PRAISE FOR NTCG’S NEW NATIONAL OVERSEER
I would like to congratulate the New Testament Church of God on the election of Bishop Donald Bolt, as their new national overseer. The appointment of a new church leader, although daunting, is also exciting, and it’s my prayer that Bishop Bolt’s election signifies a new era of dynamism in NTCG’s mission to spread the Gospel here in the UK and beyond. I wish Bishop Bolt every success in his new role, and pray that God uses him mightily when he takes up his new role.
James Taylor, Wolverhampton
CHRISTIANS MUST ENGAGE IN IMMIGRATION DEBATE
Richard Reddie’s article was a timely reminder for the Black Christian community to not only engage in the debate about Immigration, but to also participate in the political process. Year on year, I am seeing more and more Christians joining political parties and standing for election. This can only be a good thing. We are not immune from laws that are passed in Parliament, so it makes sense for Christians to engage in this arena.
Furthermore, the issue of Immigration is one that Black Christians should be concerned with. Our forefathers immigrated to the UK in the 1950s and 60s, so we more than anyone should understand the undercurrents of the current debate on Immigration, which are often fuelled by racism, and fail to take into account the benefits that immigrants bring and/or the hardships they face. Let’s not bury our head in the sands, but let us engage in this debate and make our voices known. Immigration, in the main, is a good thing and long may it continue.
Mark Richards, London
IT’S TIME FOR BLACK CHURCHES TO WORK TOGETHER
Rev David Shosanya hit the nail on the head with his article, ‘Christian unity is far more important than denominationalism’. It’s a tragedy that he’s had to write that ‘the reality is that Christian unity has largely been sacrificed at the altar of institutional or denominational allegiance’. This is particularly true within the Black church community. How often do Black Pentecostal denominations come together to work on a joint initiative that would be of benefit to the wider community? And yet, these are usually the same churches that complain how difficult it is to engage with predominantly White church organisations. Many within the Black community – those of faith and those of none – want to see churches working together, particularly our Black Pentecostal ones. There’s power in unity, so let’s pray that our churches take Christ’s words of united Christian living to heart, drop their pride, and start working together for the sake of the Kingdom and the community.
Marcus Elliott, Luton
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
I was pleased to read the story in Marcia Dixon’s column entitled, ‘The killings have to stop’. We should view it as a travesty that a section of our young people have no problem in killing someone and, as Ms Dixon writes, enough is enough. How many children have to die? How many mothers have to cry? Why have a sector of our community forgotten to embrace principles espoused by our culture? Second-generation Caribbeans were brought up to value life, respect elders, have ambition, and to value education, hard work and upright living. It’s a shame that a small minority have taken on board the negativity inherent within some aspects of our musical culture, live it out and, in the process, cause so much havoc. It is time for the churches to not only say enough is enough, but to find ways to share the benefits of righteous living, and share that message of hope to a young generation of people, who obviously have very little.
Anita Bollard, London
THANK GOD FOR WOMEN LIKE PASTOR MARJORIE
As much as I love men, it was so good to (i) see a woman, Pastor Marjorie Esomowei, on the front cover of Keep The Faith, and (ii) to read about her journey in the Keep The Faith interview. It was so inspiring to read about a woman who has a heart for women, as evidenced in her celebrating the 10th Wise Women Awards, but also to hear her encourage church leaders to invest in women’s ministries. As has been said so many times, women are the majority gender in the church pews, and are heavily involved in the public ministry of the church. More can be done in terms of training to ensure they are fully equipped for their role. Thank you, Pastor Marjorie and Keep The Faith, for putting a woman minister and the role of women’s ministry in the spotlight.
Andrea Kelly, Bristol
WISE WOMEN AWARDS A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT
I always eagerly read the Keep The Faith reports on the Wise Women Awards, so you can imagine how delighted I was to read about previous winners, and how winning a WWA has impacted their lives and ministries. Being a recipient of a WWA has obviously been a major encouragement for all the women, but I also get the impression that it has provided them with increased opportunities to celebrate what God has done in their lives, which can only be a good thing.
Hyacinth Peters, Birmingham