by Julian Hibbert, Editor
Megapixels of creationhas been a familiar and popular feature in MESSENGER
since 15 April 2011 when it first appeared. Since then 108 of our readershave submitted 760 photos for possible publication, of which approximately126 have graced our centre spread. Three of those photos were so good
that they will be used in our 2014 calendar. One of them was used in our annual Directory of Churches for 2013.
These photos were submitted in response to this simple invitation:‘Whether you are a "casual snapper" or a "budding pro", it matters not (and neither
does your age). All you need to do is send us your finest-quality nature photos – landscapes, wildlife, cloud formations, close-ups – anything in the UK that you thinkshows God's creation at its best.'
They say a photograph is worth a thousand words – too true! For nothing seems to
capture the majesty, intricacy and delicate detail of God's handiwork better than these‘snapshots'.
Editor's note: The Megapixels pages are the work of MESSENGER designer, David Bell,
himself an avid nature photographer and committed creationist.
1. Mushrooms. David Anderson,
3. Stag, Belton Park. David Bell,
Canon PowerShot G2.
2. Foxglove. Esti Pujic,
Canon PowerShot SD950.
and prosperity are difficult to generate.
This is one of the many complex reasons
why international development projects are
needed. People want to help themselves, yetthere are circumstances outside of their
it's our responsibility
influence that prevent them from doing so.
by Victor Pilmoor, BUC treasurer
Projects, such as those run by ADRA, can
In recent weeks we have heard in-depth
help put systems in place to counter these
coverage of certain legal ‘events' – namely,
why he didn't plant more trees. He described
circumstances and provide a springboard for
the Philpott, Huhne and Pryce trials, and the
Several years back I had the fortune of
visiting an ADRA-UK project in a country
how they took baskets full to sell on the road-
bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius. With each
that was my home more than fifty years
side, but suggested that expansion would be
In the UK, we are in a fortunate position in
having shocked us in its own particular way.
ago. In every respect it was a pleasant
pointless because ‘the traders will cheat us'. In
that we have the opportunity to help people to
another village, I found an aged widow sup-
help themselves. We just have to care enough
Mr Justice Sweeney
The Senanga district is 500 miles to the
porting her orphaned grandchildren. She had
to do so, and to realise that, as Christians,
The Vicky Pryce trial became a talking point
west of Zambia's capital city on the banks of
fields of maize, ground nuts and other fresh
we have a role to play in the eradication of
over Mr Justice Sweeney's discharge of the
Are we any different?
the Zambezi flood plain, bordering Angola.
produce grown and physically carried to the
poverty. Jesus was once asked by a rich man
jury because ‘they had not grasped the basics
I know we don't hold dreadful ‘religious' trials any more, such as the Inquisition in Europe and
While one can always identify sociological
market 7 miles away, where she sat all day
as to what he should do to inherit eternal life.
of their task.'1 Which, in turn, has led to some
the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts, but are all our formal discussions always above
reasons for poverty, the principal cause of
with similar vendors, only to come home with
Jesus responded that he should sell all he had
very healthy debate on whether the jury
the development deficit in this instance is
a pittance. I asked her why it was necessary
and give it to the poor! However we wish to
system should be dropped in favour of ‘trial
I fear that there are moments within our Church when the two great principles of natural
geographic isolation. These people live the
for her to be both a producer and a vendor. She
interpret this passage, we can be certain of
by judges alone', or whether it's just the
justice (in English law) are forgotten, to our shame.3
length of Britain from the nearest significant
replied that there was no one she could rely
two things: Jesus had deep concern for the
‘process' of jury selection that needs
Nemo iudex in causa sua is the first of these, and simply means: ‘No person can judge
economic hub. Even if they had all the skills for
upon to give her a fair return for her efforts!
poor, and He offered a correction to those
a case in which he or she has an interest.' This is the rule against bias, which is easily forgotten
any given enterprise, they would struggle to
Research observes that traditional
whose hearts are so self-centred that they ex-
There are pros and cons to both systems,
compete. In these circumstances, our ADRA
communities are rich in family trust. Mothers,
perience no empathy for those less fortunate.
and I am sure you have your own opinion on
For example, when a member of my immediate family, or a relative, comes up for discussion
project was to identify factors restricting their
fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts
Our ADRA Annual Appeal is a precise
during a nominating committee, this rule against bias demands that I excuse myself from the
progress. For some it was lack of agricultural
form the fabric of reliance. When these are
response to this narrative. Our purpose is to
room. Failure to do so creates the conditions for a biased discussion. My presence may stifle
equipment; for others it was a lack of seed
disrupted through disease, natural disaster
draw attention to the needs of communities
frank dialogue, simply because other committee members don't want to embarrass me, or
money; for many it was poor skills. Yet there
or deep-rooted poverty, that network of trust
for whom poverty is endemic, and to give our
The bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius was a
themselves, by saying anything negative.
and co-operation disintegrates. Wealth and
neighbours here the opportunity to join us in
massive media event, to which the BBC
Once, during a very robust discussion about a project that had gone wrong, I realised with
I was taken to one particular village
prosperity correlate to societies rich in
making a difference. Jesus, without a blush of
devoted swathes of its prime time. In fact, I
shock that a close relative's actions were about to be discussed. No one seemed to connect me
surrounded by enormous mango trees. Seeing
voluntary organisation – so, where there is
cynicism, observed that ‘it is better to give
heard more comments, questions and opin-
with this person – and I could probably have sat quietly through the very revealing comments
this as a natural opportunity, I asked the farmer
no community trust and organisation, wealth
than to receive'.
ions about this event than the Pope's resigna-
that were to follow. But, sensitive to the situation, I felt compelled to disclose my potential bias.
tion and the horsemeat scandal combined!
The rule is infinitely more challenging than this, though. What if, as chairman, I have three
The unfolding story had everything a news
quotes for new church carpeting before me, one of which is from a firm that has also given me a
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people; violence, mystery and suspicion; a
presentation of the facts, a free discussion and a vote from which I deliberately abstain? Do I ask
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bumbling and tainted lead investigator; wild,
someone else to take the chair?
(extends to 21 April in London)
unsubstantiated allegations; a remorseful
Bias is an insidious, elusive evil that stalks chameleon-like through our thoughts and plans.
fallen hero; and a full audio recording of the
I have seen it lead to meetings at ‘short notice' (to reduce representation), or having them
bail summation and verdict. Powerful stuff,
deliberately called when the outspoken are ‘out of town' – and a number of similar tricks!
Ruthless honesty is the only defence against bias! As Polonius said:
causes and risk factors, which can be found on its website at
‘This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Hilton Botha, initially the lead investigator in
Thou canst not then be false to any man.'4
Age – some cancer risks increase with age.
the Pistorius case, is a policeman of twenty-
Alcohol – it is related to specific cancers: for example, breast
four years' experience, with sixteen of them as
Audi alteram partem is the other great principle of natural justice, and it means: ‘Hear the
a detective. But despite this, Botha chalked up
other side too.' ‘It is most often used to refer to the principle that no person should be judged
Bacterial infection – such as helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection,
a series of baffling forensic blunders during
without a fair hearing in which each party is given the opportunity to respond to the evidence
which affects the stomach lining.
his brief tenure in charge of the case,
culminating in this under-oath admission
Have you ever sat on a church board when it discusses a case of discipline or censure? How
Body weight – this is linked to specific cancers, with some higher risks
that the state has ‘no evidence challenging the
often do you hear comments like: ‘I wonder why she did that? Has anyone asked her?' How
double-amputee Olympian's claim [that] he
often do you see someone insisting that we ‘listen to the other person's point of view' before we
Carcinogens – things that help cancer to develop: for example, tobacco
killed his girlfriend accidentally.'2
reach any conclusions? Not always – not as often as we should!
