Dear Partners and Friends of Welcome Network
We have just returned from being part of a UK group at the Movement Day Global Cities Conference in New York. This took place over 4 days bringing together three thousand leaders from 95 nations! We heard stories about how God has been building His kingdom in cities across the world, and were part of a global conversation about unity for transformation. It was an amazing time, and very inspiring! We feel that God is stretching us to see the work of Welcome Network become more national, even reaching into Northern Europe.
Locally, in Collier Row, as well as continuing regular prayer walks with other Christians on our local estate, we also brought together a small team in August for an unusual outreach idea! The local Wetherspoons in Collier Row has a Greek icon of St Alexander, the patron saint of charcoal burners (‘colliers’) on its pub sign. Using Alexander’s gospel story, on his feast day of August 11th, we went into the pub to bless and chat with the locals. We called it “Don’t hide your blessings Day!”
Also locally, we were involved in getting the Servant queen book into doctors’ surgeries, dentists, hairdressers, take- aways, even nail spas! The Queen has written the foreword to this amazing book about her Christian faith, to mark the occasion of her ninetieth year. Everywhere we went it was well received.
Love Redbridge- We have spent a lot of time over the last two years connecting leaders and other Christians to pray for the London Borough of Redbridge. It has been a joy to work with different ones in organising prayer walking around the boundary, a September Leaders Prayer Day with the theme of Birthing God’s Kingdom and leaders prayer breakfasts.
In our own Borough of Havering, in September, we connected together members from different worship teams for an evening of worship called Open Wells Worship. This felt like a stream of living water praise was being poured out at grassroots level! The enthusiasm and joy expressed was infectious. It was great fun when Bob sprinkled people with water he had collected from St Cedd’s Well!
In June we had organised a meeting at the location of this well, for regional leaders from across South Essex, with a vision for Open Wells revival to come, to share stories together, and pray. This place is where it is believed that hundreds of Essex ancestors were baptised by St Cedd into the Christian faith.
Having connected in May with several young adults in their twenties and thirties, it has been very encouraging to see this important age group of millennials, in the area, now meeting regularly, to encourage Holy Spirit intimacy and mission.
The film project about what God is doing in Havering, continues. It has been a roller-coaster journey but we are looking to complete by April 2017. We hope the film will encourage many in this area and beyond.
Finally, thank you for your prayers and financial giving towards our work through Welcome Network. It has all helped and we are very thankful to the Lord for each of you.
Bob and Mary Bain XXX