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Update from the St Peter's Africa Mission team
Home and sleepy! Tears were shed and hugs were bear hugs is a testament either to how soft the English are and bear-like are the South Africans, or – and this just about more likely I think – it shows what a bond we felt with those we had spent time with; and how we as Christians really are all one in Christ and members of one body*. We pray that St. Peter’s may continue to share links with Emmanuel PE and support each other in our Christian lives and in gospel work.
Aside from waiting for the Reads at various points along the way, Carol, Cathy, Dannii, Amy, Kate and Emma made it back to loved ones here safely.
It will take time to process what we have learned and experienced. Many of us have come back to busy UK lives and won’t have had time yet to think everything over. The experience will certainly be life-long in its effects on us; and we hope that those praying, supporting, and all at St. Peter’s TW will feel a part of God’s world-wide work and know that we are all one in Christ to minister to each other and serve the Lord. We pray this mission trip will serve many more than those the 11 of us met in SA; and that links established between PE, South East Africa and TW, South East England will last.
One of the talks we heard was on Revelation by Glenn. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” Rev. 21:3.
Whether you went to South Africa, supported in one of many ways from any other country, are a member of Emmanuel, or are a part of the SPAM team in any other way, we have all received one message of Good News. This gospel is breaking down barriers between rich and poor, black and white, male and female, slave and master, political parties, educated and not… Jesus is crossing between these social divides. Janine at Greenbushes and Xolani in Walmer are just 2 examples we saw of this.
One day each of us who has accepted the “Salvation (rescue) [that] comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9) will dwell with God in His Kingdom.
This message of Salvation ran through the 2 weeks we were there. We pray that it has touched lives in South Africa, and here in the UK. We are all one in Christ.
NEXT SUNDAY, 31 AUGUST
10.30am Morning Service (& Bible Club Special):
Romans 11:25-36, Mike Warren.
SPA (St Peter’s Adults) and youth groups are on summer break.
Christianity Explored gives you time and space to think through who Jesus is and why it matters.
Next week's Sunday morning talk: Luke 5:1-11