Introducing the bus outreach

 

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‘This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…’ – 1 Timothy Ch1 v 15.

The bus outreach has now been active for over 23 years. This outreach endeavors to share the gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets of the Isle of Wight and we are well known locally. This method has proven over the years to be a successful way of reaching those who, for a variety of reasons, may never hear of the good news of Jesus Christ.

The team are now out five nights a week all of the year round. We also have a trust who meet at various times  in order to steer the administration of the outreach prayerfully. Each of the team and trust are from different churches around the island, working together for the gospel in Christ.

As an outreach we also play a part in the different county shows through the spring and summer months.WP_20150906_10_01_06_Pro We engage in different family activities like face painting, as well as to present a book stall and Christian tracts.

Each Easter time it has been regular for us to conduct a walk of witness through carrying the cross around the Isle of Wight over the first week of the holiday and finishing on Easter Sunday morning. On Good Friday the team work together for some street outreach in Newport town square. Cross Walk

People will often see the initials of the outreach which are on the side of the bus and ask what the letters JCWGVA stand for. This name was introduced when the outreach became a registered charity. It may seen a bit of a mouthful in one respect but if talking to Christians it helps to explain our work as we are called to be witnesses and also we are in a spiritual battle. If those outside the body of Christ do inquire about it then we find it is a good conversation starter.

Thank you for taking the time to view these pages and may our dear Lord richly bless you as you serve Him. The team and trustees.

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AUTUMN 2020 NEWSLETTER

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Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4: 12 NKJV

Greetings in His Name
What’s in a name? In ancient times, it said everything about the character of the person.
Psalm 111v9: He provides redemption for His people. He ordained His covenant forever, forever Holy and awesome is His name, the name above all other names.
Psalm 111v5: provides food for those who fear Him “our daily bread”.
Psalm 5v11: But let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them ever sing for joy, spread your protection over them that those that love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 79v6: We can pray to His name.
Psalm 20v1: & Proverbs 18v10 The name of the Lord protects.
Psalm 54v1: The Lord saves by His name and His saving acts testify that His name is near.
Psalm 52v9: hope in His name; Psalm 7v17: sing praise to His name
Psalm 89v16: and rejoice in His name Psalm 69v36: both love-Psalm 61v5: and fear are directed toward His name.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Don’t make this present situation a time to be afraid but fear the Lord in a reverential way that is wise.
What’s in a name? I Am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through ME. – John 14: 6. WHAT A NAME !!
As the song goes, we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some SON-e-day!!!
Every blessing, Mick.

Give thanks
It is good to give thanks to our Lord and Saviour for the miracle of salvation. To think that He gave His life for us to save us from the wrath to come demonstrates His perfect love and compassion. Jesus cared much about the lost, the orphan and the widow that’s why He died to save us from our sin. We have much to rejoice in as we consider His love and care for each of us despite our present circumstances. We must be careful not to grumble about our circumstances as this offends God our Father in that it says that He is not in control and yet He is Sovereign over all.
Psalm 103 vrs 1 says “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
God bless – Roy.

A year to remember
There have always been scenes or events of history that spark future remembrance for different reasons. When we dwell on years past there may well be a certain one that has great significance to us. It may bring back times of reminiscence, times of reflection on past historical events or times of celebration as well as remembrance that also brings back times of grief. Many people may remember where they were in a particular year when something occurred that has had a profound effect on the world stage. People may recall where they were when the news broadcast informed the nation about the tragedy involving Princess Diana, many others recall the day of 9/11 and what they were doing that day. Some may tell you what they remembered from the year you were born. In my case it was the year President Kennedy was assassinated. For others it may be when England won the world cup. Of course personal remembrance plays a great part as we may all remember the year, the place and time our children were born or things that have happened that have changed the course of one’s life for good. We know things never stay the same and the scenes of life change and who could have predicted what this year was going to bring? Who knows how long this Corona virus situation is going to remain and who knows how this year will end? This year will certainly leave a lasting memory etched in this nation and around the world.

A year in perspective
We cannot take away how many may recall this year but there is a sure way to remember this year in context as well as any other year. I remember when any year was written down, it was followed by the letters AD, ‘Anno Domini’ meaning ‘the year of our Lord’. Also there was BC – Before Christ for the years of the past preceding Jesus’ birth. Every year is significant as it relates to when our Saviour God stepped into human history.
In November we will remember the world’s conflicts once again and those who laid down their lives. We mark the end of war time and when peace was declared. We may also remember that in a fallen world the conflict of human kind has raged since the beginning when we lost our place with the living God and so lost peace within ourselves and with one another.
Whatever happens for the remainder of the months ahead before 2021 comes upon us, we know that nothing falls outside of the Lord’s Kingly reign or the scope of His power. It is fitting that we will once again reflect as the year draws to its close, on that time when the Lord Jesus was born in human likeness and came to rescue us from sin and a lost eternity. He visited us in divine love and brought reconciliation and hope when we as a dying race were lost. He is bigger than all our doubt, our fears, our disappointments, our trials and our cares because of who He is.

Lord of the years
Our times are in God’s hands and as the author of life He has complete control and knowledge of us and has allotted the days of our lives.
‘For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them’. – Psalm 139: 13-16. That alone calls for our response and to trust in the dear Lord and to surrender our own understanding and ways to a faithful God. The hymn writer Timothy Dudley Smith wrote the words of the well known worship song, ‘Lord for the years, your love has kept and guided…’. There is such a lot in that hymn that can speak to us that rings with biblical gospel truth, but I will draw your attention to one of the verses.
‘Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign’.

May the Lord’s grace be with you and your loved ones.

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