Hi everyone! We have arrived safely in East London after a 33 hour journey. We flew from Dublin to Paris. We took a 10 hour flight to Johannesburg and then an internal flight to East London. We had a welcoming braii served by Stirling Presbyterian Church and we got to meet the host families we will be staying with for the next 12 days.
On Saturday morning we planned for holiday Bible, played a few team games and in the afternoon we headed to another family called Bev and Allan who served us a braii and we went down to Kayser’s beach which was amazing! We swam in the sea, played touch rugby and did a lot of sunbathing!
After all that hard work at the beach, we all had a nap in the car on the way back to the church, so we were energised and ready for our games night. After a few games of big Bucky, my chair and wink murder we headed back to our host families for a good nights rest – it is well needed when you need to be up for 6am.
On Sunday morning we set off for the first church service which started at 7:30am (we’re certainly not used to that at Wellington!). We attended the 2nd church service and we were introduced to the congregation by an elder. They prayed for us as a church and we were excused to spend time as a team. In our team time John Boyd read Ephesians 2 and we spent some time in prayer for each other.
On Sunday afternoon each group went off to spend time with their host families. Some of us went to a fish market, others to a safari park buffet and an African style restaurant. Our families were so kind in to treating us to a lovely lunch. After this we returned to church to set up for holiday club and had some time of worship to prepare our hearts for the week ahead. Over 100 children have signed up to come to our holiday club and we would really appreciate your prayers for these children to hear the gospel.
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Welcome to the summer edition of our church magazine.
It is increasingly easy to shop without interacting with another human being. Walk around a shop, serve yourself, go to a self-service till, scan your products, pay and leave! Or go online and order whatever you need and in a day or two parcel arrives, placed in the garage or red recycling box as you have prearranged.
Is it possible to live as a Christian and not interact with others? Matthew 22 v 39, instructs us, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ and in Hebrews 10 vs 24&25 we read, ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another’. Do you interact with others? Are you an encourager? Do you use your life and resources serving yourself or serving others?
This magazine contains many examples of people who are or are planning to serve God. These are people not consumed with self but with helping others, locally or as far away as South Africa. Can I ask that you resolve to pray for each of them as Paul prayed in Colossians: ‘We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.’
Mervyn Orr, Editor
On Sunday 18th December Wellington had it’s annual carol service, below are some pictures taken from the evening service.
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Wellington Record – December 2017
Welcome to the Winter edition of our church magazine.
Another summer has passed and many are looking forward to spending time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year.
Do you ever pause and look back over the year that has almost gone? Do you wonder if you have made a difference in someone’s life? Did you go out of your way to help someone in need? As we journey through life, we can become so caught up with the demands of modern day living that we have little or no time for others. Maybe we should pause, take stock and ask ourselves what is really important to us.
In Micah 6 v 8 we read, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
You can’t fail to be moved by the words of Lauren Agnew as she tells us of IJM’s work on pages 12 & 13. To realise that millions in our world live in slavery at the hands of evil and unscrupulous people seems almost unbelievable in the 21st Century! Surely William Wilberforce’s efforts led to the abolition of slavery 1833!
What better time of the year to sit down and consider our attitudes to others and how we might develop lives full of justice, mercy and compassion.
This is, after all, what the Lord requires of us!
Editor, Wellington Record