August - December 2019

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Isn't Jesus wonderful? As the spiritual pied piper leads the culture ever deeper into moral and spiritual darkness Jesus shines clearer and clearer against the darkening night sky. He truly is The Light Of The World. Watching what is happening all around us is like being in a rescue ship and watching a great luxury ship (like Titanic) slowly slip deeper and deeper under the waves with passengers unaware of the danger. But Praise God, some are aware and are turning their eyes to The Ark of safety. Jesus. The fields are indeed white unto harvest. Let's make sure our hearts are knit to His Heart, and that we are genuine living letters from Jesus.

Visit to Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham, Surrey.  August 6th - 9th.

Ellel Pierrepont's well known NETS course is made up of four ten-week stages, helping students develop in the Biblical areas of healing, deliverance, discipleship and leadership.

This was my 20th year as an associate teacher. I have been priviledged to teach studentst at every NETS course since 1999. That was NETS 4 and on this visit I was teaching students on NETS 43 and NETS 44. My sister Shireen was NETS manager for three years, her daughter and son-in-law were youth pastors for several years, and my youngest son and his wife were NETS students in 2005

Tuesday was teaching the NETS 43, term 4 students on Hearing the Voice of God: The Dark Night of the Soul: God's Testings.
Wednesday and Thursday was teaching the NETS 44, term 2 students on The Father Heart of God. This always includes a one hour walk through the woodland and river side, helping them to see Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.' Friday morning I gave the weekly communion sermon titled 'You have to plant flowers. You don't have to plant weeds!' I believe it is a very important message. An expanded version of this talk is available here on this web site.

At the start of this teaching I make much of the fact that this marks my 20th year teaching at Ellel's Pierrpont Center. (I started teaching with Ellel Internationally in 1997) However, it turns out I was wrong, as I received this gracious and encouraging email telling me so!

Dear Ken, Greetings from across the sea, I'm just emailing you to suggest that maybe the next time you go to PierrePont that you study the photograph of NETS 3 1998!!! You may recognise some folk in it such as Jo O'Keefe, Anna Haunch from Australia, oh and me, I was there too. You taught on Spritual Warfare, Freemasonry, Father Heart of God and Intercession, everthing was life changing on NETS, particularly your teaching. I was sharing with Shireen only a few weeks ago that the Lord had prompted me to read Rees Howell Intercessor again, and that you had mentioned him and his book when teaching us on Intercession so I bought it, and I was reminiscing on some of the stories that you shared, '21' years on I still remember so key was that teaching, plus all the other subjects you taught. So no, dear Ken, you did not start teaching at Pierrepont NETS 4 1999. When I started to listen to your sermon on Planting flowers I replayed the beginning twice as I thought I must have heard wrong, but no!! Sorry if I'm the umpteenth person putting you right but so precious was that year to so many of us I can't possibly let you forget, and to thank you for overcoming all you fears as your dedication, and obedience to the Lord will not be forgotten by all those whom you have so blessed. Hey what's in a year and a number!!! J.H.

Jan Ransom MBE

On the Wednesday evening I met with Jan Ransom MBE at Pierrepont. I have the honour of being a Pastor to Flame International which was founded by Jan Ransom - a former NETS student. Flame International is a UK based charity that takes teams of volunteers into war-torn and suffering communities with God’s love and compassion for the broken. It adds to the valuable work of traditional aid and relief agencies by bringing healing of the emotional and spiritual damage caused by bloodshed, conflict, poverty and oppression. Watch these 5 short films made recently showing Flame's amazing work in Armenia, Uganda, South Sudan and the Middle East. We were finalising details for Flame's bi-annual conference in November 29th - December 1st, where I have the priviledge of sharing teaching duties with Jan and Archbishop Justin Badi Arama from Sudan.

The war on abortion in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom, and like Scotland and Wales has it's own devolved Assembly. Sadly, our elected politicians fell out over some issues in January 2017 and have refused to meet together since. Northern Ireland now holds the world record for the longest period without a sitting government. To date, we as a people have refused to pass laws allowing abortion (except in extreme cases) and refused to pass laws allowing same-sex marriage. Westminister Government has taken advantage of this vacant situation and - unless our elected representatives return before hand and block it - plan to pass a law on October 22nd, not only legalising abortion here, but legalising one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world. Abortions would be legal - for any reason - up to seven months (28 weeks) [ Please watch this 24 week baby] This has had the effect of uniting Christians from all denominations. Indeed Roman Cathloic and Protestants are standing side by side on this issue. The cry to God and the outcry to our politicians went into full speed esecially during the week September 2nd - 8th and we were pleased to be there, and added 'The War on Abortion' to the Editorial section.

Monday September 2nd Belfast's St.Anne's Cathedral was packed to capacity - with many having to stand outside - as Christians met to cry out to God for deliverance from this impending evil being loosed in our nation.

St Anne's Cathedral 2019

Friday September 6th. An estimated 25,000 people gathered in silence outside our Assembly building.
Saturday September 7th. The largest pro-life march to date took place through Belfast City streets. Nearby a pro-choice march was held. It's the battle for the soul of our nation. Life is either precious, or disposable at will.

