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Life Explored Course

 

 

Are you searching or longing for something more in life? Or maybe you know someone who is? Life Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course. It’s for anyone who wants to find contentment and happiness in life.

It starts 8.00pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017 and is being held in the Grace Centre. The course and all the material is free. You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, you can ask any question you like or just sit and listen.

Speak to Pastor Jonny for further details.


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Arequipa News – December 2016

She will bear a Son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)

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Those words spoken by the angel of the Lord ring from eternity past, into the present, and on into the certain fulfilment of all Gods purposes since the dawn of creation; a sure beacon of hope in a world torn by sin, suffering and human misery. He will save his people, and he is today saving his people among the nations, as the Kings return is ever nearer on the prophetic horizon. This sure hope cuts through the superficial, effervescent, materialistic celebration the world calls Christmas, where the baby Jesus is always kept in the crib! But his coming to reign as King is the hope of the church; when sins reign will come to an end. As the Spirit and the bride join together, saying and pleading, come Lord Jesus to end earths sorrow and misery.

May the light of Christ by his Spirit be pleased to shine into some dark hearts at this season, and bring salvation according to his word. We pray that the Lord will make you all fruitful in every good work, and that the New Year will bring joy and new life for many to the Glory of God. We take this opportunity to share with you some news of the work here in Arequipa, grateful as always for your prayers and on-going support.


Church News

We have recently linked up with the “Baptist Theological Centres” based in Lima. They have various centres in different cities in Peru, and are looking to expand their influence of ministry in the country. Therefore, we have given over the use of our church facilities to open a centre in Arequipa, for studies on a regular basis. The idea is to run studies every couple of months here in Arequipa during the year, for Pastors and students from different local churches. Pastors travel to Arequipa and run intensive classes for a full week to cover the various courses and studies on offer. It has been a blessing to have fellowship with other Pastors and students, and to pray for one another and our various ministries. It is so different and refreshing to gather with a group of fellow believers who have a hunger and thirst for God´s word; as in the church there is often only a remnant living and serving among the spiritually apathetic!


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The first two courses have been well attended, and no doubt as news spreads, the numbers will increase further in the future. We would ask you to pray for “Gustavo”, a Pastor from one of the largest Charismatic churches in Arequipa, who recently came to understand he was preaching a false Gospel. He has attended the first two studies, and now has a tremendous opportunity to preach the Gospel in his church, as he continues to grow in his walk with the Lord.

The blessing is that he has no elders or deacons to oppose his ministry, so therefore, he now has a congregation of over 400 to reach, teach and influence with sound doctrine.

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I have started a bible class on a Saturday morning in the church to encourage deeper study and discipleship in the church. The two couples who have attended are really keen, and they have also attended the theological studies during this year.

The main prayer need should always be for the success of the Gospel through all the various ministries; prayer for those who come week by week to the meetings, seemingly unmoved by the preaching of the Gospel. As John Calvin once said: “That the restoration of the Church is the work of God , and no more depends on the hopes and opinions of men, than the resurrection of the dead, or any other miracle of that description. It is the will of God that his Gospel be preached, what the success will be is not ours to inquire” There are often more unsaved among us; pray on for the miracle of New Birth and conversion.

Some names to remember in prayer: “Edwin”, was recently in hospital, and attends when he is not working as a security guard on Sundays. He is very friendly and thankful for the support he has received; pray that future visits at his home will be used of the Lord to speak to him personally. “Javier, Patti, Maira”, a family that has been attending regularly, but, as yet, show no evidence of any stirring or concern. Ephraim, who works in a copper mine, attends with his wife, but both show no signs of personal faith and trust in the Lord and his word. What is lacking for those and many others? We need to pray that the experience of the Apostle Paul may be a personal reality in the churches of Christ. For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (1 Thess 1: 5) In word only is not sufficient; we must have Holy Spirit power in conviction leading to full assurance!


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The ministry in “Lucresia´s” home had to be suspended for a couple of months, due to her suffering a long period of ill health, starting with Pneumonia! The family breakfast had to be cancelled due to the colder mornings, with her obviously unable to prepare the porridge at 5.00.a.m! The ministry also provides some support for her personally, and we have sought to help her over this very difficult period with medication to help her back to health again.

