A week before they were due to go to Calcutta to get visas to be with us in Brighton, John and Esther Pradhan, who are church planting in Nepal, had a terrifying experience.
While Wendy and I were away in the USA recently to speak at the Newfrontiers Mid-West Celebration, we built in a few rest days, so I took Jonathan Aitken’s magnificent biography of John Newton, From Disgrace to Amazing Grace.
It’s so good to read Richard Cunningham, the UCCF Director, making it so clear that all students in CUs are strongly urged to get stuck into a local church as soon as possible, and the clear statement that CUs can never replace the local church.
It was rather dire when I got there; we could not detect any breathing movements at all, and his body felt very cold to the touch. There was no pulse and his limbs were limp. Not being a medic I can’t claim he was dead but there was no evidence of life.
I have just returned from a memorable visit to Yalta in the Crimea, famously used by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt for their historic 2nd world war meeting.
Maybe I still can’t pronounce it properly, but I really enjoyed my visit to the North Wales seaside town of Pwllheli where I spoke at the New Word Alive conference.
I have recently returned from visiting the USA, where I had the privilege of addressing our annual Newfrontiers leaders and wives conference entitled Equipped for Mission.
Once again last week’s Newfrontiers leaders’ days of prayer and fasting were truly memorable as hundreds gathered to seek God. For me the highlight was the awesome word brought to us by Neville Jones from CCK, Brighton, who with remarkable authority and anointing spoke of an underground lake of blessing that is growing inexorably with inevitable blessing that’s going to break out. My faith, along with many others, soared with real joy and anticipation.
Dubai has to be one of the most extraordinary places in the world. Under the inspired guidance of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the current Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Dubai has blossomed and flourished and become a phenomenal major world city.