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A Day of Privilege

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 05:59
Yesterday was one of those rare days in which one gets to see things that leave one with a real sense of being privileged.

As ever, it's always a joy to be running The Gathering's weekly soup kitchen, especially as we're getting to know some of the regulars and building trust with them. It's a very real privilege to be allowed into these guys lives.

The most amazing privilege for me yesterday was getting to see my real son in Joel, the Joel that no end of school exams and assessments will ever see.

When Joel announced he was going to go to Book Day at school dressed as Gangsta Granny I was unconvinced, feeling certain that the other kids would make fun of him being dressed as a woman, but Joel really didn't care, his mind was set, he was going to do it and I have to say he pulled it off magnificently! Not many kids would have done that and it warmed my heart to see Joel stand firm in who he is and doing what he wants to do.

Then at our soup kitchen Joel was leading the way in giving out the soup and bread. In fact Joel loves being a part of The Gathering's soup kitchen, he gets to do what he loves most whilst also spending a bit of time with me and our good friend Ziggy.

It was in these two acts today that I saw my son as he really is, a strong and courageous individual who refuses to conform to the patterns of this world.

Today I feel very very privileged!
Ziggy chatting with some of the kids that came for soup


Some of the young people enjoying soup


Gangsta Granny


David Walliams' book

Michael

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 09:15
I'd like to ask all our praying friends to pray for Michael, he had a mild stroke about 3 weeks ago and whilst he's up and about he's struggling with the loss of use of his left hand and he's a bit wobbly and has fallen a few times.

I'm gutted to see Michael looking so pathetic because he's far from being pathetic, he's a great guy, strong as an ox and always a willing helper.

Michael is a dear friend and a big blessing to us as a family and we'd love to see him restored to full health.








Releasing Sons & Daughters

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:29
Over the last few weeks at The Gathering we've had the joy and privilege of releasing some of our sons and daughters into preaching and it's not been a disappointing journey.

This Sunday Rejoice spoke with genuine wisdom and insight into the Kingdom of God and what are we seeing, based on Matthew 20, the Transfiguration story and Isaiah 6. Rejoice's word was both exciting and encouraging and it warmed our hearts to see how well she knows the Word.

Prior to this both Ziggy and Phillimon shared a couple of Sundays ago and it was great to see two very different styles complement each other whilst encouraging and challenging the church to move deeper into the things of God.

I'm not sure there are many greater joys in leadership than seeing folk raised up and released into various aspects of ministry, it's most definitely a hug privilege to be able to cheer them on as they seek to faithfully serve.

Phillimon in full flow


Ziggy sharing an encouragement from Matthew 6




Soup Kitchen

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:11
The Gathering began our soup kitchen tonight and we were really encouraged by the initial response and really believe it's going to become an effective ministry in the community.

We put the word out on the street but didn't formally advertise the soup kitchen and we had ten adults and three children come for soup. We also gave some to the pump attendants who are always very friendly and helpful, they were pleased to get some hot soup on a cold night.

The response from those that received soup was very positive and they all said they would bring some friends next week, so in faith we're going to buy a bigger pot.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness and blessing!
Ziggy preparing the pots for soup


A big thankyou to our friends Ed & Anton at Taste Bistro for the pots


Ready for action... it really was very yummy!


Joel was a star helping to serve the soup


The evening was set off perfectly by a gorgeous sunset over Table Mountain.