The Christianity explained course also had to be put on hold. I have been invited to preach at a local church near to Villa Magisterial, and the Pastor there has kindly offered to help with a group from his own church in Evangelising the area. This kind of reciprocal Gospel partnership will give further advance for the Gospel in the area next year. The idea is to visit all the homes, to invite them to take part in the Evangelistic studies. With the help of the Pastor, “Carlos Pezutti”, and the help of others, we can hopefully cover the whole area in a shorter time period. With us being well known now in the area, and the building of trust through the children´s club and family breakfast, the purpose next year is to pray for a spiritual harvest from among those who have heard the Gospel over the last couple of years.

The other children´s ministries in both the church and San Pedro continue, run by Ronny and Rocio, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.


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Other News

As I write this there is just a couple of weeks until the school year ends. Our daughter Melissa has been studying in the University here in Arequipa since September, taking six exams up until December. She recently took her final exam, finishing top of her group, so DV, she will begin a five year course in the University next year, to qualify to practise as a Veterinary Surgeon.  This year was my 20th year here in Peru, and next year will be our 20th wedding anniversary! Where have the years gone? Another milestone during the year was having my first book published in the US, which should be out early in the New Year.

We want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and support for us over the years, and we trust you all have a blessed Christmas and spiritually prosperous New Year.

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Missionary Weekend 2016

Mission imagePlease join us for our annual Missionary Weekend, 19th-20th November, when we spend time with each other and with our missionaries, as we learn more about their work telling the world about Jesus.

We begin on Saturday at 10.00am with an fascinating morning of discovery, listening to four speakers telling us about God’s work.

 


Saturday

 

10.00am – Coffee

10.30am – Speakers:

Hannah Prior – Envision Programme, France

Aries Loboro – Missionary in the Philippines

Keith Charlton – New GBM Missionary

Daryl and Julia Jones, GBM Mission Director

Our morning’s conference will be followed by a hot lunch, to which everyone is invited to enjoy across the road in the Grace Centre.


Saturday Evening: Youth Night – 7.30pm at the Grace Centre, including Pizza, Quiz, and Grill a Missionary…not physically grilling them, because that would be dangerous..


Sunday

10.30am: Morning Service:

Our Missionary Weekend continues on Sunday morning, with some of our Missionaries.

6.15pm: Evening Service:

Then on Sunday evening, we are very much looking forward to speaking directly to our friend Anthony Green in the church in Arequippa, Peru.


 

We are very grateful to all our visiting speakers for the weekend, and would encourage you to join us, and be encouraged in the work of the Lord.

For directions to Grace Baptist Southport, just follow this link, HERE, where you will find a map and specific information.


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Holiday Club 2016

Champions Challenge!

Its that time again…Holiday Club at Grace!

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Our ‘Champions Challenge’ Holiday Bible Club runs this half term on Tuesday 31st May – 3rd June

Four mornings of free fun during spring half-term, for kids from reception through to year 6.

Where?

It’s happening at the Grace Centre on the corner of Market St and Princes Street.

When?

It’s every morning from 9.45am – 12.15pm. It finishes with a family session on Friday evening at 6.15pm – 7pm.

Who?

Children from reception to yr 6 are invited to a fun packed morning of stories, games, and craft.

What?

Through the week we’ll be finding out about Jesus through a sports theme – Jesus is our trainer, our physio, our substitute and our champion.

Other details:

  • Places do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Children need to have forms completed and signed by parents/guardians for the first morning they attend. This form can be downloaded from our website, here:
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  • The week is free!
  • If you have any questions, you can send an email through our website, or call the church to speak to Pastor Stuart on 01704 531751.

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Arequipa News – November 2015

At that time Jesus said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

(Matt 11:25. NASV).

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Jesus knew what it was like to have his words and works rejected by men. The people in the surrounding villages of Chorazin and Bethsaida had seen his miracles and heard his teaching, but did not repent.

However, the disappointment and rejection did not for a moment dampen or interrupt joyful communion with his Father. Of course we are not so perfectly wired to the Divine nature to be able to live in interrupted joy, but it does give us a window into how the Sovereignty of God in the human life of Jesus was so beautifully expressed.

I have never climbed Misti, the volcano that dominates the skyline here in Arequipa, but I do want to climb to a higher position of praise and joy through the calm assurance of the Sovereignty of God. If we can look and view life from that position, where Jesus was, then we shall know the peace of God which passes all understanding. Praise him in the storm!

 


 

BAPTISMS

Just recently we have had a couple of Baptisms. Firstly Ronny´s son Samuel, and then Clara the mother of Eddy (more about her later) who has been attending for some years. Eddy and Clara do all the cooking for the special services we hold. Pray also for her partner Herman who has requested baptismal classes.

