21.7.14

The Great Commission

I love my new church.  It was scary at first to go from being a pastor to being pastored again but we have settled and simply love being a part of the family at Charlton King's Baptist Church.  This past Sunday Jason did a  life changing talk with our little ones, explaining the great commission to them. After explaining to them about Jesus and asking if they accepted that He died and rose again, he gave them a pack of stars and told them to go around the church and give everyone a sticker if they accepted the gospel.  It was a wonderful and practical reminder of what we are called to do, he said a the Great Commission is our co-operation with his mission!  Afterwards he played this video which sums it up perfectly.

 

Sue went on to preach a brilliant message as always and each Sunday I want to get born again again!  I feel so privileged and honoured to be a part of such a wonderful church family.
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21.6.14

How Politics Helped Me in Ministry and Business

A short while ago ago I was invited to stand in the local borough elections for the Benhall and The Reddings ward in Cheltenham. The elections took place last on 22nd May and I received 594 votes. My opponent received 1188 votes so clearly I did not win. However, I don't feel like I lost either. I learned so much and gained so much and I can honestly say that it was well worth it. I will definitely stay involved.  Today I would like to share some of the valuable things that I learned with you:

Politicians are Real People
Local politics is often confused with national politics.  Yes in theory we are all one party but in reality the local councilors have little if any contact with the national leaders.  We might get to meet one or two national leaders but we are unlikely to become their best friends and change the country with them.  So what I want to focus on is our perception of local politicians and the simplest way that I can describe a local councilor is that they are very much like pastors.  The only difference really is that the message - everything else is pretty much the same.  Pastors and local councilors have to lead their community to the best of their ability, take care of some of their needs, get to know them, stay visible in the community, offer advice when necessary, have a listening ear and share the message of what they stand for.

Local councilors and often pastors (but not always) are unpaid, are expected to be all things to all men, are often criticised for what they get wrong, often feel like they don't do enough but on the positive side have a very rewarding role in the community.

Have you ever seen a politician that way?  Some politicians, just like some pastors, abuse the power they have been entrusted with and make a mess of things giving all the good politicians and pastors a bad name.

* I am not diluting the gospel by making this comparison, the message of the pastor is OF COURSE the most important thing.  I was merely comparing the type of person it takes and the type of work they have to do.

There is no way that you can be a local politician and not care about people.  It simply won't work and you won't get elected.  It's that simple.  I have observed the local politicians and found them all to be absolutely wonderful and caring people.  I am sure the not so nice ones exist but I have not met one yet.  My perspective on politicians has changed radically and I hope what I have to say will help you with your views too. To be a politician you really do have to care about a cause, about local issues and about people.

Politics and Ministry
So how did politics help me in ministry?  Well.... if I had known that I would be required to go door to door and speak to people as well as make hundreds of phone calls  I might not have stood in the recent election! However, having been 'forced' to just get on with it I learned a valuable lesson.  You see, talking to people about politics on their door step is probably the most difficult and most scary thing I have ever had to do. If you think sharing your faith is difficult, try sharing your political views - some people can get very angry and rude.  One person chased me off his lawn like I was a dog making a poo on his grass!

After doing all I had to do to win votes I realised that I have neglected doing so much to win people to Jesus because I was too afraid and too worried about what people would think.  Now that I have done what I deem to be the worse sort of door knocking I think I will now find it much easier to talk to people about Jesus.  I now know how I would do it, what I would say and I would have a great deal more compassion for people when saying it.

The biggest part of knocking up was to simply listen to what people had to say rather than tell them my views.  Perhaps if I knocked on someone's door to tell them about Jesus I would simply ask them to share their views with me and listen....  who knows what I would do next, I guess the Holy Spirit will lead specifically each time.  The bottom line is that politics has helped me in my ministry to the lost and I will never be the same again, for this I am truly grateful.

Politics and Business
Being forced to use the phone to make hundreds of phone calls shattered all my phone fears for once and for all.  Where the phone had once been a big deal it is now an ordinary part of my business day.  If I had not been involved in politics it is likely that I would still be avoiding the phone today.  After about the 20th phone call I quickly learned some technique and started to love how much time the phone was saving me as each phone call made meant it was one less house I had to visit.  A lesson I should have learned ages ago in business.  Each phone call I now make means one less coffee appointment I have to travel to, one less appointment in my diary, one less hour lost.   Not that I don't love coffee appointments but how many can you realistically have in a week and of those how many would turn into a client?

