Readers’ Letters

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Honouring our pioneers is a good thing

It was sobering to read about church pioneer, the late Pastor Io Smith – what a great woman of God. It’s good to be reminded about the lives and great sacrifices made by the people who established the Black Majority Church here in the UK, as well as hear about the hardship and racism they overcame to do so. Pastor Io Smith is a great example of the men and women, who travelled from the Caribbean to the UK during the 1950s and 60s, and I’m so pleased that her life and legacy were celebrated with a special service. Churches should do this more often, so that members are reminded about the shoulders of the spiritual giants upon which they stand. Natalie Peters, Nottingham

Let’s hear it for the men

I had to do a double take, after reading Marcia Dixon’s Food for Thought, ‘What About The Boys?’ I have felt for a long time that not just society but also the Church fail to recognise the valuable contribution men make in this world, and have often wondered if people give any consideration on the effect that their negative comments about men might be having on young boys in our midst. Churches are the perfect places to raise awareness of the positive, exemplary men we have in our community; to remind the wider community that men do have an important role to play, and that their contribution is valuable. Olu Johnson, Bristol

Shauna Muamba deserved her award

After reading Shauna Muamba’s interview, I had to conclude that Keep The Faith made the right decision in making her their ‘Woman of the Year’. Who would have thought that her tweets, ‘God is in control’ and ‘Pray for Muamba’, would cause the football community across the UK and people throughout the world to start praying? I was also moved by the fact that people had become Christians as a result of Shauna’s tweets. Her story is proof that God can use anyone and anything to remind the world of His existence. And what’s great about her story is that it has a great ending. Her husband, Fabrice Muamba, was restored back to life; they are due to be parents again, and Shauna is set to start an exciting business venture. May God continue to bless them both. Jennifer Andrews, London

What an inspirational lady

I was very inspired after reading the Keep The Faith interview with Shauna Muamba; what a lovely, godly young lady, and Fabrice Muamba is very lucky to have a woman like that in his life. Shauna is just the type of woman a man needs by his side when he’s experiencing difficulties: a woman who knows how to pray. The interview also highlighted to me how God can use the seemingly little things that we do – in the case of Shauna, she tweeted ‘Pray for Muamba’ – to touch the world. Karen Clarke, Manchester

Believers need to laugh more often

I’m still smiling after reading Stephen Brooks’ article, ‘It’s OK For Believers To Laugh’. It’s sometimes easy to forget that Christianity is about experiencing the joy and peace of the Lord, when you see the sour faces of some believers when they are in church. Thank you, Rev Brooks, for reminding me of the humour inherent in the Scriptures, and for letting me know, as a servant of God, that it is OK to laugh, and that we should do so more often. Alison Maynard, London

I’m glad I’m not a ‘reaction factor’ parent

After reading Amie Buhari’s article, I’m so glad that I’m not a ‘reaction factor’ parent. I grew up in a strict Christian family and, although there were many things about my upbringing I didn’t like (I thought my parents were too strict, and went to church too much), on reflection, I know my parents did their best to raise me right; teach me right from wrong, and get an education. I am what I am because of the discipline my parents instilled in me.

Twenty-first century parents, particularly those raised by strict Christian parents, need to be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, ie. forget the good things their parents taught them, in order to inject some liberalism into their parenting style. Amie’s right; whilst we must give our children freedom, we must let them grow up with boundaries and the understanding that discipline is a good thing. It will put them in good stead when they are adults and raising families of their own. Jason Roberts, London

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