferraro told us that outreach and
fully understand everything that was                                                                                                                                         evangelism in Malta are not easy in a country
going on. Over the next few weeks I
started to go more often.
    I noticed that Dalva did not work
                                           Eternal Praise                                                  Eternal Praise in support of Elma Morgan for the
                                                                                                           period 2008/9.
                                                                                                                                                                             that is 98% Roman Catholic, but the members

                                           Camp Hill’s Eternal Praise Choir held a retreat over the            Only a few weeks after the retreat the choir celebrat-
on Saturdays so I asked her why.           last weekend of August. The theme for the two days              ed the receipt of new robes – a striking combination of
She explained that Saturday is the         was ‘Lord, make us more holy’. It included sessions             royal blue and yellow, nicely contrasting with the amber
Sabbath. I was starting to become          of spiritual reflection, praise, worship and fellowship.        and russet colours of Camp Hill’s decor. The choir is
interested and when the pastor                 Pastor Dan Majaducon, the intern for Camp Hill,             grateful for the support the church family has given
asked if I would like to take Bible        Redditch and Kingstanding churches in Birmingham,               through prayer and by financially sponsoring our sing-a-
studies, I agreed. As we progressed        represented the ministerial team.                               long fundraising event. With or without robes, the choir’s
through the studies I found myself             Although not every member was able to attend the            emphasis is on praising God. The blessings of this fel-
becoming more humble. When I               retreat, the twenty-strong group was able to make a             lowship have led to the formation of solid friendships;
prayed, life changed for the better. I     pleasant and joyful noise unto the Lord with the support        members socialise together often, attend musical events
had already stopped smoking and            of leader Dr Diana Sinclair who is also the NEC Music           in the city and take energising country walks. In October
drinking, and the next big challenge       Advisor, and Brother Sihl from the quartet Good Shepherd        Joy Blair married Michael Hume, both of whom are
would be to stop work on Saturdays.        and the African Fellowship Church of Birmingham’s main          long-term Eternal Praise choir members.
So I submitted a letter of request to      group, Joyous Symphony. David Brooks, leader of the                 Some individuals in the choir are not yet baptised
my manager, and after a long inter-        Camp Hill Youth Choir, supported the activities with his        members of the church. The Holy Spirit has been working
view during which they questioned          expertise in tuning and blending. He plans to devote more       on their hearts towards conversion and, hopefully,
me, they agreed to look into the           time to refining the sound of Eternal Praise this year as       baptism will soon follow.
matter. Six weeks later they agreed        he has taken on the role of assistant choir leader for          DR JACQUIE HALLIDAY-BELL
to give me Saturdays off.
    The first big challenge had been
overcome and I considered getting
baptised, but I still had little doubts.
    On a visit to the Isle of Wight
church one of the members asked:
Do some people live on the faith of
others? So I questioned myself, won-
dering if I had been living on Dalva’s
faith? I prayed for answers and felt
assured that it was not Dalva’s faith
but my own. The next test was tithe.
This was a hard one for me, so I
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1,200 at Youth and Music Day                                                                                                                                     Funds to help AIDS orphans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of a twenty-four-bed clinic with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eight bedrooms and four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, during her annual visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to her family in England, just before
by Eugene James, London Youth Federation president                                                                                                                                                                                                        AIDS/HIV and, after training as a           the clinic was due to be opened, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          natural remedies consultant in the          Kenyan Child Welfare Authority, wish-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          USA, accepted a post as natural             ing to keep its AIDS orphans in their
Out of the silence from the back of     God. The youth responded with           praise as Kwaku led out, also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          remedies consultant for HIV/AIDS to         local area, placed eighty-five chil-
the hall, the Pathfinder drum core      enthusiastic cheers as Aldray stirred   sharing a heartfelt testimony.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Military Medical Services at the        dren in the building. The children’s
marched through the 1,200 young         them up with the mission of the LYF          Jermaine Wong was introduced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          National Service Military Unit at           backgrounds were checked to ensure
people in a spectacle of talent,        in 2008.                                as a man who is poetic by nature,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kafue, Zambia.                              that they were genuine orphans and
disciplined drumming and clashing           A mustard seed taped inside the     an international speaker, youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              During her three years at the hos-      not children being sent there by poor
brilliance, heralding the start of      bulletin provided surprise as Pastor    leader and elder for Kennington
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pital in Zambia she was able to             families who could not afford to feed
the London Youth Federation             Clive de Silva opened their eyes to     Community Fellowship. Under the          there is one thing the congregation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          establish that by using certain natu-       and educate them, but no financial
Youth Ministry and Music Rally          God’s truth of faith as small as a      title, ‘Don’t follow the crowd, follow   shouldn’t forget it is: ‘Never follow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ral remedies it was possible to con-        assistance was forthcoming.
