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SUMMER EDITION 2014
Reg. Charity: 1009911

CTIM Medway Ministers' & Leaders' together in prayer & praise

INN-TERNATIONAL

Regrettably the two most recent planned Ministry Trips, one to northern Uganda in January and the other to Brazil in April had to be postponed.  The honest reason was work overload, which affected the Director’s health (he had been warned repeatedly!).  We also had insufficient funds to meet the high costs of the Uganda trip.  However, flights are booked and the preparation and mobilisation on the ground is well underway for the next two scheduled trips (see below).  God willing, the Brazil trip can be rescheduled for Easter next year to coincide with an annual Mission Conference there.
 
 

Ministry Trips 2014

  • 19th June-2nd July: northern Uganda (leadership training and church visits)
  • 11th-24th September: India (church visits, Leaders Conference)
Peter is the key speaker on all these ministry trips.
 
Any financial assistance with these ministry trips is most welcome as we fund them all. God bless you!

For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.   3 John 1.7-8

 

Widows, orphans & student training...

Since 1994 we have been financially supporting widows, orphans, church leaders and students particularly with school fees. A decision was made to wind this side of the ministry down, and we are now left with just four young people, the children of widow Nighty Opio from Kigumba, and Walter Olima from Agwata.  We have our own churches well established in both towns as a result of outreaches in each place in the past.  We thank God for everyone who has so faithfully and generously given financially over the many years to give these young people a future and a hope.  All have succeeded and are doing very well.

 

Social Media...

Every week we post a short devotional word of encouragement early on a Wednesday morning.  These can be read from our blog www.inn.org.uk or from our Friends of Inn Facebook page or on Twitter.  Do please access these.

 

INN-MEDWAY


Churches Together in Medway (CTIM)...

The first few months of chairing CTIM have been marvelous.  There is a fresh sense of expectation and excitement, of harmony and mutual love and co-operation amongst church ministers and leaders.  We have met twice for breakfast and to hear representatives of Christian organizations talk about how they are impacting their communities, the most recent being from two of the Chaplains at the Universities of Medway.  For the very first time, certainly in 30 or more years, ministers and leaders met to pray together for the city.  This was hosted by the Dean of Rochester Cathedral.  We joined across the denominations, nations and generations to seek God for the welfare of the city (Jeremiah 29.7).  These gatherings are planned to happen every other month.  Everyone is invited to pray for Medway on 30th June (see enclosed/attached).
 


INN-TERCESSION

June 2014 - August 2014

“Intercession is evangelism on your knees.” Anon

Day 1    Finance, accounts and admin: Gillian Marchand
Day 2    Patron: Jean Darnall, Jean Darnall Ministries
Day 3    All Inn-tercessors, sponsors and donors
Day 4    Voluntary Staff member: Evelyn Kusi
Day 5    Trustee: Duncan Cawte, Hillsong London/Kent
Day 6    Inn CM: communications, publicity and media
Day 7    Future: focus, identity, connections
Day 8    Virtual VOICE: development & effectiveness
Day 9    King’s Church, Gillingham (formerly The VOICE)
Day 10  All fundraising sponsored events 
Day 11  Further funding for growth and expansion
Day 12  Supporting church: Beulah CF, Gillingham
Day 13  Director: Peter Marchand: finance, health
Day 14  Uganda Team member: Tom Ongom
Day 15  Northern Uganda June/July ministry trip
Day 16  India September ministry trip
Day 17  Uganda partner: Milton Ogwal
Day 18  Ugandan widow and orphans: Nighty Opio
Day 19  Ugandan student: Walter Olima
Day 20  Uganda church network: Kaberamaido Pastors
Day 21  Uganda church plant: Agwata
Day 22  India partner: Suresh Vemulapalli
Day 23  IVM church: Raparla Village Church
Day 24  India Village Ministries: Leadership Training
Day 25  Brazil partner: Roberto Araújo, Katy, Benjamin
Day 26  Medway Youth worker: Daniella Beaumont
Day 27  Churches Together in Medway
Day 28  Medway Ministers Group
Day 29  Ghana partner: Kojo Kyeremateng
Day 30  Medway Council: Trevor Clarke
Day 31  Local Member of Parliament: Tracey Crouch

Relevant question...

Is the day of the small church over?
 

Peter replies with a relevant answer...

Well, it certainly isn’t over yet because a large number of congregations are numerically small - i.e. 50 members or less.  Whether they can survive under the increased need to meet charity law and health and safety requirements is another matter.  It is true that many are struggling with the admin side of church life these days, not only in terms of financial resources but also in terms of personnel.  Many are now being maintained by older members, either because there are no younger members, or because ‘those who can’ are exhausted with both husband and wife in full-time employment, and generally with young families.  There is a particular spiritual dynamic within the smaller church, which if nurtured and nourished well is compelling and potent.  Potential and gifting can be realised, recognised and released in a non-threatening context.  Often in the numerically larger congregations there is an anonymity which leaves large numbers of the members merely as spectators rather than participators.  Performance oriented worship services cater for the most gifted, but stifle the remainder.  Can smaller churches survive? I hope so, but they do need to relate beyond their own congregation or even network or denomination - two are better than one has a wider application than the Wedding Service!

DIRECTOR

Peter Marchand
 

TRUSTEES

Duncan Cawte
David Hadlum
Edward Wright
 

PARTNERS

Milton Ogwal, Uganda
Suresh Vemulapalli, India
Kojo Kyeramateng, Ghana
Roberto Araújo, Brazil

PATRONS

include...

Reinhard Bonnke: Christ For All Nations

Dave Bilbrough: Songwriter/Worship Leader

Peter Brierley: Brierley Consultancy

Jean Darnall: Jean Darnall Ministries

Roger Forster: Ichthus Christian Fellowship

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