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. . . brings things to a standstill
Based on a report by Monique Simpson
On Sabbath, 7 April, Willesden members brought the community to a standstill during their
march to the local library.
Led by the Pathfinder drum corps and our national flag, more than a hundred members of
all ages marched through the streets, sharing smiles and literature with all they met. At the
Willesden Green Library Centre the members led out in a service of praise and worship,
followed by a short message from Pastor Des Boldeau proclaiming that ‘Jesus is alive!’
The purpose of the event was to let the community know that the church was there for them
– and it seemed to work. One of them, Dave, summed it up like this: ‘The whole event has
brightened up the community. It was very good. The word from the pastor, the singing – it was
all excellent!’ (Dave marched back to the church with the members – now he knows where the
church is, maybe he’ll visit again one day.)
One of our teenagers, Oksana, a Pathfinder who was marching behind the band, had this to
say: ‘I think it’s a good thing for the community that they are made aware of our church and
about God. The parade also shows young people being disciplined and getting involved, and
that not all of us wear hoods and carry knives!’
Well done Willesden – you brought the streets to a standstill over the Easter weekend,
created a festive atmosphere, and gave the community something spiritual to think about. When
BUC president, Pastor Ian Sweeney reads this he’ll say: ‘Full marks Willesden – you made a
positive impact for Jesus and His Church!’
editorial
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During our second year of ministry, I had
the dubious honour of being the ‘associate’
pastor of a large church in Johannesburg’s
central business district (CBD). Due to its
location, the side streets around this church
tended to be quite deserted on Saturday
evenings, after the regular church ‘socials’. In
fact, for many blocks, the city was effectively
a ghost town – except for a smattering of
vagrants, bedded down in doorways and
stairwells.
As ‘associate’ pastor, I soon got the hang
of the job: closing windows, stacking chairs,
folding tables, sweeping up and any other
‘associated’ tasks. It may sound like a chore,
but the deacons and deaconesses were a jolly
lot and Elize and I enjoyed their company.
One such evening, after a chorus of noisy
‘goodbyes’, I nosed my beige Peugeot 404
out of its parking bay and into the dimly lit
one-way streets that led south, out of the
CBD. We threaded our way between shadowy
buildings, stopping at deserted traffic lights,
until we reached the four lanes that were soon
to merge with the motorway.
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portions we should be eating from each food group, and
how to eat more fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts
while cutting back on animal products – all in the move
to a more plant-based diet. It focuses on increasing
fibre in the diet. (www.FullPlateDiet.org)
The Full Plate Diet’s top five fibre-rich foods in each
food group are:
Golden eight
– part 6b
What’s on your plate?
I hope you found last issue’s homework on dietary resources helpful.
Over 100 years ago E. G. White gave some useful advice regarding
dietary intelligence:
‘Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for
us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a
manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They
impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect that
are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.’ (The
Ministry of Healing, p. 296)
Today, at least one medical journal, The Lancet, has come to a
similar conclusion:
‘Eating a diet rich in plant foods, in the form of fruits, vegetables,
and whole-grain cereals, probably remains the best option for
reducing the risk of colon cancer, and for more general health
protection.’ (The Lancet, 3 May, 2003: 361, 1448)
So, what’s on your plate? At the 2010 North American Division
health summit, the 500-plus attendees received a book titled The Full
Plate Diet. Although not a purely plant-based book, it relates to the
Top five fruits:
1. Raspberries/blackberries: 1 cup (8g fibre);
2. pears: 1 medium (6g fibre); 3. apples:
1 medium (4g fibre); 4. oranges: 1 medium
(3g fibre); 5. bananas: 1 medium (3g fibre).
Top five vegetables:
1. Avocados: 1 medium (14g fibre);
2. broccoli: 1 cup (5g fibre); 3. spinach: 1 cup (4g fibre); 4. sweet
potatoes: 1 medium (4g fibre); 5. carrots: 1 cup (5g fibre).
Top five beans:
1. Navy beans: ½ cup (10g fibre); 2. lentils: ½ cup (8g fibre); 3. pinto
beans: ½ cup (8g fibre); 4. black beans: ½ cup (8g fibre); 5. kidney
beans: ½ cup (6g fibre).
Top five nuts and seeds:
1. Flax seeds: 1oz (8g fibre); 2. almonds: 1oz (4g fibre); 3. sunflower
seeds: 1oz (2g fibre); 4. peanuts: 1oz (2g fibre); 5. walnuts: 1oz (2g
fibre).
Top five grains:
1. Wheat: 1 cup (8g fibre); 2. pearl barley: 1 cup (6g fibre); 3. quinoa:
1 cup (5g fibre); 4. oats: 1 cup (4g fibre); 5. brown rice: 1 cup (4g
fibre).
Eat up!
Suddenly . . .
As if from thin air, there was a beam of bright
light in my wing mirror and an impact against
the right passenger door!
A car had sped out of the darkness and
rammed us from the side.
I was trusting . . . naïve . . . stupid – not
ready for the danger lurking in the city that
night.
Instead of flooring the pedal, jumping the
next set of lights, and speeding off to the
safety of the motorway – I stopped the car
and got out!
So did four men from the car that had just
rammed us!
We were in trouble!
Deep trouble! These men were cool,
calculating ‘carjackers’, with every intention
of doing us harm. I can still see them in my
imagination – advancing menacingly like
gunslingers from a spaghetti western!
Then there were more bright lights, and
two cars slid to a halt behind the ‘carjackers’.
Doors slammed again in the silent street. Four
more men advanced on us . . .
But they were men with names I knew:
Wally, Robert, Graham* and Roy. Four
strapping deacons from the church we had
just left!
Now, with the odds firmly in our favour, the
ne’er-do-wells left as quickly as they could.
It was a close call!
Through the years my pastoral work has
taken me to places where, I will admit, I have
had cause to look over my shoulder more
than once. But this was the worst.
Things could have turned out so differently
if hadn’t been for Wally, Robert, Graham and
Wally, Robert,
Graham and Roy
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Julian Hibbert
Editor
Roy. And sometimes they do. (God’s faithful followers were never promised blanket immunity
from the maliciousness of Satan, or the consequences of life’s random dangers.)
But what really blows my mind in this particular case is God’s impeccable timing. I know
that He has given us various assurances along these lines: ‘He will call upon me, and I will
answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.’ (Psalm 91:15, NIV)
The strange thing is this. That night things didn’t work like that. I can’t remember anything
about praying as that gang strode towards me. There was no time to call. I was just swamped
by a flood of fearful thoughts.
‘Before they call . . .’
I think God’s promise through Isaiah is closer to the reality of what happened that night in 1975:
‘Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.’ (Isaiah 65:24, NIV)
Had our four friends passed us two minutes earlier – or arrived two minutes later – things
could have been so different. But they didn’t. The timing was impeccable, leading me to believe
that there will be occasions when He will have the answer before we make the request!
I am not the only one who can testify to God’s impeccable sense of timing, and His ability to
anticipate our needs. Do you remember the king of Aram’s desperate campaign to capture
Elisha? He was convinced that this wily prophet was the only obstacle that stood between him
and sweet victory over Israel. But Elisha had evaded capture and kept providing the king of
Israel with vital ‘intel’ about the Aramean troop movements (2 Kings 6:8-12).
A nasty turn
Suddenly, however, the prophet’s fortunes take a nasty turn. The king of Aram discovers that
Elisha is hiding in the town of Dothan and takes decisive action: ‘Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.’ (2 Kings 6:14, NIV)
Imagine the shock and horror of Elisha’s servant when he goes out early the next morning:
‘When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with
horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant
asked.’ (2 Kings 6:15, NIV)
But Elisha was not surprised. He was familiar with God’s ‘before they call I will answer’
technique: ‘ “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than
those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.”
Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and
chariots of fire all around Elisha.’ (2 Kings 6:16, 17, NIV)
When things get tough
When things get tough, we need to remember that ‘those who are with us are more than those
who are with them’ – and keep our eyes open for Wally, Robert, Graham and Roy!
*The Graham of this incident is none other than Graham Barham, formerly the financial manager of The Stanborough Press Ltd.
At that stage he was living in South Africa.
‘ “Don’t be
afraid,” the
prophet
answered.
“Those who are
with us are more
than those who
are with them.”
And Elisha
prayed, “Open
his eyes, LORD,
so that he may
see.” Then the
LORD opened the
servant’s eyes,
and he looked
and saw the hills
full of horses
and chariots of
fire all around
Elisha.’
(2 Kings 6:16, 17, NIV)
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‘Someone
isn’t listening.’
Who?
A devotional message recently presented
by Dr David Marshall at the Stanborough Press.
n preparation for this morning,
I dipped into Nelson’s
Complete Book of Quotes.
One quote took my attention.
Hours later it still had my
attention, but I was no longer
sure if I had fully understood it at
the first reading. Let me share it,
and you see what you make of it.
The quote, then: ‘No generation in two thousand years of
Church history has produced the
task force necessary to reach the
world. Is this because God has
not called adequate numbers? Or
is it because someone is not
listening? The truth is, less than
one percent of full-time Christian
workers are engaged in evangelistic ministry among the unevangelised of the world. Is this the
way a Commander-in-Chief
would deploy his troops? Or is
someone not listening? With the
need so vast and the labourers
so few, why do we not go?
Someone isn’t listening!’1
Ted, a Christian businessman
from the US, was travelling
through some of the most needy
mission fields of the world. He
found himself in Northern India
near a leprosarium. There he saw
something outside the gate that
took his breath away. A beautiful,
but impossibly fragile, young
nurse was attending to the needs
of a leprous beggar. The beggar
had just shown up and had not
yet been admitted to the leprosarium. The businessman had an
expensive video camera but
he could not bring himself to
film what he saw. In fact, he
involuntarily went back a few
feet, as if scared of catching
something nasty. Tears filled
his eyes as he blurted out these
words to the young nurse:
‘Young lady, I wouldn’t do
what you’re doing for a million
dollars.’
