Protests, Prayer and Progress

It feels like April has been marked by plenty of protest marches and unprecedented prayer gatherings in South Africa. On 12th April a national strike saw thousands march across the country calling for President Zuma to step down. Ten days later, a million Christians gathered just outside our judicial capital to, “…call upon The Lord to bring justice‚ peace & hope to our beloved South Africa” Angus Buchan (principal organiser). “We need a Christian government!” (Angus Buchan 2017). Channel...
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Leaders Gathering February 2017

In February we held our first leaders gathering of the year.  All the leaders who were part of the ‘program’ last year, seven new leaders, plus a group of visitors from the Hub Church Hitchin participated in the gathering.  The focus of our time together was the evaluation report that was facilitated with the leaders towards the end of 2016. Reflection and learning Apart from a devotion, most of the content for the morning came from the leaders themselves, as a result of the online survey we...
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New Year, New Giants

In the final few months of 2016 Rachel and I were reflecting a lot on David’s experience of facing giant(s) in 1 Samuel 17, both with leaders in South Africa and as we have updated our partners in the UK and shared our thoughts about establishing an affordable, excellent, integrated and multi-sensory school. Dealing with doubters and expectations Before David overcomes Goliath, a physical giant, he had to first choose whether to dwell on, deal with, or simply let go of, the expectations of ...
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Kingdom of God Choices II

Last month I (Phil) shared how, in spite of Israel’s expectations, Jesus shunned personal prosperity, power and publicity, and chose to establish the Kingdom of God (KG) His Way. Here, I offer thoughts on 3 final KG characteristics, that Rachel and I have not only been exploring with leaders, but believe God wants us to practice personally. 4. Jesus’ version of the KG chooses inclusion, irrespective of a persons financial / social status Inclusion / integration is something God has been challe...
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