Samuel, currently studying civil engineering, plays the guitar in church. At some point in the future he wishes to study Theology. A Christian couple, Jerry and Charo, who are new to the area, have recently joined us and seem keen to settle. It would appear that they have come from a church strongly influenced by the health and prosperity aberration. Encouragingly they are both increasingly convinced over the doctrines of Grace, and so our desire is that they will settle well and serve the Lord alongside us in the church. They have asked for more one to one Bible studies, which I hope to start soon on Saturday afternoons.

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Another couple, Luis and Marianna have also requested both baptismal and marriage classes. Pray that we may wisely discern their current spiritual state, as we seek to explore their level of Bible knowledge and their experience of God’s grace in their lives. Transparency and openness are not so readily forthcoming in this culture.

Recently all the legal wrangling over the change of land use for the whole estate, in which the church building is located, was finally settled. This dispute has been going on for nearly ten years, but our lawyer is now in the process of finalizing the paperwork for the Title Deeds to the church. The biblical admonition to wait on the Lord must have been prophetic with Peruvian culture in mind!

A little while ago I was praying and fasting over a matter for a number of months, when suddenly while I was driving somewhere, I knew I had to cease from fasting. There is now no point; the prayer has been received and answered. It is in the post; wait for it, it’s on the way! That one experience blew away the storm and the dark clouds of unbelief. I’ve climbed a better mountain than Misti, and the view is much better and longer lasting!


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We continue to sow the seed of God’s word from Lucresia’s home. From there we run a children’s club on Thursday afternoon, and a family breakfast on Saturday mornings. Lucresia gets up at 4.00 am to prepare the breakfast, and to rouse her neighbours! It also provides some income for her and her husband; they often struggle to put food on the table. Joachin, her husband, has recently been out of work, so the support she receives goes some way to alleviate those times of hardship.

The Saturday morning breakfasts mean we are reaching more people, and they are certainly more attentive to the preaching at that time of the morning. We have different folk coming each week, the only thing lacking is the spiritual harvest! We expectantly wait on the Lord that soon we will see conversions, so please keep praying.

Often we are called upon to support families practically. Recently two of our ladies gave birth in the same week, so we were able to buy some clothes for both of the new babies!

Pray for Dina, a lady who has been abandoned by her husband. She has three young children, and has often to leave her home in order to find work. Her children come to the meetings dishevelled as they are often left alone. Pray the Lord will be merciful and gracious to many such families in the area. There is no debate here about welfare cuts; those words aren’t even in the dictionary here!


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Ronny and Rocio continue with the children’s club on a Saturday afternoon and the Bible Study on Thursday afternoon.

We have recently agreed to support Eddy, a qualified teacher and worker with the children, to start reading and writing classes with some of the elderly.. Many of the older folk have never received an education, so the purpose of such classes is to enable them, as far as they can go, to read God’s word for themselves.

Tomasa, our eldest member and one of the first converts in the area, is a stand out student! Roxy became concerned that we were not doing anything for those members who cannot read. Pray that this new initiative will be blessed by the Lord and that He will grant them the ability to remember and learn more of God’s word.


Comings and goings

We have had a few visitors this year. First we had Daryl and Julia Jones from Grace Baptist Mission, and then a young couple, Michael and Stacey Sutton from our home church in Southport.

The one thing we have here is clear skies almost all the year round, allowing one to observe the course of the moon every day. Recently, whilst out walking the dog, we had the marvellous sight of a blood red moon.

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It really was a most glorious sight, causing us to contemplate our most Glorious Lord. The changing light and hue made for a spectacular sight, bringing many outside with their cameras! Our young visitors certainly had an interesting first day with us! I am sure that there in the UK you had the usual spectacular sight of clouds!

Recently Melissa had a school outing to Columbia, the first time she had been away from us for more than two days; so ten days seemed like a loooong time! Next year will be her last year at school, and then on to University. Her desire at the moment is to be a veterinary surgeon. I wanted to her to be a chef, but she sussed me out on that one, and quickly declined the suggestion!

We hope soon to renew fellowship with many of you soon, as we plan to be in the UK for two months, beginning late December. Thank you all again for your continued prayers and fellowship in the Gospel.

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Holiday at Home 2015

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When is it?

Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th August 2015

What is it?