Cancer: the facts – part 3a
This is not just a principle of natural law; it is a feature of God's dealings with us. From the
Diet – a regular lifestyle of eating foods high in salt, fats, red meat,
word go, the God who could excuse Himself on the grounds of His omniscience makes an at-
Examining causation and risk factors
processed foods, lack of fibre and few or no fruits and vegetables.
tempt to ‘hear the other side too'. He asks Adam and Eve to tell Him their side of the sin story:
In the previous Enhancing Health column we had an opportunity to
Environment – tobacco smoke, overexposure to the sun, natural and
‘Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" ' (Genesis 3:13, NIV-UK.)
review the data highlighting the key risk factors and causes of cancer
man-made radiation, workplace hazards and asbestos.
Are we a listening Church? Are we patterning our ministry after that of Jesus? Are we open to
in the UK. In this and subsequent issues we take a close look at the
Genetic makeup – the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes are
the lonely woman at today's well? Can we listen to her narrative, and love her in
international picture on cancer, as well as putting the suggested risks
examples of cancers relating to genetic predisposition.
spite of it? Can we join the sharp businessman at his home, listen to his
and causes under the microscope to distinguish fact from fiction.
narrative and rejoice in his penitence?
Immune system – compromised immune systems like those found
Let's commence with a brief look at how cancer develops. Cancer
among HIV patients or individuals taking an immunosuppressant to
begins with changes in a cell, or groups of cells, when cells start to
prevent organ transplant rejection.
divide and reproduce out of control. Normal body cells have the ability
So we have two ‘new' essential principles to govern our next committee
Physical activity – lack of exercise.
to reproduce themselves exactly, stop reproducing at the right time,
meeting: 1) nemo iudex in causa sua – remember that ‘no person can
stay together in the right place and become specialised, mature and
Smoking – related to lung cancer, but also to other cancers
judge a case in which he or she has an interest'; and 2) audi alteram
self-destruct if they are damaged. None of this happens with cancer
where smoke passes over other organs: for example, mouth and
partem – please just ‘hear the other side too'.
cells. They don't stop reproducing, don't obey signals from other cells,
don't stay together, are neither specialised nor mature, and don't die if
Viruses – human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis B and C viruses,
they relocate to another part of the body (http://www.cancerresearchuk.
human T-cell leukemia virus and the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
Over the years many of us have heard numerous ‘reports' as to the
The next issue will reveal more.
4Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, 78-80
cause of cancer and what raises its risk. Cancer UK lists the following
the Berean column
ordinary, unremarkable businessmen formed
interest. For people with more
an alliance with a view to channelling funds to
severe visual impairment we
with Andrew Puckering
the struggling elderly (since they found that
provide large-print (A3-size)
other needy groups were targeted by other
bulletins and a large-print Bible.
charity organisations). Other ordinary people
For mobility-impaired people
assisted those in need around them in different
we have a number of chairs
Picture a baby, filthy and writhing in its own
ways, paying a medical bill here, importing
interspersed in the sanctuary
blood – unloved, unpitied, born to foreigners,
goods that could be sold, paying school fees,
with armrests, as well as spaces
and thrown into the field. That baby, said
struggling to keep an orphanage going. . Not
for wheelchair users, again
God to His prophet Ezekiel, represented His
everybody gave up and left – some
interspersed between the regular
people (Ezekiel 16:1-5). God saw His people,
expressly stayed, even though life
and loved them, and made them grow and
would have been so much easier
In February of last year our
thrive, and become beautiful, and they became
elsewhere – because they
church installed a fully compliant
His own (Ezekiel 16:6-14). Then – horrifically – they
couldn't bear to abandon
accessible toilet, with excellent
took His food, His clothing, His jewellery, all that He had given
the helpless to their fate.
wheelchair user access and
them, and used it to cheat on Him with foreign gods – even
Those ordinary people –
handrails with highly contrasting
sacrificing the children He had given them to idols (Ezekiel
by Elize Hibbert
those who needed help, and
backgrounds, to assist mobility-
16:15-34). What is God alluding to here? How is God
those who provided it – were
I would like to endorse Charles
impaired people who may also
glorified in this passage?
caught up in whirlwinds that were not
Lamont's comments in the
have visual impairment.
We can get some idea in Psalm 106: God's people were
of their making or choosing. Not in their
MESSENGER of 14 September
Although we have used
sinners, and He rescued them from Egypt (Exodus 12:31-42)
It happened before; it can happen again.
most dreadful nightmares could they
(vol. 117, iss. 19) regarding
portable front entrance ramps for
– but they didn't understand, and rebelled against Him by the
have seen themselves in such a
readability, but in a much broader
a number of years, a planning
Red Sea (Psalm 106:6, 7). They saw the Egyptians coming
It happened elsewhere; it can happen here.
situation. Not there; not them.
context, as I feel every Seventh-
application has been submitted to
after them, and panicked. Were there not enough graves in
day Adventist church has a
the council for the installation of a
Egypt, they said, that the LORD brought them out to die in
Something ominous lies ahead
proactive role to play in making its
permanent, fully compliant ramp
the wilderness? Surely, they said, it would have been better
Could it happen to us? Could it
activities accessible to all people.
with handrails and so on.
to stay in slavery (Exodus 14:10-12). Nevertheless, God saved them
By the time we joined the Division office
staff in 2003, inflation was officially upto 598.75%. Our salaries continually
happen here? Around us are sounds of
At Derby Chester Green Church
We have budgetary
lagged behind, as salary re-adjust-
international economic panic – we hear
we produce a Sabbath ‘bulletin'
constraints, as do many
Then they travelled for three days without water, and when they
ments were voted only every couple of
words of foreboding on the news – from
with a minimum character size of
churches, but it is our intention
eventually found some it was bitter. Forgetting that the LORD had
months. In between these adjustments, we
(65 followed by 107
experts. We read about it in the papers.