Without a pause, the
nurse turned and said:
I
‘Sir, neither would I.’2
But she did it, anyway.
You have heard of Billy
Graham; but I wonder if you have
heard of Ruth Bell Graham, his
wife? In her book It’s My Turn
she shares some stories of what
it was like growing up as a missionary’s kid in pre-Communist
China. This is one of them.
One of the big global oil
companies was looking to spread
their operation to China. They
wanted a suitable man to manage
the Chinese operation. They
would have to choose carefully
but felt certain that this would be
a brilliant career opportunity for
the right man.
They wanted someone who
was a graduate, and was young
enough to be excited by the
challenge. The man would have
to be a proven leader, and fluent
in the main Chinese languages.
They found the man they were
looking for. At 28, he had all the
qualifications and was already
working in the city where the oil
company were planning to build
their head office. They asked the
young man how much he was
earning, were amazed that it
was such a modest sum, and
confidently opened negotiations
with a view to hiring him. He was
a missionary.
The oil company offered him
ten times his current salary. He
turned them down. They upped
the offer. He turned them down
again. They offered him still
more. For the final time he turned
them down like a bedspread.
Finally, the company agent
said, ‘What will it take?’
‘It’s not a question of
salary’, replied the young
missionary. ‘The salary is
tremendous. The trouble is
with the job. The job is too little.
I feel that God has called me
to preach the Gospel of Christ.
I would be a fool to quit
preaching in order to sell oil.’
‘Such were the giants,’ recalls
Ruth Bell Graham, ‘among whom
I grew up.’3
Is it time to return to the age of
giants?
Is God looking for giants? If so,
how will He find them? Where
will He find them?
Last time round, the Lord
found eleven men in an upstairs
room. They weren’t giants. Not at
first. But He must have seen in
them the makings of greatness.
To me, it isn’t obvious. The
room was locked and dead
bolted because of their fear. Faith
was in scarce supply. There was
no sense that the eleven were
about to bring the kettle of history
to the boil.
Jesus repeated, ‘Peace be
with you’ three times before they
began to loosen up. But once
they started . . . (see John 20).
Something happens to men in
the company of Someone last
seen dead who is unmistakably
alive. Something stirs in the souls
of those who stand within inches
of God. And that something is
hotter than gold fever and more
permanent than passion.
Something happens when we
get close to the risen Saviour.
That’s where giants are made.
The same men had
descended from the supreme
excitement of Palm Sunday to the
abysmal horror of Good Friday.
They had witnessed His agony as
His lifeblood ebbed away. It had
been too much to cope with.
Risen, He was telling them to
return from deepest despair to
highest hope again. And the
Christian Church is proof positive
that they made that journey.
Again God is looking for
unlikely prospects with the
makings of greatness. Anybody
listening?
The Indian nurse wouldn’t
tend leprosy sufferers for a
million dollars, but she would do
it for Christ.
The China missionary
wouldn’t stoop to sell oil when
God was calling him to more
important work.
The Upper Room Eleven found
that the Gospel ‘burned’ within
them, and, Spirit-driven, they
brought the kettle of history to
the boil.
Again the search is on for
would-be giants. Is someone
listening?
Attributed to Robertson McQuilkin’s
pamphlet, Who’s Calling? 2Ted Engstrom,
What in the World is God Doing? (Word),
p. 208. 3It’s My Turn (Revell), pp. 20, 21.
Jonathan Bubb and Andrew Hall celebrated their baptisms at the
Ipswich church, Rope Walk, Ipswich on 31 March.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew is a team leader for Tesco and is
married to Grace, and they have a baby daughter. Grace introduced
him to the church two years ago.
Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan was plunged into a crisis following
traumatic separation from his Filipino wife and complications surrounding her visa application. It all proved too much, and this post-graduate
computer science consultant sank briefly into homelessness and
dependency upon a local soup kitchen.
He found himself wandering the streets of Ipswich aimlessly, cold,
hungry, and with the constant pain of his separation from his wife and
new-born baby. But his friends helped him get a small flat and his
recovery started, gaining new momentum when he stumbled across
the church’s ‘community kitchen’ – something they run every Sabbath
afternoon. There he got a good meal and found friendship. ‘I couldn’t
believe how they listened, supported, encouraged and nurtured my
recovery, never once judging me’, he said.
Soon he was helping in the kitchen and serving the visitors himself,
with a profound sense of belonging.
He looked like the happiest man on earth at his baptism. Speaking
of the church and its pastor, Jonathan said: ‘These people probably
saved my life – but more than this, they pointed me to God so that my
soul could be saved too.’
He describes a
realisation that the
material support was
only second to the
spiritual fulfilment he
found with the church,
and it was that that
sealed his recovery.
‘The Philippines
changed my life’, he
says smiling, something
that would have been
impossible for him to say
so positively only six
months ago. ‘The church
saved it’ – he smiles
again – ‘I am the luckiest
man on earth.’
TREVOR HARRIS
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Andrew Hall and Jonathan Bubb
the Berean column
with Andrew Puckering
A lasting heritage
Last time we saw that Zadok and Abiathar’s
father Ahimelech are both described in
Scripture as ‘son of Ahitub’ (1 Samuel 22:20;
2 Samuel 8:17) – this could lead us to suppose that Ahimelech and Zadok were brothers, and that Zadok was therefore Abiathar’s
uncle. However, we also mentioned in a footnote
that it was debatable whether Zadok’s father Ahitub
could be identified with Ahimelech’s father Ahitub. Although
they were both Aaronic priests of the same period, they might
not have shared a common line of descent – Zadok is
described as being descended from Eleazar, and Ahimelech
the son of Abiathar (apparently a grandson of Abiathar’s
father Ahimelech) is described as being descended from
Ithamar (1 Chronicles 24:3-6).
These are the same Eleazar and Ithamar, sons of Aaron,
who served as priests hundreds of years before, during the
Exodus (Numbers 3:1-4; 1 Chronicles 24:1, 2), which
means that Ahimelech and Zadok were probably not
brothers. This would explain why Eli (Ahimelech’s forefather) was left out of the priestly family tree of Zadok in 1
Chronicles 6, and would also show fulfilment of the LORD’s warning
to Eli that the priesthood would pass from his family (1 Samuel
2:30-36) – the priesthood passed from Eli’s family (descended from
Ithamar) to Zadok’s (descended from Eleazar). This also means the
priesthood must have passed from Eleazar’s son Phinehas (Judges
20:27, 28) to Ithamar’s descendant Eli during the period of the
judges (1 Samuel 3; 10; Acts 13:17-21).
One might be tempted to ask why it matters – after all, as the
apostle Paul noted, ‘endless genealogies’ can ‘cause disputes
rather than godly edification’ (1 Timothy 1:4, NKJV)! On the other
hand, ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
. . .’ (2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV), and the Word of God ‘lives and
abides’ and ‘endures forever’ (1 Peter 1:23, 25, NKJV) – including
Scripture’s genealogies. So are the intricacies of Aaronic descent
important for us after all?
They were hugely important to the ancient Israelites. The LORD
was the One who called Aaron and his sons to be priests before
Him (Exodus 28:1), and He called their descendants after them forever (Exodus 28:43). Meat from the sacrifices was to be given to
Aaron and his sons the priests as food – again, forever (Leviticus
7:28-36). Their conduct was to be holy and clean, forever,
throughout their generations (Leviticus 10:8-20). The descendants
of Aaron had to be a breed apart, consecrated, and subject to the
most stringent regulations (Leviticus 22:1-16) – and so it was vital
to know who was the son of whom.
In Paul’s day, it seems this topic was argued over by those
obsessed with disputes, arguments and useless wranglings,
from which came only envy, strife, reviling and evil suspicions
(1 Timothy 6:4, 5). The topic had ceased to be relevant in the way
that it once was, because Jesus, our eternal High Priest, is more
worthy of our offerings than any son of Aaron, and does for us
what no son of Aaron could ever do – completely forgive and
remove our sins – and ministers for us, not just for a few years,
but forever (Hebrews 7). Jesus came as our ultimate High Priest –
the consummation of the Aaronic priesthood. The Old Testament
priesthood was a symbol of the new one (Hebrews 9), and the
Aaronic priesthood is therefore useful for our
understanding of the ministry of Christ.
• Who did Jeroboam install as priests in Israel’s idol worship?
• What happened to the exiled Levites returning to Israel who
couldn’t prove their lineage? (Ezra 2)
• Which priest warned a king not to burn incense in the LORD’s
house, and what reason did he give?
• What was the king’s name, and what happened to him as a
result of his disobedience?
• List some of the advantages of Christ over other high priests.
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Seventh-day Adventist Response to Same-Sex
Unions – A Reaffirmation of Christian Marriage
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Julian Hibbert
Editor
GOVERNMENT POSITION
‘Principles for change:
1.9 The Government aims to address the following issues as
part of this work: . . .
ii. To make no changes to how religious organisations
solemnise marriages – that is, marriages solemnised through
a religious ceremony and on religious premises would still only
be legally possible between a man and a woman. The
Government is not seeking to change how religious
organisations define religious marriage and any subsequent
legislation would be clear that no religious organisation could
conduct a religious marriage ceremony on religious premises
for same-sex couples.’
Equal civil marriage
consultation
The equal civil marriage consultation initiative of the UK government is controversial and has elicited widespread comment, both
for and against, with Christians lined up on both sides of the issue.
Here we expose our readers to two relevant position statements
issued by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, two
letters received by the MESSENGER editor from high-profile members
at the BUC office, and a brief editorial statement about the issues
involved in the current controversy.
