General Election 2017: Who should you vote for?

We were all surprised to hear that Theresa May had called a general election, but not surprised that she found inspiration in the Welsh hills. The beauty of the Welsh countryside allows for peaceful reflection and the grandeur of the environment births grand ideas (whether you agree with them or not).

I have since been walking the hills of our Welsh valley pondering the situation and have written the below guidance from a Biblical perspective (although not exclusively for the Christian to take heed to).

As I have said before; it is best to keep politics out of the pulpit, so I will seek to remain impartial throughout, refusing to reveal my own persuasion. I do not want to alienate anyone from the Gospel because of my political opinion, especially when such concerns have little significance in the light of eternity.

With that said, as Christians we have a responsibility to give to Caesar what is Caesars and I believe this also means that we have a duty to vote! (Mark 12:17)

We must then take time to consider carefully the best possible option, in the understanding that all human institutions are not perfect (Romans 3:10).

We must also be willing for the Lord’s sake to submit to the elected authority whoever that may be (1 Peter 2:13).

Polling_station_6_may_2010

So the question remains who should you vote for?

Every candidate will be telling you over the coming weeks that they are the most deserving of your vote. Admittedly they all have various positive attributes (depending on your world view) and I am sure all run with the best possible intentions.

The Green Party’s message may resonate with you because of the Bible’s teaching on being good custodians of God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-28) and Labour’s taxation policy may share Biblical principles on giving (Proverbs 19:17). Many Christian would say that the Tories uphold certain conservative values that align more with Biblical teaching (Romans 13:1), but you can also argue that the Liberal Democrats best follow the Biblical view on social justice (Deuteronomy 10:18-19). Many Godly people may see the Bible reflected in one of the national party manifesto’s (Plaid Cymru, SNP, UKIP etc) and vote for them, or Christians may want to witness their “saltiness” and cast a protest vote (1 Peter 1:16) (Matthew 5:13-16).

The truth is, no party fully adheres to the Bible’s mandate, for perfection lies only with the Lord and in the Kingdom of Heaven (Psalm 145). Even if we had a National Christian party, we’d probably all feel that they do not adhere to our specific denominational view and find closer adherence to one of the secular bodies.

So the choice must come down to the party that you feel best reflects your Christian conviction.

There are wonderful guides that are made available for this, I highly recommend the Christian Institute dossier (when it is released), they (usually) summaries each manifesto pledge alongside Biblical principles, so you can make an educated choice.

My humble input for your prayerful reflection is that you consider not just what the party can do to make the world a better place, but how they can help you make the world a better place. (How the party can help you serve God’s Kingdom in the Christian context).

I make this point out of a genuine concern.

I have seen a growing trend in recent years of people delegating their social duty to the state (and what is more concerning Christians delegating their Christian duty to the state).

Joe Bloggs now feels that by voting Green he has done his bit for the planet whilst burning carbon through his various technology apparatus, vehicles and extra long hot showers.

Erika Mustermann equally thinks she has done her bit for our societies poorest by voting Liberal Democrat, but you never see her volunteering down at a soup kitchen, or donating funds to the local foodbank.

Alice and Bob vote Tory because they support the entrepreneur but never buy anything from the local shop.

Walter Plinge feels strongly for elderly care and votes Labour but would never think of visiting a local care home one evening a week to talk and play chess with one of the residents.

Yes! The government’s job is to drive a fairer society that gives opportunities to all, our governments duty is to keep us safe, healthy and educated but your vote does not delegate your social duty to your fellow man. Just like typing “Amen” under a Jesus meme on Facebook does not make you a Christian! Get up off your sofa on a Sunday morning and go and support your local church!

As you decide what box to tick, I pray that you will take your vote very seriously and thank God for the freedom you enjoy in our land to partake. But as you diligently contemplate your candidate’s appeals, do so under the lens of how they can help you do more for those in need as God’s means of Grace. Such a view will surely drive change and our Christian witness in our community!

Christian, vote for the party that would protect your rights to worship, to read your Bible, to pray, to meet together and evangelise.