14 point, as recommended by the
to include a loop system for
just demonstrated His power over water, they murmured – but
were sometimes given cash top-ups to keep
zeroes). We left at the end
This financial pack of cards could come
RNIB (Royal National Institute for
hearing-impaired people, and data
nevertheless, He made the water fit to drink (Exodus 15:22-25).
us going. When receiving our salaries (in cash,
of 2006, so we didn't see
tumbling down very quickly – just as we
the Blind), and although we have
projectors – particularly, but not
Then they complained about the food, saying again that they should
because there was a severe limit on daily
the worst of it.
yet to print this on yellow paper,
specifically, for visually impaired
have stayed in slavery, where they could eat as much as they liked
bank withdrawals), most of us would spend
It has happened before. Sometimes in
again as recommended by RNIB
people – large-print hymnals, and
(Exodus 16:1-3). God took it patiently, and gave them food (Exodus
whatever we could and change the rest into
places we consider far away, or imprudent,
for easier reading, it is our
16:13-15). Later on, they rejected God's food, the manna from
hard currency to keep its value. There were
What happened to the ordinary people living
or improvident. Surely, here and now, we will
intention to do so in the near
On the wayside pulpit, we have
Heaven, and craved the food of slavery again instead (Numbers
plenty of currency dealers about.
through these extra-ordinary times, many of
survive; the imprudent, or improvident, will be
future. Organisations such as
placed individual impairment-
11:4-9). God was angry, but He gave them meat, although it didn't
whom were elderly? Many had lived frugally
stopped! This is what we hope. But there are
‘Churches for All' and ‘Through
specific symbols to enable people
do them any good (Numbers 11:31-35). He gave them laws for
and saved what they could. Others built up
sinister portents, even in the Bible, and we
the Roof' recommend the use of
to see which impairment needs
their benefit, and delighted in them (Deuteronomy 10:12-15). They
As conditions deteriorated, the basis of the
businesses, invested and planned for a
know there is a time coming when people will
symbols for the benefit of people
we primarily provide for, with the
responded by making an idolatrous cow (Psalm 106:19, 20).
economy – agriculture – was systematically
comfortable retirement – only to be made
not be able to buy or sell unless they have a
with learning difficulties, and
intention of adding to this as
There's a very definite pattern here! God's longsuffering goodness
destroyed and many thousands of jobs were
paupers by inflation! There were those who
certain mark in their forehead, and in their
this is something we have also
progress is made.
is cast back in His face, seemingly non-stop.
shed. Businesses couldn't survive the harsh
received a monthly pension that was less than
hand (Revelation 13:17). And we are given
introduced to our bulletins.
I should like to take this
God knew this pattern would continue in the Promised Land, and
conditions and folded one after another, leaving
the cost of a loaf of bread.
a powerful image in Revelation of how the
Unintentionally, the use of
opportunity to encourage all
He warned them that when they had eaten and drunk, when their
increasing numbers of desperate urban jobless
Some of the ordinary people who were
merchants of the earth will weep to see the
symbols has proven to be helpful
Adventist churches to undertake a
hearts were full, when they were satisfied with His good things, they
roaming the streets. Printing presses ran night
badly affected were young, and they saw their
destruction of that power with whom they used
to churchgoers whose first
survey of their access needs.
would be in danger of forgetting Him (Deuteronomy 8:7-17). Moses
and day, printing money. Inflation roared
prospects for employment or study vanish into
to trade (Revelation 18:11-19). We do not
language is not English.
Some local authorities have an
prophesied that they would in fact do this, and charged them with
thin air. Many people were struggling just to
presume to know every detail of how these
Additionally, symbols can
‘access officer', often located in
remembering his words (Deuteronomy 32) – and as it turned out,
For instance, one year we bought three
survive. Pavement gardens flourished. Any
prophecies will be fulfilled – but there does
encourage children to feel
the planning department, who
they did forget God, and did sacrifice their children to idols and
return air tickets to London for 47 million local
open space was cultivated just for survival,
seem to be a portent of coming economic ruin
more involved in the church by
will visit the church and provide
demons (Psalm 106:35-39). God was angry, and did punish them
dollars, and took the cash to the travel agency
something to eat. Those who could, left.
– whether in observable events as they unfold,
providing visually interesting
– for correction, as a good father would his children (Deuteronomy
in three suitcases, where it was counted by
Legally and illegally. Those people who could
or whether as predicted by prophecy. We
content that may encourage their
8:5; Psalm 106:40-43). Then we get that wonderful word
counting machines. The sale of counting
help themselves, helped themselves – in
would be wise not to put our faith in the
‘Nevertheless' again. ‘Nevertheless He regarded their affliction . .'
various ways – but, as always, there were
economy, not to base our security on banks
Welsh Mission Triennial Session. Notice is hereby given that the Triennial Session of the Welsh
(Psalm 106:44, NKJV). ‘Nevertheless I will remember My covenant
Now and then over a weekend, we
those who were particularly vulnerable.
and financial systems, not to depend on our
Mission of Seventh-day Adventists will be held on Sunday 9 June 2013 in the Cardiff Seventh-
with you in the days of your youth . .' (Ezekiel 16:60, NKJV). In
would tackle the 600km journey to the border,
investments – even on money under the
day Adventist church. Registration will take place in the church from 8.30 to 9.30am, and
spite of their crimes, He returned to them, and healed them.
replenish our grocery supplies in the dusty,
mattress! Experience has shown that all of
delegates must register before participating in the proceedings of the session.
J. SURRIDGE (PRESIDENT) AND P. LOCKHAM (SECRETARY)
God was at pains to stress to the Israelites that He wasn't
unglamorous cross-border town, and return
In a neighbouring country, an ordinary person
these can crumble, devalue and become
blessing them because they were ‘righteous'. They weren't
early on Sunday, having tasted economic
started a fundraising initiative; with funds
worthless – and it can happen very quickly!
(Deuteronomy 9:4-7). They had always been rebellious
normality for a brief interlude.
donated, he bought basic foodstuffs and other
I hope you and I – ordinary people – do
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(Deuteronomy 9:24). God blessed them because He loved them
necessities, and crossed the border with his
not become victims of such extra-ordinary
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(Deuteronomy 7:7, 8). It's a similar story with God's people,
convoy of pick-ups, from old-age centre to
circumstances. But if we do find ourselves in
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Christians, today. We're not saved because of our ‘righteousness',
We didn't know it then, but those were the
old-age centre, a trip of 4,000km at a time,
the middle of such turmoil and chaos – with
but through His grace in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7-9). True
good times. In 2006 the local dollar was re-
distributing tinned and dry goods, flour, tea,
or without the means – I hope we will join
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love is revealed, not so much in our love for God, but in His
denominated at the rate of 1 dollar to 1,000 old
toilet paper, soap, toothpaste – things we take
the ranks of the ordinary folk who make a
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overwhelmingly exorbitant love for us (1 John 4:9, 10). How
dollars. After three more re-denominations, by
difference. And I hope we will be among the
much more reason than the Israelites do we have to be grateful!
18 July 2008 one egg cost 50 billion dollars,
Tears flowed as the goods were received.
ordinary folk who know Him in whom we can
Watford, BUC, Monday-Thursday – 12.30-5pm, Friday – 10am-2pm.
• From what slavery might we need to be released? (Romans 6)
and cash withdrawals were being limited to
Those who donated time, money and goods
trust, whatever the circumstances.
Birmingham, Aston-Newtown, Wednesday – 11am-4pm, Thursday – 4pm-8pm,
• Do we ever yearn to return to slavery? (Romans 7)
100 billion dollars per day: not enough to buy a
were ordinary people, not government
Let's take these words to heart: ‘Let your
Friday – 9am-1pm, Sunday – 11am-3pm.
loaf of bread! The estimated inflation rate was
agencies. Not international aid organisations.
conduct be without covetousness; be content
• To what do a dog and a pig return? (2 Peter 2)
Advent Centre, Mondays & Wednesdays – 6.30pm-8.30pm,
40-50 million percent, and difficult to calculate
Those who received them had never dreamed
with such things as you have. For He Himself
Sundays – 11am-3pm, Saturdays – November, December, January: After sunset.
