OC UK have hosted a number of Discipling the Nations seminars under the general title of ‘What on earth is God doing?’ We want to enthuse people about God’s global mission and how this is a vital part of the ministry of One Challenge around the world, remembering our vision is to see Healthy Churches Working Together To Reach All Nations for Christ.
As at January, 2020, we have had three seminars with three more to come.
The first one looked at God’s global mission and we asked various questions of each other – ‘what is mission?’; ‘what does mission look like where we are?’; ‘praying for mission’.
The second session was led by London City Mission, helping us to see and hear about God’s work across London with its 65 different ministries.
In November we were led by People International (PI) who work in Central Asia. They have created an Underground Church Service simulation. About 20 of us were sat round a table singing without making a sound. The leader from PI asked someone to read from Hebrews 12:1-3. He asked someone to pray. All was going ‘well’ until the door burst open and two people, both dressed as Russian soldiers, burst in shouting at the group who were meeting. We were accused of holding a Christian meeting. We were told to put our hands on our heads. Then we were told to produce our identification papers – most people had some form of identification on them but a few didn’t. They were sent to the back of the room and then marched out of the church hall building. All a bit scary and unnerving but, as we were told, very real. Following that experience we talked about how we felt.
After that simulation experience we were introduced to the ministries that PI are involved with across Central Asia where meeting together for worship and teaching is very difficult and challenging. This led us to Praise God that we can meet in freedom and to Pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have that freedom. Pray that God will give strength and courage to them to remain true and faithful to the Lord Jesus.
We are halfway through our seminars. We have one more this year (2019) when Feba will share their ministries through radio with us.
The final two seminars will be in January and February 2020. The first one, in January will be learning about what God is doing through the ministry of Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
And, finally, in February, we will look at what God is doing around the world thorough the ministry of One Challenge.
This is an exciting journey and, as a result, we pray that many people will be enthused and challenged and become part of God’s international team reaching out across the nations with the good news of Jesus.
We have hosted two ‘Encouragement for Leaders’ Conferences at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex.
These are for those in Church leadership and their spouses. We booked 30 places for each Conference.
Why are such conferences needed? The simple answer is to ask another question – who cares those who care for others? Or put it another way – who pastors the Pastors?
Do these Conferences work? The best testimonies are from those who came.
Hélder Favarin has recorded some helpful insights into preaching in today's world. Click on these links to see the videos.
One Challenge is grateful that the event Encouragement For Leaders went so well. It was held in East Sussex from 3rd to 5th October and 21 people joined for the full time and another 7 visited for the middle day.
The theme Jesus, The Good Shepherd led us to consider what various Bible characters experienced at times of stress, setback or success. In all, God's response is tender, restorative and full of grace. Leisurely meal times led to rich conversations; a free afternoon let us wander around the beautiful grounds during some welcome sunshine.
One pastor was delighted to have most of 3 days with his wife, away from daily demands; another said he didn't understand how he needed the time away until he got there.
Thank you for your prayer support for this event.
A church has given One Challange an extremely generous donation towards the cost of the October Encouragement for Leaders event.
We want to pass this blessing on, so can offer a limited number of places at just £70 per person. Please contact Roger Purdom soon as this is a limited offer.
One Challenge is delighted that Sarah Breuel has been appointed as Evangelism Training Coordinator for IFES Europe. Click here to read the announcement by IFES.
Sarah has been based in Italy with her husband, René, for seven years. They planted a church five years ago that has grown such that they are now looking for a bigger space in which to meet.
René and Sarah were commissioned by Sepal Brazil -- one of the founding members of the OC Global Alliance -- and they have two sons.