There is so much more I could say but this post is getting rather long now.  I just wanted to share some of my life changing experiences with you.  Try not to say no too much to new experiences in life, you never know how God will use them to mould and shape you.  I am changed forever but my political experience and I am so grateful for all I have gained.

So yes, I lost the election but I won so much more!  What do you need to get involved with what you have perhaps been avoiding?
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16.6.14

95 Days to Go!

Our King's Daughters Conference breakout sessions have been finalised and boy oh boy do we have something special lined up for you!
Tania Vaughan - Doing it Differently
Roseann Boyce - Hard Truths
Vanessa Stottor - My Huts on Fire
Fay Price - Love, the Church and Homosexuality
Make sure you get your ticket soon www.kingsdaughtersconference.co.uk
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3.6.14

Malawi Day Celebrations - I am because we are!

Madonna is one of Malawi’s most famous ambassadors. She said “Despite horrendous life chances the children have a song in their heart and wear a smile.”

On Sunday 6th July its Malawi Day and there will be live music, fun games and activities, stalls, live Wimbledon Men’s Final on a big Screen and a delicious afternoon tea for all the family to celebrate and raise money to keep Malawi girls in school.

Dignity is a charity set up to raise awareness of the plight of girls; in Malawi an average girl misses one week a month of school because of the lack of menstruation provision. This problem can be solved and costs £10 per girl and will last her through her education.

Come and join in the celebration at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, GL516PN. Tickets costs £5 per person or £20 for a family (includes afternoon tea). Tickets available on http://tinyurl.com/npbvkoc

If you would like to be a stallholder email: Vicky@freerangechicks.net
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6.5.14

Christians in Politics

To my brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is my conviction that God is positioning Christians in leadership positions in the nation for His purposes. Christian men and women in business, ministry and politics are rising up with the express purpose of doing the will of God.  I have been involved in all three areas but my message to you today is in the area of politics.  I firmly believe that we need Christian leaders in our government if we stand a hope of being a true Christian nation.

Just because something is the will of God doesn't mean that it will automatically happen, we must be prepared to do our part.  As far back as we can go in history, Godly men and women had to fight for the will of God. The promise land was taken on the battle field, William Wilberforce abolished the slave trade by giving his life to fighting for this cause and today we see men and women fighting for various causes such as human trafficking, poverty, etc.  It is not God's will that His children suffer through slavery, poverty and other such circumstances but He needs to find those who are willing to fight for those who cannot.  I feel the same is relevant in our current situation in the UK.  If we want to be a Christian nation we need to fight for it, it is not automatically just going to happen because it is the will of God.  I have fought this battle from the perspective of the church and more recently I have fought from the perspective of being a Christian business woman but now I am focusing my efforts on becoming a Christian politician.  Why?  Because if we don't have Christian politicians then we will not and cannot be a Christian nation for much longer.

I am writing to you to ask for your support. I cannot do this alone.  Many people have told me that I don't stand a chance of winning this election but I believe that with God nothing is impossible.  I do realise now that I cannot win it alone though. I need you.  Will you help me?

There are three ways you can help:


  1. Stay home and pray - pray that I win this election and stay true to the purposes of God.
  2. Go out into the streets with me and talk to people.  I need a team of people willing to represent me.  If you choose to do this we will meet and pray together, then I will share my vision and then we will all go house to house and share the message with the people.  I will help you every step of the way, more importantly we will rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the words to speak and favour with the people.
  3. Spread the word through social media (here is our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/benhallandthereddings/), email people, contact anyone you know in the area - Christian or not - and ask for their support.


I hope you hear my heart in this.  If we want to policies and practices of this nation to be in line with our faith then we need to make sure we do our part to position ourselves in places of influence in this nation.

It's not about which party we chose but about supporting the Christians who are trying to make a difference.  I prayerfully chose the Conservative Party but that does not mean than those Christians standing in other parties in other areas shouldn't be supported too.  We are all in a 'higher party' which is the kingdom of God.  So, please would you support me in the Conservative Party in the Benhall and The Reddings Ward in the 22nd May elections.

I really hope you will support me.