• How might the Christian's heart be ‘lifted up' to forget God?
due to the shortage of goods in the shops
that life could throw such deprivation at them.
has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake
• What promise is given in 1 John 1 to those who confess their
by which to make comparisons. By
Inside the country another group of
you." ' Hebrews 13:5, NKJV.
and sanitariums, 351 clinics and dispensaries,
and 132 nursing homes and retirement centres appearing in the official records of theChurch (Yearbook 2011) and countless other institutions run by dedicated, independent,
Great plans for Prague supporting members. It is wonderful to note
the commitment of this huge band of workers.
By chance or Intelligence:
Our professionals have also kept on the cutting edge of knowledge and technology.
Many studies demonstrate the validity of the
What does science really
The forthcoming European Health Conference in
messages God has given us, and the world is
Prague, Czech Republic, promises to be an outstanding
recognising the advantages of following thiscounsel.
event. Here the MESSENGER editor quizzes TED Health
director, Stephen Cooper, about it.
Editor: I am sure you have some top-notch
by Albert A. C. Waite, PhD
Editor: Steve, tell our readers what you have
thoughts on the philosophy, mission and
planned for Prague.
challenges of serving in the twenty-first
Stephen: Yes, we are thankful that many
finches suggested that they all
the past ten million years, is
evidence to refute this account.
century. The reports of our healing ministries
excellent health professionals have been able
descended from one pair of
The other two experiments
Stephen: It will be the Church's first all-
in the various countries served by the three
to arrange their busy programmes so that they
finches (common descent) – is in
‘On average, for humans to
with the shells provided
European health conference, and it will be
Divisions will also be of great interest.
can speak at the conference.
Towards the end of 2012,
I walked the beaches ofthe Algarve, Portugal, randomly collecting pretty
agreement with Scripture: ‘And
achieve a mutation like this by
information which confirmed that
sponsored by the Trans-European, Inter-
shells. Back at the villa I spread
God created . . every winged
chance, we would need to wait a
size and age are not related. It
European and Euro-Asia Divisions. It will take
Editor: Why is this emphasis on health so
Editor: What should our readers do for more
them out, in no particular order,
fowl after his kind' (Genesis 1:21,
hundred million times ten million
would therefore be wrong of me
place from 29 April to 4 May this year.
information about the event?
on a garden table to dry – a
KJV). However, Darwinian biology
years. Since that is many times
to conclude only from my line of
extrapolates backwards from
the age of the universe, it's
shells, arranged according to
Editor: What will the conference cover?
Stephen: Firstly, according to Scripture there
Stephen: Please go to www.european-health-
I then deliberately arranged
the first pair of finches to an
reasonable to conclude the fol-
size, that the largest is the oldest
is a close link between physical and spiritual
conference.org. There you will find details
them in a line from the largest
imaginary first cell that
lowing: No mutation that is of the
and the smallest the youngest.
Stephen: The overall theme is: ‘Healing –
health: ‘Beloved, I pray that you may prosper
regarding the presenters, summaries of the
to the smallest. In the line there
supposedly arose by chance from
same complexity as chloroquine
The theory of evolution, as
Perceptions, Expectations and Facts'. It will be
in all things and be in health, just as your soul
topics being presented in the workshops, and
were shells of different colours
nothing. This concept is taught
resistance in malaria arose by
proposed by Darwin, and which
explored through science, faith and culture,
prospers.' 3 John 2, NKJV. Paul also reminds
video messages from the various presidents
and no colour (opaque), differing
to unsuspecting students as
Darwinian evolution in the line
eliminated the need for an
with a strong spiritual emphasis. The various
us: ‘. . do you not know that your body is the
and health directors. It is also the place to
numbers of rings and different
scientific fact, and is strongly
leading to humans in the past ten
intelligent Creator, is based
topics will be discussed in plenary sessions
temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom
register for the conference.
shapes. Could I conclude from
supported by Richard Dawkins
million years.' (Behe, pp. 60, 61.)
on some simple untested
and in workshops, and will include:
you have from God, and you are not your
this arrangement, with respect to
in his various books.
That being so, we concur with
observations similar to my line of
Depression Recovery, Forgiveness and
own?' 1 Corinthians 6:19, NKJV. All attending
Editor: Stephen, anything else our readers
size, that the largest shell was the
In contrast, Michael Behe,
Behe that the elegance we
shells arranged according to size.
Healing, Healing Ministry in the Community,
will find principles and techniques which
oldest and the smallest the
Professor of Biological Science
observe in biological systems,
But according to Behe et al,
Nutrition in Health and Disease, Genetics and
will help in their own personal life and give
at Lehigh University, summarised1
and more so at the minute cellular
science has produced evidence to
Healing, Lifestyle in the Prevention and
guidance as they help others. Secondly,
Stephen: Yes. We want our members to know
I then arranged the shells in
the findings of many twentieth-
level, ‘did not arise by random
show that the Darwinian principle
Treatment of Disease and Healing in the
through the writings of Ellen White this Church
that all are welcome to attend this important
another line according to colour
century scientists thus: ‘The
mutation and natural selection'.
alone could not account for all
Family. Reports will be given on the
received its marching orders on health. She
conference, whether health professionals,
intensity, with the darkest colour
only way to get a realistic
It is therefore not scientifically
variations seen in nature.
neurobiology of the body clock, advances
said, ‘We should not be silent upon the
pastors or laymen. This investment of time
at the top, and gradually getting
understanding of what random
valid to expect the ‘unintelligent'
I have listened to first-year
in prevention and treatment of cancer,
subject of health, but should wake up minds
and means will have untold benefits for each
lighter to colourless. Again there
mutation and natural selection
process of random mutation and
Biology students ‘preaching' the
pharmacology, the healing properties of plants
to the subject.' EGW Letter 4, 1863. In other
one personally and to the church, institution,
were shells of different shapes,
can actually do is to follow
natural selection to produce
doctrine of evolution, based on
and alternative healing methods. There will
instances she counselled that it is the ‘right
or family represented. Prague is beautiful in
numbers of rings and sizes
changes at the molecular level.'
the complexity we see in the
the one-step random mutation
also be opportunities for
arm' of the message. This blended ministry
May and there will be time to explore this
appearing randomly in the line.
(Behe, p. 10.) A review of many
‘wonders of life' around us.
process taught as scientific fact
those in the healing
is very important as plans are laid for our
outstanding and historic city. In fact, a tour of
Could I now conclude that the
scientific publications over many
Neither is there any scientific
by their professors. What their
mission to the cities.