Day on Sabbath 9 February at the        mustard seed – the realisation of       God’, he gave a message that             the crowd.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trol HIV if caught early enough. Her            The plans for a health centre had
Emmanuel Centre, London.                the creativity and power of God was     brought hundreds of young and old            Adrian Blake, LYF Music chair,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dream was to set up and run a               to be put on hold and the Guccha
    Under the theme of the day,         made real. As Clive expounded upon      to the altar for rededication and        hosted the afternoon programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Natural Remedies HIV/AIDS clinic in         Orphanage was established with six
‘Experience the Will of God’, the LYF   how the mustard seed as small as it     commitment. Structured around            with renditions, words of encourage-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Africa. Lacking the funds to achieve        staff and two guardians to help care
Evangelism team, Jonathan Ukueku        is in their hands can move moun-        Numbers 13, ‘Move forward in faith       ment and a mime from Blessed            Betty Hewitt, centre, with Ian and Sue Sleeman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this and having reached retirement          for the children who are aged
and Jermaine Dantzie, opened            tains and grow into one of the          and get out of the wilderness of         Voices, No Labels, Inspired Praise,
                                                                                                                                                                 Members of Stanborough Park                      her orphanage in Western Kenya.         age, Mrs Hewitt was contemplating           between 3 and 14 years.
Sabbath School with an interactive      largest garden plants, the term of      Paran’, Jermaine suggested that if       Friends and Joel & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                 church raised over £4,000 in one day                 Betty Hewitt, a nurse, went to      returning to Britain in 2002 when           Unfortunately, Mrs Hewitt lacked the
study of discipleship. Innovative       ‘planting seeds’ for God was
                                                                                                                                                                 to help church minister Ian                      Africa in 1979, working in hospitals    generous benefactors offered her            assumed financial support from
ministry, utilising visual media with   metaphorical, literal and real as the
                                                                                                                                                                 Sleeman’s mother-in-law, Betty, look             in Sierra Leone, Malawi and Zambia.     the funding to achieve her dream            ‘wealthy’ western sources to care for
sharp PowerPoint and video clips,       youth broke out into prayer groups.
                                                                                                                                                                 after the children of AIDS victims at            She developed an interest in            in Kenya. This led to the construction      the children. With no official income
kept the young people focused and       Clive gave opportunity for the youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or help from charities Mrs Hewitt has
alert.                                  to talk to God in prayer and to sing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      had to rely on her personal pensions
    Demonstrations of effective youth   to God in prayer. As the male group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and donations from friends and rela-
ministry came from GOMAD,               ‘Saved’ sang the mustard-seed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tives to feed, clothe and educate the

                                                                                                                                                                 Liverpool’s rededication
Footsteps Ministry, and Personify.      song, the congregation joined in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      children – most of whom attend
These creative ministries made it           The Praise team led the congre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      local schools. At least the children,
clear that there are more than 100      gation to worship as they started
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      currently ninety in number, no longer
ways to evangelise and impact the       with a rendition of Psalms 150 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have to sleep on the floor as they all
community and peers for God’s           burst into harmony with songs of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      now have a bunk and a blanket. A
                                                                                                                                                                 The Liverpool church in Kensington was closed for six                was the guest speaker for the day. He preached in               dormitory block is under construction
    LYF president, Eugene James,
                                                                                                                                                                 months in 2007 because of building work. The availabili-             the morning on the mission of the Church, led in the            with an ablution block and latrines
charged the youth to find new ways
                                                                                                                                                                 ty of funds at the NEC meant that all our building plans             prayer of dedication, and officiated in the ribbon-             and, if she can raise the outstanding
to minister, challenging them to do
                                                                                                                                                                 could be realised. These included an extension to the                cutting ceremony, officially opening the new church             $42,000 to complete this by the
more for God by experiencing his
                                                                                                                                                                 rear of the church, incorporating toilets, the renovation of         facilities.                                                     autumn, she will finally be able to
will, knowing that they were created
                                                                                                                                                                 two rooms on the second floor of the                                                                                                 open the dreamed-of clinic.
for great things and have a great
                                                                                                                                                                 church and the complete carpeting                                                                                                        It costs approximately $1,000 a
purpose. ‘You were created to be
                                                                                                                                                                 and redecoration of the church.                                                                                                      month to feed the children, pay their
conformed to the image of Christ,’
                                                                                                                                                                     The rededication of the church                                                                                                   school fees and uniforms and med-
he told them. Vice-president, Aldray
                                                                                                                                                                 took place on Sabbath afternoon 23                                                                                                   ical expenses. With funds running
Barwise, welcomed the youth with a
                                                                                                                                                                 February. The local community was                                                                                                    out, her son-in-law Ian decided to
very distinct Jamaican dialect and
                                                                                                                                                                 invited to attend this event. The                                                                                                    ask the Park church members for
got the youth warmed up with hug-
                                                                                                                                                                 young people gave out personal                                                                                                       help. After a PowerPoint presentation
ging one another, bringing over the
                                                                                                                                                                 invitations to the local residents,                                                                                                  outlining the problems and a few
concept that this year is about form-
                                                                                                                                                                 posters were displayed in shops,                                                                                                     words from Mrs Hewitt (who was
ing relationships as Christ did and
                                                                                                                                                                 and a large banner was hung on the                                                                                                   paying her annual family visit again)
building upon those relationships in
                                                                                                                                                                 church.                                                                                                                              during the worship service on 26
order to win souls for the Kingdom of
                                                                                                                                                                     Marcus Dove, the NEC treasurer,                                                                                                  January, a collection was taken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      which raised £2,024 for the project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In addition many people offered to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sponsor an orphan. The family was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      very thrilled with the response. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Three departments of the church         following Sabbath another £2,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          were featured, showing their                materialised as members honoured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          involvement in the local community.         their pledges given the previous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These were the Health, Community            week. In addition to this, an account
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Services and Pathfinder depart-             of Mrs Hewitt’s work given in BUC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ments. The Pathfinders, marching to         News touched the heart of one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drums and cymbals, were one of the          reader who has donated another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          highlights of the programme. These          £1,200 to the fund.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Christian young people were shown               Further information can be found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to be not part of the problem but           on the church website:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rather part of the solution to today’s      www.stanboroughchurch.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          society.              PASTOR BARRY STOKES   JUNE COOMBS
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the participating members?

Thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you, Miss Tucker
Catherine Anthony Boldeau
                                                                                                                                                                                    Spotlight on health evangelism                                                                               A: Yes, running a programme such as this requires
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a lot of prayer, planning, organisation and commit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment to making a difference in the lives of people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the community. Credit goes to Ava Walters and
                                                                                                                                                                                    by Sharon Platt-McDonald,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ndumiso Ndebele, leaders of the ‘SureWay To
                                                                                                                                                                                    BUC Health Ministries director and Special Needs co-ordinator                                                Health’ ministry team, who spearheaded this min-
One of my New Year’s resolutions                write stories. By the age of 8 I was      In what distant deeps or skies                ation and redemption and is the
this year was to be more thankful for           playing in my local church, and I         Burnt the fire of thine eyes?                 basis of true education.’ Education,                                                                                                                     istry. The church members are also instrumental
                                                                                                                                                                                    As part of her focus on health evangelism, Sharon Platt-McDonald begins a                                    in the monthly distribution of leaflets in their
the blessings of the Lord that are              was still writing stories, but my         On what wings dare he aspire?                 p. 16. I see love radiated by the
‘new every morning’. And I want to              passion for music took over from          What the hand dare seize the fire?            teachers at the school. The teachers        special feature on churches undertaking community outreach programmes. In so                                 outreach zones.
be more thankful to the people who              my love of writing.                           As a 10-year-old I fell in love           are committed to working many               doing it will be an opportunity to highlight new initiatives, showcase good health                               People who come to these sessions are
have influenced my life.                            Meeting Miss Tucker, who was          with poetry that day. Miss Tucker             hours outside of the school day to          outcomes and inspire, motivate and encourage other churches to raise standards                               amazed at how informative they are and that we
    My parents believed in Christian            my first English teacher at               made language dance. She was a                ensure that the classrooms look             and reach out with confidence in their witness of the health message.                                        care enough to do all this for free and always ask
education and sent me first to                  Stanborough School, reignited the         strict but fair teacher and she really        beautiful and that the lessons are                                                                                                                       us who we are. We have a regular following of
Hyland House School and then on to              flame within me that the ‘pen is          inspired us to learn. She did not let         prepared well.                                                                                                                                           people who come to our monthly sessions and
Stanborough Secondary School.                   mightier than the sword’. I recall sit-   us produce shoddy work. And even if               To produce Stanborough Primary          SureWay Community Adventist church                      • Cookery demonstrations followed by sampling        bring visitors.
Stanborough School had a profound               ting in one of her classes where we       our work was acceptable but below             School’s musical, Let’s Light Up the                                                                  of the food and handing out of recipes. We like
influence on my life. At the age of 5           discussed William Blake’s The Tyger,      the standard that she knew we could           Sky, all the teaching staff worked          Q: Elder Ndebele, you currently function as the           to give people healthy alternatives to foods       Q: I’m interested in the evangelistic potential
there were only two things that I               and I remember her reading stanza         attain, she made us do it again.              together, and the result was a splen-       head elder in SureWay. Tell me a little about             they might be currently eating that could be       of programmes such as this. Have you had any
wanted to do – play the piano and               two in her sweet voice,                   Miss Tucker was committed to her              did performance. As an independent          your background and what inspired you to                  contributing to poor health.                       of the community participants attending
                                                                                          students and this was evident in all          school, Stanborough does not have           focus on health outreach in the community.              • Health checks – cholesterol, blood sugar, blood    church as a result of the health outreach pro-
                                                                                          of her lessons. Her love of English           all the resources that state schools        A: As you know, SureWay is a church plant formed          pressure and BMI index, referring people to        grammes? If so, what has there response been
                                          Hear the writer
                                     CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN                                   was transferred to rowdy 10- and              have or the income to do everything         by members from Walthamstow and Ilford. Our               their GPs where necessary.                         to the other services run by the church?
