A glimpse of what God’s doing within Barnabas Fellowship of Churches
At the end of June Bob House from Wellington and Peter Bowen from Plymouth travelled to Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia for a week of “full-on African praise, worship, prayer, preaching, teaching & ministry.” Whilst there they not only taught at the Barnabas conference hosted by Bishop Leonard Chellah, but also got to teach and preach at an Assemblies of God church on the other side of the city. Here’s Bob’s amazing testimony: “The [AOG] church was hungry for new things, having fasted and prayed over a long period for God to break in. The anointing of the Holy Spirit came down from the start, and we saw almost every life changed in those two days, God delivered, healed, released and anointed even without us needing to lay hands on the precious folks there. Pete taught on Father & Son relationships, in the Godhead and then the Body of Christ – it moved so many people deeply. At one point, the interpreter was so drunk in the Spirit he couldn’t continue, at which point the laughter began to spread – what joy we experienced! Pete was invited back to teach on Sunday morning, and 330 turned up – hallelujah! Then came the four-day Barnabas conference held at Bishop Leonard’s main church. He oversees a number of churches (approx 10) who are all now a part of the Barnabas family. The opening seminar on the Saturday was a funeral service for the 23 year old praise leader in the church who died of AIDS, a heartbreaking story with a victorious memorial. Marko preached the most wonderful message from Psalm 90 and it set the scene for the conference as well as speaking to those family members of the young lady.
The theme of the conference was ‘a time of increase’, but God’s message was clearly about people and the church waking up, rising up, taking their place in the kingdom of God, and receiving the power of the Holy Spirit to grow the kingdom.
As with the AOG seminars, God moved in a powerful way, and the response to His call to rise up was almost unanimous. Once again towards the end a Spirit of joy came upon us all, and we experienced much release and laughter in the place. Pastor Elias Mambo (Harare), and Pastor Joseph Malyangu (Livingstone) joined the team on the Monday to great effect. Sam Mangisi from Kwe Kwe, who is Barnabas Southern Africa administrator was also there and under his guidance we had a fruitful meeting with all the newer Pastors/ Leaders in the Zambia churches. Pastor Joseph also met with the same group to plan for future growth. It is safe to say that Lusaka will never be the same, and the church there will grow in the renewal that has begun – all praise to Jesus!”
Closer to Home
Recently Keith Dolding and Alastair Gray from Leicester were at 7Cs Church in Kirkby, near Nottingham, with Keith leading the inauguration of David as an elder there. There was a wonderful time of celebration and blessing. Maurice led the service and Keith preached. After Keith challenged David he invited David and his wife Glynis to respond. The church were asked to confirm they would support David and Glynis, which they did. We then we prayed, prophesied and blessed them both. Local church leaders were also present and took and active part. Afterwards enjoyed a celebration lunch. Please pray for David and Glynis as they join Maurice and Betty in leadership of the church there.