Many do not have as much opportunity for holidays away, but we can enjoy being together as God’s people. Holiday at Home is open to all over 60s connected to the church in any way and it is an opportunity to fellowship together informally, share our faith, have fun & eat well.

What happens?

First 2 days of activities in the church with guest speakers, quizzes, singing, games/activities, devotional times.

Beginning at 10.30 for coffee & biscuits. A hot lunch is provided

Tea & cake at the end, finishing at 3.30

Special Guests: John and Marion McDonald

Where does it happen?

1st two days, all the activities are in the main church building so that it is all access friendly for the older folks.

3rd day out – Coach trip to Erdigg, the National Trust property near Wrexham in North Wales.

Thursday Outing to Erdigg

3rd day is a coach outing to a local attraction, including those in wheelchairs. Help provided by the younger, fitter ones.

Erdigg tells the story of a gentry family’s relationship with its servants (as it would have been in the days of the Empire and the Raj). It has a 1200 acre landscape park and gardens.

Cost: £15, including coach and entrance fee (reduced to £6.00 for National Trust Members).

There is a restaurant, cafe and tea room, plus picnic areas for those wishing to bring their own lunch.

Depart Eastbank Square 10.00am
Arrive Back Southport: 6.00pm approx.

Holiday at Home Registration

Click here to view more details about Erdigg.


Click here to see some photos of previous years.


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Men’s Conference 2015

Equipping Men to Reach Men with Unbelievable Good News

We are living in a secularised, globalised, multicultural world, with many believing in no “truth” except what seems right to themselves. Others doubt the relevance of any religious faith, and often question the rights of those who do believe the Christian gospel to impose their views on anyone else. Belief in Jesus is often seen as one option among many.

If you are struggling to share your faith, you are not alone. At a time when neighbours and colleagues know less and less about the good news of Jesus Christ we feel less able to communicate with them. We are “not clever enough”, or we are embarrassed or we fear being re- jected (even litigation)! Maybe it is best to stay silent!

You are invited to join like minded men to explore some of the ways in which we might engage with friends, in a way that connects with them where they are at.


Sat 28th February, 10am

The Lounge, Southport Football Club, Haig Avenue, Southport

Speaker: Antony Billington, Head of Theology at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity

Start with coffee at 10.00
Session One: Listening Carefully – Making Connections, Handling Questions
More coffee!
Session Two: Engaging Confidently – Using Strategies, Communicating Consequences Question time
Conclusion

Attendance is free!

The coffee is free!

You will be free to ask questions.

Anyone can come.

See you there!

For more details, call Pastor Stuart Harding, or use the contact page here.

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Arequipa News – January 2015

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)

Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

(Genesis 18:14)

After years of waiting, by Abraham and Sarah for the promised son the Lord spoke into a situation of barrenness and fading hope, God, in His own appointed time determined when Isaac would be born. The appointed time in Hebrew is: “the time of life”. Sarah’s womb and Abraham’s body were considered as dead. The birth of Isaac was of the Lord’s visitation, “the time of life”. The church often seems to be in a condition of barrenness and sterility, but could this year be the “time of life”, the year of the Lord’s visitation, the time when the church will blossom and sprout, and fill its community with fruit? As we wait the Lord’s time may we be enabled to sail, and not drift, or lie at anchor! May our waiting be with patience and trust!

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Last year we introduced some changes to the structure of our meetings. We started our Saturday mornings at 6.30am and with breakfast. We found that the folks were more alert and attentive to the ministry of the word after a warm breakfast, and at this early part of the day, before they go off to work. We will review things as the year progresses, but we seek to be effective in our outreach, as the Lord leads.

We had a number of new families come to camp this year, so we continue to have growing and meaningful contacts in the community. May there be a “time of life” for some this year. We did have the joy of seeing one of the children make a meaningful and definite step to seek the Lord. A young girl called Soledad, stayed behind after all the other children had left the children’s club and shared her desire to receive Christ as her Saviour. As we talked and prayed with her it was notable to see the joy on her face after I prayed. Please pray that she will grow in faith, and that her parents will not oppose or hinder the work of God.

Many of the children are not allowed to come to the children’s club after they have received confirmation in the Catholic church. However “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” and He, the Good Shepherd, will care for His own. Pray that the Lord will grant us wisdom this year regarding all aspects of ministry in this needy township.

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Ronny and Rocio lead the children’s meeting here, but last year was particularly frustrating for them as the community centre is now used frequently for various functions, where drinking to excess is the norm. The atmosphere in the place has become unfavourable, so they need to find a place they can rent, where they can have meetings without interruption. Pray that the Lord will provide such a place and soon.