               Editor, Adult Bible Study Guides (Sabbath School lesson books)             11-year-olds.                                 that the school would like to do. But       vision is to be a leading spiritual and health influ-                                                        A: Once a month the programme is run from the
                                     Sabbath 12 April 2008                                    Miss Tucker also taught us to             it has a highly dedicated team of           ence in the community in which we are located.             Light refreshments are served at the end of the   church. We invite our health speaker to speak to
                                Salisbury Hall, Newbold College                           look at each text critically, whether         staff who love their work and care          We are mission-focused in all we do. Our vision is      session which provides members of SureWay with       the church during divine service. The service is
                   Centre for the Study of Religious and Cultural Diversity               prose or poetry, and to discover not          deeply for the pupils.                      to build a local church from the local community        a good opportunity to mingle with guests from the    deliberately planned to be guest-friendly and is
                                       at Newbold College                                 only the meaning that the author                  Apart from the care of the teach-       where every member is a minister. Our vision            community.                                           followed by a fellowship lunch. We do not carry
                       For further information go to: www.newbold.ac.uk                                                                                                             therefore compels us to build relationships with                                                             out any health checks during the morning service.
                                                                                          was trying to convey, but the mes-            ers and the strong academic stan-
                                                                                          sages we could glean for ourselves.           dards, one of the main purposes of          the community from which we can bid them to             Q: I can see that a lot of prayers, planning and     This gives us an opportunity to introduce our
                                ‘It is time to pray’                                      She taught us to think for ourselves          Christian education is character            follow the Master. I have been one of the leading       organisation have gone into the development          regular ‘SureWay To Health’ guests to the church. I
                                     27-30 March                                          and not simply to regurgitate the             building, not only for this life, but for   members of this church plant from its beginning in      of these sessions. What feedback have you            am happy to report that one person now attends
        We welcome you to come to Prayer Harvest Ministries’ Annual Residential           thoughts of others. ‘It is the work of        the life to come. ‘True education           2002.                                                   received so far from those attending and from        church with her grandchildren every Sabbath. I
                                    Prayer Retreat.                                       true education to develop this power,         means more than just the pursual of
                Come and pray for the REVIVAL, REFORMATION, THE                           to train the youth to be thinkers, and        a certain course of study. . . . It pre-    Q: What can you tell us about the project that
            OUTPOURING of the HOLY SPIRIT and the HARVEST. COME!                          not mere reflectors of other men’s            pares the student for the joy of serv-      you are currently running in terms of pro-
                           Venue: University of Nottingham.                               thought.’ Education, p. 17.                   ice in this world and for the higher        gramme content, frequency of sessions and
               Price: £190.00 for the long weekend. Thursday – Sunday.                        I am currently working with               joy of service in the world to come.’       the people attending?
                          Deposit: £30.00 to secure a place.                                                                                                                        A: Our health outreach ministry is called ‘SureWay
                                                                                          Stanborough Primary School and I              Education, p. 13.
                                  Registration Officer:                                   see the devotion of the staff to the              If you would like more informa-         To Health’. It started three years ago. It takes the
              Mrs. D. Dawkins, 173 Glaisdale Gardens, Whitmore Reams,                                                                                                               format of a health seminar and health checks run
                              Wolverhampton, WV6 OTX.                                     pupils and realise that Christian             tion about Stanborough School,
                                                                                          education is far more than academic           please go to the website                    from an accessible location in the community. The
                                Phone 079 568 39588
                                                                                          standards. ‘Love is the basis of cre-         www.stanboroughpark.herts.sch.uk.           sessions consists of:
                                                                                                                                                                                    • a topical health subject presented by SureWay
                                                                                                                                                                                       health professionals or invited guests. This
Basildon Mother’s Day                                         and headed over to another door.
                                                                  Such were two of the many positive encounters
                                                                                                                      tact details for our pastor and head elder.
                                                                                                                          We may not have held a Bible in our hand and
                                                                                                                                                                                       lasts for about 40 minutes.

outreach                                                      some of the Basildon Seventh-day Adventist
                                                              church members had on their Mother’s Day out-
                                                                                                                      we may not have been shouting from the rooftop
                                                                                                                      that Jesus is coming again, but I feel
An elderly lady came out through her front door               reach exercise on Sunday 2 March.                       confident that this cheerful deed has
and stood in her open front yard. As we                           Thanks to positive relations between the mem-       touched a few lives and has let our
approached her she had the brightest smile and a              bers of the Ilford and Basildon SDA churches, an        community know that a group of
pair of tearful eyes. ‘I have nine children,’ she             idea born in Ilford touched the hearts of mothers       kind and loving people are
said. ‘Four of them were mine and five were                   in Basildon.                                            situated just around
adopted. Today, I only got two Mother’s Day cards.                A combination of roses and tulips, some rib-        the corner.                                                                                                                                                                spoke to her at yesterday’s session and she says
Thank you ever so much.’ And with that she                    bons, wrapping paper, a stapler, some clear tape,       TYRONNE WALDRON                                                                                                                                                            she has been led by God to SureWay Community
reached for Rodney and gave him the warmest                   greetings cards, a few industrious late-night                                                                                                                                                                                      Seventh-day Adventist church. One family of four
hug and a thank you kiss on his cheek.                        workers and some cheerful faces were all                                                                                                                                                                                           has started attending church services and they
    At another door, braced on a walker was                   that was needed to create some of the                                                                                                                                                                                              are following a course of Bible study. We have
another very grateful lady. She stood with her                brightest, tear-jerking smiles I’ve ever                                                                                                                                                                                           other two individuals who come to a small group
mouth open as her eyes scanned the group of                   seen. On Mother’s Day Basildon church                                                                                                                                                                                              on and off. We would not have met these individu-
faces at her front door. Then she muttered slowly,            members gave out                                                                                                                                                                                                                   als were it not for the health programme. I believe,
‘I haven’t been feeling very well.’ She then                  around 250 flowers and                                                                                                                                                                                                             where there are a few now, there will be many in
paused, and with much effort bent her frail body              greetings cards to mothers                                                                                                                                                                                                         the future. The programme has helped us to build
over her walker to kiss little four-year-old Niobe            in our community. On the                                                                                                                                                                                                           strong relationships with the community and build
who had given her a flower. By this time a bright             back of each card was the                                                                                                                                                                                                          bridges with authorities in the borough.
