Once again we have had another busy time of outreach from Ascension to Pentecost and I want to thank all those who have helped out in so many ways, as well as those who offered prayer and support behind the scenes. It’s now our third year of TKC, and as always, I find the Lord always uses such occasions to teach us some important lessons about the mission He has given us.
So what can we learn from this year’s TKC?
Our mission field is vast A few of us worked alongside the chaplaincy team at the CFE, and it was a great privilege to be asked. Even though we may not have many profound conversations, simply seeing the vast number of people passing through in the foyer reminded me how much work is needed even just to make connections with those who have never thought about the spiritual side of life.
Unity in prayer is a must It was a great encouragement to see so many people turn up at our Ascension Day prayer party, To me, it seems right we set aside an evening a month to eat, pray and praise together, and I believe that they could and should become a central feature of our church’s life. The Lord loves the unity of His church and He loves to hear our worship, and the feedback I have received is that we need to grow these worship events.
Our community needs help We had a lot quieter morning at the Indian Inn this year. Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the fact this year TKC didn’t fall during half-term. But from all my conversations the closure of the Post Office and the library has really affected footfall through Stoke Village. We need to pray for the Lord’s blessing on our area, and consider how best we can engage with our neighbours.
We need to unite with other churches Only a few of us were able to make the Monday evening prayer walk from St Aubyn’s to St Michael’s but during that walk we covered so much in prayer, from the local churches themselves, to the bingo hall, to the police station, to schools, to the shops in Marlborough Street, to the local parks and houses. Again, how can we make the time to come together and really intercede for our communities? If we don’t do this, who will?
Testimony is powerful It was a wonderful end to TKC to have Kelly’s baptism and her words made a powerful emotional impact on all who were there. I know the Lord spoke to others at the Ladies’ Quiet Day and we need to share our stories and make them known. They are proof that the God we talk about is real and working in and among us by His Holy Spirit.
The spiritual opposition is real We weren’t able to stay long at Devonport Park but even the brief time there made me realise the necessity of our presence at these events. To have a stall openly selling ouija boards reminded once again that the evil one would love to claim authority over Devonport and Stoke and we need to be a visible witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
I wonder what next year’s campaign will bring? It’s never too early to start planning and praying!