Reformation sites is being planned for one of
darkest shell was the oldest and
years provides Behe with the
support for Darwinian common
professors have not told them is
Thirdly, worldwide we have 167 hospitals
the lightest the youngest?
information to conclude: ‘. .
descent of living organisms
that it requires imputed informa-
Finally, I arranged the shells
there have been absolutely no
through simple random steps.
tion (intelligence) to produce
Editor: Thanks, Stephen, and blessings on the
according to their numbers of
studies that document that large
Behe is emphatic about this:
complexity. There is no scientific
rings, from most rings to no
animals [including finches]
‘Time and again, by intentionally
evidence to show that beneficial
rings. Once again there were
change in the way Dawkins
reasoning about animal life on
changes beyond the one-step
shells of different shapes, sizes
supposes.' Behe comments
Darwinian principles, the best
mutation have been demon-
and colours appearing randomly
further on the reality of random
minds in science have been
strated. On the contrary, rigorous
in the line. Did I now have
mutation: ‘Darwinian evolution
misled. They justifiably expected
science, as demonstrated by
adequate information to conclude
cannot pursue a future goal.'
randomness and simplicity, but
Behe et al, has demonstrated that
that the shell with most rings was
(Behe, p. 112.) That is, Darwinian
discovered depth of elegance,
there could be no complexity in
the oldest and no ring the
evolution cannot predict and
order, and complexity.' (Behe,
life without an intelligent input of
pursue any development from
Charles Darwin was a
a simple cell to a complex
Returning to my shells, they
The Bible is not primarily a
meticulous observer of nature,
show variation with respect to
scientific book. Yet in Genesis
and carried out some fascinating
Behe applies the available
size, colour, and number of
it deals with origins and the
comparisons in his day. His work
scientific data to the probability
rings. Nevertheless, a case can
foundation of science. The orderly
on the Galapagos Islands, where
of humans evolving by chance
be made for common descent
creation testifies to the presence
finches showed differences in
from a simple cell, and comments:
from an original shell producing
of a guiding Intelligence, and a
beak shape that matched the type
‘The likelihood that Homo
the variety observed, and in
result unachievable by Darwinian
of food they ate, contributed to
sapiens achieved any single
the same way we argue that all
his theories of common descent
mutation of the kind for malaria to
human beings have common
As Christians, we can be
and variation in life through the
become resistant to chloroquine
descent from Adam and Eve
confident with, ‘In the beginning,
process of random mutation and
[an anti-malarial drug] . . , the
guided by informational input
likelihood that such a mutation
(intelligence) from God
1All page references are from: Michael J.
Darwin's conclusion – that the
could arise just once in the entire
(Genesis 1:28; 2:7, 21-23). The
Behe, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for
observed variation in the beaks of
course of the human lineage in
sciences have not provided any
the Limits of Darwinism, Free Press, 2007.
to clarify what the LA reviewwas intended to achieve.
The review took place
between 19 April and 22
May, with four panellists
John Loughborough representing the Church.
The discussion was aboutthe future of JLS and optionsfor its improvement, with the SEC
representatives strongly opposing closure ofthe school. They were only able, however, toget an agreement to seek Academy Status asan alternative to closure, but the date set forthe disclosure of the review findings was set
by Opal Johnson-Christie, SEC Education director
for September 2012, so as not to negatively
affect the pupil numbers for the 2012-2013
This is a summary of the official report on the efforts being made by the
The conclusion drawn by the LA – that
JLS was not financially viable, in spite of
South England Conference to retain the John Loughborough School.
contributions made by the Church – was challenged, leading to the amendment of the
In December 2011the John Loughborough voluntary-aided Seventh-day Adventist school. report.
School (JLS) was placed in the Special
The plan included the engagement of a con-
Further meetings were held with the LA
Measures category for the second time
sultant head teacher with a proven record of
(1 August), and the DfE, the LA and one of the
in recent years. Once aware of this, the
rapid school improvement. Another meeting
prospective sponsors (6 September). Then,
SEC administrators and the Conference's
between the various parties and the LA was
on 10 September, the prospective sponsor
Education director arranged a meeting with
held on 24 January in order to further clarify
met with the SEC Education director, the JLS
the Haringey Local Authority (LA) for 20
certain matters relating to the forthcoming LA
head teacher and a school governor to dis-
December. The purpose of the meeting was to
review of the school.
cuss the school's improvement plan, and to
ascertain the LA's commitment to the future of
Then on 16 February the JLS governor
ensure that the sponsor's proposals reflected
the school, and to discuss the idea of a trans-
and head teacher, the consultant head teacher
the needs of the school.
formational plan that would prevent the issu-
and a LA representative attended an Ofsted
There were three meetings with the DfE
ing, by the Department for Education (DfE), of
meeting to be informed about the actions and
at which proposals were presented and
an order to close JLS.
procedures that are taken by the Office for
discussed with officers in the Office of School
On 5 January, 2012, a further meeting was
Standards in Education (Ofsted) relating to
Commission (OSC) at the DfE. Further DfE
held with the LA during which the Board of
schools in Special Measures. Two church
concerns were addressed during a meeting
Governors (BG) presented a transformational
representatives were invited to a further
between the sponsor and the SEC executive
plan aimed at keeping JLS open as a
meeting with the LA on 29 March, this time
committee on 21 September, which in turn
led to the drafting of a Memorandum of Under-
standing between the SEC and the potential
sponsor (26 September) that was carefully
vetted for ‘legal soundness' by the SEC legal
representative, and by the SEC president to
ensure that it protected the denomination's
This sponsor's application has been
unsuccessful. Since then, there has been on-going telephonic, email and personal contactbetween the sponsor's representatives, theSEC Education director, the JLS head teacherand the chair of the Board of Governors, inorder to ensure that everything is done for thebest good of the pupils and the school.
In addition to the above, public awareness
of the value of John Loughborough School isbeing promoted through the services of a pro-fessional PR company, the parent body andalumni participation, and direct communica-tion with the larger Adventist community, including the London Area Advisory Council.
By the time you will have read this report,
the school will have undergone another monitoring visit by Her Majesty's Inspector.
We continue to solicit your prayers and
Top ten Year 11 GCSE students 2011-12:
support for the preservation of our school.
1: Eleven subjects (six A*, five A). 2: Eleven subjects (five A*, five A, one B). 3: Eleven subjects (five A, five B,
During the second period of consultation,
one C). 4: Eleven subjects (two A*, one A, four B and four C). 5: Ten subjects (two A*, four A, three B, one C).
which ended on 18 February, the governors
6: Nine subjects (three A, four B, two C). 7: Nine subjects (three A, two B, four C). 8: Ten subjects (one A, four
and other stakeholders put forward other
B, five C). 9: Nine subjects (five B, four C). 10: Eight subjects (two A, six B).
proposals. We await the outcome of the LA's
Over the last five years, the school has attained similar results. In particular, the attainments
decision at the end of April 2013.
of a significant group of Seventh-day Adventist students attending JLS, which have surpassed
A comprehensive and more detailed report
those of other students in the borough and in local churches.
is available from the Education department ofthe South England Conference.
Editor: Will non-ASI members be
ASI update able to attend this seminar?
