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Streets Coffee - London Community Church Connects With The City

Streets Coffee is a community building experience with great food and coffee located at 289 Finchley Road in London, UK. Streets Coffee is run by the London Community Church which meets at the O2 Centre on Finchley Road.

Streets Coffee from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Streets Coffee started with the idea that they could create a space for our local community to rub shoulders, relax and unwind.

People are welcome to pop in for a quick bite, to idle away their afternoons with the the pursuit of sheer escapism or even to get to know others from their shared neck of the woods. Either way, they welcome the community to get to know therm and be able to serve them some great Coffee!

Streets Coffee is run by a combination of full time staff and volunteers from the London Community Church whose aim is to build an inclusive community culture that is inviting and open.

They are so glad people are finding them (lots of people) and enjoy meeting these people.

Familytime Ministries Church, Goes, Netherlands

For the past 11 years I have traveled to our Lifelink Churches. For me it is like visiting my relatives in whatever country they live in. This brings me much joy.

Today I want to introduce you to the church to which we are in relationship in Goes, Netherlands. What a wonderful family we are in relationship. They are a precious people, full of faith and with a heart to reach their city for Jesus. Watch this video which introduces you to the “Familytime Ministries Church”.

Familytime Ministries Church - English Video from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

While I was staying in the home of Raadj and Geeta Gonesh (the pastors of the church), I was able to capture their testimonies.

Raadj tells the story of how he was healed as a child from death’s door and delivered as a teen from stuttering when he stepped into obeying God to preach the gospel.

Raadj Gonesh Testimony of Healing and Call to the Ministry from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

At first, Geeta did not want to start the church in Goes, Netherlands but God had assured her of His standing with her by sending 3 couples who would support them. She has seen the support of God through it all and wants you to know of God’s provision and support for His children.

Geeta Gonesh's Testimony Of Being A Pastor's Wife from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

O2H Winter 2017 eNews

This 6 month period you as members of O2H have given £18,198 ($22,606) in grants to people in need in the world. Indeed, your monthly gifts multiply the amount to make a significant contribution.

On behalf of people from Cuba to Mongolia and beyond, Thank you!

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Geoff Brown In India

We as a stream of churches have had close relationships with our Indian brothers and sisters. Relationships in Jesus result in encounters with God that bless, encourage, and invest in each other’s lives.

These short videos are stories of just such relationships and help us participate with our friends in India. They are indeed a blessing to all of us.

God’s Power To Heal

Geoff Brown And The Healing of Babies-New Vimeo MPEG-4 from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Two Orphanages Geoff Brown Visited

An Orphan School In Visakhaptanam.

Geoff Brown Visakhapatnam Orphanage School from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

An Orphanage In Amritsar (O2H helped out with practical needs)

Geoff Brown Amritsar Orphanage from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Overcoming Difficulties - Strong Faith

We Are So Encouraged By The Indian Church

Geoff Brown Overcoming Difficulties in India from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Glorious Family Camp 2016 In Review

This is a short review of the Glorious Family Camp 2016 in the UK.

Glorious Family Camp 2016 In Review from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Leadership Course Graduation

We celebrated the graduation of 8 students from the Leadership Course at the Glorious Family Camp in August, 2016. These 8 students have been given diplomas for their two years invested. Rodolfo Aleixo, Samuel Brown, Davina Calbraith, Fiona Collins, Peter Collins, Rick Harvey, Andrew Northcott, and Alan James Scotland.

Leadership Course Graduation from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Chanelsy Moniharapon Story

Chanelsey was shot point blank, the gunman pointing right at his chest. This testimony of how Chanelsey was saved through a miracle is a tribute to God’s glory and transformation.

Chanelsy Moniharapon Story from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

A Sample Of The Worship At The Glorious Family Camp

Abraham Laisina - The Victor's Crown (Sample of Worship) from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Here is a sample of our worship at the Glorious Family Camp 2016. Abraham Laisina from the Netherlands is leading. What a tremendous time together!

O2H Nepal Report

Nepal still struggles with the homeless population after the two earthquakes which devastated the country in 2015.

Nepal Report from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Although aid came to help following the earthquakes, much of it did not get to the poorest of people. O2H granted help with no overhead costs. However, due to the blockade at the Indian border (over India’s objections to the new Nepal constitution), supplies are very short. Fuel, food, building materials, and other rebuilding essentials are becoming very hard to find and when one does it is at inflated prices.

