The Mordecai Project Newsletter
Report from England / February 2009
My recent visit to England began at Ashburnham, an 800-year-old English manor house that is now used as a Christian retreat center. Many pastors and leaders from the Pentecostal Holiness Church gathered for three days of teaching, ministry and fellowship. I was blessed to speak four times to this group, which included leaders from Ghana, Wales, England, Nigeria, Congo, Guyana, Cameroon and other countries. Harold and Kathleen Presley, American missionaries to England, hosted this meeting. Harold and Kathleen are dear friends and they created a warm environment for the Holy Spirit to work. A team from Neath, Wales, led us in worship. The band, led by Pastor John Powell, had an awesome Celtic flair and they really blessed us.
** One highlight of my time at Ashburnham as connecting with Tunde and Tina Bolanta, pastors of a growing church in Kaduna, Nigeria. Tunde and Tina both ministered during the week. This amazing couple has faced incredible hardship in a city where persecution from Muslims is common. I learned so much from Tunde and look forward to ministering at his church in Kaduna next year.
** I was able to minister to many people with words of prophetic encouragement. I also taught a series on “Recovering Genuine Apostolic Anointing” as well as a session on how to release women in ministry. Women in the UK still face a lot of challenges so this was an encouraging time for them.
** On Saturday I spoke at a men’s event in Littlehampton, a town on the south English coast near Brighton. My host was Clive Price, a British journalist who writes often for Charisma magazine. Because the British church is struggling against the forces of secularism and atheism, they often feel intimidated. I brought a message to these men about rising up as warriors to face the enemy. Many of the men came to the altar to receive a fresh anointing of courage.
** On Sunday I preached at Fountain of Life Church, a Pentecostal Holiness congregation in east London. The pastor is from Ghana, his wife is from Guyana and the members are from many other countries. The Lord really came to encourage the saints that day. Many came to the altar if they felt they needed a fresh encounter with the fire of God’s holiness.
** On Monday I taught an all-day course on “Biblical Foundations for Women in Ministry” at Ellel Ministries’ ministry school near Farnham, southwest of London. The school is housed in a huge manor house that was built in the 1800s. There were about 80 students in my class that day and both men and women were greatly encouraged. The students represented more than 15 nations, including some European countries where women are still strictly bound by religious tradition. It is exciting to see how God is unraveling old religious mindsets so that the church can advance in the power of the Holy Spirit.
** On Tuesday I traveled with some of the Ellel leaders four hours north to Blackpool, an English city on the coast of the Irish Sea. The next day the annual conference of Ellel Ministries began. There were about 800 people in attendance for four days, and the other speakers included my friends George Otis Jr. from Seattle and Allistair Petrie from Canada. Peter and Fiona Horrobin, who direct Ellel, also spoke.
** I did two main sessions as well as an all-afternoon workshop on “Restoring Character in Ministry.” In my main session on Wednesday night the Lord directed me to take a piece of cloth and rip it into shreds as I read from Joel 2:13, in which God says: “Rend your hearts and not your garments.” It was a sobering call to repentance for the state of the church (I did not realize until later that it was Ash Wednesday!). I do believe the Lord heard our cries that night for the restoration of holiness in His church. In my main session on Friday I challenged the people to break out of their fears and limitations to take the healing power of Jesus to the nations. During the altar call a large number of the people came to the front to acknowledge that God has called them to minister cross-culturally.
** It was really a blessing to be with God’s people in Europe. I found amazing hunger in their hearts. Christians from the UK, France, Germany, Romania and other nations do not have as much access to teaching and Christian resources, and they are so grateful for conferences like this. They know they are on the front lines and that secularism and Islam are immediate threats to the church. I came home with a greater concern for them and a burden to pray that God will pour out His Spirit in a fresh way all over Europe.
Posted by Lee Grady on February 28, 2009 09:43 AM