Christian, vote for the party that would allow you to be economically better off, under the conviction of being better able to financially support your local church.

If the offer of more bank holiday’s are appealing, ask yourself will you give those days to God?

If a church of 70 people took the four extra days offered (per annum) for Kingdom work, it would give the same man hours to the Gospel as a full time worker!

Critiquing one party for their policy on the NHS whilst smoking in a small room with children is hypocritical.

Voting for a party because of their environmental policy whilst incinerating your old car tires in the garden is hypocritical.

Putting a poster up promoting a party of alleged unity when you do not get on with your neighbours is hypocritical.

Voting for a certain party does not make you more caring and charitable, if you are not caring or charitable.

Do not outsource your social duty to imperfect leaders, but vote for the party that best allows you to be a force for the Gospel wherever the Lord has placed you to serve.

I will leave you with the thoughts of Jesus’ brother James

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  James 2:14-26

 

Advertisements

Fake News and the church

fake-news

Since the beginning of time mankind has spun the truth to adhere to the rhetoric of its day. For example, in the first century Octavian lead a propaganda campaign (Fake News) against Mark Anthony in Rome. King Harold died by a lucky arrow through the eye (1066 Battle of Hastings), but in France the report was “William’s brave men slayed the King of England during the heat of the Battle”. The Historians job is then to grapple with the differing accounts of “truth” to actually find it.

We must then acknowledge that all accounts are weighted in the favour of whoever the sponsor/ benefactor maybe and such motives will never change. “Fake News” is here to stay, red top papers will continue to publish scandal and embellish the “truth” to sell more papers and online media will continue to do the same to battle for clicks and advert impressions.

Pope Benedict XVI checks the new Vatican web portal on an iPad device at the Vatican

President Trump’s “Fake News” claim is nothing new, but there has been one significant development in recent times that is worthy of the fuss. “Average Joe” can now broadcast their own versions of the “truth” to the masses, whether in the form of a styled Instagram picture (intended to fool the viewer on the credibility of your appearance), or an uploaded video reporting no seats on a train during rush hour! As a result the plebs view of the world has now been equated with the media elite.

Such constant exposure to endless versions of “truth” (from either the once trusted media  or from random strangers through a hashtag), has made us (the masses) naive, cynical and dismissive of reality.

For decades the West have feared the Orwellian (1984) view of an “information-censoring, movement-restricting, individuality-emaciating state”[1] (a threat made real during the Cold war). But such fear has driven us to the Huxleyn view (Brave New World) of a “technology-sedating, consumption-engorging, instant-gratifying bubble”[2] .

This is all a result of such media saturation, increasingly consumed via image based mediums.

context

It is often said that a “picture is worth a thousand words,” but are these words of truth? Does a picture really tell the entire story?

A picture can define a moment without context and thus it is more susceptible to manipulation (see above), but a “word” never stands alone! The word is always given in a context and can always be reviewed, critiqued, verified and once written the author is accountable.

As we continue to move away from ‘word based knowledge’ and embrace real-time graphic media consumption, credible broadsheets are going to be replaced by picture filled red tops and image based mediums such as TV or online video. As a result the quality of journalism will continue to decrease and we will have a society filled with people that make “informed” decisions based on the “Fake News” shared by celebrities on Twitter (a benefit of the 140 character limit).

Modern publishers and technology firms have created this Huxleyn predicted society, where questionable imaged based media not only resides in the corner of your front room, but follows you around all day on your handset or tablet. Because the truth is often boring this media saturation has driven journalists and production companies to get creative with reality in order to win more viewing figures,clicks,impressions,shares,likes,retweets etc. “Fake News” is simply an inevitable consequence to this “enlightened age” of technological advancement.

A social condition best described by Neil Portman (Amusing Ourselves to Death)

An Orwellian world is much easier to recognize, and to oppose, than a Huxleyan because everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us … [but] who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements?”

Putting my Ministerial hat on for a minute…is the church not the answer to this “Fake News” catastrophe?