Udaya Sharma (our contact and representative in Nepal)  has been able to supply blanket, snacks, water to these people. He charges no overhead cost so all of the money goes for supplies given to the poor and homeless. Many have become Christians as a result. The need is still great as they encounter the cold during the winter months.

Please pray and consider giving to meet this growing need.

Sam Rawley is now the Senior Pastor of Faith In Christ Fellowship, Eagan, MN

Sam shares that the eldership at Faith In Christ Fellowship has installed him as the Lead Pastor of the Church. Sam and Sara have been pastors along with Steve and Kathy Swanson for 18 months. Steve and Kathy are still active in the eldership of the church.

Sam Rawley is now the Senior Pastor of Faith In Christ Fellowship, Eagan, MN from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Global Horizons/Lifelink International December 2015 eNews

Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As we come to the end of this year, we are reminded of that beautiful text, ‘Up to now, the Lord has helped us.’ Truthfully as we scan back over the year we have much to rejoice in: the provision of God, the protection of God; and the inspiration of God.

All of these have been our experience wherever we have gone. This includes our leadership forums, our training initiatives, our mission enterprise; we must say that the Lord has been with us.

As we come to the end of this year and position ourselves for the next year, we have every confidence that God holds the key to the future. We want to stay close to Him, sensitive to His Spirit so that we can obey His promptings and His leadings.


Blessings,
Alan Scotland

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Receiving Iglesia Rey De Gloria Into The Lifelink Churches

An exciting and important event happened at Christ Church in the Minneapolis area. On the 25th of October, they had a combined worship celebration with the people of Rey De Gloria, a Spanish speaking church in the Twin Cities.

Receiving Iglesia Rey De Gloria Into the Lifelink Family from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

The purpose was to receive and welcome Rey De Gloria, pastored by Angel Montanez and his wife, Sandra, into the relationship with Lifelink Churches; and to commission Pablo Montanez and his wife, Deb into a full time ministry at Rey De Gloria and to the Spanish speaking people in the Twin Cities while still based at Christ Church.

Pablo is an elder of Christ Church and will continue ministering with Christ Church and Spanish speaking people around the church; but now will come along side of his brother Angel Montanez.

 

Angel, Pablo, Alan

Alan Scotland and Jim Munson Participated in this event.

September 2015 Global/Lifelink eNews

Dear Friends,

2015 is probably one of our most eventful years in terms of a number of key transitions that are taking place. The impact is felt among us in the UK. It is also experienced in Africa, India, and to the furthest parts of our operation in our relationships internationally.

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Blessings,
Alan Scotland

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Introducing Voice of Peace and Eternal Word Ministries, Zimbabwe

Tatenda and Lucia Guguwo are the founders of Eternal Word Ministries, a group of 585+  churches in Zimbabwe. Founded under a tree in 1991 God called them to the people that are despised and rejected, people that are misfits that were not welcome in the churches and communities in which they lived.

Voice of Peace Zimbabwe from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Voice of Peace is a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe serving the vulnerable children through many means.

Alan Scotland had visited Tatenda and Lucia in 2014. Because we have been in relationship with leaders who have been joined in heart in Zimbabwe and Zambia, Alan asked Jim Munson to go to visit Voice of Peace/Eternal Word Ministries in May 2015. This is a new ministry to us and Jim has given video reports of this new (to us) ministry. Tatenda also visited Lifelink/Global Horizons in November, 2014. 

Most of the churches are in the poor rural areas and townships. God told Tatenda, that through the teaching of the Word, God would transform and change these people’s lives into men and women who would be “names among names”  in the communities from which they came.

Eternal Word Ministries has a Bible School and builds leaders through leadership training.

When Tatenda started in this ministry, God put children on his heart. Children who were orphaned because of AIDS and HIV. Even before Tatenda married Lucia, he was challenged to do something. He only lived in one room, but still he took in 6 boys. Within a short time, he couldn’t fit them all in so he looked for a bigger place, a house.

He was only taking in the older boys above 12 or 13 years old, but when he married Lucia, she had a burden for the small children and soon they were running an orphanage. Today they have four orphan homes with over 240 children.

Today, some of the children are now attending University. Twenty-three of them are now pastoring chuches.

It became clear to both Tatenda and Lucia that they needed to address the spiritual, the physical and social needs of the people. Thus, they founded, Voice of Peace Organization as a non-profit organization to meet the needs in the communities. Beyond the orphanages, Voice of Peace has significantly met the needs of over 6,000 children. They have started support groups for those living with AIDS and HIV. They have started mobile health clinics to make up for the gap in health care due to the economic problems in the country. The unemployment rate is 86%.