What are the real issues?
Well, to answer that we need to start with the proposal that the
Government intends to implement after the consultation period is over
(14 June, 2012) – during this sitting of parliament.
According to the Home Office’s own summary the changes will be as
follows:1
‘Same-sex couples are currently eligible for:
• A civil partnership on secular premises
• Civil partnership registration on religious premises (on a voluntary
basis for religious organisations).’
But after the change . . .
‘Same-sex couples would be able to choose:
• A civil marriage ceremony on secular premises
• A civil partnership registration on secular premises or on religious
premises
• Couples in existing civil partnerships would be able to convert their
civil partnership to a marriage.
• Couples would not be eligible for a religious marriage ceremony on
religious premises and through religious means.’
Issue 1
The first issue that concerns many Christians is the use of the term
ver the past several decades the Seventh-day Adventist Church
has felt it necessary to state clearly in various ways its position
in regards to marriage, the family, and human sexuality. These
subjects are at the heart of many pressing issues facing society. That
which for centuries has been considered to be basic Christian morality
in the marriage setting is now increasingly called into question, not
only in secular society but within Christian churches themselves.
The institutions of family and marriage are under attack and facing
growing centrifugal forces that are tearing them apart. An increasing
number of nations are now debating the topic of ‘same-sex unions’,
thus making it a world issue. The public discussion has engendered
strong emotions. In light of these developments, the Seventh-day
Adventist Church is clearly restating its position.
We reaffirm, without hesitation, our long-standing position. As
expressed in the Church’s Fundamental Beliefs, ‘Marriage was divinely
established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union
between a man and a woman in loving companionship.’1 Though ‘sin
has perverted God’s ideals for marriage and family’, ‘the family tie is
the closest, the most tender and sacred of any human relationship’,
and thus ‘families need to experience renewal and reformation in
their relationships’ (An Affirmation of Family, 1990).2 God instituted
‘marriage, a covenant-based union of two genders physically,
emotionally, and spiritually, spoken of in Scripture as “one flesh” ’.
‘The monogamous union in marriage of a man and a woman is . . .
the only morally appropriate locus of genital or related intimate sexual
expression.’ ‘Any lowering of this high view is to that extent a lowering
of the heavenly ideal’. (An Affirmation of Marriage, 1996).3
Homosexuality is a manifestation of the disorder and brokenness in
human inclinations and relations caused by sin coming into the world.
While everyone is subject to fallen human nature, ‘we also believe that
by God’s grace and through the encouragement of the community of
faith, an individual may live in harmony with the principles of God’s
Word’ (Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality,
1999).4
We hold that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation, are
children of God. We do not condone singling out any group for scorn
and derision, let alone abuse. However, it is very clear that God’s Word
does not countenance a homosexual lifestyle; neither has the Christian
Church throughout her 2,000-year history. Seventh-day Adventists
believe that the biblical teaching is still valid today, because it is
Equal civil marriage: a consultation, March 2012 (http://www.
homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/equalcivil-marriage/consultation-document?view=Binary)
‘marriage’ to describe something that Judaeo-Christian marriage has
never included: gay and lesbian relationships, no matter how caring or
enduring they may be.
The whole concept of homosexual ‘marriage’ is a negation of the
authority of God and His right to have us follow His clear ordinances
for optimum social life.
It is commonly held by many Christians, including most Seventhday Adventists, that this will lead to a further degradation of marriage
and family life – something this country can ill afford!
Issue 2
The April issue of the online magazine SEC Family points out another
reason. It makes the point that ‘while on the face of it’ the intended
changes ‘may appear to safeguard the rights of religious organisations
not to perform same-sex marriages’, there is a latent danger lurking in
the Government’s consultation questionnaire:
‘Question 5: The Government does not propose to open up
religious marriage to same-sex couples. Do you agree or disagree
with this proposal?’
If sufficient people disagree with the proposal, it could ‘provide
a mandate for the Government to extend the legislation to require
religious organisations to perform same-sex marriages.’ This would
pose a severe restriction on the rights of those Christians who oppose
the intended changes.
You can make a difference
The best advice for those wishing to do something positive against the
Government’s intended course of action is to 1) sign the Coalition for
Marriage petition at c4m.org.uk, and 2) complete the Home Office
equal civil marriage consultation questionnaire at
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/
equal-civil-marriage/ without delay.
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https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/v.asp?i=48356xhlqw
Re: Deafening silence!
Dear Editor
I noticed the letter from Allan
Kissack in the 13 April MESSENGER
complaining about the ‘deafening
silence’ from our Church on the
Government’s consultation on
same-sex marriage.
We are not quite as silent as
Allan makes out. The 9 March
BUC News (http://www.adventistnews.org.uk/news771.pdf)
encouraged members to sign the
‘Coalition for Marriage’ petition
quoting Family Ministries director,
Heather Haworth. On 16 March
(http://adventistnews.org.uk/news
772.pdf), BUC News carried a
much fuller article at the start of
the Government consultation period, noting the submission made
by the Adventist Church to the
Scottish Parliament last year, plus
a submission made by the
Communication department to
Baroness O’Cathain in the House
of Lords concerning a debate last
year that opposed civil partnership
ceremonies in churches. Pastor
Ian Sweeney also makes a very
positive statement within the
article:
‘As Seventh-day Adventist
Christians, we stand firm in our
biblical belief and conviction that
marriage is a sacred union
between a man and a woman and
is the best foundation in which
children are raised. While we
respect moves for equality and
eradication of discrimination
against any groups, the Bible is
our rule of faith. This proposed
change in legislation is also a
personal challenge to us as
Seventh-day Adventists, in that,
in promoting the sanctity of
marriage between a man and a
woman, we should demonstrate in
our practice that our marriages
and homes actually reflect what
we believe.’
A statement on the
Government proposal (http://www.
adventistinfo.org.uk/about/
reference/Statement%20on%20
same-sex%20marriage.pdf) on
same-sex marriage has been on
anchored in the very nature of humanity and God’s plan at Creation for
marriage.
Seventh-day Adventists Believe – A Biblical Exposition of 27 Fundamental Doctrines, doctrine
22 on ‘Marriage and the Family’
Public Statement, An Affirmation of Family, released 5 July, 1990, at the General Conference
session, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Statement voted by the General Conference administrative committee on 23 April, 1996
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Statement voted by the annual council of the General Conference executive committee, 3
October, 1999
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This document was approved and voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
administrative committee (ADCOM), 9 March, 2004.
Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on
Homosexuality
he Seventh-day Adventist Church recognises that every human
being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to
all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by
God’s grace and through the encouragement of the community of faith,
an individual may live in harmony with the principles of God’s Word.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that sexual intimacy belongs only
within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. This was the
design established by God at Creation. The Scriptures declare: ‘For this
reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his
wife, and they will become one flesh’ (Gen. 2:24, NIV). Throughout
Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed. The Bible makes no
accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. Sexual acts
outside the circle of a heterosexual marriage are forbidden (Lev. 20:721; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). Jesus Christ reaffirmed the divine
Creation intent: ‘ “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning
the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a
man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the
two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one” ’
(Matt. 19:4-6, NIV 1984). For these reasons Adventists are opposed to
homosexual practices and relationships.
Seventh-day Adventists endeavour to follow the instruction and
example of Jesus. He affirmed the dignity of all human beings and
reached out compassionately to persons and families suffering the
consequences of sin. He offered caring ministry and words of solace
to struggling people, while differentiating His love for sinners from His
clear teaching about sinful practices.
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This statement was voted during the Annual Council of the General Conference executive
committee on Sunday, 3 October, 1999 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
the front page of the BUC website
for over a month, and a submission will be made direct to the
consultation from the Church.
Pastor Sweeney and others have
attended a number of meetings in
this regard and consulted with
other churches that have a similar
biblical viewpoint to ours. The
BUC News Facebook and Twitter
feeds have carried additional
information and conversation on
the debate and have encouraged
members to become involved.
Those feeds have then been
shared across the social media
by active church members.
The Church is taking a
positive stand. Our thanks to Allan
for helping us to raise the profile
of that stand more fully.
VICTOR HULBERT
Dear readers
To lend further weight to what
Pastor Victor Hulbert has shared
with you, at a consultation
meeting with fellow concerned
Christian leaders that I attended on
Thursday 29 March, the other
leaders encouraged us to have
our church members respond
individually, for the simple reason
that the Government already
knows what we believe about
homosexual ‘marriage’, but is
largely dismissing it.
At this meeting it was stressed
that the Government is more likely
to take notice of our position if it
is inundated with individual
responses from Christians all
over the UK.
One of the best things that you
can do is go online to
http://c4m.org.uk and support
the Marriage Coalition campaign
statement, which is very clear
and biblical: ‘I support the legal
definition of marriage, which is the
voluntary union for life of one man
and one woman to the exclusion
of all others. I oppose any attempt
to redefine it’.
Join me – give them your
signature too!
Blessings
IAN SWEENEY
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perspective
Homosexuality’s
onward march
rowing up in twentiethcentury Britain, I recall that I
was constantly called a
‘Bible basher’ for being a
Christian. Even the slightest hint of
anything spiritual would elicit this
response, and the meaning was
clear: people didn’t like what I had to by Pastor Sam Davis
say and wanted to shut me up!