The church is a set apart (Holy) people, chosen by God to be a counter-culture from the world (more on this here “Dealing with change – thoughts on BEXIT”). Is it then our generations calling to fight against the sea of amusement, the “Fake News” and stand for truth?

As a church we should be offering an escape from such modernity, a ‘wifi free world’ where “Fake News” is left at the door and replaced by the unchanging word of God! A sanctuary against a world that defines you by what you can produce and consume, a world that at best offers you scandal, lies and death.

The church should be the place for people to unplug, switch off and come to meet the God of life, love and a truth, a place for people to come and make real meaningful relationships within a humble community of believers who are defined by their fresh start and future with Jesus?

Christian, is this not our calling today? and are we (the Reformed church) not the best equipped for such a task?

For centuries the privileged few manipulated God’s Word so the plebs would follow their agenda’s, they hid the truth behind an elite language (Latin) and supported their “Fake News” narrative behind image based media (stained glassed windows). All until the Protestant Reformation five hundred years ago, where the word of truth got out and it was preached FREE from mans sinful agenda (warts and all)!

The reformed church rushed through Europe deposing the priests and began to empower and educate the people to read God’s Word for themselves and ensure those in the pulpit had no other motive than to stick to the Bible and save souls for Jesus!

Christian! In this media saturated world of “Fake News” are we not called to drive against the oppressive forces of modern, meaningless amusements and liberate the lost into the Kingdom of God? Are we not to stand as a counter-culture against such delusion and be ever more resolute to the eternal truth found only the Bible? A truth that does not hide from evil, but explains it, a word that does not hide from the inconvenient truths of immorality from its patriarchs but wilfully admits them, a word with only one agenda, to save souls and bring them into a loving fellowship with God so that they can be a force for good in this world of deceit, corruption and “Fake News”!

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

..

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/feb/02/amusing-ourselves-to-death-neil-postman-trump-orwell-huxley

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/feb/02/amusing-ourselves-to-death-neil-postman-trump-orwell-huxley

Christmas Outreach

Cards

This week we are distributing 1000 Christmas cards around our community, introducing our neighbours to the church and inviting them to our various Christmas services.

This is a huge investment of both time and resource for our little church and we are praying that the Lord will bless the outreach during the festivities. As we prepare to hit the streets Psalm 126 (see below) spoke directly to me.

Psalm 126 was sung by the post exilic Jews as they ascended back home up to Jerusalem from their captor Babylon. 

As Christians we are much like these weary travelers, currently in exile, captive in an alien land. As we journey home (to Heaven) we thank God for all He has done in our lives and how our Salvation is secured in the death and resurrection of His Son, King Jesus!

Despite our many, many failures, we can come to Zion with “mouths filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” because there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1).

God’s Grace surpasses anything that I have done or could do wrong. On the Cross Christ paid the debt for my sin in full! Whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). It is not our deeds that have saved us; it is faith in God’s own work in His Son Jesus Christ! This is why we Christians can sing with the Psalmist “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

In verse four the Psalm turns us away from rejoicing in our own salvation to prayer.

The Psalmist asks the Lord to “restore our fortunes, like streams in the Negev”. The Psalmist is saying let the streams that were dry fill back up with water. It is a request to God to restore the fortunes of His church, to fill us afresh with the Holy Spirit, to wash us clean and let the Gospel flow out to the lost in our community.

Is this not what every Christian in Wales is praying for this Christmas?

These exiled Jews were singing praises to God as they walked home to Jerusalem, they were “filled with joy”, but God gave them a burden to look back and think of the lost, their families and friends whom decided not to follow them to Zion. Those who “the Lord has done great things for” look back and cry out for those who are far from Him.

The final two verses follow on from this picture.

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”

The Psalmist gives us an illustration of a farmer sowing seeds. To understand this illustration fully, we must remember the context it was written in.

Remember the timing of this Psalm, the exiles were not journeying to Solomon’s wealthy Jerusalem lined with gold. They were returning home post exile. Jerusalem had fallen; burned down by the Babylonians, it was in a mess, broken, dilapidated and derelict. It had been left to crumble and had little arable land, so food was very scarce.

