|The My Hope UK Prayer Breakfast for leaders and representatives of churches in Thurrock, Havering, Brentwood and beyond took place on Saturday 4 October at Thurrock Hotel.
Of the 53 people who originally registered to come, 45 actually attended. A group came from Castle Point and we had two representatives from the UK Korean church who’d come from Surrey.
The gathering was opened by Tim Harrold, the My Hope UK Regional Coordinator for Essex & Kent, with a welcome to the delegates and special guests. A full English breakfast followed with all the attendant networking.
A time of worship was led by Noel Robinson of City Gates (Elim), Ilford.
This was followed by an illustrated talk by Martin Shotbolt, who is the National Church Relationship Coordinator for the My Hope UK initiative of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Great Britian (BGEA UK).
Using PowerPoint and DVDs, Martin talked on:
This was followed by an opportunity to ask questions.
Then Simon Barrington, Executive Director of the BGEA UK and Samaritan’s Purse, gave an empassioned address emphasising the Great Commission of Jesus to his disciples, to make more disciples.
Simon made the point that a believer is like a FedEx man: each is given an important package that must be delivered – and that package is the Good News of Jesus Christ. Only a lousy FedEx man would keep the package to himself and not pass it on.
Tim Harrold then led 15 minutes of prayer, in ‘Korean style’. He began by remembering that in March 20011 in the very same room, Rock Thurrock was lauched. That was also a partnership with the BGEA, and led to a three events at the Civic Hall in Grays with Will Graham speaking and the band LZ7 performing. He reminded everyone that over 300 decisions were made at Rock Thurrock – amounting to 16% of the audience, two times the expected response.
Tim quoted Billy Graham at Tilbury Docks in 1954 (see links to videos below) just as he was embarking to the US – he talked about the spiritual hunger in post-war UK. In 2014, a few miles from Tilbury, there is a new spiritual hunger: the world needs to be reintroduced to Jesus.
The three areas for prayer were:
Another time of worship was had with Noel Robinson, before Kim Dobson, My Hope UK Regional Coordinator for East London and West Essex, closed the event.
Find out more about My Hope UK and register for free resources
MY HOPE UK – free DVD resource from the BGEA for this Autumn 2014