smile transformed the sad countenance that                    name and address
had opened the door. ‘You have just made                      of our church,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Q: What are your long-term plans for these
my day,’ she said as we waved goodbye                         along with con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     >14
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Spotlight on health evangelism <13       gramme is very timely for us. The       Church has been blessed with a

                                                                                                                          Pastor John Freeman (1919-2008)
sessions and how do you see it           church believes in equipping people     wonderful health message whose                                                                                                     – in each place the same emphasis on           Dover were prominent in all the youth
further developing?                      for ministry and we will be sending     time has arrived. It is a wonderful                                                                                                the nurture of the youth with John             activities during the Freemans’ four-
A: Redbridge PCT has launched a          five members of the SureWay To          tool for opening doors and building                                                                                                exercising his ‘reconciling ministry’ to       year tenure before they moved to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    seek out lapsed or discouraged                 historic Hastings, where yet another
Healthy Redbridge five-year plan.        Health ministry. Last year we ran the   relationships. As a Church we have       d. 1 January                                                                              individuals (lost sheep!). When, in            college friend, Connie Target, reinforced
They have commissioned UEL to            NEWSTART programme but we want          the solution to the world’s current,                                                                                               1955, they were called to the three            the youth team.
carry out a survey of health needs in    to get SureWay To Health to a posi-     hot health issues. My advice is          Pastor John Freeman, who died in his         a much beloved granddaughter, Holly.         Essex churches Hutton, Romford and                  In 1969 the Freeman family moved
the communities in which we are          tion where we can team up with          ‘extend your health ministry beyond      89th year, soon after dawn on the                 Sixty years on in May 2007, John        Chelmsford, one of the elderly Welsh           to Wolverhampton with its two big
working. We are currently working        Redbridge PCT and help them with        your church doors’. The community        first day of the New Year, was known         and Ethel, celebrating their Diamond         members at the farewell service was            Adventist churches, and nearby
with UEL to carry out these surveys      their Health Redbridge Plan by bid-     is literally dying for the knowledge     endearingly to his extended family as        Jubilee in their Wokingham retirement        heard to remark, ‘When Pastor                  Walsall. Their hearts went out to the
which will help us understand the        ding to deliver a programme to          we have as Adventists. Sister White      ‘Johnny Bach’. Not a tribute to his          cottage surrounded by family,                Freeman baptises anyone – they stay            large group of young people who,
needs of the community better. At a      address obesity, diabetes and coro-     says, ‘Medical missionary work is        musical prowess or the great German          neighbours and longtime friends, could       baptised’, an over-optimistic                  although not yet adjusted to the cold
recent meeting with the Deputy           nary heart disease. These are topics    the right hand of the Gospel. It is      composer – in the language of his            look back with nostalgia to the day          assessment but encouragingly                   English climate, had great enthusiasm
Director of Public Health, she point-    addressed by the CHIP programme         necessary to the advancement of the      native Wales, bach expresses the             when John, having met his ‘Shepherd-         intended!                                      and latent talent. The Freemans’
ed out that the priorities for the PCT   which has a proven track record and     cause of God. As through it men and      diminutive, hence, Little Johnny. The        eth’ [sic] at Newbold College, the                 One of the highlights of the five        vocabulary was enriched as they
are obesity, diabetes and heart dis-     has the resources we can run with.      women are led to see the impor-          man whose life we now celebrate in           happy pair had begun their combined          years of lively action in Essex was the        acquired a range of colourful Caribbean
ease. Our aim is to build up leader-     So we plan to put together a propos-    tance of right habits of living, the     terms of Luke 7:28 has become truly          ministry. A copiously illustrated photo      acquisition and renovation of a new            idioms from new friends whose                was both astonished and comforted,
                                                                                                                          great in his Master’s eyes.                  album covering the six decades is a gift     church property for Chelmsford – a             Christian love they would not forget.        as was her family, by the huge
ship capacity for the health ministry.   al to Redbridge as one of the service   saving power of the truth will be
                                                                                                                               He was the eleventh child of            which Ethel will always treasure.            novel and stimulating experience for                Unforgotten also was their final        volume of sympathetic mail received,
                                         providers.                              made known. Every city is to be          farmer George Freeman, one of the                 Appointed after his 1944                the Freemans and the district                  assignation to the Irish Republic,           and by the many friends who came
Q: I understand that you have a                                                  entered by workers trained to do         first and most steadfast Adventists in       graduation to the Welsh Mission to           membership who joined together in              Dublin church fellowship – happy             from far and near to pay their
keen interest in the CHIP pro-           Q: As a closing statement, what         medical missionary work. As the          the Principality. It may be that having      assist Pastor Jackson in Newport             working and fundraising. It was a              camping on the Western, Sligo Coast          respects at the memorial service in
gramme. Can you tell me why you          advice would you give to other          right hand of the third angel’s          ten older siblings contributed to            district, John regularly joined his former   pleasure to link up with college friend,       with the late, much-lamented Pastor          Newbold Church Centre on 16
decided to follow a programme            Health Ministries departments           message, God’s methods of                John’s lifelong concern for young            college room-mate, Charles Watson, in        Mary Cummings, who had started a               Dalbert Elias – the new groups in            January. The lives of many present
such as CHIP and how you hope to         who are unsure about reaching           treating disease will open doors         people. However, he was born in              work for local youth during the two          Sunday school at Hutton for some               Shannon and Galway influenced by the         had been touched by ‘Johnny Bach’.
