4 DAYS TO GO until our Word and Spirit Conference, ‘Release’! We are so excited to hear what Mark Melluish has to say to us on what it looks like for us to seek more of God’s Word and Spirit in our lives and to release the enormous potential of the local church to change lives. In his keynote talks he will explore ho
w we can be more available to God and how we can continue to impact our local communities with the gospel.
Day: Saturday 25th February 2017
Where: High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena
Time: Session 1: 10am Building for Tomorrow Today
Session 2: 11.45am Creating open and healthy Churches
Session 3: 7.30pm Keeping in Step with the Spirit
Who for: Both members of High Kirk and anyone who wishes to attend!
We’d love to see you there!
Ezekiel 22:30: I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defences of the city to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land… I couldn’t find anyone. Not one.
Care for Cambodia (CFC) is an NGO focused on education. It works towards community development throughout rural Cambodia by providing supplementary teaching, educational resources and university scholarships to Cambodia’s most needy children and young people. CfC’s vision is to see Cambodians, young and old alike, caring for one another so that they might enjoy life and have opportunities to reach their individual and corporate potential.
More information on the organisation can be found here: www.careforcambodia.org.kh
CfC is committed to a ‘bottom up’ development model; we seek to empower locals, giving them the opportunity to participate in management and decision-making about organisational strategy and in the selection of priorities to be pursued in their local area. CfC seeks to build local capacity so as to leave a sustainable long-term development legacy.
However, any developing country has areas of need that are not met by locals; this is the cause of stagnancy in progress and growth. Where such areas are identified in CfC’s structures, foreign help is sought and appreciated. Mission work is slowly moving away from the model of short-term teams meeting short-term needs. CfC seeks individuals who can contribute to long term solutions who, regardless of the length of their trip, will leave behind a positive benefit that will be long-lasting.
As an organization, CfC seeks that Cambodia is full of people with the capacity to care for children, complete manual labour tasks, manage administration projects – some of these roles are historically the remit of mission teams. We want to change this model and accordingly offer employment in those areas to engaged, enthusiastic, positive, ambitious locals. These are the people who will remain long after the short-term mission volunteer returns to their home country. We do need help in other areas, however. Namely, these areas include: English teachers, writers (of reports and information for interested parties), administrators (for submission of requests for access to international aid funds), designers (for advertising brochures or multimedia), photographers, videographers, creators of training resources, teachers of teachers etc. The opportunities are many and varied, please inquire as to how your skills may be used.
These jobs maybe are not ‘front line’ jobs; they may not be regarded as particularly action-packed or meaningful. And yet, these are the gaps. These are the areas where you could leave a legacy benefit long after you leave. And we need will participants to fill them in order that CfC might be an agent of meaningful trans-formative social change.
Can you stand in the gap with us?
At High Kirk we are on the countdown to our Word and Spirit conference on 25th February 2017. This year we’ve called it ‘Release’ as we think about our God given gifting and how we as the church can be released into our work places, communities and town with the love of Jesus!
Our speaker is Mark Melluish.
Mark is the Senior Pastor at St.Paul’s Ealing in London. He is married to Lindsay and has five children. He is also part of the Leadership Team of New Wine, a network of over 700 churches which prioritises living out God’s Word in the power of His Spirit. Mark has a heart for local church outreach and will be encouraging us to seek more of God’s Word and Spirit in our lives and to release the enormous potential of the local church to change lives. In his keynote talks he will explore how we can be more available to God and how we can continue to impact our local communities with the gospel.
This conference is not just for members of High Kirk but all are welcome, so feel free to invite your friends and family as we all pursue God together!
The weekend will run as follows:
Saturday 25th February 2017
10.00am Worship and Session 1: Building for tomorrow today
11.45am Worship and Session 2: Creating open and healthy churches
1.00pm Morning session ends
7.30pm Worship and Session 3: Keeping in step with the Spirit
James Russell from Willowfield Church will be leading us in worship throughout the day!
Sunday 26th February 2017
On Sunday we will continue the theme as Mark Melluish will speak at our 9.30am & 11.30am Services. We will be looking at Trusting God for our future – Ephesians 1:15-23.
We would love to see you there! (All Sessions are Free)
As soon as you arrive in Nigeria you are overwhelmed with people. People are everywhere, sometimes working, other times standing around and often talking & laughing extremely loudly, or travelling – Nigerians love to travel. Rarely is there an empty street – except in a rain storm. Rarely is there peace and quiet – as soon as it is light someone could be knocking on your door, sometimes just to say hallo, often needing some kind of help.
With Rev Dr Mipo Dadang, lecturer at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary and ACTS author
Nigerian society is complicated with 450 different languages spoken although Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo are the main trade languages, and English is the national language. Religious differences also divide with Christianity and Islam each claiming about 50% of the population, plus a good mix of syncretism. Both main religions are increasingly fundamentalist, leading to repeated clashes in central and northern Nigeria, and Islam’s violent Salafist wing spawning the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in the north-east. Attacks on the oil business in the Niger Delta area & clashes between Muslim Fulani nomads and Christian farmers in central Nigeria add to the uncertainty. Sadly, Nigeria is known for corruption, which the current government likes to portray itself as combatting.
Since the 1960s the Nigerian church has grown enormously. Just over half of the 189 million Nigerians now claim to be Christians; a century ago maybe 5% of the then 20 million population would have been Christians. The ECWA church, which stems from SIM’s 124-year ministry in Nigeria, claims about 6 million members and adherents, the Anglicans about 17 million. Rapid church growth is wonderful, but it creates two major issues. First of all, how do you teach all of these new believers? Secondly, how do you provide the information church leaders need in order to teach their flocks? The answer to both questions is good Christian literature.
Acts Board & Management November 2016
In the early 1990s Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS) was set up to meet these needs, previous enterprises having basically collapsed with little available to buy. We now have 12 well stocked shops, a book van and the publishing work I have headed up since 2010. While I use e-mail and the internet to do most of my publishing work at home in Ballymena, I travel to Nigeria twice a year for management and board meetings, and to see authors.
Thus in November 2016 I spent some time with 4 authors but most of my time was in meetings with colleagues as we sorted out various management issues. Thankfully we made a slight profit in 2016, but 2017 is going to be very difficult as the Nigerian economy is in a deep recession, the value of the Naira is dropping dramatically forcing prices sharply upwards, and many people haven’t been paid for months. ACTS is also going through a major leadership change as Sid Garland, our Director has resigned due to his wife Jean’s deteriorating health.
In addition, I am an SIM Nigeria missionary and I have been assisting SIM Nigeria in recruiting new missionaries for work in the far north of Nigeria. I have also many years of experience in theological education in Nigeria so I am also discussing the possibility of my teaching modular courses at some of the ECWA seminaries.
Good craic in an Acts management meeting
The Lord called me to serve Him with the words, “How shall they hear without a preacher…” And then He sent me to Nigeria where there are so many people who need to hear the Gospel, and so many who need to be built up in their faith. And that is what missionary work so often is; using all means available to reach people with the Gospel so that they in turn can reach others with that same message of life.