These Exiles who walked to Jerusalem rejoicing were also poor and desolate. All they had was but a few seeds in hand to start a new life. So when they planted them it was with tears!

Why?

Because everything (and I mean everything), relied on their next yield! If the crop failed they would have nothing to eat, they would die and so would any hope for Jerusalem.

Is this not a picture of the church in the Welsh Valleys today?

As we walk up to our old churches as these exiles were ascending to Jerusalem. We see huge buildings that once thrived with life, but are now empty and aging and incurring greater costs to maintain.

Yet, like these exiles we still gather in a small but faithful group, an aging group with limited resources.

With just a handful of seeds between us we pray no differently to those who originally sang this Psalm.

Yes, God has blessed us, as he did these people who with joy walked to Jerusalem. But once they got there they were still in a serious situation!

As a small Valley church we thank God that the lights are still on, but where is the Christian witness in the Welsh Valley towns going to be in a decade, when the core members are with the Lord and there is nothing left to keep the doors open? Humanly speaking, the Christian witness in the Welsh Valleys will be extinguished!

We are at a point in our church history where everything (and I mean everything) is totally reliant on the next yield! Society is not pushing people in for us anymore and we can’t rely on the children of the faithful, for they have all grown up and moved away.

We are not living in Solomon’s Jerusalem, rich with harvest! The land that was once rich to farm has fallen, it has now grown over, filled with thorns and stones.

But all is not lost!

In Psalm 126 the returning exiles were not starting from nothing, they had legacy and belief, they had the rubble that once was Jerusalem and faith that it could return to former glory.

Many of the churches in the Welsh Valley’s gather in single digits, but we can rejoice that we still have some input in today’s society. We are still called upon to hatch, match and dispatch those in the community and at Christmas people do still come in! Praise God!

We might be farming in the rubble, but at least we are not left with nothing!

So, what are we going to do about it?

For the church to rebuild again it needs some exile attitude! Faith in God and some serious elbow grease to cultivate the land again!

We are in the rubble of a post-Christian society, and we are totally reliant on the next yield for survival!

We must work the land! We must sow the seed! (In our case 1000  Christmas cards!)

Yes! It is going to be a hard graft, especially with all the hills, steep roads and bad weather. Yes! We are going to face opposition and dogs attacking our fingers through letter boxes!

We are going out to sow in barren land, filled with rubble and thorns. But the Lord is good! He tells us that “Those who go out weeping,  carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them”

What a promise! It should drive us to service!

This Christmas

I urge you to pray for all the small Valley Churches as we seek to use the festivities to evangelise to the lost! Pray for every card, poster, flier and leaflet, and pray that they will be read and retained.

We must not sow seeds as if it was a marketing exercise, it is not a mere numbers game! We must “sow them with tears” because of a God given burden for the lost. We must “sow them with tears” understanding that the church in the Welsh Valleys is in such a desperate state, we must “sow them with tears” knowing that we are but one generation from extinction, we must “sow them with tears” leaning and trusting totally on God, the Lord of the Harvest.

Those that can’t climb the hills and sow the seed in great numbers, remember it is better to cultivate one seed that brings forth fruit than sow hundreds that do not. You maybe old and infirm, but you still have a duty to pray for the work and use the relationships you do have in the community to personally invite those the Lord has burdened you with into His church.

We are God’s means and we must do the possible why we still can so that He can do the impossible and revive His Church!

For those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,  carrying sheaves with them.

 

Psalm 126

A song of ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

    we were like those who dreamed,

2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,

    our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

    “The Lord has done great things for them.”

3 The Lord has done great things for us,

    and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,

    like streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow with tears

    will reap with songs of joy.

6 Those who go out weeping,

    carrying seed to sow,

will return with songs of joy,

    carrying sheaves with them.