At the same time there was
It was the first country in Africa to do so, and
another, far more insidious form of bashing
today the British government is inexorably
taking place, one that no one seemed to make
heading in the same direction.
any fuss about: that of the gay lobby bashing
Sadly, however, not many have really
the rest of us – the heterosexual community –
questioned the apparent reversal of fortunes
over the head with their agenda, until we are at
for the homosexual community. Where twentya point today where our Government is pushfive years ago it was disgraceful, sinful, and
ing for gay marriages. How did we get here? I
shameful, now in certain circles you could
will return to this question later.
lose your job just for expressing a dissenting
view. Indeed, the Government has so protected
Acceptance
this practice that one has to be very careful
On the one hand, during our ministers’
how one speaks about it anywhere.
meetings, and as we have talked generally
The advance of the homosexual community
about diversity, I have repeatedly encouraged
to a place of prominence today has not been
our pastors to ensure that members of the gay
by accident, but by careful strategic design.
community, who declare themselves as such,
For a group that represents only 1.5% of the
should be welcomed into our churches.
nation according to the ONS, they command a
They should not be shunned, ostracised, or
clout way beyond their number.1 How so?
alienated.
On the other hand, can we water down
Their strategy
the biblical teaching on homosexuality? No,
In 1989 a book was published that was to alter
we can’t. The Bible is clear – the model for
the way the entire world looked at, and treated,
sexual expression will always be through the
homosexuality. In their book, After the Ball:
marital union of male and female. ‘Marriage is
How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred
honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;
of Gays in the ’90s, the authors, Marshall Kirk
but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.’
and Hunter Madsen, were very clear about
(Hebrews 13:4, NKJV)
their objectives: ‘In the past, gays have
In the seminar Learning to Love,
tinkered ineptly with the engine of prejudice.
acceptance is defined in the following way:
Is it possible to tinker more favourably? We
‘Acceptance is not agreement. Acceptance
present (in order of increasing vigour and
is not endorsing ideas or behaviour.
desirability) three approaches (which are
Acceptance is affirming the
vastly better than what we’ve tried in the
infinite worth of another person no matter
past).’
who she is, or what he has done.
It is also important to note the background
Acceptance is keeping our heart, our mind,
of these two men. Kirk had a PhD from
and our hands open to the life of another
Harvard and was a researcher in
human being.’
neuropsychiatry, working at the Johns Hopkins
Hospital. Madsen had a doctorate in politics
There are many gay people among us who
from Harvard, and was an expert on public
are looking for acceptance, but dare not
persuasion tactics and social marketing. These
declare themselves as such because they
two men were eminently qualified in the art of
know that rejection is what will follow. Would
public persuasion tactics.
Jesus accept a gay person? Yes, He surely
Some of the tactics we are well familiar
would. I hear Him saying to the quivering,
with. A quick overview of the points can be
shaking prostitute who expected stones to
found at the following website by Albert
rain down on her any minute, ‘Neither do I
Mohler. In the ‘comments’ section, sixty-three
condemn you; go and sin no more’ (John
tactical points are listed from After the Ball
8:11, NKJV). Acceptance has a high standard.
that are well worth reading: http://www.free
I don’t believe that we are very good at the ‘go
republic.com/focus/religion/1147428/posts.
and sin no more’ bit. That needs to be handled
with care and sensitivity, and is best given
These include:
time and space.
• ‘The homosexual agenda can succeed
So, how did we get here?
by conversion of the average American’s
emotions, mind, and will, through a
The advance of the gay cause
planned psychological attack in the form of
Seven years ago, while I was living in South
propaganda to the nation via media (page
Africa, that country passed laws enabling
153);
same-sex marriages to take place from 2006.
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two emotional responses to the hated object,
opposed and competing. The consequent
internal confusion has two effects: first, it
is unpleasant – we can call it ‘emotional
dissonance’, after Festinger – and it will tend
to result in an alteration of previous beliefs and
feelings so as to resolve the internal conflict.’3
• Make victimisers look bad by linking them
to Nazi horror while helping straights to see
gays as victims and feel protective towards
them (page 221);
• It is acceptable to call people ‘homophobic’
or ‘homohaters’ if they do not agree 100%
with homosexual views, opinions, or
behaviour (page xxiii);
• A media campaign should portray only the
most favourable side of gays (page 170);
• Show others accepting gays and
homosexuals (page 241);
• Heterosexuals are like Aryans and people
who are against homosexual behaviour are
‘Nazis’ and ‘Klansmen’;
• Homosexual persecution is identical to
Jewish persecution (pages 57, 62);
• Homosexual persecution is identical to
racial prejudice against black people,
Asians, and Hispanics (inferring inborn)
(pages 62, 73).’
Their three key strategic pillars were:
1. Desensitisation; 2. jamming; 3. conversion.
A quick overview of the three will suffice.
Desensitisation. Their main point here is
that if gays will just present themselves as a
low-level disturbance instead of the loud and
aggressive protests of the past, ‘straights’ will
eventually get used to them.
‘If, however, gays can live alongside
straights, visibly but as inoffensively as
possible, they will arouse a low-grade alert
only, which, though annoying to straights, will
eventually diminish for purely physiological
reasons. Straights will be desensitised. Put
more simply, if you go out of your way to be
unendurable, people will try to destroy you;
otherwise, they might eventually get used to
you.’2
Jamming. Jamming is a little more
sophisticated, and I have actually witnessed
this in operation. While listening to a radio
debate about homosexuality, I heard a
Christian come on to express his view – only
to be shouted down by the homosexual, in an
aggressive manner, who called him a bigot.
‘Turning associative conditioning and direct
emotional modelling against themselves, we
jam by forging a fresh link between, on the
one hand, some part of the mechanism, and,
on the other, a pre-existing, external, opposed,
and therefore incompatible emotional
response. Ideally, the bigot subjected to such
counter-conditioning will ultimately experience
Conversion. Clearly the objective of Kirk and
Madsen is not just to desensitise and jam,
but ultimately to convert the masses to their
way of thinking. ‘It isn’t enough that anti-gay
bigots should become confused about us, or
even indifferent to us – we are safest, in the
long run, if we can actually make them like us.
Conversion aims at just this.’4
Well, I wouldn’t say that this ‘conversion’
is now universal, but it is certainly well
advanced! Using the might of the state, David
Cameron has threatened to withdraw aid from
anti-gay countries.5 If Kirk and Madsen were
selling computers they would no doubt be as
rich and as famous as Bill Gates and Steve
Jobs. If nothing else, they have been as
successful in selling their particular brand.
The problem for Christians
The problem for Christians living in the UK is
that the instrument of government was wielded
quite unfairly by the Blair government to push
the gay agenda, to the detriment of the
Christian fraternity. It is Christians who are
being dismissed from their jobs for their
non-acceptance of homosexuality and their
unwillingness to counsel gay couples or
support adoption by gays.
While Christians are not the only
group who are theologically opposed to
homosexuality they are, for some reason, the
only group who appear to be targeted. I have
not heard of any Muslim losing his job for
speaking out against this practice, although
Muslims are opposed to it.
The other problem for Christians is that
we do not speak with one voice. While the
Catholic Church continues to stand firm on
this point, the position taken by many others is
not biblical and leaves a lot to be desired. The
biggest problem for Christians, and Seventhday Adventists in particular, is that the onward
charge of the homosexual lobby now places
our children clearly in its line of fire.
Ellen White makes the statement that ‘by
beholding we become changed’.6 Madsen and
Kirk stated quite clearly that in order to achieve
the stated aims they would have to use the
media. At the forefront of the media drive is
Hollywood, with numerous gay-themed films
thundering out the message that it is an ‘alright
lifestyle’, even ‘cool’. Our secular schools and
colleges peddle the same message. It is not
surprising, therefore, that young Adventists are
being changed by the blatant marketing of
homosexuality and the fact that the Christian
voice of opposition has become so muted.
1
The Guardian, Thursday 23 September 2010. 2http://www.
article8.org/docs/gay_strategies/after_the_ball.htm. 3Ibid.
4
Ibid. 5Express.co.uk, ‘UK Aid Threat to Anti-Gay Nations’,
Sunday 30 October, 2011. 6Ellen White, Selected Messages,
vol. 1, p. 335.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not
necessarily reflect the position of the BUC or MESSENGER staff.
viewpoint
Where are
the men?
by Pastor Andrew Rashford-Hewitt
t the start of the twenty-first century, the British Army was facing difficulties in recruiting new personnel, mostly men, to become soldiers. A number of measures were then
implemented to address this problem and so enlist more men into
the army. Such measures were: more advertising (TV commercials and TV
documentaries), encouraging Commonwealth enlisting; more expert officers in recruitment
shops; and in January 2007 extension of the maximum recruitment age from 26 to 33. A
report from 2009 indicated that the recent recession had helped to increase recruitment
levels (Telegraph, February 2009). Today, while recruitment levels remain an ongoing issue,
the intentional measures implemented have paid dividends, with more men signing up to serve
Queen and country.
Today, our churches across the British Isles are facing a similar recruitment problem: that
of winning men to the service of King Jesus. In most, if not all, of our churches there is a significant shortfall in the number of men available for active service for the Master. Anyone who
has served on a nominating committee will have felt the helplessness of our situation when
trying to place appropriate male figures in children’s departments or in other posts in the
Church. Which raises the question, ‘Where are the men?’
There is no easy answer to this complex question. But we do know that on any given
Sabbath many men are at work or doing chores, or following a football game or some other
leisure pursuit. Essentially, most men don’t see that the Gospel has anything relevant to offer
them. Furthermore, and sadly so, a small but significant proportion of males are detained at
Her Majesty’s pleasure – incarcerated.
Realising that we have this problem of a lack of men in our churches, perhaps it is time for
us to be more intentional in the way we focus our outreach and our ministries. It seems that
our evangelism is often too general and non-specific. Sometimes our worship and its themes
just appeal more to women than men. Perhaps it is time for us to emphasise those biblical
motifs that naturally appeal to the male mindset, and develop strategies that will more readily
motivate men to explore the impact that God may have on their lives.