Jim: ASI's approach to all of its
sponsored events is that they are
open to everyone. I'm particularly
keen that those in their teens and
ASI-UK annual Editor:Deborah, thanks for being Deborah:Church members have
part of the interview. You are the
often had the mistaken perception
fresh new face of ASI-UK. Please
that ASI-UK is a clique of senior
tell us who you are, and what you
business people, or that its main
think you can do to ‘build the ASI
focus is on the churches outside
of London. I hope that the committee, under Jim's dynamic
The editor speaks to Jim Cunningham (president) and
Deborah: Julian, I've actually
leadership, will plan to start a
Deborah Harris (vice-president) of ASI-UK about the
been involved with ASI-UK
London chapter – or at least
latest developments in their organisation.
since 2010, having first been
arrange some events that will
introduced to the association
target the churches there.
the previous year. I'm a member
There are a lot of members
Editor: Jim, you have just held
reaching the indigenous people
living in London and now serve
who would benefit from the
a very successful ASI-UK
has been abysmal. We've had
as vice-chairman of the organisa-
community and the centres for
convention. Please tell our
a little success in raising
tion. I currently attend Central
discussion that ASI provide each
readers about it.
awareness among some of the
London Church and I am really
year. We've seen a good number
membership. However, we have
excited by ASI's plans for the
of new members already, and I'm
Jim: Yes Julian, it will be a
been greatly encouraged by the
looking forward to seeing how
pleasure to do so. Our convention
lead given by Pastor Ian Sweeney,
this can engage even more
had three clear objectives: to
who sees it as a prime reason for
Editor: Knowing that you are
people from London.
be intellectually, spiritually and
the Church's existence in this
well-known within the London
Adventist community, can we
Editor: Well, Jim and Deborah,
Dr Laurence Turner helped us
expect to see more ASI recruits
thank you for keeping our readers
to achieve the first one through
Editor: ASI-UK also seems to
from that vibrant section of the
up to date with developments in
his excellent seminar on the first
support a Creation model that
chapter of Genesis. Pastors Ian
involves short timescales –
Sweeney, Victor Hulbert and
one that is true to the Genesis
For more information about joining ASI-UK, either contact Christine Manners-Smith at
Julian Hibbert gave thought-
account. Do you have anything
[email protected] or visit their website at www.asi-europe.org.
provoking sermons on three
special planned in this regard?
successive days, addressing thesecond. Members representing
Jim: Julian, I found Laurence
the ethnic diversity of our British
Turner's explanation of Genesis
Church mingled with each other,
chapter 1 during our recent con-
some late into the evening,
ference fascinating. It is based on
thereby achieving the third.
textual evidence set in the culturalcontext of the time when Genesis
Editor: I know that, under your
was written. To add to that, in
leadership, ASI has tried to
partnership with Stanborough
remind the Church that more
Park Church, we are organising
needs to be done to reach the
an Intelligent Design seminar for
indigenous population of the UK
the afternoon of 1 June, to be
with our message. How do you
presented by Professor John
rate your success?
Walton and Dr Alistair Noble. Thiswill be held at the Stanborough
Jim: As a Church, our success at
The church-plant in Wakefield, West Yorkshire will celebrate its
ninth birthday in November 2013. Not only has it benefited by
members moving to the area, but during 2012 it recorded the
On Sunday 16 December, 2012,
baptism of five precious souls, and is eagerly looking forward to
Great Brickkiln Street Church
becoming a company.
buzzed with ‘baptismal'
The candidates were Metiya Ikowa (formerly a Baptist); Serumu
excitement as Pastor Steve
Adjenughure; Chiyevo Nyamayedenga; and mother and daughter,
Palmer baptised two of its pre-
Ruth and Naya Deacon. Naya played a key role in her mother's
cious youth: Jordanne Hudson-
return to church.
Allen and Rhiannon Jackson-Hyatt.
Pastors Micah Campbell and Barry Stokes officiated.
On 26 January 2013 nine candidates
were baptised at Portsmouth Church,
six of them teenagers. Pastor Dejan
Stojkovic, SEC Youth director, was the
At Newbold Church I
speaker, and Pastors Tihomir Zestic
witnessed (2 February)
and Robin Lewis did the baptising.
the testimony of
One candidate, Kristof from Bognor
Clebson Braga from
Regis, had been a Catholic for fifty years, and
Brazil. This young man
emigrated from Poland eight years ago. He knew nothing about
has come to study
Seventh-day Adventists, and drank and smoked ‘without a care
for the ministry at
in the world'. He met one of the church members in 2010 while
Newbold College. His
working as a hospital chef. One day Kristof asked Phil if he knew any
daughter, held in his
local churches, but, not realising that he meant Adventist churches,
Phil said ‘No.'
miraculously healed from leukemia. Together with his wife and two other
Then Kristof started searching for a church and found the
Four young lives for Jesus!
children, he gave thanks for God's gracious intervention in her life.
truth when he stumbled across an online presentation on the Ten
Commandments. With his background this was new to him, but he
Recently Oxford Church accepted four young new members into their
continued reading the Bible until he found out about the Sabbath.
fellowship: Jesse Victory, a young musician who has grown up in the
He then stopped working on Saturdays, and Phil found out about
Oxford congregation; Jonathan Svensson, originally from Spain,
this. Kristof said he was now a Seventh-day Adventist and was
where his fiancée led him to the Lord; Angela Chiurugwi, who learnt
looking for an Adventist church. Phil introduced Kristof to Andrew
about the Adventist faith on the internet; and David Lee, a former
(an elder) and Pastor Lewis. The rest is history, and as Kristof learnt
member who is back.
more about the Bible he decided to get baptised. He says no one
Pastor Ian Sleeman performed the baptisms.
witnessed to him or knocked at his door – it was God who led him to
the truth, and he is not looking back!
Luckyboy raised to ‘life'
Bradford Central and Holmewood churches met on Sabbath 21
January to see Luckyboy Tozana raised from a watery grave by
Lowestoft Church shared in both the baptism (24 November) and the
Pastor Dan Dachin, who was supporting Pastor Isaac Liburd.
marriage (2 December) of Andrew and Valentina Jenkins late last
The roads were snowy and the landscape wintry, but nothing
year – joined by members from Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
daunted the members that day. In addition to the joyous baptism they
The marriage service was conducted by Pastors Rio Espulgar and
held their 2013 Pathfinder induction service, with thirty-eight
Bertie de Nysschen.
JOHN SAMPSON, COMMUNICATION SECRETARY
Pathfinders and Adventurers present.
Pastor Johnson'svisionAccording to the NEC Communication director, PastorPeter Jeynes, their president hascast a vision for the next fewyears of his administration. Pastor Lorance Johnson calls itthe ‘Nehemiah principle', and it is about ‘rebuilding people,restoring relationships and inspiring excellence'. Through it
he and his team of enthusiastic
On 12 December last year the Langley church witnessed the dedication
pastors want to promote opti-
of Jesiah John Joseph by Pastor S. M. Gill.
Winter concert raises almost £2,200
mum spiritual health in the NEC.
Although the programme may take a while to fully draft and then
Minyoung Bae and Victoria Balan, two talented Adventist music
promote among the churches, Pastor Johnson is clear about this
students, gave a concert at Stanborough Park Church on the evening
important fact. Its first aim will be to encourage everyone to build a
of 19 January, helping to raise almost £2,200 towards the church's
‘real' relationship with God by reading the Bible and other spiritual
literature – including the books of Ellen White. According to him: ‘If the
They are both studying at the Royal College of Music. Victoria is in
Library of Congress in Washington can keep a copy of Desire of Ages,
her final year, studying the violin, and Minyoung is a third-year student
and regard it as the best commentary on the life of Christ, then we
studying the piano. Minyoung, originally from South Korea, has lived in
should surely be using her books too!'
England since the age of 10, and Victoria is from Moldova.
