Last year’s Christmas present

India - a gift of two goatsI wanted a goat for Christmas last year, for my friend Masih das in India to give to a poor village family. That goat has now become two, (three actually, but one of its babies was given back to the church to be placed in another family).
The milk from the goats feeds the family, improves their health and its dung fertilises their rice field. Some goat! Soon this goat’s other baby will be sold to pay for school uniforms and school fees so the children can go to school.
If your friends ask you what you’d like for Christmas why don’t you ask for a goat… get them to give you £15 and send it to me and I’ll get you one. A goat is not just for Christmas!

Piercing the Christmas darkness

Peace dove 2Love Christmas , but hate the way its been hi jacked by commercialism?

Feel powerless to do anything about the darkness that engulfs the real reason for the season?

Can I introduce you to a way to be a shining SILENT WITNESS this Christmas? You’ll love it and be excited by its simplicity and proven effectiveness! Let me share with you how I stumbled on this inspiring idea which came out of the night my son was attacked a few years ago on Halloween night and we had a tangle with the ‘powers and principalities’ that was eye opening.

My oldest son was walking home to his wife and two young children after work, talking to me on his mobile.He was telling me how he felt; he had just been released from hospital after being diagnosed with life threatening Type A diabetes. Suddenly he started calling out, ‘Help me dad, help me – I’m being attacked’ and then the phone went dead. Continue reading

Stuck in a worship rut?

be yourselfFor a long time I’ve felt pangs of guilt on Sundays because I’ve often found church very unsatisfying – singing a few songs, lots of notices and someone talking at you about the same thing you’ve heard a hundred times before. Very rarely have I got excited about digging out some new nugget about Jesus in the Bible, and come home with my spirit on fire raring to live boldly for God in the coming week.

Its usually the same old same old same.

But then I came upon a really helpful analysis as to why I feel this on Day 13 of the 40 Days journey in ‘What on Earth am I here for’ that I’m doing at the moment along with a bunch of friends. Continue reading