The situation is this: either we carry on as we have been doing and continue to see the
numbers of men in our churches decline, or we become intentional, specific, active and
prayerful about this issue. Then by God’s grace and the influence of His Spirit we will see a
change as more men choose to enrol in the Master’s service. This is not to say that nothing is
currently being done to reach men – in fact, some excellent initiatives have been tried over the
last few years* – but I am sure we would all agree that more needs to be done.
So, what might an intentional method of ministry for men be?
Here are a few suggestions:
• Find the common social interest of the men you aim to reach.
• Plan a social event for those men around that common interest.
• Plan a men’s night out and go and have a pizza together.
• Do what some of the men at my church do: from time to time they plan a weekend away
together for walking, boating, mountain biking, football or whatever you all like to do.
• Plan a prayer breakfast together as some men in one of my churches do.
• Have a team of men praying for those you wish to reach.
• Hold a men’s day at your church (but make sure there is plenty of food!). Remember that ‘a
hungry man is an angry man’.
• Plan a series of messages looking at topics specifically related to men, such as ‘men
and depression’. Having such sessions together as men only will help to foster male
camaraderie.
• Discuss the community needs and services that can be offered to a target age group of
men, and share such concerns with your pastor.
• Develop a strategy of networking men in your church and community to establish a
fraternity for male support and personal development.
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These are just a few suggestions. You may have some good ones of your own.
The Ministry of Defence, as it sought to turn around the decreasing trend in the numbers of
recruits, coined an advert slogan that said, ‘Army – Be the Best’. In a similar vein, and for reasons much more significant than loyalty to Queen and country or mere personal development,
I suggest it is time for us to create our own slogan, initiatives, strategies or ministries to
encourage men of all ages to become the best that God can make them for His service.
*Such as the NEC’s 20-22 April ‘Dimensions of a whole man’ retreat.
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Jennie Hall, Sony DSC-TZ5.
2. Red rose.
Prince Ayeh, Nikon D5000.
3. Spring daffs.
Joshio Mridha, Sony SLT-A33.
4. Spring blossoms, Newbold.
Victor Hulbert, Nikon D300.
5. Ready for take-off.
Kerry Wreford-Bush, Canon Power Shot SX200.
6. Spring tulips, St Albans.
Esti Pujic, Canon Power Shot SD950 IS.
7. Frosty roses, Crieff.
Ruth Farrer, Fuji S5000.
Please visit: www.adventistpictures.org.uk/megapixels
for more pictures.
. . . everybody loves a flower!
The response to this project has been amazing, and I thank you. A
lot of you seem to enjoy photographing flowers and close-ups, so I
thought it high time we showcased your work.
I know the weather has not been so good lately, but I still need
you to get out there with your cameras and shoot what you see
around you – scenes, flora and fauna, birds, animals, insects and
close-ups – anything that you feel portrays the wonder of creation.
If you have enjoyed all these great pictures, how about sending
in yours, to: [email protected] – just remember to
keep them ‘hi-res’.
DAVID BELL
‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed
like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how
much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!’
Luke 12:27, 28 (NIV-UK)
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because Satan had convinced them that following him was
better than trusting God. Satan is a liar. By using this code
you can work out his biggest lie.
Hello Special Stars!
Imagine you are on a boat in the middle of a
storm. There are gigantic waves, and the winds
are at gale force. The boat is battered by
the water and wind. Now think how you
would feel if you knew that all the world was
covered by water and there was no harbour.
This is the situation Noah and his family
encountered – but they were not afraid. Find
out why by reading these letters, starting with
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trusted God. He must have been reminded of this
every time he saw a rainbow. When we see a
rainbow we can praise God: we can trust Him too.
Feedback from children who visit Christian Stars Children’s pages – or from their parents – is
welcome. The address is [email protected] Heather Haworth, Children’s Ministries director, BUC
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Britain’s Olympic 400m winner, Christine Ohuruogu with Richard Daly
non-Christians – but to seekers
trying to understand the
meaning of Christianity – I
believe that it can be used to
ignite an interest in Christianity
among our secular friends,
especially during the Olympic
Games.
By using a sporting theme, I
have tried to outline the main
tenets of the Christian life,
describing how to take the first
and subsequent steps as a
Christian.
Editor: Richard, from what I
understand, a lot of the material
in your new book is actually
drawn from your experience as
a top-level athlete – am I right?
Richard Daly with Usain Bolt, Olympic world record holder
Julian Hibbert, MESSENGER editor, interviews one of our accomplished
pastors, Richard Daly, about his Olympic connections.
Editor: Richard, you are well-known among
our London Adventists as a minister, preacher
and writer – but I am not sure that everyone
knows your passion for athletics, or your
involvement with the Olympics. Tell us about
Richard the athlete.
Richard: Well, Julian, my sporting journey
began in my teens when I joined the Newham
and Essex Beagles Athletics Club. Triple jump
was my event – the one they call ‘hop, skip
and jump’ – where you land in a sand pit!
From there I progressed to national level
competitions at venues like Crystal Palace,
competing alongside greats like Daley
Thompson, who became one of our Olympic
decathlon champions.
Editor: I’m anticipating a ‘Sabbath problem’ at
some point in your story, Richard. Was there
one?
Richard: Oh yes! It came when I moved into
the men’s senior league. The competitions
were on Sabbath!
I stuck with it for as long as I could –
participating only in mid-week and Sunday
events – but they were few and far between.
Eventually my coach realised that I had
reached the point where it was ‘either my
athletics career or my faith’. I gave up
athletics.
Editor: Richard, it must have been a
heart-breaking moment for you. Are you
comfortable about sharing it with our
readers?
Richard: Julian, at the time it was a sad
moment. I was tipped to be successful
and my club did have high hopes for me.
They had also put a lot of resources into
improving my performance.
I experienced a high degree of internal
conflict. I didn’t want to let them down, but
deep down I knew that it wouldn’t work. My
conscience even troubled me when I attended
some events on Friday evening. As it neared
the beginning of the Sabbath, I would feel
uncomfortable and restless. I knew that even
if I performed on Saturdays I would not be
able to do my best because of guilt.
My coach was disappointed in my
decision and subsequently left himself –
probably due to frustration with me!
Britain’s Men’s Olympic 4x400m winners 2004, with Richard Daly
Editor: Wow, Richard! You made a tangible
sacrifice to follow God’s commandments. You
gave up something very, very precious for
God. Has that left you empty and unfulfilled?
Richard: Strangely, when I left the club there
was no initial feeling of relief or peace . . . I
went through a really sombre experience.
I had to consistently remind myself of why
I was giving up something I enjoyed so much.
I had to reaffirm my faith in God and review
what the Sabbath really meant to me. It was a
time of deep personal introspection.
Later, as I grew more committed to Christ
I discovered my true calling in life and
accepted the path to ministry. And in that
ministry I found I have found real joy in
pastoring, counselling and writing.
Julian: Richard, speaking of writing, so far
you have published eleven books and another
one is about to appear. . . . Tell us about it,
please.
Richard: The Christian Race is a book about
how we can live successful Christian lives,
‘running’ along the path God wants us to
follow.
Although it is not directed specifically at
Richard: Yes . . . it includes
some of my personal
experiences, as well as
encounters with those in the
sporting world. I have drawn on
specific events and experiences
and tried to see the spiritual
parallels.
Having attended the
Olympics in the past, I have
met some Olympians who have
achieved inspiring feats and listened to their stories. On one
occasion, I was in the media
section when American athlete,
Allyson Felix, silver medal
winner, was so distraught at
not winning gold that she
collapsed in tears right in front
of me. I had the opportunity to
comfort her and somehow
provide words of reassurance
and hope. She thanked me for
the encouragement – and just three days later
she ran her second final event, and this time
won gold!
Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu was a
400m gold medal winner in Beijing. I had the
opportunity to get to know her a bit better
because she is a Christian. On the morning of
her final race I sent her this SMS: ‘She can do
all things through Christ who strengthens her’.
After her race she expressed her thanks for
the text and told me how it had spurred her
on!
experience. There are also others who
may need a listening ear if they have
underperformed, become anxious or just
need encouragement.
Editor: I believe that you met Usain Bolt
before Prince Harry did – is that so?
Richard: Yes – quite unexpectedly – I just
happened to be in the tunnel behind the track
when he went through after receiving his gold
medal in Beijing. It was good chatting to him.
He was respectful of the Seventh-day
Adventist faith, having grown up in the Church
himself, and his mother still being a member.
Editor: Richard, do you still run today, or have
you hung up your trainers for good?
Richard: I still enjoy trying to keep fit. I have
challenged myself to go jogging and have
entered a few 10k races.
Running early in the morning brings me a
great sense of energy and vitalisation. The
crisp cool air and the scenic route I run take
me close to nature. As I run, my mind is
cleared of various daily issues. Sermon ideas
flow, and problems are solved. It leaves me
feeling ready to face the day.
Daily exercise regardless of one’s time
commitments is something I recommend to
everyone . . . it’s part of our health message.
Editor: One last question, Richard: are
you really glad to be running the Christian
Race you’ve written about in your new
book?
Richard: Absolutely. The wonderful thing
about the apostle Paul’s Christian race is that
Christ is not on the sidelines cheering us on;
neither is He at the finishing line saying, ‘You
can do it’ . . . He is running with us in the
race, with His arm around us, saying, ‘We
can do this together!’
Editor: Richard, you are still involved
in the Olympics, aren’t you?
Richard: Yes. I have been accepted as a
chaplain for the London Games. This involves
working in the Olympic village, where there
will be a chapel. I will be part of a team
offering spiritual counsel, services, prayer
and Bible studies to interested athletes, staff
members and other volunteers.
