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Winter 2012 NEWSLETTER
‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.’ – John 1 v 1
‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ – John 1 v 14.
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I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has given to the continuing work of the Gospel. Christmas can be a time of rejoicing or sorrow, the most wonderful gift is what God gave us 1 Tim 1:5. ‘Here is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ and so we can proclaim IMMANUEL God with us. As I write this everywhere rivers are bursting their banks and spreading over the land but surely there is something more deadly than that Sin is spreading everywhere. This is a wonderful time to present God’s covenant of Grace, William Hendriksen said ‘It is the riverbed over which the water of life flows toward us from the depths of election.’ So let us together rescue those in trouble with some real good news.
Your most grateful worker, Mick.
What I was before I got saved – I was a lost soul living in sadness and darkness not knowing why I’m here. After straying from the faith for many years, I thought “there is no way back.” I’d done and said so many things that I thought He could never forgive me. I had jumped ship with the devil for all those years.
What happened – Every week there is a bus that comes to my area with Christians that gather together to talk about the Lord. I used to walk past every week and not go in as I thought that Jesus would not want me or forgive me for all the bad things that I’ve said and done! Mick asked me one night to come and talk and I’m so glad I did! I told him how bad I’d been then Mick told me that Jesus loves and forgives me and that He’s been waiting for me to come to Him. If I’m truly sorry He will give me new life and freedom from the devil and my guilt.
What I’ve become – Having been forgiven, a heavy weight has been lifted. I’m not angry at people anymore and at what has happened in the past. If Jesus can forgive me then I can forgive others as I am now following Him. I just wanted to say thank you very much to all who have prayed that I would come to know Jesus. Also thank you to those who have provided food. If God does not do anything else, I’m so glad that He has taken away the guilt of the past.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas. Love Lou.
If anyone would like to join the prayer clock to pray 1 x 15minute prayer slot per day or more, then please contact Dave Sibley on:- 854903 / 07967912226 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The prayer clock is where anyone can choose a single 15 minute slot or more during the 24 hours to pray for the Island for God’s mercy to be known and for all those who minister the gospel. We still have the majority of slots covered but we don’t mind if times are doubled up, or more.
Arrangements for Paul’s weekend teaching sessions will be announced in the next newsletter for 2013. We have been challenged and encouraged in the bible teaching that has been relevant
and we would recommend this teaching to all who value the bible today.
Thanks To Everyone Who Supports Financially.
I feel that it is always important to say “thank you”. We try to encourage young children to say “please and thank you” as we consider this as good manners. So a real heartfelt thank you to you who support us financially. Without this faithful support we would struggle to keep the bus on the road and you are playing your part for the kingdom by providing the necessary funding. Please accept our thanks from all the Trustees and Bus Team members.
Christmas and New Year
The team will participate in one more event this year. We are pleased to be once again leading the Carol service at The Wayfarers Chapel in Castle Street, Carisbrooke on the evening of Sunday 23rd December – 6.30pm. Visitors are most welcome on the night. We pray that the dear Lord would truly speak to those who do not yet know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. He alone can change their hearts and breathe life into the spoken word.
Many will attend a church service out of tradition or as part of their festivities. They will sing carols about a young babe born in Bethlehem. To others the turkey, wine and parties beckon and people will continue to celebrate without looking to who that baby Jesus really is. He came to die for all our sins. We need to intercede before God for the veil to be lifted from their eyes, to behold the love of the Saviour. For still others, Christmas will be different than last year because of loss and difficult circumstances that weigh so heavy. We pray that they may be able to come to Christ and meet Him as He suffered for them. As God’s people, we trust that you may find comfort in His presence and be renewed in Him.
The Lord willing, we will be ready for an earlier Easter season in 2013 at the end of March where Mick and the team will once again walk the cross around the island. There will also be a street witness throughout some of our Island towns as a follow up.
May God bless you richly & those you love, from the Bus team and Trustees.
Have a lovely Christmas time & and we trust a Happy New Year.