The vision appealed to the pastors too. Pastor Samuel Appiah felt
On this occasion they were persuaded to perform an entire concert,
that ‘This is the way for spiritual growth in our conference,' while Ikwisa
with Minyoung playing piano works by Mendelssohn, Chopin and
Mwasumba said the plan was: ‘Very spiritual. Unless we are focusing
Prokofiev, Victoria playing violin works by Mozart, Szymanowski and de
on the basics – on the Word and on prayer – we will not be able to
Falla, and friends performing piano and guitar accompaniments.
progress higher.'PASTOR PETER JEYNES, NEC COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR
Christmas partiesIn December 2012 Nottingham
AMR CERTIFICATE COURSE 2013
Central Church held two parties.
From every corner of the South England Conference, they came –
On Sunday (16 December) they
A four-part training series that will enable you to witness to Muslims
more than 450 youth – all heading for the Young Adventists' Leadership
had a church party, and this is
and help you give effective Bible studies
Banquet, at Trunkwell Mansion House, Reading.
how Arabella Douglas, one of the
Why should we reach Muslims?
The young people came dressed for the occasion and it went far
smaller partygoers, saw things:
• Islam is the fastest‐growing religion.
beyond their imagination. They enjoyed a waiter-served three-course
‘My mama and papa took me
• Islam has much common ground with Christianity.
meal, first-class spiritual entertainment and a glittering awards
• The love of Jesus needs to be shared with everyone.
to a party at church. I loved the
music. It made our games of
We will be sharing practical, informative resources and
The purpose of the banquet was to celebrate the achievements of
musical chairs, pass the parcel
inspiring testimonies from excellent worldwide speakers.
the many volunteer youth leaders and their teams around the South
and musical statues lots of fun. I
England Conference. Dr Steve Thomas, SEC Youth director, assisted by
dressed as Queen Esther for the fancy dress competition. I didn't win.
10 February • 2 June • 1 September • 8 December
his wife Lurline, handed AYS appreciation awards to each youth society,
Mama face-painted the children. There were angels, animals and other
with an ‘Outstanding' award to the Lewisham church. There were also
[email protected] Advent Centre, Crawford Place, London W1H 5JE
colourful faces. I'm glad my mama could help. The party was fun and
leadership awards; lay preachers' plaques; and recognition of the
made me very happy.
The price has been heavily subsidised by the AMR
outstanding youth projects of 2012: JAM Ministries (Area 6b), Prayer
department and includes lunch on all four days. For
A few days later (18 December) the church held a successful senior
and Faith Conference (Thames Valley Youth Federation), ABCDE
more information and an application form, contact:
citizens' party for its Tuesday Club members.
(Homeless Project), PULSE (Thames Valley Youth Federation) and
the New Life Church Youth Club.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘South England Conference'
Pastor Kevin Johns, SEC Pathfinder director, gave an award to the
and sent to AMR Department, 25 St Johns Road, Watford, WD17
Hackney Pathfinder club as the outstanding club for the year, and the
1PZ with the completed application form as soon as possible.
Welsh Mission Triennial Session
Pathfinder of the Year award was received by Adeleen Satchwell from
Notice is hereby given that the Triennial Session of the Welsh
Mission of Seventh-day Adventists will be held on Sunday 9 June
‘It was an amazing event!' ‘Out of this world!' ‘I can't wait for the
2013 in the Cardiff Seventh-day Adventist church. Registration
next one!' Such comments say it all.
will take place in the church from 8.30 to 9.30am, and delegates
Reflecting on the evening, Dr Thomas said, ‘I applaud the dedication
must register before participating in the proceedings of the
and hard work of the volunteers who commit so much time and energy
to the work of youth ministry in the SEC. . Tonight we invested in the
J. SURRIDGE (PRESIDENT) AND P. LOCKHAM (SECRETARY)
future of our Church by creating champions!'
Alana sincerely loved her
upon Tyne, where Proctor and
Health expos work inthe NEC
obituaries Saviour and had great faith in Gamble had their HQ, and four
Him. She always attended church
years later the family moved to
and did not miss a prayer meet-
Ascot, the base for Ken's new
The North England Conference Health
ing. She basked in the belief and
position as sales director in
Ministries director reports that their health
hope in the second coming of her
scenes. She coped with all the
expo programme is delivering very positive
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
His horizons widened again in
housework herself, and if that
ANASELIA MORRIS, COMMUNICATION LEADER,
results, especially in Blue Coat Academy
1974 when he was asked to set up
2012) d. 19
was not enough she held down
where it has been run for four consecutive
the company in Japan, and he and
a second job outside of the
Esmé moved to Kobe for two
home. Alana was definitely a
At this school the health expo is used
(1926-2013) d. 4
years. Here Ken learned to speak
‘Supermum'. In addition to all
as a powerful tool to motivate the students
Japanese and they enjoyed new
this, she served as treasurer and
to begin living healthier lives, and to
friendships with Adventist
deaconess for many years.
augment the Health and Social Care
members in Osaka, in particular
Mountain, St Mary, Jamaica. She
Some of her happiest moments
curriculum with the NEWSTART principles. The teacher concerned is
the young student missionaries
attended Retreat School, but due
were on Friday evenings, while
teaching at the English language
thrilled with the excellent results she is getting in her GCSEs. During
to lack of opportunity she had no
preparing for church the next day.
school. Back in the UK, they
their fourth annual health expo in November last year, the school had
formal professional training in
She reminded her family of an
of proud parents Bill and Elsie.
returned happily to their old
more than 200 participants from among the students and the staff!
those days. However, she more
excited child getting ready for her
Elsie, Ken and his younger sister
haunts in the north-east and their
According to Yvette Saunders at Blue Cote school: ‘The health expo
than exceeded her potential.
first day at school.
Beryl regularly attended the
friends at Newcastle Church.
provides various aids that assist the students in achieving a high grade
Alana married Titus Cameron
The family never broached the
When Ken retired in 1985, still in
in their exams, because it gives them the practical aspect to the theory
and they were blessed with
subject of religion in the house,
Adventist church, and this
the prime of life, he left behind a
that they study.'
Lionel, Linton, Valentine,
as they just knew this was a
set a pattern for Ken's lifelong
successful career with one of the
GRACE WALSH, NEC HEALTH, COMMUNITY AND DISABILITY MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Glenmore, Lewis, Joy and Iain.
losing battle. She knew and
commitment to the church he
world's best-known companies.
Titus emigrated to England ahead
understood Scripture very well.
loved and the Christian faith
His reputation as a Christian
of his family, but before Alana
They were regularly reminded
that shaped his values and
gentleman of integrity, ability and
could join him she was baptised
that God rested on the seventh
humanity was evident from the
as a Seventh-day Adventist, as
day of the week, and that they
In 1944 Ken was called up
many tributes he received at the
she had already been attending
should worship and praise Him
and sent to Northumberland as a
the church for some time. In
on that day.
‘Bevin Boy', where he worked in
Ken and Esmé chose
1957, on the day of her baptism,
Alana was a lovely person,
coal mines deep under the North
Lyndhurst for the first home of
her pastor gave her a lift to the
very caring and compassionate.
Sea. The following year, he went
their retirement, and during
baptism on his motorbike. It was
She loved her seven children,
to University College,
those years Ken gave valuable
held at the church in Port Maria,
eighteen grandchildren, and seven
Southampton, to study French.
service on many national and
Parish of St Mary, some 15-20
great-grandchildren equally, and
Here he met a Barry girl, Esmé
international church committees,
enjoyed having them round her.
