GREAT ROLE MODEL
I regularly watch OH TV, so it was really good to read about Vidal Juba, Head of Channel Management of OH TV, and hearing about his work as a musician, his role as a husband and father, and how his faith in Christ impacts and influences all that he does. We hear a lot about the negative things that young people do in our community, but it’s such a pleasure to read about young adults that are positively impacting society.
Tunde Odunsi, London
TRAINING FOR CHURCHES IS INSPIRING
I was greatly inspired to read about the work of Hazel Nelson-Williams and her plans to provide training for churches interested in working with at-risk and disenfranchised youth. This is a noble aim, and there are many Christians in churches who would love the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people going down the wrong path. I commend Ms Nelson-Williams’ work, and wish her all the best on her endeavours.
Jennifer Brown, London
CHRISTIAN EMPLOYEES NEED GUIDANCE
I’ve been reading too many stories recently of Christians who have been disciplined, suspended or dismissed because of sharing or practising some aspect of their faith at their place of work. I’ve just finished reading the KTF news story of Sarah Mbuyi, who was dismissed from her job for sharing biblical views of homosexuality, in response to a question on the issue from a fellow work colleague. It’s just crazy. I think it’s time for senior church leaders to provide their lay members with directives on how they can/should share their faith at their places of work, if at all. Too many Christians are being disciplined. I’m sure this number could be lessened, if some useful guidelines were issued by our churches.
Marcus Williams, Birmingham
WELL DONE KEEP THE FAITH
Congratulations to both the publisher and editor of Keep The Faith for being invited as representatives of the Black church to a 10 Downing Street reception, hosted by the Prime Minister. Your magazine does a great job in highlighting the great things Black Christians are doing in the UK and beyond, and I always look forward to reading it. You represent the Gospel and the Black Christian community well. I pray that God continues to bless your work.
Josephine Andrews, Manchester
THE KILLINGS HAVE TO STOP
Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s article, ‘It’s time to say Enough Is Enough’, was so timely. It’s a message she needs to preach in churches around the country, as she is so right. I think a lot of the criminal and murderous behaviour we see in our community is due to the breakdown in the family, and she is right in saying that parents have failed our young people by not giving them the time, love and discipline that they require. These are values that people of African descent once adhered to. As a community, we need to take up Rev Hudson-Wilkin’s suggestions and start living in unity, stop colluding with the perpetrators of violent acts, and raise our children ourselves, instead of allowing them to be raised by the streets or the television.
Jonathan Peters, Wolverhampton
GIRLS, GANGS AND WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
The Keep The Faith story on ‘Girls, Gangs and Sex’ shocked me to the core. It’s awful to know that there are young girls that are forced to participate in degrading sexual acts by gang members. It makes me think that churches need to re-think the way they do women’s ministry. Women’s departments should put on events aimed at fostering better relationships between mothers and daughters, as well as provide guidance to parents on how to instruct their daughters, particularly those who might be susceptible to being violated in this way. We live in perilous times, and it’s important that we arm our children with information that will help keep them safe from predators and gangs that want to take sexual advantage of them.
Sarah Marchant, Luton
LOVE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I just loved reading the Gwenton Sloley story about his life, and how he experienced a 360-degree life turnaround. His life story highlights how, with the right support and personal determination, an individual can turn their life around. And I just love the advice he offered churches that want to impact the lives of young people. It was very apt and appropriate. Thank you for reminding us that sometimes all it takes to turn around the life of a young person is a warm heart and listening ear.
Elizabeth Olatoye, Essex
LET’S BUILD BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
In Rev David Shosanya’s article, ‘When Are We Going To Get Along?’, I’ve noted how Black relationships have become minefields in recent years and, unfortunately, the casualties tend to be children. We have bought into the negative perceptions of each other and, as a result, cannot see the beauty in each other, as our forefathers did, particularly those who immigrated here in the 1950s and 60s. How can we expect to build a strong community for our children, if we are unable to positively affirm each other? Rev Shosanya’s article provides much food for thought, and I hope that we are able to take on board his helpful suggestions on how we can build better relationships.
Michael Stanbury, Sheffield