Wednesday, 7 August 2013

SUMMER MESSAGE TO EVERYONE AT NLC FROM DAVE BUNTING

Hope you all have been enjoying the sun and life is good whether you are at work or sitting on the beach in the sunshine paradise of Skeggy!

We have such a great God!  It was good to hear Beth's testimony, that she felt so loved by the church through her time of grief.  Then there was Tracey so overwhelmed one Sunday by God's love that she says,
"I didn't know I could get any happier!"


Well done church! What service and workload you have undertaken at YoungStars engaging with the children in our community.  John Bown reports that you were 'exceptional' and I know some of you are continuing to support and work alongside other churches as the playscheme continues in the weeks ahead.

Looking forward to the summer and of course to the Scarborough trip this weekend.  For the more energetic amongst you - the challenge is on to find this years rounders champion!  Some of our people are currently in India working at the orphanage but due home and, no doubt, with many a tale to tell this weekend.  We have young people soon heading off to Soul Survivor and then Focus Bible Camp.  We pray for an amazing time of experiences and encounters with God for each one of them.

I pray that everyone has a really blessed summer so you are able to recharge your batteries and be refreshed and strengthened.  I pray that all may go well for you.  As you share life together - just a thought.  In all you do always remember the grace of God towards each other.  Love one another as Christ loves you.

Now, looking ahead, I'm excited at the prospect of two significant events.  The first is the BBQ in the grounds of the crooked spire on September 14th as we seek to give the gospel to 1,000 people as well as burgers and bangers.

Hot off the press!  The second event I'm excited to announce is that we have booked the Watoto African Childrens' Choir for 2014.  The choir of 22 children have literally been rescued from some terrible situations and each has a personal relationship with Jesus.  Their tour is called 'Beautiful Africa - A New Generation' and as well as singing and dancing many of the children will be sharing their testimonies with us.  They will be with us for 2 days April 26th and 27th 2014.  Should be an amazing time!

We thank God for all he is doing and live in great anticipation of much more to come.  Great growth is on the horizon!

So, finally, look for a wowcha this summer.  A wow of an experience with God and a wow in our worship for him.  Keeping our hearts faithful to our loving God and responsive to him at all times.

Dave Bunting

P.S. (from Jacky) Dave and Alison will be on holiday for the last two weeks in August.
We pray you both have a lovely, relaxing time and come back feeling refreshed too!