On Sunday 21st July we had a surprise visit from Andy Flute. He came to our church as he was visiting friends in Murcia, and was taken aback when I asked him to say a few words about his life. Andy gave a moving and poignant Testimony about his fall from the top echelons of professional boxing through alcohol misuse to crime and prison. He lost his wife and three children, his hard earned money and as he put it ended in a pit he could not escape from.
He cried out ‘God help me !’ God did indeed, and Andy goes into prisons, churches and many places telling people how his life had a miraculous turnaround. Towards the end of his very personal Testimony the big man was in tears. So were we who had the privilege of listening.
He has written a book entitled Jesus in my Corner, and works with young people and gangs. When visiting prisons, Andy can touch hard men who probably will not listen to those who cannot speak from personal experience of crashing and only finding the way through Faith.
First Guests To The Olive Grove Retreat.
We had the pleasure of welcoming our first visitors for a week in the middle of July. A clergy couple from Peterborough, the husband is a worker priest in the construction industry and they both attended our service when Andy Flute spoke. Afterwards he asked Andy for his details so he can invite him to speak to those he works with. Testimony enough!
Our guests wrote in our Visitors’ Book:
Thank you Jean and Andrew for your kindness and hospitality , we very much appreciated the ‘guided tour’ and enjoyed revisiting the places you showed us and talked to us about. We are grateful for our time of worship with you and your Church.
You have a wonderful ministry here and we pray that God will bless you abundantly as you seek to serve Him. Ephesians 3:14-20 (see below)
Prayer For Spiritual Strength.
14: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15: from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be stengthend with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17:so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you , being rooted and grounded in love, 18: may have strength to comprend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19: and you know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.
We look forward to receiving enquiries about the Retreat from our website and that those who come will feel peace and joy.
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