The Bible and Science

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

I have been Pastor of Noddfa Baptist Church (Abersychan) for 18months, in this time I have had the privilege of meeting many people from the community. Several conversations have been had and many over Science and Faith. A common idea among our mission field (and the western world) is that Science has disproved God. Thus Christians are perceived as naive, old fashioned and uneducated. People feel that a choice must be made between “Science” or “Faith”. A view supported by much of modern media, mainstream government education (upto key stage 4) and supported by people such as Richard Dawkins who have made millions of pounds off of such popular contention.

My concern is that many in our community reject God and His church because of this popular view, without truly having an understanding of either the Bible’s teaching or Science.

So, to combat this, I organised a meeting for the community with the intention of breaking down some of these fallacies. Guest Speaker, a dear friend of mine, Dr Chris Pegington P.H.D Genetics, former Lecturer and Researcher at Cambridge University, respected author, a Creationist, Pastor and Missionary in Austria and South Wales (UK).

evo1

The talk was intended to highlight some of the errors in such theories that are taught as fact and to prove you can be a scientist and a Christian. In fact most of the world’s leading scientists throughout history have been Christians, driven to study creation to find out more about the creator.

evo3

The popular notion that the academic world is fundamentally atheist is simply nonsense, according to the “100 Years of Nobel Prizes”, a review of Nobel prizes awarded between 1901 and 2000 (this is modern Science here), it reveals that (65.4%) of Nobel Prizes Laureates have identified themselves to be Christians. Overall, Christians have won a total of 72.5% of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics, 62% in Medicine.

evo2

Christians are not naive to Science, many of us love it, we simply see beyond it. We are not limited to just the physical measurements, but understand the significance of the mind behind it all. Science is possible because of the rules and order found in nature, rules that would logically refute the argument chance and matter appearing from nothing. In fact the entire argument against the Bible requires more faith to believe in than what we have as Christians.

The Bible teaches us that the world is cursed and this can be supported quite easily, turn on the news and see it for yourself, bad stuff happens! A cursed world would then of course provide evidence (to some degree) that would go against the truth of God. The Bible tells us to love the weakest (Matthew 25:35-40), it teaches us that God Himself left the glories of Heaven to become weak for us (2 Corinthians 8:9). So  of course a cursed earth would tell a story that the strongest survive, so let the weak die “its natural”. What a dangerous precedent this teaching proclaims, not only because of its impact on society, but how it contradicts the very truth of what makes us human, a propensity to love and to care sacrificially for others, a propensity that defy’s the selfish gene, a propensity that is unnatural, because it is supernatural.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

You can hear the talk FREE below

If this talk has managed to knock down a barrier to faith for you, or at least has given you the understanding that there are other explanations to why you are here. If you now believe that there is “creator”. Then the next question is what are you going to about it?

If you have any questions feel free to contact me on pastor@noddfabaptist.co.uk

A year in the Valley

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

In June 2014 my family and I moved to Noddfa Baptist Church to serve the Lord in Pastoral Ministry. This move was made in partnership with ReformissionWales and Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, under the mentoring of Rev Bernard Lewis.

Like so many churches in the Eastern Valley, Noddfa was without a minister. It had a predominately elderly, but very committed, congregation that had become increasingly disengaged from the wider community. Noddfa was struggling to survive with just 15 regularly attending the Sunday morning Service, a handful of children at the Monday night Club and a Mothers and Toddlers’ group on a Tuesday. We took on the challenge knowing it was a Nehemiah work that was needed.

Noddfa 2014

Noddfa 2014

Making contact with people in the community

Noddfa evangelismInitially I distributed a personal letter to all the immediate homes in the area. This letter introduced myself and our family, explained why we have moved to Abersychan, and included my contact details if people wanted to get in touch with me. This had a huge impact as many thought the church was, in fact, closed. It gave me a great opportunity to speak to many people as I went door to door and began to understand that the darkness was not due to “atheism”, as I had first assumed, but to “nominalism”.

This was a game-changer. I understood then that as a church we had to re-engage with a mission field amongst those who, sadly, think they are Christians but who do not feel they need to worship God and receive his Word in fellowship with his people.

I was encouraged that many people still had affection for Noddfa and would be sad to see it close. They had a loose assimilation to chapel tradition that we could use to our advantage. But the general opinion was “the world has moved on and I have other things to do on a Sunday morning.”

