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Plans to Prosper

This week's word is for those who will benefit from hope!

Summed up well by a comment received from Rosie on our Facebook page: "I love this verse, so spurs you on with new and refreshed hope in your heart! You just know God is faithful so you hang in there with renewed joy and expectation, through the ‘whatever’s’ of life!"

Amen!

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Keep Going

Today's Wednesday Word bible verse offers encouragement to those who are feeling weary from their efforts to do good among others.

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I am the Vine

A bible verse, Wednesday Word, is posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts each week. Account names for both are @cofhconnexion.

It has been suggested that verses may also be shared among our Connexion Community through our main website, to reach those who do not use social media.

God often works in mysterious ways, but we are assured in today's verse that He will hear and answer our prayers through Jesus, in order to bear much fruit.

Amen!

Hailsham Shoe Bags

Church members at Hailsham Gospel Mission have been busy putting together 150 'Shoe Bags' ready for shipment and distribution to the children in Sierra Leone.

The size of the task is evident with the generosity of donations received for the bags, including clothing, books and a lovely collection of toys.

Hailsham would also like to express how grateful they are to God for the renovation of the roof of their church hall, and extend special thanks to The Connexion Trustees for helping to make this possible. Had the work not been completed, this important mission work would have been very difficult to manage.

Christine Stone

Hailsham Gospel Mission

 

Surfing the Wave

Celebrating mums' bible studies at Rosedale

Nervously I paced up and down our church lounge. The sofa and chairs were arranged in a nice horseshoe shape around the baby mat. In the corner the kettle was freshly boiled and the fruit loaf spread with butter. Another playmat had a scattering of toddler toys and the little wooden kitchen was accessorised with a small selection of toy fruit and veg. Piled up next to the coffee table was the stack of Bibles. I was all ready for our very first Mum’s Bible Study. But would anyone come?

The success of that first Butterfly Babes parent and toddler group at the beginning of January 2019 had continued. After a few weeks we realised that for safety reasons we were going to have to limit number to the first 25 families that came through the door, although turning people away was heartbreaking. There was no doubt that the Lord was guiding us to be more accessible to the families in our community and we felt that this was a current ‘wave’ that God intended us to catch*. Our Easter Workshop was full, our Sunday School numbers had increased. And now, at the beginning of the new summer term, I was about to offer a Monday morning Bible study and prayer for mums. They could bring their pre-school aged children, have coffee and cake and we would look at scripture together and pray. This had been a dream of mine since my children were toddlers, but was it God’s plan? Was this really His wave? And was this the way we were to surf it? 

The minute hand ticked on… 9.23, 9.24, 9.25… and Laura walked through the door with baby Summer. Followed by Christina and young Theo a minute later! I breathed a “Thank you, Lord!” and began serving coffee and cake. 

The group has now been running for three months and for the regular eight of us who gather it is the highlight of our week. The discussions range high and low. Scriptures are considered, debated and applied. Prayer requests are shared and answers noted in our little green prayer diary. The cake is incredibly important, but even more valuable are the friendships that are forming. Between us we have mums, grandma’s, and a nanny. Occasionally sisters or teenage daughters join us. Not all those who come on a Monday attend Sunday worship and, as is common at Rosedale, we have Greek, Italian, Caribbean, Brazilian, Zimbabwe and English ethnic backgrounds. We have formed a WhatsApp group and support each other through the week in prayer and encouragement. 

It is hard to put into words what the group has come to mean to us. It is a safe place where our real troubles and heartache can be shared and joys celebrated. Yes, it is chaos and the one time we tried a Bible meditation it failed because of chasing after the toddlers! But we are growing in Christ together, encountering the Lord and discovering more about ourselves. In September Laura returns to work, but she has changed her days so that she can continue to attend the Bible study. Our prayer is that more women (men are welcome too!) will join us.

Perhaps Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14 is most applicable. “For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom his whole family in have and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heard through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep it the love of Christ.” 

Bethany Green

Rosedale Community Church

 

*A term Rick Warren from Saddleback Church coined to identify a local move of God

Prayers for Albania Trip

Please pray for Becky, Esther, Stephanie and Bethany from Rosedale Church in Cheshunt. Suggested prayers are featured on the illustrated Albania Prayer Diary.

The girls will be travelling to Albania from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 10 August to support the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base in their summer mission to Durres, a port city on the Adriatic Sea, west of the capital, Tirana.

albania-trip

News from Sierra Leone visit

Janet O’Shea, from Zion Community Church in St Ives, returned from her trip to Sierra Leone in July. During her visit to support schools and the local communities, Janet was accompanied by her 14 year-old granddaughter Nina and Tino, aged 19, who has previously done an amazing job working with children and teenagers at Zion.

Short report from Janet

We had an amazing visit!

At first, the teaching was an uphill struggle at Brama School, but by the end of the stay we had finally reached the mountaintop. We taught the Brama children for eight days from 8am until 2pm, before taking a rest, then returned to the school to paint and decorate the classrooms from 4pm until 7pm.

During the evening Magnus Bendu often took us to meet folk from the local communities, and one night we helped to feed the street children. 

I led a Sunday School training course on the first Saturday morning of our trip and also attended a ministers fraternal on the following Saturday. 

Life at Bethesda Orphanage continues to flourish and the children there are a true testimony of the Saving Grace of Jesus. Bethesda supports a large number of children who live on the streets of Sierra Leone and provides a home for orphans whose family cannot be traced.

Janet-teaching

The main picture shows Janet decorating one of the newly painted classrooms, and her teaching one of the classes above. Below features the new reading area where the children can enjoy the many 100s of books that have been donated to the school.

reading-corner

Making a donation to The Connexion, Sierra Leone Mission

If you would like to contribute towards the important work of The Connexion’s Sierra Leone Mission, please click on the Donate button at the top of the Homepage. All donations, no matter how small, are of huge value.

The mission supports the work of our churches in Sierra Leone, contributing to ministers’ wages, providing funding for ministerial training, and building and maintaining churches. It also supports care and education through the Bethesda Orphanage and The Connexion’s schools, helping with teachers’ salaries and teacher training. When necessary the mission can also help in times of emergency or urgent need.

The Voice - Summer Edition

Huge thanks go the Sarah Waters for her amazing work as Editor of The Voice over the years. 

This edition has been put together through the efforts SLM committee, but a new Editor will be needed if the publication is to continue.

Maybe that could be you? 

Click below to read the summer edition

The Voice - Summer Edition

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