Live video link to Life Coach / Mentor / Blogger in Florida
I had the priviledge of doing a one hour live video interview on the subject 'The Father Heart of God' with Barbara Hitching who runs a ministry called Transformative. Her ministry seeks to help restore dignity and hope to those who have experienced trauma or abuse. She herself is a 'survivor' of such, and as a committed Christian she is passionate about helping others find the freedom she has found in her relationship with God. A lovely lady! I highly recommend her ministry! (a link to the interview further down in this page)


As mentioned several rows above, the Westminister Government took advantage of Northern Ireland's current political breakdown and - unless our elected representatives could have set aside their differences and returned to block them before before October 22nd, then new laws would automatically come into place legalising abortions - for any reason - up to seven months (28 weeks) Sadly, despite some who genuinely tried, the politicians could not get together in any agreement and so on October 23rd abortion (and gay marriage) were legalised without any consultation with the people. Spiritually and morally it is one of our darkest hours. Not only will many more children be killed in their mother's wombs, but the traditional marriage and family structure will be undermined. Activisits - now with law on their side - will seek to increase pressure on the Christian community to bend. The word of God does not bend to public pressure. Those who stand on the word of God will not bend either. This response - from one of our ministers - summed up our feelings, and our Christian response.

Around 1996-97 Linda and I were part of an Ellel Ministries team on a weekend mission held at a little village called Kilmore Quay on the most southerly point of the eastern side of Ireland. At the end of the mission two ladies approached us and asked if we would come down to their city of Kilkenny and teach. To my shame I thought that was too far to regularly travel to and politely said so. (390 mile round trip) Then one of the ladies became visibly upset and said "will someone just come down and tell us the truth even if we don't like it" I had never witnessed such a hunger and immediately changed my mind. That lady was Peig O'Loughlin. We started coming down regularly, first to a home group, then to a Kilkenny hotel room on a Friday evening followed by a full days prayer ministry at the other lady's home out in farmland. Thus began our longstanding teaching and prayer ministry involvement in Southern Ireland.

The lady was Peig O'Loughlin and over the next 20 years she and her friend Joy Daniels became two of our most loved and honoured friends. Peig finished her life here on earth on Friday October 24th. Some weeks earlier we had the honour of being at her bedside to say our goodbyes, and on Sunday 27th had the priviledge of attending her funeral and giving a tribute to her life. A dear sister who will be missed.

One of our ministry weekends at a church near Dublin had a dramtic effect on a lady who went home to Portroe in County Tipperary and built 'God's Garage' for us to teach and minister in. That lady turned out to be none other than Peig's neice, Anne-Marie Mulrooney. The smaller photo shows Peig and Joy celebrating the 10th anniversary of our regular teaching and ministry visits to God's Garage. So many wonderful memories.
You did well Peig!
One day we will meet again and what a day that will be!

I have greatly admired the courageous work of Christian Concern since they were founded just over a decade ago. In particular I have admired the courage of CEO Andrea Williams as she and her team defend Christians who have been arrested or persecuted for simply repesenting Jesus on the streets or in the workplace. She regularly is invited to give the Christian viewpoint on news programmes as well as at the Church of England Synod.

With abortion and same-sex marriage now legalised in Northern Ireland I was delighted to invite her to speak to a group of Christian leaders in order to draw on her vast experience in 'the front line'. The 'sexual revolution' has dramatically changed the long estanblished moral boundaries, but Jesus Christ is the 'same yesterday, today and forever' and we must be true living letters and ambassadors for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. We must be purveyors of His grace and truth. In very challenging days!

Once again, it is a priviledge to teach this year's student intake at The Green Pastures Leadership College. (Click on logo for details and application forms) For four Thursday mornings the teaching was on 'Understanding Prayer Ministry' and then two full days teaching 'The Father Heart of God'

What a priviledge to be the key speaker at Flame International's
bi-annual conference held at High Leigh Conference Centre. What a priviledge also to meet and listen to The Archbishop of Sudan, Justin Badi Arama.

It is a priviledge to be associated with Flame International as a pastor.

The work they do bringing Christ's Light into some of the world's darkest areas requires great love for people which comes from a great love, both from and for Jesus. It also requires great courage.

Take time to view these short films about their frontline work

"Thank you for ministering to the people in attendance at the conference. I know lives were changed and we are so thrilled to have you as part of our ministry...We needed your input like never before this weekend and the Lord knew that."

It was sad to learn of the death of former team member Sandra McVeigh. Sandra joined the team many years ago after going through several of our schools. She was very 'tiny' on the outside but 'big for Jesus' on the inside! She is safe in the arms of Jesus and we will meet again. This photo was taken on one of our many weekends with men from a Dublin drug addiction centre.

On December 18th I completed seventy-two years of life.

This is to the glory of God since in 2005 - when I was 57 -my family were told that I would not survive the next 24 hours and there was nothing they could do to save me.

The years have flown by, and thankfully they have been fruitful years. I look forward to all that God still has for me to do before He calls me home.

Then on December 24th I complete twenty five years of full time ministry. I have learnt that God is faithful.


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