We started by holding reunions for former Sunday school attendees who are still living in the area and have now grown up and have families of their own. They were well received. We enjoyed Fish and Chip Suppers and a Summer BBQ. Old pictures and fond memories were shared, stories told and, more importantly, local people left those meetings knowing that Noddfa is still here and continues to run activities for their children.

Picture3

Through these meetings and speaking with the families that attend the weekly clubs, it became clear that, despite having a desire to attend and be affiliated with Noddfa, Sunday morning has become a struggle for many in our community because of work or sporting commitments. This is the world we live in today and we must be pragmatic in these situations just as the early Christians were in Acts. So we planned to run another Sunday Service at a time that suited people living in a secular society, so people will no longer have an excuse. This ‘family friendly’ service is called “Look Up”. This great name was coined by an 84 year old church member and allowed us to put a big sign on the road that guides the eye to “Look Up” the hill to see Noddfa Chapel. The “Look Up” service includes Bible readings, hymns and a 20 minute message, followed by fellowship with refreshments and a seasonal activity.

Initially we thought we might get a few families from the youth ministries, some who came along to the reunion and supporting families from Emmanuel. To our amazement the service now welcomes, on average, more than 60 people from the local community, many of whom have never experienced church or heard the Gospel. This peaked on Firework night 2014 with more than 120 people attending. They heard the Gospel proclaimed as well as “looking up” to see some fireworks after the service.

Capturing all of this activity and putting it on Facebook has also been a great opportunity for people in the community to discover what actually goes on inside the chapel walls and to see pictures of their friends and family being involved.

Victoria Village School

Victoria Village School

By simply living in the area we reach out to the community at every opportunity and encourage the congregation to do the same. We have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people and have made some great friends. We make an effort to buy locally whenever possible. This allows us to get to know the shopkeepers and speak to those in the queue. It also helps when it comes to putting posters in the shop window! As funds allow we try to eat out at local cafes and restaurants once a month. Our oldest boys attend the local school and are involved in the local music group, football team and boxing club. The Lord has opened doors in the local schools for me to take assemblies and to visit the local care homes. My wife, Harriet, is a member of the slimming club (not that she needs it) and attends other pre-school playgroups in the area with our younger children, she is also involved in a local choir. We try to attend most community activities; charity nights; pub quizzes etc and are constantly building bridges, knocking down walls and simply being accessible to people so they know where to go when the Lord puts that desire in their hearts.

Throughout 2015 opportunities continue to develop and I was appointed assistant Chaplain to the Mayor of Torfaen, a dear friend Giles Davies (who I have got to know well over the last 12 months). Giles is unique in that his office has not come out of ambition or pride but as a consequence of the genuine love he has for the area and I thank God for raising Giles up in the community during this early stage of my Ministry. Working in this capacity of Chaplain to the Mayor has opened many other doors into the community for me to witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.

Pastor John with Mayor of Torfaen, Mayor of Blaenavon and Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen

Pastor John with Mayor of Torfaen, Mayor of Blaenavon and Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen

We praise God for the way He is blessing the work. From June 2014-15 attendance at the traditional Sunday services have doubled, requiring us to start a Sunday School to cater for the children during the service. The Monday Club has five times more children attending and the Mother and Toddlers’ group has also seen significant growth.

By God’s Grace on July 19th we are baptizing three people who have come to know the Lord through this evangelism.

Noddfa June 2015

Noddfa 2015

Noddfa 2015

Please continue to pray for us

The last 12 months have been amazing, the Lord has worked beyond our wildest expectations, but the church at Noddfa is still in a desperate situation. I have to support myself financially in secular work, the core membership of the church remains small and elderly, and although the numbers have been a great encouragement, it is all superficial if we do not see souls being saved.

This is our burden for the people in our community and we ask that you continue to pray for the work, so that we can continue to do everything possible with what God has given us. Please pray that God will do the impossible, as only He can, and revive this land once more bringing many people to saving faith in Jesus.

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest,” Isaiah 62:6