They have feeding programmes for over 2,000 children and because the children need an education, they started 5 schools with over 2,000 children. This past year the Epworth school grade 7 had a 92% pass rate for the state exams. They really don’t have resources to meet all of these needs, but they are trusting that God will supply.

They run Adventure Camps for children.

They have a sports programme to involve youth and young adults. This keeps the youth away from drugs and anti-social behavior.

They have set up a centre to save children who have been trafficked in the sex trade. They have rescued and rehabilitated 70 girls since they started in 2010.

They have a counseling centre because so many of the children have had issues with abuse and other challenges that need this kind of help.

Lucia started the Esther School of marriage to mentor couples into just how to have a successful and meaningful marriage. As part of this she started Lucia Creations which has to do with wedding decor and catering.

Lucia also has a weekly Radio programme and is well known throughout Zimbabwe.

Lifelink/Global eNews, June 2015

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Ps 24:1

In spite of the challenges we face in our world today, there’s enough evidence revealing God is very much on the throne at work on His earth with what he is doing among the churches across the world.

Although small, we have an exciting part, in our partnerships across apostolic networks and across our own network of churches on several continents.

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Lifelink Churches Help With Hub Centre In Hatcliffe

Hatcliffe is the central church for Mission In Christ Fellowship. The need is to build a place to host conferences, Hope College, and other gatherings to build the relationships within Mission in Christ Fellowship, but even more for all of our gatherings that include all of the networks we are working with (Lovemore Madavo, Livingstone Nwande, Silent Gwashavanhu & Simon Majoni and others (as well as our Zambia partners).

The Lifelink group of churches are helping out with finance and this video is Barry Fitzpatrick presenting Silent Gwashavanhu the seed money for the project.

Silent and Barry Interview # 2 (Lifelink Gives Money To Help With The Hub Building) from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

O2H eNews Summer 2015

The Summer eNews is now ready for you to read all of the projects to which we are giving grants.

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Water For Hatcliffe O2H Project, Zimbabwe

This past year Opportunity 2 Hope gave a grant to Missions Fellowship in Christ Church, Hatcliffe, Zimbabwe for a borehole that would not only supply the church, but 1,000 families.

The Mission Fellowship In Christ Church, Hatcliffe has dramatically blessed their community with life-giving clean water. O2H and others gave to this project.

Water For Hatcliffe O2H Project from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Borrowdale Orphanage In Harare, Zimbabwe

Opportunity 2 Hope is beginning raising funds for the building of an ablution block (toilets and showers) for an orpanage in Harare known as the Borrodale Orphanage. Managed by Voice of Peace, the orphanage has about 100 children who have found themselves without parents due to the AIDS HIV epidemic.

These children are happy and well balanced, but in February 2015 found themselves with the closing of the orphanage due to the health department requiring a new ablution block. The country of Zimbabwe has been experiencing a cholera outbreak, and the health department has as a result become even more strict.

The children are currently being temporarily housed with families in the churches in the Borrowdale community but the need is urgent.

Because the unemplyment rate is 86%, the people there have no ability to build an ablution without help. This is where Opportunity 2 Hope can make a difference.

The costs of this project are above our normal grants and we are seeking people like you who would like to make a difference in the lives of these children.

The founders of Voice of Peace are Tatenda & Lucia Gunguwo. They have a specific focus to help vulnerable children and adults including: 585 churches, 4 orphanages, several schools, helping those caught up in human trafficking, Support groups for those with HIV, drug counseling, medical clinics for the unemployed, etc.

Please take a look at this video to see the children and the needs.

Borrowdale Orphanage Project from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Barry Fitzpatrick Interviews Silent Gwashavanhu in Zimbabwe

Barry Fitzpatrick interviewed Silent Gwashavanhu at Miller’s restaurant in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Silent shared how the network Missions Fellowship In Christ Churches is planning to build a new Hub for the ministry in Hatcliffe, Zimbabwe. The facility will be used for conferences, Hope College courses, and leadership meetings. Watch the video below in which Silent shares how they are planning to raise the finance for the 500 seater Auditorium.

New Hub For Zimbabwe from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Francis & Alison India Update May 2015

Dear Supporters,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers and support for our ministry in India. Over the past few months we have been greatly encouraged by the responses from the people whose lives have been touched through the various projects we are doing. We are blessed with the provision of God.
As we look back over the ministry of the past few months, we are humbled by God’s grace and his blessings. As David said in Psalm 37: 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: This verse is true in our ministry and in our family life. When we commit our ways to the Lord and trust in Him we will see the blessing of God.

