15 December 2017

News

Dr Neil Anderson turns 70 in July.

Dr Neil Anderson, the founder of Freedom In Christ Ministries, turns 70 in July and, though not retiring, will be scaling back his commitments and especially his overseas travel. He will be visiting the UK in May and early June. Steve Goss says, “Neil seems to have the constitution of an ox and I know that he will continue serving God for many years yet but, as he cuts back on his extensive international travel e n g a g e m e n t s , I’m sad to have to recognise that this may well be his last visit to the UK. He is such an engaging speaker and a humble example to those of us in ministry that we would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to hear him while he’s here.”

On his last visits, Neil spoke in the Midlands, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. This time he will only be in the South of England. For further details visit the www.ficm.org.uk

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Exodus Celebrates 15 years.

It’s 15 years since Portstewart businessman Norman Lynas and his wife, Lynda launched Exodus on the north coast. What started out as a Christian night base, encouraging young people to “live out” their Christian faith and offering an alternative to the various night spots along the coast, has gone on to develop as a significant youth discipleship and leadership training ministry. In 15 years, under the leadership of Jim Brown and his team, over 3500 young people have followed Exodus training material and participated in summer teams around the world including Romania, Hong Kong and Uganda and this year 47 teams with almost 500 young people are currently meeting weekly in preparation. As well as two centres in Northern Ireland, one in Coleraine and one in Lisburn, Exodus have recently opened a centre in Romania. There will be more on ‘Exodus at 15’ in next month’s magazine.

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Mission Africa to honour former missionaries at Stormont meal.

Over 70 former missionaries to Nigeria are to be honoured at a special banquet in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, later this month, as part of 125th anniversary celebrations for Belfast based Mission Africa, the oldest independent Christian mission in Ireland.

Once known as the Qua Iboe Fellowship, named after a river in Nigeria, Mission Africa was founded in 1887 by Samuel Bill from the Ballymacarrett area of east Belfast.

Most of those hoping to attend the event on 25th April are from Northern Ireland. The oldest guest is a pensioner from Bangor, Co Down, who left as a missionary to Nigeria in 1947.

Many of the former and retired missionaries worked as teachers, doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, preachers, Bible teachers and builders, during some of Nigeria’s most troubled times, including a bitter civil war in the late 1960s.

“A lot of these people have amazing stories to tell. Times have changed so much from when they first set sail for Nigeria,” said  Jean Garland, one of the event organisers.

“We’ll be celebrating God’s faithfulness over the years, and the work done by these missionaries. For many of them, it was a huge undertaking to go to Africa. Venturing into what was once called ‘the white man’s grave’ seemed foolish. However, they didn’t look at their work in human terms, but as service to God.”

The banquet in the Long Gallery has been arranged with the support of Justice Minister, David Ford, MLA, whose niece, Linda Abwa from Kells, Co Antrim, is one of around thirty current Mission Africa staff. She works with people living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria.

Guests at the event will be treated to a special meal and a tour of Parliament Buildings.

“It’s a chance for them to meet up again after all these years and share experiences. Many of them haven’t seen each other in decades,” said Jean, who spent 25 years in Nigeria with Mission Africa.

“Even today the former missionaries are still spoken about affectionately for what they achieved. Individuals, families and communities were changed by the good news of the Christian message. They deserve to be honoured for that.”

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Chuck Colson, 80, in ‘critical’ condition after brain surgery.

Chuck Colson, 80, founder of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Centre for Christian Worldview, underwent surgery at a Washington, D.C., area hospital on Saturday, March 31, to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain.

He had been speaking at a Wilberforce Weekend Conference sponsored by the Chuck Colson Centre for Christian Worldview in northern Virginia on Friday when he became unwell.

He was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he underwent evaluation and then surgery early Saturday.

Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO, Jim Liske said, “We believe that we serve a mighty God – the Great Physician’ – and are hoping and praying for Chuck’s full recovery. When I visited him yesterday, I was encouraged to see that as we prayed, Chuck was responsive.”

Charles Wendell “Chuck” Colson (born October 16, 1931) was the former Special Counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973. He was commonly named as one of the Watergate Seven, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg.

He converted to Christianity in 1973, and the following year served seven months of a one-to-three year sentence in the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges.

Colson has received 15 honorary doctorates and in 1993 was awarded the Templeton Prize, the world’s largest annual award (over $1 million) in the field of religion, given to a person who “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”. He donated this prize to further the work of Prison Fellowship, as he does all his speaking fees and royalties.

ASSIST News Service

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38 people were killed in church blasts in northern Nigeria.

According to Worthy News a car bombing in the northern Nigerian town of Kudana killed dozens of people and damaged churches during an Easter worship service Sunday, April 8, officials and Christians said.

Witnesses said a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday morning on a busy road near the All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the ECWA Good News Church.

“It seem the bombers were aiming at one Christian gathering as they were warned two days before Easter,” Nigerian Christian evangelist Paul Jongas, who has contacts in the area, told BosNewsLife.

At least 38 people were killed in the blast, said Abubakar Zakari Adamu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state Emergency Management Agency in published remarks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, or ‘Western Education is a sin’ has been carrying out attacks across the country in its attempt to establish a state based on Sharia, or Muslim, law.

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