It was a timely and strategic nine days of prayer as members of Golden Valley Church gathered to pray and call on God for ’emergency’ situations around the world. The 9 days in the 9th month commenced with 9 hours of prayer. Special prayer focuses were on the UK and for our Government in the face of significant challenges abroad and at home; for the Scottish referendum and the unity of the UK; for Israel’s protection and blessing; for persecuted Christians across the globe; for Middle East crises; for those victims caught up in trafficking and abuse; for our own city, community, church, and lives. On Thursday 11th September our prayer focused on ‘911’ as we interceded for the USA and its Government. The Presence of God was strong throughout the time as many individuals were able to pour out their hearts to Him. We greatly appreciated this awesome opportunity to partner with God through prayer at such an important time in history.
I don’t think it is without significance that on the morning of the twentieth anniversary of the “Toronto Blessing” I sat in my hotel watching Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Israeli Knesset and pledging the ongoing support of his nation to Israel. Two poignant moments occurred together for Canada – honouring revival and honouring Israel. I believe the two are inextricably linked in the heart and mind of God.Continue reading “ISRAEL AND REVIVAL”
This weekend Egyptian Church leader Emad Youssef will be visiting Golden Valley Church Gloucester for an event entitled, “Loving Your Neighbour”.
Emad, originally from Egypt, currently resides in the UK. He has a love for the Middle East and North Africa, and has many years of experience in missions. He has worked with Youth With A Mission in Egypt and the UK in discipleship, mentoring, leading and training, and has led several international outreach teams. Emad also lived in Malta for 4 years where he was involved with church planting and establishing an Arabic church.
Emad will be speaking on Saturday evening, and Sunday morning in GVC. There is no charge but offerings will be taken.
It’s almost here! Golden Valley Church School of Prophets commences on Saturday.
Taking place one Saturday per month over the next six months, the school will be an opportunity for students to develop their prophetic giftings, understand the role of prophecy in the Bible and today, catch God’s heart for the nations, and learn to hear God better.
We are so excited to be running this school this Winter season. The school will be led by Wes & Sharron Boxall, with video teaching by Mark Virkler and others.
Last week several of the leaders of Golden Valley Church attended the bi-annual European Partners in Harvest conference in Hemel Hempstead.
The conference was a momentous few days of Holy Spirit impartation, teaching, testimony, and friendship; making us aware again of how much we appreciate this family of churches, to which we are affiliated. Stories of what God is doing in the nations abounded, as well as testimonies of God’s love and healing.
The main speakers were John & Carol Arnott, Rolland & Heidi Baker, Dan Slade, and Jerry Anderson (LaRed). Between them they addressed a variety of pertinent issues, and exhorted all who attended in their relationship with God. Worship, led by teams from Northern Ireland and Sunderland was truly first class and an awesome experience to be part of.
The conference was well oversubscribed, with several who attempted to book places late, having to be turned away. How fantastic is it when there is so much demand to be in God’s Presence and to go to ‘church’?!
God is very much alive and well in Europe, and we are thankful to be a part of what He is doing.
Work is going ahead on the Omega Healing Centre church in Kampala pastored by our friends Livingstone and Betty Wagaba.
After using ‘temporary’ wooden structures with tin roofs for the church and school – which they have had to enlarge several times to accommodate everyone wanting to attend – they are now in the process of erecting permanent brick premises in the slum area where they are located.
Please pray for this project to run smoothly and without hindrance. Most of the local people have high regard for the work of Omega and its positive effect within the community, though there is some opposition from the more ‘influential’.
We have worked in partnership with Omega for many years and continue to support their very valuable work. Again we thank all our child sponsors without whom we would not be able to fund the running of the school.
Next Sunday, 12th September, at Golden Valley Church we will be screening the movie ‘Faith Like Potatoes’ which tells the true story of rugged South African farmer Angus Buchan.
“Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land, and help from his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggle to settle in a new country. Faced with ever mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil Angus’ manic quest for material success is slowly transformed into a wild love for God and people, as he wrestles with faith, hope, natural disasters and tragic personal loss.”
The first part of the film will be shown during our Sunday morning service, which will be followed by a shared lunch, and the second part of the movie being screened about 2:30pm. If there’s time we will also show a documentary which includes interviews with Angus Buchan himself.
Come along and get your faith stirred! Our God is a great God who loves us with an everlasting love and in His kindness draws us to Himself and works wonders. Glory to Him!
It was a great privilege for a Wes & Sharron, and Becks with Solly, to attend the wedding of Anna Finnegan to Tyrone Power in Waterford, Ireland, on Saturday.
Anna has partnered with us in ministry both in Ireland and as a regular member of our summer teams to Russian youth camps over many years. She has been an invaluable part of the teams and her humour and fun-loving approach has endeared her to the rest of the teams, and to the Russian youth and children we have worked with.
The wedding took place in the Theatre Royal, Waterford, followed by a reception in the Grand Hotel, Tramore.
We pray for the couple as they begin their new phase of life together, and wish God’s richest blessings on them and their families.