A number of Christian athletes from
around the world will be at the Games,
and many will want to continue their faith
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Footnote: Richard Daly presently pastors in Croydon, South London. He is married to Maxine and they have three boys:
Ryan (12), Simeon (9) and Liam (7).
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news
What’s on TV?
A number of exciting Seventh-day Adventist programmes will be worth
watching over the coming weeks: on Revelation TV, in Viewpoint at 8.30pm
on Monday evenings, we’ll see:
• ‘God in a Cruel World’ on 14 May;
• ‘Business Ethics and Christianity’ on 21 May;
• ‘The Christian and Personal Finance’ on 28 May;
• ‘Is Violence Ever Acceptable?’ on 4 June;
• ‘What Is Truth?’ on 11 June;
• ‘Is Technology Good or Bad?’ on 18 June; and
• ‘End of Life Choices’ (repeat) on 25 June.
At 8.30pm on Thursday evenings, Revelation TV will be screening
Adventists in Conversation (repeated on the following Friday evenings at
8pm on Hope TV):
• On 17 May, Michael Omolewa (former president of UNESCO) will talk
about his work (repeated on 18 May);
• On 24 May, Tom Pignon will talk about moving from Sussex to Africa
(repeated on 25 May);
• On 31 May, Elvira Pearson will show us what a missionary heart looks
like (repeated on 1 June);
• On 7 June, Lutz Rental will testify of his escape from spiritualism and
suicide (repeated on 8 June); and
• On Thursday 14 June, Robert Hinds will speak on farm tragedies and
faith (repeated on 15 June).
Happy viewing!
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Newbold College partners
with University of
Winchester
Left to right: Cardiff North elder Dr Theo Gokah, Port Talbot elder Mr Luther Gregory, Jonathan
Mwangalika, Pastor Newton Kawiliza, Claudiu Strunbaru, Bryan Rowe, Pastor George Asiamah
(pastor of the Cardiff North and Port Talbot district).
Baptism at Cardiff North
Friends and well-wishers gathered at Cardiff North on Sabbath 25
February to watch the baptism of Jonathan Mwangalika, Claudiu
Strunbaru and Bryan Rowe in the church’s new mobile baptismal pool,
THEOPHILUS GOKAH
and the dedication of Jessica Mwangalika.
Twenty-two Adventurers invested in Luton Central
Twenty-two Adventurers were invested and awarded
honours at Luton Central on Sabbath 10 March,
with some receiving up to seven honours.
Inspired by the investiture, twelve new children
joined the club the next Sunday. Luton Central now
heaves with activity on Sundays, as teachers mould
Pathfinders and Adventurers for the Kingdom, and to
be a blessing to their families and communities.
JUNIOR GITTENS
Baptism at Leeds Central
On Sabbath 11 February three precious souls gave their lives to Christ.
The candidates, Samantha Lawrence, Nympha Balagtas and
Gaesenngwe Gaesenngwe, were baptised by Pastor Mwasumbi. Each
candidate had family and friends present who are members of the
VANESSA MAYNARD
Adventist Church.
Four baptised on trip of a lifetime
Jennifer Grant, Jefferson Melki, Jaine Melki and
Philip Chackochen were baptised in the River Jordan
during their recent visit to Israel. The baptism was
all the more poignant since three of them were
baptised by their fathers, Pastors Melki and
Chackochen. Jennifer was baptised by Pastor Elliott
Williams.
This was just one of the highlights of Pastor
Chackochen’s most recent Holy Land tour. If you
A ‘tearful’ exchange
PHOTO: DENNIS EDWARDS
Stanborough gets reading!
On 1 March, Stanborough School joined in the celebration of World
Book Day. From periods 4 to 6 all classes were suspended, and the
time was devoted to reading. Students, many of whom came to school
dressed as book characters, chose books from the school library or
brought their own from home.
Naomi (year 11) shared her experience: ‘World Book Day was
amazing! The time we got to read was good because many students
are so busy they never get a chance to really enjoy reading.’
The students – even a French group from Collonges – also enjoyed
a speed-reading competition.
As a result, on 2 March eighteen students received book awards.
Congratulations to Luca, Stanimir and Olufikayo, Eva and Abigail, India
and Hanaa, Ryan, Aaron, Joshua and Rohan, Emanuel, Amber,
Lukonde, Marvin, Vinicius and Juliane and Benjamin.
Each student also received a token for a free book from the
participating bookshops. A big thank-you to all teachers, students
and parents for making World Book Day a success!
LIUBOV MILIS-HOPA (LIBRARIAN)
From 5 to 14 March 2012 a group
of twenty-three students,
representing more than twenty
schools in Croatia, Romania,
Hungary, Poland, Norway,
Germany, Sweden, France and
Spain, visited Stanborough School
for the annual scholarship
exchange programme.
For ten days they acted as
ambassadors, sharing traditions
and ideas from their home
countries. They also participated
in lessons to improve their
confidence in speaking English
and took tours to discover London
and Cambridge. When the time to
go home arrived, neither students
nor teachers could keep their eyes
dry!
Experiences like this foretell the
would like to experience a Communion Service at
the Garden Tomb, walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel,
visit the home of Zacchaeus, float in the Dead Sea
and climb to the fortress of Masada, then contact
Pastor Chackochen on: 07748417460 or at:
[email protected] for details of his next tour
(18-25 February 2013).
BY JANICE PHILLIPS
beauty of Heaven, when all nations will be one. A special
thanks goes to the team leaders, Joshua Roberts and Jason
VANESA PIZZUTO
Poddar, for their fantastic work!
PHOTO: DENNIS EDWARDS
For the past few months Newbold
College has spent much time
preparing for institutional approval
to become a partner institution of
the University of Winchester. The
college received such approval
on Wednesday 28 March 2012
and so is now permitted to submit
its Theology programmes to the
university for validation.
‘We are delighted that so much
hard work has resulted in this
recognition of what we do at
Newbold College’, said Dr John
Baildam, deputy principal, who
met with the institutional approval
panel in Winchester. ‘We very
much look forward to preparing
our programmes for validation and
to being part of the university’s
Institute for Theological
Partnerships.’ Professor Lisa
Isherwood, director of the institute,
stated that she was ‘absolutely
delighted, as I know we will have
a wonderful partnership that is
flourishing for both parties’.
‘Partnering with the University
of Winchester and now being able
to present our degrees for validation is an exciting development’,
said Dr Philip Brown, principal.
‘Having our quality undergraduate
and postgraduate Theology
programmes validated will allow
all eligible students to get a student
loan to cover their tuition costs in
full each year.’
The University of Winchester
lies just 45 miles south-west of
Newbold College in the ancient
capital of England. Its roots as an
education provider extend back to
1840, with university title being
bestowed in 2005.
The university celebrates its
Christian foundation, encouraging
those living within the Christian
faith, while also welcoming those
who live within other faiths and
those with no faith. It includes
within its ethos such values as
intellectual freedom, social justice,
diversity, spirituality, individual
well-being, and creativity.
EducA International. We are a small,
Adventist, registered charity, founded in
Malta. Our aim is to give disadvantaged
children a good education and a better
future. Currently we have two projects in
India and Burundi. Funds are raised
through sponsorship of children (10 euros
monthly), by donations and fundraising.
Should you sponsor a child, you will
receive newsletters and mail from your
child, twice a year. A full portfolio is also
available.
If you can help and would like more
information or a sponsor form, please
contact Jenny Moore at jennym131@
hotmail.com. Please put ‘EducA’ in the
subject column.
Our web page is www.educa
international.org.
Thank you.
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Youth raise £1,137.13
Wolverhampton Central’s Youth
department have organised a
fundraising event as part of their
youth day activities. On 17
December last year, and with the
support of the members of the
church, a total sum of £1,137.13
was raised and donated to
Wolverhampton City Hospital to
purchase medical equipment.
On 21 January a cheque was
presented to Zoe Lea, from the
children’s ward. Zoe expressed
her gratitude to the youth and
the wider church, saying: ‘The
money will go a long way in
providing improved medical
services for the children’s ward.’
DOREEN BARRETT
And There Was War – bigger and better
One year ago the war in Heaven
was depicted on stage at
the Kennington Community
Fellowship church. On 7 and 8
April director Jermaine Lee Wong
and the rest of the cast and crew
put on a bigger and better performance at the Albany Theatre in
Deptford.
Based on the skit And There
Was War, by Scott Fogg, this
year’s performance by Final Call
Productions featured some of the
same characters as well as some
new ones.
From the words of the
director:
‘And There Was War is
the story of the events
surrounding Christ’s birth,
death and resurrection but
portrayed through the invisible
battle that rages with the
“good and fallen angels”.
‘The play portrays the reasons for
the “fall” of the angels. It follows the intimate challenges of a pregnant
virgin Mary and her betrothed Joseph. Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel,
Noah and his sons, the Crucifixion; all of these famous stories are
interwoven creatively to tell an inspiring story.’
Just like the first production, the second was a huge sell-out – in
fact, many would-be guests had to be turned away.
The church is very grateful to all who contributed to the success of
K. OWUSU
the production.
Left to right: Pastor Paul Liburd, Linda Larbi, Ted Rugwizangoga, Labo Masiane, Tariro
Kapururira, Wandie Mkwananzi and Jeniffer Larbi.
Baptism at Coventry Central
Staying sober
Leicester Central Church recently
held a successful health emphasis weekend. One of the elders,
Mr Pfende, was their main speaker and he challenged the members to keep their minds sharp.
His main point was the need
for us to be mentally alert for
God to speak to and through us:
‘If our people were half awake, if
they realised the nearness of the
events portrayed in the
Revelation, a reformation would
be wrought in our churches,
and many more would believe
the message. We have no time
to lose . . .’ (Ellen White,
Testimonies to Ministers and
Gospel Workers, p. 118).