use it in your church?                   out to the community?                   for the entrance of present truth.’      Cardiganshire which is ‘Sheep                years’ service which used to be              twenty-five children – an effective            indefatigable Eithne Amos. Could Ethel,      Edna (Hossack) Ranger, creator of
A: Yes we have. We think this pro-       A: The Seventh-day Adventist            Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 59.              Country’, so he learned ‘shepherd            required of interns before they might        nucleus for youth work in the district.        herself half Irish, and her Celtic           the floral décor, and Wendy
                                                                                                                          skills’ from childhood. Seeking ‘lost        marry. At least a dozen of the young               Without exception John and Ethel         partner, have had a more exciting and        Pemberton, presenter of the glorious
                                                                                                                          sheep’ and caring for ‘the lambs of          folk they influenced then became             enjoyed all the churches and districts         enjoyable finale to their combined           Scripture, were both of that ilk.
                                                                                                                          the flock’ became priorities in his          workers themselves.                          they served but perhaps the place              labours?                                     Ethel’s daughters and granddaughter,
True discipleship                                                                                                         lifework.
                                                                                                                                To another George Freeman, his
                                                                                                                                                                            With his bride’s arrival in ’47, and
                                                                                                                                                                       John now in charge of Caerphilly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    closest to their hearts in SEC was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Folkestone (with Canterbury and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But before beginning their final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nine-year sojourn in the Emerald Isle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                commendably in control of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                emotions, paid loving tributes, and Dr
                                                                                                                          eldest brother who had a milk                district, the working partnership was        Dover). Not far from the sea was the           there had been a three-year interlude        Brian Phillips, representing the Welsh

£2 million for Ingathering                                                                                                retailing business in Watford, sixteen-
                                                                                                                          year-old John owed the opportunity to
                                                                                                                          attend Newbold College in 1936. By
                                                                                                                          sheer hard work he earned, in less
                                                                                                                          than a year, the minimum amount
                                                                                                                                                                       established – in those days ministers’
                                                                                                                                                                       wives did not seek paid employment,
                                                                                                                                                                       so with his ministerial and her musical
                                                                                                                                                                       and catering skills, the Freemans with
                                                                                                                                                                       youthful enthusiasm made good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roomy, late-Victorian house which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    became their ‘manse’ and, untypical of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    such transactions, the vendors (the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thomas family) who showed the weary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    new arrivals outstanding kindness and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   at Grimsby with nearby Ulceby – a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   region where some ‘old wounds’,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   leftovers from the glory days of the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nineteenth-century Adventist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   expansion, needed the healing touch of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mission, gave the solemn service an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                appropriate flavour of John’s native
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                land. On the lips of Ian Sleeman,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                whether leading the solemn casket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                procession or expounding the Word,
                                                                                 The Worcester church put forward         that would enable him to start               progress. Daily worship in the home          hospitality, became cherished friends          a man not unused to ‘ pouring in oil         the precious promises of Death’s
                                                                                 the suggestion last year, for the        classes. In 1939 aged 20, he met             has always been their priority and they      for life. When the Conference was duly         and wine’. Johnny Bach – little in his       ultimate demise never sounded more
                                                                                 collection for ADRA-UK, that if every    Ethel – a new student of his own age         have attributed such success as has          persuaded of the need for a youth hall         own sight Great in God’s!                    authentic, or the assurance of Jesus
                                                                                 church member in the British Union       from Lancashire. In May 1947 they            come their way to that factor alone.         church extension, it was the same                   When the sad news of his passing        that his victory is sufficient for all
                                                                                 was able to donate personally £100       married . . . a union blessed in due              The duo contributed a total of eight    George Thomas who donated his                  was announced, Ethel, who fancied            who mourn, more comforting!