Leach, and they were married
sharing the management skills
In 1957 she joined Titus in the
She was their best friend, their
in August 1949, after he had
and wisdom he had gained from
UK, but she returned in 1962 to
sister, and, most importantly,
completed his teacher training.
his years in the world of business.
care for her four sons, whom she
their sounding board. The family
Ken's professional life began as
For Ken's remaining years he and
had had to leave behind.
adored her, and life will not be
the junior French master at
Esmé were much-loved stalwarts
Two years later Alana returned
the same for them without her.
Fifty years of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were
Thetford Grammar School in
of Southampton Church.
to Titus in Northampton with a
Alana had an admirable love
celebrated by the Oxford church on 15 December last year. Pastor Cecil
Norfolk, where he won the
In 2005 Ken and Esmé
view to bringing their family
for walking, covering incredible
Perry was the morning speaker, and after a brief history of the islands
respect of fellow staff and
decided it was time to downsize,
together as soon as possible.
distances, especially in the
he preached a stirring sermon on the blessed hope of the Lord Jesus
students alike with his efficient
and selected a lovely flat with
They succeeded in purchasing
summertime. That's how she
organisation, excellent discipline
spectacular views across the
a home in 1965. Sadly, Titus
kept fit, and when the roads got
This was all followed by a scrumptious lunch and an afternoon
and enthusiastic involvement in
Solent at Milford-on-Sea. Rich
pre-deceased her in 1990.
too slippery for her, she went
programme centred around the lives of Caribbean professionals living
and active years for them both
Alana had a very active church
Northampton General Hospital to
After the birth of his two
were still to follow, as they shared
life and she was very disciplined
walk in the warmth of Hospital
daughters it became clear that a
many happy times together with
in her faith, never deviating from
Street. She was indeed a legend.
teaching salary was insufficient
their cherished family. On the
its principles. On Sabbaths there
Her sudden death shocked
to support a family, so in 1957
first Thursday of the New Year,
was no TV, sports, or cooking
both her family and her church
Ken began what was to become
Ken arranged a meal to mark a
before sunset in her home.
an illustrious career with the
special anniversary where the
In 1995, at the official
Alana's life was celebrated at
company Thomas Hedley, later
family met together to celebrate,
opening of Highlands Avenue
her funeral service at Highlands
Proctor and Gamble. He quickly
little knowing that these were to
Church, Alana was given the
Avenue Church at 10am and
made his mark as a salesman, and
be the last moments they would
honour of cutting the ribbon to
Queen Grove Methodist Church
the family became accustomed
share with him. Ken passed away
mark its church status.
at 11am on 11 January 2013.
to the peripatetic lifestyle that
on 4 January.
She did not relish being in the
Pastors Cyril Sweeney, Aster
followed. A promotion for Ken
At his committal on 25
spotlight; therefore most of her
Bruce, and John Ferguson con-
required a move to Newcastle
January, led by Pastor James
work was performed behind the
ducted the most beautiful service.
Huzzey, family and friends fondlyremembered Ken, much-lovedhusband of Esmé, father of Pennyand Rebecca, grandfather ofKieran, Bridie and Ben, and
friend and mentor to many. His
Leonard and Ann Taylor of
favourite Bible text now seems so
Weston for Waka Waka
Bodmin Church celebrated their
When Alva Gallaher read the Waka Waka appeal in 2012's 12 October
diamond wedding anniversary
‘I have fought a good fight, I
MESSENGER he asked the children of Weston Church if they would like to
(sixty years) on 15 December last
have finished my course, I have
help. All the boys and girls eagerly got together, and through November
year. Two days later the church
kept the faith: Henceforth there
and December found various ways of raising funds. Donations of their
members honoured them at
is laid up for me a crown of
pocket money and sales of their own arts & crafts, along with sales of
church with flowers and a gift.
righteousness, which the Lord,
donated items, resulted in the children raising £238.50 for ADRA. Now
The Taylors also received a
the righteous judge, shall give me
that the cost of a lamp is only £10, their efforts mean that twenty-four
special congratulatory card from
at that day. . (2 Timothy 4:7, 8,
more families in Africa can live safer and their children study longer!
Her Majesty the Queen.
PHOTO: LEN SITTON
24 back page Stanborough School vacancies
Stanborough School, an independent Seventh-day Adventist Christian co-educational school with a strong and established academic tradition and a
family atmosphere, seeks to employ the following volunteer staff:
Volunteer ICT Technician, commencing 15 April 2013
The first Ministry of Healing andPrayer (MOHAP) retreat for 2013
took place at the Advent Centre in
• Provide hardware and software technical support; • Help assess the
central London on 27 January.
technical and functional capability of existing systems and contribute to
Approximately 130 attended from
the strategic plans of the department; • Maintain the IT department's
across the UK. Many came with a
asset register; • Administer daily backup of networked data and assist
burden of sickness, but departed
in the restoration of same; • Help maintain the department's
at the end of the day with a
intranet; • Undertake additional duties as required by the IT manager.
lightened load, as they were
Volunteer Assistant Dean, Boarding School (Boys),
encouraged throughout the day
Volunteer Assistant Dean, Boarding School (Girls),
to cast their cares on Jesus and
commencing 21 August 2013
to trust in Him.
Pastor Cecil Perry reminded
those present that the One who
• Caring for all sick boarders and coping with any emergencies or
wields power over sin is the same
accidents in the boarding house; • The routine organisation of all
One who has power over all
aspects of the physical care of boarders, and sharing the duties of the
sicknesses. Dr Chid Ngwaba's presentation stressed that prevention
boarding house with the other Housemaster/Matron; • Assisting the
is better than cure, and provided guidance on improving one's health
Housemaster/Matron and resident staff to plan and carry out a varied
using a natural approach. Marlene Levy's presentation focused on the
programme of activities for boarders after school and on weekends;
importance of prayer, with regards to the emotional and mental aspects
• In an emergency, caring for day pupils may be required; • Providing
of wellness and healing.
support for the Housemaster/Matron and maintaining a safe, pleasant
Pastor Simon Martin encouraged attendees to pair up with a person
environment for boarding pupils; • Maintaining a warm, friendly
previously unknown to them and pray for that person's needs. In the
atmosphere in the boarding school so that parents, governors and
afternoon Pastor Bertie De Nysschen provided an opportunity for
school visitors feel welcome.
individuals to engage in quiet meditative prayer. It was wonderful to witness people thoughtfully and earnestly praying for their own needs
Stanborough School is committed to safeguarding and promoting
and for those of others.
the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff
Pastor Humphrey Walters explained the biblical purpose of the
to share this commitment.
anointing service, and eleven pastors from around the SEC provided
Successful applicants will be entitled to £175 per month stipend,
anointing, pastoral counselling and prayer in a very reverent and
necessary expenses, accommodation and free meals.
Interested applicants please contact: [email protected].
The next MOHAP retreat is on 31 March at the Balham Seventh-day
Adventist church. Information will soon be available on
Closing date: 5 April 2013.
http://www.secnews.org.uk/events. For queries, contact: [email protected] or phone 07407 692 256.
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