As you read this update we pray that you will be encouraged to know that you are making a difference through your giving and your prayers.

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Christ Church Internship

Christ Church Interns from Global Horizons on Vimeo.

Christ Church, Apple Valley, MN has had a vital internship program which develops leaders and also equips the emerging generation to thrive in a mostly non-Christian environment. Both of these are vital if the church is to be effective into the future.

EQUIPPING the LEADERS of this GENERATION to ADVANCE the KINGDOM of GOD.

Many of the current leadership team at Christ Church have been equipped through the Internship and also leaders have been equipped for work in service in other churches and regions of the world.

There are two different options of the Internship but both options include being actively (hands-on) involved in these ministries at Christ Church:

Practical Ministry Involvement

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- Serve along side of the generationchurch pastor and leaders.  Preparation, administration, set-up, media, teaching, prayer ministry.  Follow-up with visitors and needs.  Leading youth in their relationship with Christ.

Children’s Ministry

- Serve with the Children’s teachers in the classroom, set-up, administration, visual aids, organization and implementation of Sunday morning ministries.

Media Ministry

- Learn proficiency with sound systems, EasyWorship, PowerPoint preparation, visual projection, digital recording, web page maintenance and Lighting.

Homiletics

- Participation in weekly brainstorming conference with Pastors to input and discuss content as well as preparation of the sermons.

Community Service

- Access to opportunities to bless and serve the needs of the surrounding community. 

Below is a brief description of the two programs offered:

WINTER PROGRAM

Semester 1 focuses on:

Systematic Theology - The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introductory textbook on systematic theology has several distinctive features:A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching.  Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum.  A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church todayA friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect. 

Biblical Hermenuetics - Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting what an author has written. In Christian theology, hermeneutics focuses specifically on constructing and discovering the appropriate rules for interpreting the Bible. These methods and principles, however, are often drawn from outside of scripture in historical, literary or other fields. It inevitably involves exegesis, which is the act of interpreting or explaining the meaning of scripture. The goal in applying the principles of hermeneutics is to “rightly handle the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15), striving to accurately discern the meaning of the text.

Semester 2 focuses on:


Old Testament Survey - The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other readers by exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books. For each Old Testament book, the Survey addresses background information, purpose, message, structure, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament. The text is enhanced throughout by maps, photos, timelines, and charts.

New Testament Survey -  Robert Gundry’s now classic survey of the New Testament has been a mainstay for college and graduate courses around the world, having been used by thousands of professors and students. This fifth edition includes updates and revisions throughout and a fresh, full-color design. One thing about A Survey of the New Testament that has not changed: its premise. Unlike most New Testament surveys, this book leads students to actually read the Bible. Topics and issues discussed in the text are linked whenever possible with assigned readings that expose the reader to the entire New Testament.

In addition, there will be classes throughout the year including:  Leadership, Spiritual Gifts, Ethics, Galations and Fincancial Discipline.

All text books and course materials are provided. 

SUMMER PROGRAM

The program incudes three primary academic courses requiring reading, class discussion, written work and projects.  In addition to these classes will be service projects and community involvement.

Courses include:

1.  The Study of Acts:  An in-depth look at the Acts of the apostles and the start of the New Testament church and how it affects and influences our experience in our daily walk today.

2.  Apologetics:  Apologetics - A systemic defence of a belief system, i.e. Christian doctrines.  Discussion with center around key foundational doctrines such as the historicity of Jesus, the veracity of the Bible, Evolution - truth or myth, among others.  Sessions will be highly interactive and geared towards identifying key practical applications for our lives.

3.  World Religions: A discussion-based forum to compare/contrast the beliefts of the modern world.  By the end of eight weeks students will understand the structure and aspirations of our neighboring theoloogies and be able to empathize/discuss religions with those who do not believe Christianity.

4.  Kingdom Practicum:  In this course we will explore the earthly presence and manifestation of the Kingdome of God on Earth.  The primary mode of this exploration will be practical, out “on the streets” work and community service; however, there will be a strong emphasis on being reflective and thoughtful about why we are doing wht we are doing.  Thus, the “doing” will be infused with reflective practices built on biblical and theological discussion.

Visit the Christ Church Internship web site: ccinterns.org