Love
Angela

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3.5.14

2014 Conference Speakers

2014 Conference Speakers This year's lineup has been confirmed and tickets are now available. We would love you to join us for the 2014 King's Daughters PURE Conference for a day that has been carefully crafted JUST FOR YOU. Enjoy a day off! Feel refreshed, get inspired and leave ready for the next season of your life. Find out more about our speakers below and don't delay, book your place now at www.kingsdaughterspure.eventbrite.co.uk

Angela De Souza


Angela has a deep desire to see women reach their full potential in every area of life. She has published many books in her quest to help women find and love who they are. The King’s Daughters Conference is an annual UK women’s conference where she continues to explore the theme of being all your can be.

Susan Woodley


Sue is a wife, a mother, a pastor and the host the King's Daughters Charlton King's Girl's Night. Sue is also an extraordinary woman with a big heart and a big vision. It is this incredible passion for all people that led her to her current role as pastor of Charlton Kings Baptist Church. 

Thoko Owino


Thoko is passionate about teaching God’s children to live a full, joyful life through the power of love. She knows every woman has great potential inside her which enables her to fulfil her destiny; she believes in empowering women to maximise their potential so it can be developed into the fullness of the virtuous woman God intended her to be.

Roseann Boyce


Roseann has worked with The Children’s Society for three years, her job title is a regional fundraiser, which is better described as a relationships builder. She is passionate about the work of The Children’s Society who believe that every single child and young person should be able to develop and flourish to their full potential.

Jaylene Howell


Jaylene is passionate about women seeing God in all of life, from the all-too-common failures to the occasional moments of brilliance. She loves sharing these moments, but more often finds God in unexpected glimpses in everyday life. She communicates the grace of God in an honest and transparent, though always down-to-earth style.

Lorah-Kelly Beard


Lorah-Kelly runs a photography business, Lorah-Kelly Creative Photography. She studied art at Cirencester College and adds magic to all that she does. Lorah is the lead singer of D7 Band and also dabbles with the guitar and bass. Samuel and Lorah recently got married in a barn and live in a cute little apartment in the middle of Cheltenham. 

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17.4.14

Depression - How to be Happy

Continuing on from my previous post on depression, let's take a look at happiness.  Not that depression is the absence of happiness but it is difficult to be happy while suffering with depression.  Some people can just be happy - I envy them. Other people, like myself, have to make an effort to be happy. Don't get me wrong, I have happy days that just come and it's wonderful.  It's those other days, the days when I have to work at it that are a bit more difficult. You see, I believe happiness is a choice. We can choose to be happy but it does require some effort on our part.

I have days when even getting out of bed is difficult.  Being self employed makes it even more difficult as I have no one to answer to but myself. Sometimes I just stay in bed and work on my laptop - that way I still get some work done without having to find the strength to get up.  Other days I have to force myself to get up and have to find a reason to get up.  I am not lazy I just struggle sometimes with the will to get through a day.  This is not an everyday occurrence, most days I get up between 5-6am, spend time with God and get on with things, but some days are just plain difficult.  These are the days when I have to work at being happy. Then there are occasional days, maybe one in a month, when I just clear my diary and cry all day. These days are a write off but if I allow myself time to just get it out of my system then I am ok for another month or more. However, if I try soldier on through I will start leaking tears at the most inconvenient of times and often in public, so I have learned just to allow myself a day of crying all my tears out.

Here are a few keys that I have found helpful when doing my best to find happiness:

Perspective
There is always more than one perspective of the same situation. If you are having difficulty with a particular situation it is always helpful to try to see if from different angles.  Many times a change in perspective can really lift the weight.

Attitude
Work on your thoughts as they carry power. Whatever you think you become and if you are constantly thinking negative or unhappy thoughts then you will remain stuck in unhappiness. Force yourself to think about positive things even if you don't feel positive at the time.

Choice
Finding things to be happy about by choice is a great way to lift the weight.  Again it is a battle in the mind but if you force yourself to think about happy things by choice then you will feel better.  Usually when I feel particularly depressed I find myself thinking about depressing things.  However, if I have the strength I can choose to find things that make me happy and force my mind to meditate on these things.

Hope's Journey has quite a few more powerful keys such as eating spicy food and chocolate, sunshine, exercise, eating and so much more tips for finding happiness, so I do recommend reading it and seeing what works for you.
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