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WINTER 2019

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The Shepherds and the Angels
"That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!" (Luke 2:8-14)
Dear explorer

Happy Christmas!

As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, I hope you will join me in remembering the real reason for the season. A joyful time to remember when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to be our Saviour.

At this time of year, I love reading again the message the angel brought to the shepherds. The angel brought the Good News that the Saviour of the world had finally come. All through the Old Testament Scriptures the promise of the coming Messiah (Messiah means, anointed, chosen one) had been awaiting it's time of fulfilment – and over 2000 years ago it happened. Just as God said it would. Right down to the finest detail!

People seem to overlook the fact that no other person – ever - had their biography written thousands of years in advance before birth. But this is why Jesus is “unique” and why we have no excuse not to believe He is the Son of God sent to be our Saviour. Not only that, the birth of Jesus Christ split the western calendar into two parts - AD and BC. What other religious figure made such a significant impact on the world?
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The angel said to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid!” There have been occasions when I have felt Jesus whispering those words to me. I have needed to know His assurance in decision making and dealing with life’s unexpected issues. Maybe you too, have had to deal with unexpected or traumatic issues this past year. I hope you will ask Jesus to help you and hear him say “Don’t be afraid – I am with you and I will never leave you.”

This year has flown by. It was good to launch my new website. Not only that, through God’s divine providence, I have been brought into contact with a very gifted poet, Lou, who has started writing a blog on the website. In the short time Lou has been doing this, her poetry has inspired and encouraged me so much. If you haven’t signed up yet for her blog updates, I would really recommend you do so - because I know you will not be disappointed. We all need a timely word to keep us focused and uplifted as we journey through life with its ups and downs.
My speaking engagements have continued in a sporadic fashion.
If you want to see my latest video message, just click here.

Next year I have been invited to do a couple of day conferences for “Reaching Women for Christ” - one in Harlow and one in Colchester - which I am very excited about.
Pamela

Street Outreach

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Our outreach continues on the streets of Blackpool.

The picture shows three boys with Pete, one of our team members, crouched down in the middle. Standing at the side is Feliciana, another team member, who is from Romania and has since moved on to missionary work in Mexico. We miss her very much and hope she will be back at some time in the future. The young boy standing in the middle, was really moved by the story of Jesus and his death on the cross. He thanked me for telling me about Jesus - because no one had ever told him the story of Jesus before - it was so lovely to be thanked by this young boy. Then he rushed off to get his friends and both sets of parents. The whole party came across and his mother said “my son has urged us to come and sign the board. He told us, you really need to come and listen to what these good people have to say – its really important!” What a privilege to share with them the good news of Jesus as our Saviour!

We connect with so many people of all age groups using the board method. One side of the board takes about 150 signatures – when we fill both sides – it means we have connected with around 300 people of all ages.

Our Bible emoji leaflet continues to be very popular, usually given alongside our “Why Jesus?” leaflet. We connect with many homeless people and direct them to our church outreach cafe for free food, clothes, friendship and assistance. We also get lots of opportunities to pray for the sick, downtrodden and heartbroken on the streets too. This year we connected with lots of children which was fantastic!
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Here is another picture of a family visiting Blackpool – you will see me wearing the pink hat! This family from Portugal was really touched that we were out praying for world peace. It opened the door to share the Good News of Jesus with them and they took our leaflets promising to read them with a cup of coffee!

Another memorable occasion was praying with a man who had just finished his prison sentence of 32 years. Imagine that! He claimed a demon had entered into him in prison, but also that God had come and visited him also. We spent some time counselling, praying and directed him to our cafe resource.

You never know what you are going to deal with on the street. It never fails to be stimulating!

Emerging Evangelists Institute

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At our last Emerging Evangelists Institute in October, we had the awesome Andrea Minicello Williams, Co-founder of Christian Concern, teaching about culture and the new laws which will affect Christianity and free speech dramatically. Pray for this brave woman who is fighting to defend Christians who find themselves on the “wrong side of the law” because of their beliefs. If you want to support or keep up-to-date with Christian Concern and what is happening out their in the market place - I recommend you go to their website (www.christianconcern) and sign up for their weekly newsletter. I had the privilege of driving her to the railway station and what a wonderful chat we had!

My task at the Institute was to share with the delegates “how to make the most of our time.” This was challenging in a personal way as I sometimes struggle to keep a balance between ministry, caring for my elderly 94 years old mother, and all the day to day things that need to be done!

My second book has slowly progressed. I have now reached chapter 7 but there is still much to be done.

Finally.

It’s good at Christmas to take stock of our priorities and focus. Despite all our busyness and all the turmoil in our nation at the present time, there is always so much to celebrate and give thanks for at Christmas. We can know a “peace that surpasses all understanding” because we know Jesus achieved what He came to do – be our Saviour. Like the angel said, we don’t need to be afraid - whatever the future holds because we have committed our lives to the care of Jesus, our Saviour.

As this year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement and support throughout 2019 and wish you a very peaceful and joyous, Christ-filled, season and peaceful New Year.

May you be surrounded with God’s presence and His love at all times.

For His glory - Love and blessings

Pamela
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