The weekend also included
practical discussions on the
maintenance of good health and
a series of health checks conducted by health professionals
from the Leicester Central
church. Community members
were also invited to make use of
the various health checks.
On 18 February the Coventry Central church witnessed the baptism of
six new members – four of whom were from the Henley Green branch.
It was a happy moment when souls were brought to Christ. The
MARTIN MPALA
members wish them God’s blessings.
Baptism at Plymouth Church
On Easter Sabbath, 7 April, three people were baptised in the Plymouth
church.
Paul Aluculesei, who has attended the church for some time and
was raised in an Adventist home in Romania, had witnessed to Alina,
also from Romania, and both made their decision to follow in the steps
of Jesus. The recently married couple each gave a testimony just
before being immersed by Pastor Robert Bell. It was a joy to hear their
testimonies.
Jackie Hall (12) was raised in an Adventist home. Her parents, Julia
and Graham, were among the twelve members of her family, including
grandparents, who witnessed the event.
The church members welcome them all into the church family.
BERYL HALL
PHILIP HERBERT
Lay preachers on fire!
After receiving training as lay
preachers at the Advent Centre
on 4 December last year, sixteen
graduates assisted by preaching
at revival meetings, held at the
Horley, Gatwick and Redhill
churches between 28 January
and 11 February.
The sermons, under the theme
of ‘Christ-centred Relationships’,
covered several important issues
affecting the Church in its relationship with Christ, and the
church members expressed
appreciation for being refreshed
and renewed.
WILBUR MUTAMBARA
The Torquay church has a two or
three bedroom flat available for rent
(one bedroom is partitioned).
References are required. For further
information, please contact Pastor Ian
Lorek on 01626 830727.
Baptisms at Fartown and Huddersfield
On 4 February three people were baptised at the Huddersfield,
Crosland Moor church: Walaza Nugulwe from the Fartown company,
and Tanro Nyamakanga and Rowen Mahlangu from Huddersfield.
Pastor Cyril Sweeney, former pastor of the Huddersfield church,
preached, and family and friends travelled from far and near to show
MAVOLEY ROBINSON
their encouragement and support.
Welsh Mission Health Ministries
Health Summit
Equip to Serve
Hebron Hall Christian Centre, Dinas Powys, South Glamorgan, Wales
5-9 July 2012
Cost: £175 all-inclusive, £30 daily rate
Presenters: Sharon Platt-McDonald (BUC Health Ministries director)
Grace Walsh (NEC Health sponsor)
Topics: Forgive to Live; Stress Management; Food Hygiene nutritional talks;
Cookery demonstrations
Irving & Lil Saunders (Welsh Mission Health Ministries sponsors)
Tel: 01792549412 or 07590042977, email: [email protected]
Book now to secure a place.
Good news for single Adventists!
A supporting ministry website is now available for single Seventh-day
Adventists in the UK: http://www.singleseventhday
adventists.com/. It’s a completely free social network in which single
Seventh-day Adventists can fellowship and perhaps find life partners.
This can sometimes be difficult, because of the high ratio of women
to men in the Church. Many church members have been unequally
yoked, and left the Church as a result.
The other problem is that not all singles websites with ‘Adventist’ in
the name are owned or administered by Seventh-day Adventists – and
they charge a premium for the service, too. This website will be
absolutely free.
Pastor Victor Hulbert (BUC Communications director) and Pastor
Paul Lockham (BUC executive secretary) are fully up to speed on the
project, as is Heather Haworth (BUC Family Ministries director). Please
pray for this website, and if possible put a link on your webpage!
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Clapton men
treat church
mothers
Over the Easter weekend, an outreach event was held at the Clactonon-Sea church under the title, ‘Behold the Man’. The members, under
the leadership of Elder Cynthia Austin, promoted the meetings to about
30,000 local residents, and Pastor Roy Chisholm was the main
speaker.
On Sabbath, 24 March, the
Clapton Community church’s
men led the way in honouring
mothers at a special Sabbath
lunch.
‘Have you had enough soup,
bread, juice?’ and ‘No, I’ll get that for you’ were the words of the
men as they waited on the mothers and served them a delicious,
home-cooked, three-course meal.
Led by Elder Bertram Patrice, the men, including Pastor David
Burnett, took charge of the kitchen, while the mothers were invited to
hang up their aprons, rest their weary feet and let the men fuss over
them in the nicely decorated dining area.
In his speech, Elder Patrice emphasised that mothers play an
‘intricate and valuable role in God’s plan’, and that they ‘are appreciated and will continue to be supported by the Clapton church family.’
It was a memorable Mother’s Day lunch. Who says men are
useless in the kitchen?
TREVOR HARRIS
KANDI COX
Cynthia Austin and Pastor Roy Chisholm
No Easter eggs!
International night at the Spa
On Saturday, 10 March, Leamington Spa Mission hosted an international night. Organised by Nigel Clark, this has become an annual event
at the church, and is suitable for both members and friends. More
than fifty people came to taste and enjoy the native dishes of different
countries and regions, including Brazil, Lithuania, Jamaica, St Lucia,
Serbia, South Africa, Scotland, Canada and, of course, England. Neil
Shuttleworth hosted the evening programme, which included a quiz
and a variety of items from the different countries, including songs,
instrumental items, video clips, and a poem. Among the instrumental
pieces, the playing of the steel drum (Caribbean) and the Samba
LORRAINE GLINTON
drums (Brazil) was especially appreciated.
Lifestyle centre development
Days of fellowship at Erdington
Anita-Zelina Frazer presenting Mrs Davies with her cake
One hundredth birthday celebration
at Rhyl
On Sabbath, 10 March, Rhyl Church celebrated the 100th birthday
of one of its founding members, the much-loved and respected Mrs
Eurwen Davies. Pastor David Foster paid tribute to her faithfulness
in his sermon and urged the congregation not to ignore our senior
members as being less valuable or to think that we are less valuable
as we approach retirement.
Mrs Davies has served the Rhyl church for seventy-five years, as
Sabbath School superintendent, church organist, church clerk, head
deaconess and Children’s and Youth Sabbath School teacher, as well
as providing beautiful flower arrangements each week.
The celebration included a reception after the Sabbath service, but
the cards and flowers continued arriving well into the next week.
Among the many well-wishers she received cards from were: Her
Majesty the Queen; The First Minister for Wales, the Rt Hon Carwyn
Jones AC/AM; the Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Cheryl
Gillian; and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon
Iain Duncan Smith.
Rhyl Church congratulates Mrs Davies on this important birthday. It
is a privilege for us all to worship with her each Sabbath.
(On behalf of the BUC, the staff of MESSENGER wish to share their
congratulations with Mrs Davies too – she is surely practising to live
for eternity!)
MEGAN RISKOWITZ
In August last year, the Erdington church men celebrated a special day
of fellowship. Special features of the day were the guitar and music
service, led by Pastor Murphy on his guitar, and a play entitled The
Cruise of a Lifetime, which portrayed choosing either the Lord
(eternity) or Satan (death and destruction).
On 29 November it was the turn of the Erdington church ladies,
who attended a most enjoyable day of fellowship. A special feature
was choir music, sung by the ladies themselves, and led by S. Davies
as choir leader and A. Bunny as organist. Frederica Reid preached the
sermon.
Two years ago, osteopath Andrew Lawson put out an advert via the BUC Health Ministries
department inviting Adventist health professionals to contact him in regards to setting up a
clinic. To date he is operating four clinics in London and is seeking other health professionals
to join him.
Additionally, he now has a vision to establish a lifestyle centre, and is inviting interested
parties to contact him. Adventist osteopaths, chiropodists, podiatrists, physiotherapists,
doctors, nurses, nutritionists, Christian counsellors, massage therapists, clerical staff,
administrators and businessmen and women are invited to contact Andrew on 07984279870
if they are interested in the establishment of a lifestyle centre.
JOHN OSEI-BEMPONG
Puppet ‘fun’ in Denmark
On the weekend of 16-18 March, Pastor Clyde Moore and his wife,
Anette, Family and Children’s Ministry sponsors for the Welsh Mission,
joined more than 100 local church leaders for leadership training at
Himmerlandgarden, the Danish Union campsite. Together with Dr Paul
Tomkins, TED Youth director, they were there to present seminars and
devotionals. A wide range of topics was covered, including ‘Making
Wills’, ‘Grief Counselling’, the making and use of visual aids for
children’s ministries, and puppet ministry.
Anette demonstrated how to make a puppet and then donated it to
the Danish Union. She is planning to have a website in the future but
for now, should anyone wish to order a puppet or invite her to conduct
a puppet ministry workshop in their church, use:
[email protected], or 07530 951297.
PASTOR CLYDE MOORE
obituaries
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Rugby has a top team!
Members of the Rugby church once again went out on Sunday 15
April, the last day (in most of England and Wales) of the ADRA Appeal
2012, to make sure that all houses around the church were visited.
They were led by Pastor A. Bruce, who motivated them to let Rugby
know what ADRA does here in the UK and abroad.
ROBERTO DA SILVA
Who was Trayvon Martin?
Trayvon Martin was a young black 17-year-old killed on 26 February
2012 under suspicious circumstances in Florida, USA, by a
neighbourhood watch volunteer who reportedly described him
as looking ‘suspicious’.
There were no witnesses to the killing and the volunteer has
pleaded self-defence, which under Florida State law offers a full,
irrefutable defence, allowing the shooter to walk free.
So what has Trayvon Martin to do with us?
Tottenham Gospel Choir (TGC) was invited to participate in an
hour-long vigil for Trayvon Martin on the steps of Hackney Town Hall
scheduled for Wednesday 28 March at 6pm – but with only two days’
notice!
