We have been delighted to hear more of the stories of God working, and the healings that took place during the Kadugli conference. To read the new blog, please follow the link below to the Rooted in Jesus website. In recent months Sudan has undergone regime change. There is a new Prime Minister and a government shared between civilians and the military which is intended to lead to elections in three years’ time. The people of Sudan have great hopes that this will bring greater freedom, a relaxing of sanctions which are currently crippling their economy, and peace between warring parties. The team who went came back full of joy at all that God had done. To read more click here: Rooted in Jesus blog
27/10/2019 “Remembering a Loved One” by Rachel Firth based on John 11: 17-44
at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
27/10/2019 “Seek first the Kingdom” by Pete Waterman
Morning Worship at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
In November 2019 a team from the Bradford Deanery left for Sudan to deliver a Rooted in Jesus discipleship course. Andrew has a few words about their trip.
Well, we are back from Kadugli in the Republic of Sudan, and I am pleased to report that we are all home safely.
At the end of our visit, and over our final meal in Kadugli, the Catholic priest explained to us that over the years of war, the Christians were considered the targets by the Islamic soldiers. This had brought great unity between all the denominations, who were now as one. They were now traumatised by war, and the fact that six Christians from England had come all this way to encourage them and express solidarity with them was heart-warming for them.
None of us had considered ourselves in any particular danger, but many people in Kadugli expressed amazement that six white men had been given permission by the government to go to the city which is still classed as being in a war zone.
On arrival in Kadugli we were greeted with joyful singing in the cathedral (a building with a corrugated iron roof that we might describe as a large hut). Our conference began on the Tuesday and went through to the Friday. Jesus made disciples – people who were trained and equipped by him to do the things he did and to be like him. Our conference was about making disciples who go on themselves to make even more disciples. The irony that this is exactly what the Church of England finds so difficult, did not escape us!
The idea was that the conference delegates were to go home and form a group of 6-12 people who would meet weekly and who they would disciple using the books which we gave to them. Part of the challenge of the conference was to help them to work as groups – their usual model of teaching being one person speaks and everyone else listens. The other challenge was to teach them to rely on the Holy Spirit.
We taught them to stand and wait with their hands held expectantly in front of them, as we asked the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Some of them were healed, even without our asking, as the Holy Spirit came upon them. Somebody in St Katharine’s had sent me a Word of Knowledge (basically a message from God) that there would be a lady there who was dressed in a bright yellow and green dress and head-dress who had suffered from a snake bite. The lady didn’t seem to be in the meeting, but then she came in. She had been cooking for the delegates. We asked her whether she had recently been bitten by a snake, and she had. We prayed for her and the bite was healed.
There was a boy who was gripped with fear and would not let go of his mother’s skirt tails. He received prayer; the fear left him. He started playing with the other children and went home on his own for the first time ever. Many other healings happened in the week.
Christopher Fielden took our greetings to the Mother’s Union in Kadugli and in Dilling (the MU is very strong in Africa). The poverty of the people in Kadugli is very great. They really have nothing, and we are so privileged in comparison. Despite the fact that our circumstances are very different, it is good to know that we have friends in Kadugli and that they have friends here who pray for them and consider them brothers and sisters in Christ.
23/10/2019 “Releasing the Kingdom” by Steve Hughes
Gateway Healing Meeting at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
20/10/2019 “Changed forever by encountering God” by Andrew Evans
Praise and Preach at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
20/10/2019 “Of this I am sure, My God is love” by Andrew Evans
Morning Worship at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
13/10/2019 “Known and Loved” by Lucy Waterman
Sunday Night Live at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
13/10/2019 “Come and follow me” by Jo Evans
Parish Communion at St Katharine’s Church, Holt
Dominica has close links with St Katharine’s and we were delighted to welcome Tina recently.
Dominica is building back better two years on from Hurricane Maria. I came back recently to check on Mum and Dad and bring news of repairing and building of homes and the development of several new hotels, a geothermal plant and plans for an international airport. Over 3,000 people have invested in becoming Dominican citizens (usd100,000) and this money, together with remarkable international aid is helping to reconstruct roads, bridges and apartments for those in shelters and tents. At a recent sitting of the Dominican parliament one representative exclaimed that in a thunderstorm that reminded him of the Hurricane he could only exclaim “ I see the stars I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed…. My God How Great Thou Art!” Several international NGOs such as All Hands and Hearts and Habitat for Humanity use our Lifeline Ministries (www.lifelinedominica.dm) as their local partner charity and we have a hand in the building of two primary schools and four preschools so far.
The president announced a day of remembrance on the second anniversary at which the Prime Minister said we must give Glory to God for our remarkable recovery.
Lifeline continues to focus on the most vulnerable. Helping with gifts of furniture, clothing and pampers for children and the elderly and also with educational scholarships for children with special needs. We help broken people heal and this means counselling, support groups and training, still with a special focus on those who are rejected and abused. Please pray with us as Harry blows the shofar calling people to come and meet Him who knows everything we have ever done and still loves us. Thank you for all your gifts in kind and in cash through www.give.net. Thank you for buying our ladies jewellery, and please know we appreciate the hugs and warm welcome we always feel in returning to this branch of the family! Tina