                                                                                                                          time with two lively and attractive          years to the Welsh Mission, moving to        professional skills as Clerk of Works.         that after twenty-two years of               JACK MAHON
                                                                                 each, then well over £2 million
                                                                                                                          daughters, Kathryn and Heather, and          Barry in 1950 and to Swansea in 1953         The lively young Hossack family from           retirement few would remember John,
                                                                                 could be added to the other
                                                                                 monies collected for Ingathering.
                                                                                     Each and every year we learn of,    GLADWELL SIBANDA (1962-2007)                  man who was happy and who loved the          The Sibanda family wishes to thank all         the funeral service conducted by the         most remote city in the world, to join
                                                                                 and witness, newsreels of the great     d. 14 December. On 7 January 2008             Lord. He took his roles during the years     of you for your untiring support, your         writer, family and friends were encour-      Stephen and Jeannie on their wedding
                                                                                 needs of so many people and             members of the Adventist churches             as AY leader and elder seriously and was     gifts, presence and words of sympathy.         aged to be thankful for the blessings God    day. Stephen, son of Pastor Michael and
                                                                                 nations across the globe. We, who       across Wolverhampton, friends and fam-        loved by everyone in church. Musical         Above all they are thankful for your           had given her, were reminded of God’s        Pearl Walker, emigrated to Sydney,
                                                                                 are so blessed and provided with our    ily, came together to celebrate the life of   tributes came from Joyous Symphony           prayers on their behalf.                       wonderful future plans for his children      Australia, early in 2006. It wasn’t long
                                                                                 everyday, basic needs, can (and         Elder Gladwell Sibanda. Elder Sibanda,        who sang in their native tongue                                                             and urged to make Marion’s God their         after that he met Jeannie on an acciden-
                                                                                                                         originally from Zimbabwe, had chosen a        (Ndebele) ‘Hlala Lami’ which translates      MARION BRADBURY (1921-2007)                    God. We pray that God will comfort hus-      tal date (some other friends did not turn
                                                                                 should) play our part in providing
                                                                                                                         career in teaching which he followed for      into the song ‘Abide with me’. The           d. 26 December. The Taunton church             band Ron, daughter Pam and her hus-          up). From there the friendship blos-
                                                                                 for those living in such dire and       many years and in 1987 he married his         Oxford Street youth choir sang ‘How ex-      has lost one of its oldest members with        band John, relatives and friends. The        somed. Sunday 23 September was a
                                                                                 distressing conditions.                 wife Patience. Gladwell left Zimbabwe in      cellent’, which was a favourite of Elder     the passing of Marion Bradbury, aged 86        service closed with the singing of her       bright, breezy day and Jeannie looked ra-
                                                                                     So we ask you: Could we do the      2002 and resided in the Wolverhampton         Sibanda’s, while the senior choir sang       years. In 1941 she married her husband         favourite hymn: ‘There is a Place of Quiet   diant as she walked down the aisle at-
                                                                                 same again this year in the ADRA        area where he attended the Oxford Street      ‘Beulah Land’. Pastor Fray led the address   Ron and they enjoyed sixty-seven years         Rest’.                                       tended by her sister, Michelle, as
                                                                                 appeal?                                 church. On 14 December, after travelling      in which he reminded us all that even        of marriage. In 1942 they moved from           PASTOR W. SOUTHCOTT                          bridesmaid and Stephen’s niece, Siân, as
                                                                                     Your response to our proposal       back from London with his wife,               though death comes and we may have to        Oldham to Coventry where they were in-                                                      flower girl. Stephen’s father Pastor
                                                                                 last year, 2007, was surely appreci-    Gladwell collapsed in a restaurant and        weep, joy comes on that special resurrec-    troduced to the Seventh-day Adventist                                                       Walker conducted the service and spoke
                                                                                 ated, and greatly blessed by God.       died that evening. Pastors Fray, Jackson      tion morning. Elder Gladwell Sibanda         Church. They faithfully served the Lord                                                     about marriage being ordained and
                                                                                 May he bless us once again as we        and Smith were the officiating ministers      will be missed by all the church mem-        in Coventry and then moved to Taunton                                                       blessed by God, drawing lessons from the
                                                                                                                         at the funeral, along with the elders from    bers and the Zimbabwean community in         to unite with the little church there.                                                      marriage at Cana. The service was fol-
                                                                                 endeavour to support the wonderful
                                                                                                                         the Oxford Street church. Pastor Smith        Wolverhampton. He leaves behind a            Their commitment and service were                                                           lowed by photographs outside the
                                                                                 work of our ADRA-UK, and as we          reminded us all that Gladwell was a hus-      wife, two sons, siblings, nieces, nephews    much appreciated. Marion’s hobbies in-                                                      church and down on the beach. The
                                                                                 provide them with a generous            band, father, son, brother, uncle and a       and his mother and father. His body has      cluded knitting, sewing, gardening and                                                      guests were then treated to a tour around
                                                                                 ‘thanksgiving gift’ because of all of   friend. Pastor Manombe in tribute said        now been laid to rest in his homeland of     decorating. She was also renowned for                                                       the Maritime Museum before the recep-
                                                                                 God’s goodness to us.                   that Gladwell always stood for the truth      Zimbabwe. Goodnight Elder Sibanda.           the wonderful trifles she prepared for                                                      tion where they enjoyed good food and
                                                                                     Please read: 1 Peter 4: 11 (last    and told us all to think of him as a cheer-   Sleep until that resurrection morning        church fellowship meals. The last few          WALKER-BASKIN                                entertaining speeches. We wish them
                                                                                 part) and James 4:17 (NIV).             ful character. Elders Palmer and              when all our tears will turn into joy        years had been a trial for Marion and the      Sunday 23 September saw many friends         God’s richest blessings as they set up a
                                                                                     And thank you!                      Langston remembered Gladwell as a big         when we meet again at Jesus’ feet.           family as Alzheimer’s disease kept tight-      and family from all around the world         faithful Christian home together.
