Month: May 2014

When he saw the man, he DID NOT pass by…

Hey people, my good friend Jason Bushell from IJM has got in touch and asked me to let you all know about an event that he is organising in Cardiff next week. I’ll let him explain in his own words…

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Discovering Jesus Through Asian Eyes

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The Good Book Company have been churning out quality gospel resources for ages now (but then I would say that seeing as I’m one of their authors). However, last week they sent me a copy of their latest resource and frankly – they really have hit the ball out of the park with it!

As the title suggests, Discovering Jesus Through Asian Eyes seeks to addresses 16 questions that many Asians ask about Christianity, the Bible and what it means to follow Jesus. Here’s the lowdown: (more…)

Do not quit!

It’s been a difficult week this week.

One of those weeks when the pressure of ministry is crushing and the temptation to throw in the towel is very real. Which is why it’s kinda funny that I got a timely kick in the pants today…from myself!

The way it transpired was that at some point last year (genuinely can’t remember when!) I was at an Acts 29 event in Sheffield and was asked to record a short video to encourage church planters. So I did. However, I never heard any more of it and clean forgot about it.

That is, until today, when it popped up in my Twitter feed courtesy of the Acts 29 Europe media team. You can see the video below. As you can tell my motive was to give a shot of gospel challenge and brotherly encouragement to any poor, battle weary church planters out there who might be in need of it.

Church planters like me!

Filter-free faith

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Let me say this right at the outset of this post – I like Instagram.

I mean I really like it.

I use it all the time.

I wanted to get that off my chest now so that you don’t think that what’s coming next is just an anti-instagram rant.

So I’m an Instagram fan, but I probably need to confess that the real reason I like Instagram goes no deeper than this: (more…)

Introducing: SixtyEightFive

At last year’s Acts 29 Europe BootCamp in Cardiff I met a legendary bloke called Ian Williamson. Ian is man who is full of Jesus and has a passion for seeing the gospel take root on the estates of Middlesborough (find out more about the church that he recently planted up there here.) He also runs a fantastic ministry called SixtyEightFive. Here’s the lowdown:

Psalm 68 verse five, speaks of God being a father to the fatherless and this is where the charity, SixtyEightfive takes its name. Working in some of the most deprived wards in the country SixtyEightFive seeks to promote and support the role of fathers whilst providing positive male role models to men and boys who have been raised in a fatherless environment

By working closely with and supporting local schools/colleges, churches and community groups, SixtyEightFive provides a number of services including;
Community Chaplaincy
Youth Work
Mentoring
Supporting Fathers

Here’s a short film that serves as a great introduction to SixtyEightFive:

 

Here’s how I encourage you to engage with the video:

  • Watch it.
  • Pray for the ministry.
  • Pray for Ian and his family.
  • Pray for Middlesborough (could God be calling you to join the mission up there?)
  • Share it.

Is trafficking actually happening in Wales – Part 2

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Further to my recent post about the issues of whether trafficking is actually happening in Wales, I thought I’d share a link with you to an eye-opening report by ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) which is a leading UK children’s rights organisation that campaigns to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation. This report, published in 2007, looks specifically at the situation of the trafficking of children in Wales. While the report is now fairly old, it certainly helps us to better understand that trafficking is an issue for us here in Wales. Here is how the report concludes:

“This small scale-study considered whether there is an evidence base for child trafficking in Wales. Evidence was found of confirmed and suspected cases of child trafficking encountered by social services, the voluntary sector and the police. Data was gathered from 41 practitioners who described 32 cases that caused them concern. These cases involve children aged three and a half years and upwards, from a variety of countries of origin. Notably, more boys than girls were identified during this study. Children were described in situations of sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, cannabis production, street crime and forced labour.

You can download the full report here.