Despite the ridiculous time constraints – and due to amazing
teamwork – the event went off without a hitch before a 200-strong
crowd. It was an amazingly sunny evening. Molly welcomed
everyone. Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington,
instrumental in the fight against the ‘sus law’ of the ’80s, turned up
unannounced. The choir held the event together with their songs and
praise between each speech or poem. They lit candles and closed the
event with a final song, ‘This Little Light of Mine’, while we handed out
our books: When God Said Remember and Steps to Christ, stamped
with our church contact address and TGC cards inside.
So what has Trayvon Martin to do with us?
Although we cannot prevent such injustices from happening, God
can use them as platforms to open doors and spread His word. We
can’t bring the Trayvon Martins of this world back, but perhaps we
can bring the community a little closer together.
For footage of the event go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/
TGCworship.
ANGELA HUNTER
Parenting seminars in Leicester
Dr Robert Kennedy, a senior pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church of the Oranges in New Jersey, USA, recently presented a very
relevant set of parenting seminars at the Leicester Central church. He
is the author of numerous books, articles and manuals, including
Parental Advocacy, on page 174 of which he writes: ‘If as parents we
are not careful about our God-given task to make Scripture a central
source of education, we will leave a heritage of destruction to our
children.’
This series led to an interview of Pastor George Kumi by John
Florance, of BBC Radio Leicester, who was keen to know more about
the seminars in a week when the news focused on the riots of August
2011 and the findings of a recent UNICEF report.
Pastor George Kumi, who is in charge of the Leicester Central
church, is keen for the church to talk to the community of Leicester on
issues relating to good family life. He said, ‘The foundation of any
civilised society is the family. It is the first school where values are
taught, caught and learned. If the credibility of the foundation is
compromised, the building will collapse – regardless of the amount of
legislation and rhetoric by politicians, policy makers and well-meaning
citizens. The time is long overdue to go back to rebuilding the home
on eternal principles of love, respect and care for one another.’
PHILIP HERBERT
Reading district treasury seminar
Members from the Reading district of churches attended a special
accounting seminar on the use of Sage software at Reading Central
Church on 11 March. The training, conducted by Ms Alexandra Lewis,
was designed to get church officers up to speed with the latest
technology in accounting as well as to encourage good accounting
practices to meet SEC audit standards.
Paul Thompson, treasurer for Reading Central, said: ‘The seminar
covered the use of Sage in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist
organisation. We already use Sage at Reading Central and it is now
being rolled out across the district. The software provides all the
necessary safeguards to help protect the financial integrity of the
ITUMELENG OSUPENG
Church and its officers.’
Rueben Jack (1955-2011) d. 26
December. Rueben Jack died
peacefully at the Macmillan unit at Derby
Royal Hospital at the age of 56. He was the
much-loved husband of Karen and a loving
father to Jermaine and Charmaine. He was a
cherished son of Adolphus and Rosanna Jack,
a proud grandad, a caring brother, a doting
uncle and a great friend to many. Rueben will
be sadly missed by all.
Karen writes, ‘He was a loving husband,
who always had a smile on his face – even up
until the very end he was smiling. He had a
great sense of humour and a wonderful spirit.
He never let his battle with cancer knock his
positive spirit and with his battle he grew
stronger and more steadfast in his faith.
Rueben was a beloved (and is now a
greatly missed) member of the Seventh-day
Adventist church in Long Eaton. He was
buried in Nottingham Road Cemetery and
rests in the sure and certain hope of the
Resurrection. His funeral was conducted by
Pastors Roman Smejkal, Emmanuel Bran, and
Cyril Sweeney, with the help of Elder Eric
Lawrence.
ROMAN SMEJKAL
Gertrude Olwen
Jones (19262012) d. 9
January. Members
at Llandrindod Wells
were saddened
recently by the
death of Sister
Olwen Jones, after
just a few days in
the local hospital.
She was born at
Llanfaredd in the Wye Valley near Builth Wells
on 21 February 1926, and spent much of her
life in this area of Mid-Wales. She married
Russell in 1947 and they moved to Cardiff for
work. Olwen became a ‘clippie’ on the buses
prior to joining her husband at British Rail.
When Pastor David Currie held a series
Pathfinders inducted
at Kennington
On Sabbath 31 March, new
members were inducted into
the Kennington Community
Fellowship Pathfinder club,
supported by family and
friends.
Each new Pathfinder and
Adventurer lit a candle as they
recited the pledge or law.
Afterwards, Pathfinder Jordan
Taylor presented a beautiful
special item, after which
Pathfinder Tiah Bernard
preached a heartfelt
message. All present felt
K. OWUSU
very blessed!
of evangelistic services in Cardiff they both
attended, and were convinced that they
should change direction in their lives. They
soon made many friends in the Cardiff
church, and after studies with these friends
Olwen was baptised on 8 March 1980 by
Pastor S. Finley. Soon Olwen became a
deaconess, church clerk and Ingathering
agent in the Cardiff church, while giving
generous support to the many activities of the
church.
Olwen and Russell decided to return to
the area of their origin in Mid-Wales. There
Olwen became one of the founder members of
the Llandrindod Wells company. She supported all the early evangelistic meetings held
there, distributing literature and collecting
money for Ingathering. Her cooking abilities
were much appreciated by the members, and
through a relative she was encouraged to
cook for those who attended the meetings of
the visually impaired in the town.
On 19 January a funeral service was held
at Hereford Crematorium, conducted by the
writer, assisted by Elder Ifor Gimson, and
Pastors John Surridge and David Rancic. We
thank Ifor and Pat Gimson for the help and
support they gave to Olwen during her last
illness.
We were pleased to see members of
Olwen’s family from Yorkshire, North Wales,
Devon and Coventry at the service. We thank
the Lord for the life of this wonderful
Christian lady, and look forward to our
reunion with her on the Resurrection Day.
DR B. P. PHILLIPS
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moved to the Riverway church in Sidcup he
was the elder there also.
His funeral service took place in Christ
Church in South Nutfield, and his resting
place is the nearby Redstone Cemetery.
The service was conducted by Pastor
Malcolm Taylor and the writer.
The extensive influence and affection in
which Ray was held were demonstrated in
the large attendance at the service. It was
interesting to listen to middle-aged men recall
learning astronomy from Ray when they were
children in the Croydon church. Others spoke
of his ability as a Sabbath School teacher and
lay preacher. Ray was more than these – he
was an outstanding Christian whose influence
was manifested in the respect and care he
showed for all who came in contact with him.
He was loved and admired for his consistent
Christian life and influence. His knowledge of
the building industry was applied in advice to
congregations in South England when they
were building or refurbishing a church. As a
student he won a gold medal for the best
exam in the county for a paper on the
avoidance of wastage on building sites.
Ray survived open heart surgery in 2006,
but the last two years of his life were blighted
when he was diagnosed with advanced
prostate cancer. He fell asleep with a solid,
unmoveable faith in the Lord he loved and
served so faithfully. Of him it can be truthfully
said, ‘He made the world a better place for the
time he spent in it’. Ray has left a gap which it
will be difficult to fill.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, and
daughters, Susan and Angela, with their six
grandchildren, all of whom attend church and
show the same dedication to their Lord as did
Ray. We look forward to meeting our dear
brother when Jesus fulfils His promise and
comes again.
PASTOR PATRICK BOYLE
(Photograph supplied, but not of printable quality.)
Raymond Leslie Creer (1927-2012) d.
March. Ray, as he was known to all of us,
with his wife Barbara, joined the Croydon
church in 1957, aged 30. He served the Lord
with outstanding faithfulness and commitment for fifty-four years. An elder in Croydon,
he was a founder member and elder in the
Bromley church and when the congregation
Desmond Hubbard (1926-2012) d. 18
March. Desmond was born on 9 October
1926 at West Derby, Liverpool, while his
parents were in transit from Nottingham to
Belfast. After a short stay in Belfast the family
moved to Ranalagh, Dublin. After five years in
Ireland Desmond’s father became ill, and they
returned to England and settled in Bristol. In
1944 at the age of 18 Desmond was called to
serve his country in the Coldstream Guards,
where he became Second Head Chef in the
Brigade of Guards Officers’ Mess.
Here he learned his lifelong hobby of
making and decorating wedding, birthday and
anniversary cakes. Following four and a half
years in the army he returned to Bristol, and
worked at Bristol Aeroplane Company in the
accounts department. He didn’t see this as a
lifelong career, and, following a general
education course at Birmingham Technical
College, he was accepted at Bristol University
and registered for a course in Economics.
Unfortunately, this course was eventually
closed due to lack of support. Desmond then
decided to change direction, and he joined a
North England company as a representative
selling directly to the agricultural fraternity.
He worked for the company for eighteen
years, the last eight as sales manager. He then
joined the largest horticultural growers’
society in the UK, based in Hertfordshire.
Having moved to Watford in 1967 with
his two daughters, Darlene and Karen, it
meant he could be home each evening at
a reasonable time.
Desmond’s mother brought Desmond and
his elder brother Lionel up as Adventists, and
Desmond was a member of Bristol Lodge
Causeway Church. Later, when he moved to
Watford, he first attended Stanborough Park
Church and then joined the Rickmansworth
church company, which later joined with the
Hemel Hempstead church. He attended Hemel
Hempstead for well over ten years, and served
as treasurer and head deacon. In latter years
he returned to Stanborough Park Church.
He had a strong faith, and was a loyal and
faithful member throughout his life.
He passed away peacefully on Sunday 18
March, and the funeral service was conducted
in Stanborough Park Church on Tuesday 3
April by Pastors Burgess, Clee and Hodges.
The internment took place at North Watford
Cemetery. Our condolences go to his daughters Darlene and Karen and their families, and
we pray that the assurance of the Resurrection
will bring them comfort and hope.
ALAN HODGES
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