                                                                                 D. J. LACK                              brother and, as his name signifies, as a      JENNIFER DINHAM                              ening its grip on her life. Despite this, in   congregating in Perth, Australia, the        HAZEL SANTINEER

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The spirit of empowerment         <1     formed by a windmill in Somalia, or
                                         a child’s life is changed by providing
and how it can empower him. Peter        primary education.
challenges the man, ‘Stand up and             The crowds in Jerusalem were
walk.’ Peter sees in the man             filled with wonder and amazement
strength of character and the faith to   at what had happened when the dis-
trust in God and take a risk. Unlike     abled man was healed. The same
anyone else who had ever talked to       amazement and wonder occurs
this man, Peter says, in effect, ‘I      today when Christians become the
believe in you. You can do it. God is    catalyst for community transforma-
with you. Just step out in faith.’       tion in Madagascar, Zambia, Burkina
    Today we call it empowerment –       Faso, Papua New Guinea, or in our
giving opportunities. It is one of the   community. This is the powerful
basic principles ADRA uses in work-      testimony of acts of empowering
ing with vulnerable communities          compassion in the name of Christ.
around the world. We can distribute           ADRA has discovered that if a
food to the hungry, and tomorrow         well is simply drilled without owner-
they are hungry again. Or, we can        ship on the part of the villagers, it
teach the hungry to produce food for     will soon become contaminated and
themselves and feed them for a life-     the reason for the entire project will
time. This empowerment principle is
key to Christian social concern and
community service, both overseas
and in our own communities.                                                                                                 we cannot simply ignore the exis-
    The disabled man is no longer                                                                                           tence of poverty and human need in
disabled. He jumps up and walks! It                                                                                         our world today. Together, we can
is a miracle. But we must look                                                                                              make a difference.
beyond the scientific questions of                                                                                          Apology MESSENGER 8 February 2008. Volume 113,
biology and neurology involved in the                                                                                       3/4 page 4. ‘Storming the Prisons for God.’ The
                                                                                                                            Editor, on behalf of the publishers of MESSENGER,
story to recognise that the true mira-                                                                                      apologises that the phrase ‘like caged animals’
                                                                                                                            was allowed to appear in print. While the phrase
cle is when trust in God leads some-                                                                                        did occur in the article submitted for publication, he
one to overcome unfavourable cir-                                                                                           accepts the assurance of the speaker to whom it
                                                                                                                            was attributed, that those words were not used. He
cumstances, step out in faith, and                                                                                          apologises to the speaker and to others to whom the
                                                                                                                            phrase gave offence. The words, though used in
begin to change things! It is just as                                                                                       common parlance, in no way reflect conditions in Her
                                                                                                                            Majesty’s Prisons nor the attitude of the SEC Prison
much a miracle when a family is                                                                                             Ministries department towards those conditions.
turned around because of a ‘goat
bank’ in Myanmar, a village is trans-    be thwarted. So ADRA sits with the       really make a difference to its future.                ABC BOOK SALES
                                         village elders and negotiates an             Once a year we have a special             April
                                                                                                                                13 Retired Workers’ Meeting,
                                         arrangement in which the villagers       opportunity as a Church to do some-              Stanborough Press 12.30 start
                                         provide the labour to build the con-     thing life changing. Once again this          27 John Loughborough 10.30am-2pm
                                         tainment area that will protect the      year we ask your help in collecting           May
                                         well and agree to be educated in         money for ADRA during our Annual              11 Harper Bell                  10.30am-2pm
                                         simple methods to reduce disease         Appeal – funds that are needed to
                                         and maintain essential sanitation.
                                         These steps empower the village to
                                                                                  empower people in need. Together
                                                                                  we can give opportunities that will
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                                         take charge of its own health and        end poverty. As with Peter and John,                EDITOR: D. N. MARSHALL
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                                                                                                                                        Lond     Card      Nott     Edin     Belf
                                                                                                                              Mar 21    6.16     6.28      6.20     6.29     6.40
                                                                                                                                  28    6.28     6.40      6.33     6.44     6.53
                                                                                                                              Apr 4     7.40     7.52      7.45     7.58     8.07
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