A New Day
The first of our Elim Missions’ Conferences in 2016 was held on Saturday 25th June at Portadown Elim Church. We were delighted to see several Elim Churches represented, with around 133 people attending. This was a very positive, inspiring day, and we are indebted to the leadership of Portadown Elim and their Missions’ Team for facilitating the Conference with such warmth and heart for service.
The day was packed full of ministry, information and fellowship, with seminars taken by Paul Hudson (International Missions’ Director), Operation Mobilisation, Paul Parkhouse (ICEJ), David and Esther Allen (missionaries to Cambodia), Linda Murray (Fundraiser Elim UK), Roy Johnston (Irish Missions’ Director) and a teaching video by Dr Keith Warrington (Regents Theological College).
Worship was led by Pastor Stuart Argue, supported by various members from other Elim Churches. In conversations during and after the Conference, it was clear that everyone who attended had been encouraged, challenged, inspired and connected through everything that had taken place. We give God glory and continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to release fruit as we ponder upon, and take action, based on all that we experienced and learnt together.
Following a period of handover, Roy Johnston is now officially Irish Missions’ Director. His appointment inevitably brings a sense of change and a sense of something new, whilst respecting and applauding the commitment and achievements of all that has gone before, yet nurturing and inspiring present and future vision as we work together and continue to build for God’s glory.
For example, the churches in Ireland will maintain their commitments to Central and Southern Africa, but will also prepare to connect with, and find ways to support, the whole of the Elim Missionary family across the various nations of the world. This means the increased growth of Godly, visionary partnerships with the wider Elim Movement that, together, we can effectively ‘Be Sowers’ and see Christ being ‘…exalted among the nations.’ (Psalm 46:10). The harvest is plentiful and there are numerous ways we can work together as we sow into the lives of:
Children and young people – that they might ‘catch’ the vision for world missions at a young age.
Young adults - that many will experience the call of God to serve on the mission field
Older people – who can ‘Go-Pray-Give’, allowing others to be sent because of their heart and passion for a worldwide sharing of the Gospel across the nations.
We value your prayers for anointing, guidance, wisdom and creativity as we endeavour to respond faithfully to the direction and prompting of the Holy Spirit, that we might serve the Lord with unity, freedom, inspiration, passion, vision and great effectiveness.
Elim Missions Ireland
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