Maybe the time has come for us to bring together the believers who live here, so that they can meet regularly at the weekend, within their own community. We have bussed them into Simon Bolivar on Sundays for years; perhaps this is the appointed time to consider having a more permanent ministry, with their own input and support. Pray for wisdom as we work through this proposition, and for the Lord’s clear leading.

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The normal activities and ministry in the church in Simon Bolivar have continued throughout the year. We had our camp this year at another site. It belongs to the Lutheran Mission and is closer to Arequipa. We had over 70 campers, with some new faces among the regulars! Pray for a man called Enrique who attends the church periodically and has enquired about baptism. We had a long conversation on spiritual matters; pray that spiritual fruit may be increasingly evident in his life. Please also pray for one particular couple who attended the evangelistic meal; Jeanna & John. John commented afterwards, that he must go home and give serious consideration to the message he had heard. I gave him a booklet to read, but we need to water the word with prayer. Pray for the unconverted among us, that soon a “time of life”, real conversions by the regenerating power of the Spirit, may become more evident in the church.

There is a real threat of drought here in the city of Arequipa. We have had no rain for two years and there will be rationing if there is no rain soon. There is a daily growing concern among the population, particularly with the agricultural sector. But how many are concerned about the spiritual drought in the church?! The answer is, not many. The living epitaph can be written over all humanity, “there is no-one who understands, there is no-one who seeks God”. Rom 3.11. Pray that the Lord would pour out on his church the spirit of grace and supplication, the precursor for an increase of new and joy in his church.

Please pray for the Holiday Bible Club in February, that the Lord will bless the hard work of all the helpers.

Family News

Last year was like sailing against the wind, the wind of adversity in many ways. Roxy was ill almost the whole year, first with constant dizziness, a barrage of tests, and then two surgical interventions to remove a bladder stone. The good news is that now she is so much better, so we are trusting the Lord for a more active and fruitful 2015!

pic007We had a large gathering of family and missionaries at our home for Christmas. Yours truly cooked a chicken curry for over 20 people! I am not a traditionalist, it beats turkey any day! There must be a reason why nobody eats turkeys during the rest of the year!

Melissa is off school until the beginning of March, but we are keeping her busy with various activities, classes, swimming, music, dance, etc.

For me, I have been pummelled relentlessly in the fight, but although at various times I’ve been on the canvass, by the grace of God I kept getting up to go the distance, never to be counted out! But my enemy and his cohorts will not go the distance, rather they will receive the eternal knockout, at the APPOINTED TIME!

Thank you all for your support and prayers for us as a family and for team here, in the work in Arequipa. May the Lord grant you a most blessed and spiritually prosperous 2015!

 

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Young Life Speakout Weekend 2013

Our Easter weekend at Grace was a busy one, with our evening service on Thursday, the Good Friday morning service, and a church walk on Easter Monday, all in addition  to our normal events. But as well as all that, we were delighted that the youth group, Young Life, were once again with us for their annual Speakout. The following is a report on their activities, written by one of the Young Life members:

 


 

“The long weekend started at 8pm on Thursday night. After the first session we had supper, then, at about 10:30 went to our rooms. The girls slept in rooms at the back of the meeting hall, whilst the boys slept in Bethesda, a nearby church. The Friday morning session included a talk by Ste Wells on how to be a good ‘open airer’.

During the weekend, we had around 7 hours of open airs, which drew good crowds of listeners. We split into 3 groups, and during the open airs each group had different responsibilities. On the Sunday afternoon, at least half a dozen young boys did their first ever open air talk, which was an encouragement to the whole team. Even more encouraging though, around 50 non-Christians were contacted over the weekend!

Other activities included the talks spread out over the different days, with speakers including Vinny Commons, Steve Taylor and Daniel Moore. We held 2 events that people were invited to. One was a DVD presentation on a converted martial-artesian, called ‘Taming the Tiger’, and an update on the work of Daniel Moore.

Saving the best till last, the food was great. We had 2 new cooks, who supplied us with plenty of sweets, crisps and an excellent Sunday lunch.

Personal highlights included the night times when the boys enjoy a good laugh together. Also, I enjoyed the talks, especially those by Daniel Moore as he was clear and informative. I would go again without doubt, and found it was an encouragement in my Christian faith.”

By Ben Huxford aged 15 (Liverpool YL)

 


 

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