A £500 shopping spree for Ingham House resident

Thank You Card

This picture shows a thank you card from one of our Love Eastbourne initiatives. A resident of Ingham House care home shared that due to some unfortunate circumstances, she had been left with no money. Her basic needs were met, but her room had none of the personal touches that would make it homely. With their £500, Terri Belsey’s Life Group took her on a shopping spree and came back with new bed linen, matching curtains, cushions, lampshade, pictures and table lamps.

The card reads “Dear Christians who visit my home. I have asked someone to write this for me. My sight is very bad now … my room is beautiful. I chose red, a bright red rose and poppies. Thank you for my bedding I was so upset I cried. To think there are people still in the world who would care about an old woman’s bedroom looking pretty. I am so happy. I wake up and it’s my own. Thank you.”

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Arm Healed After a Motorbike Crash

It was great to meet our five new Impacters at our Eastbourne venue last Sunday. One of the Impacters, Andrew Lancaster, shared a story of healing he received just before Christmas.

Arm healed after a motorbike crash from Kings Church on Vimeo.

Audio Transcript:

This was a few months ago, just before Christmas. I just started my job at McDonalds and it was my first day. In the evening I decided to go round a friends house, so I got on my motorbike.

On the way there it was very dark, cold and raining, so I couldn’t see very well. A car came the other way with his high-beams on. I was going around 30-40mph and then as he passed I suddenly realised that I was on a corner. (I couldn’t see the corner before because of the high-beams). I didn’t have enough time to slow down — I slid off the road and went into a telegraph pole.

The bike went into the bush and I hit the telegraph pole shoulder first. I came around a little while later, my arm was quite painful and I didn’t know what was going on. There were blue flashing lights and policemen took me home. I didn’t break it, but I could not move my arm at all. It was completely useless.

I went to the doctor and he said I had torn a ligament, that it was going to take long time to heal, and that I was going to need surgery to get it fixed. So it was going to take several months.

Being that I just started my job on that day I immediately lost it. So that was the end of the job and I ended up in a bit of a desperate place — stuck at home, unable to work, unable to doing anything really. So I asked my friends to pray for me, and put it on Facebook, asking for more prayer. And in two days it completely healed.

I went back to the doctor just after that and he confirmed that my arm was totally better. So I was discharged. I got a letter a little while later saying ‘you’ve been discharged due to a miraculous healing’. And I’ve still got the letter!

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Happy Birthday Centro!

Centro One Year On

Wow what an amazing adventure our first year at Kings Centro has been.

We’ve seen 15 new people joining the church, 8 people being baptised and had nearly 250 different visitors on Sunday mornings. 12 guests attended our first Alpha Course and last Sunday we had our biggest Sunday attendance yet with nearly 240 people at our baby dedications. Our kids work is amazing and we regularly have 30 children under the age of 11 with us on a Sunday morning.

We’ve seen hips healed, ears unblocked, addiction to smoking and prescription drugs broken, Fathers finding a relationship with Jesus on their death beds and people finding work or money provided when they didn’t have any.

We have people from all over the world who have made this church their home. Poland, Spain, South Africa, Columbia, Russia, Australia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Greece, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Romania, America and many more each and every week.

Alongside our Sunday meetings 8 life groups meet with almost 100 adults attending each week and they have been regularly praying for our town and involved serving at Food Bank, Mathew 25, the Night Shelter and on Street Pastors. We’ve had faithful women going out every week into the town centre to sit on a bench intentionally talking to and praying for people they meet. During this time they’ve had words of knowledge and prayed for healing for those they’ve met.

We’ve hosted a production of Noah with over 500 guests, been part of the Eastbourne Carnival, handed out balloons, sweets and mother day flowers in town. Invited people to our Christmas and Easter celebrations and we are currently as part of the church’s LOVE Eastbourne gift day we’re buying Bourne school a new climbing frame for their playground.

Finally we’ve been blessed to build amazing relationships with local business including green grocers, cafes, bars and bistros through hosting prayer meetings and Alphas in restaurants in town, ladies cake nights, evening meals or men gathering after work at the Pub.

There are so many more stories you could hear from every person who’s been involved.

While enthusiasm and momentum will only carry us so far, we are here for the long term. We want to see our town changed and blessed as a result of us as a family of believers sharing and displaying the good news of the gospel.

The church we want to be is …..
Generous, Encouraging, Thankful, Real, Adventurous and Welcoming.

My prayer is that as we continue to meet and bless our town we would find more ways of engaging with the town throughout the week. I want us to continue in faith expectant that God would heal and save those we meet, welcoming all those we meet, thankful for all we have and a people who are blessing the community in town that we have been called to call our home.

Oli Stevens
Centro Site Pastor

Steve Arnold — Hearing Healed

Steve Arnold suffered from deafness in his left ear for three decades, after serving in the Army’s Bomb Disposal unit in the 1970s and 80s. At our prayer event last month his hearing was restored suddenly through prayer. One month on he is happy to report that his hearing is still crystal clear. Listen to his story below. You can also read a transcript of the telephone interview below.

 

Steve: At the last prayer meeting I was praying with Paul Atkins and Pete Lozinski, who I’ve never met before, and he said to me “is there something wrong with your hearing?”.

I said “well yeah”, and explained that since my time in the army I’ve had very muffled, low hearing in my left ear. We started praying and all of a sudden my hearing came back. There was no ‘pop’ or anything, it just came back. It was like someone just turned the switch.

Q: So how long have you had bad hearing in that ear?

Steve: Well I left the army in 1988, so it probably started deteriorating in the late 70’s, early 80’s.

Q: And when did this prayer meeting take place?

Steve: It was about 3 or 4 weeks back, I think it was a Tuesday night. For about four days afterwards I had the sensation of liquid trying to come out of my ear, but my ear was bone dry. There wasn’t any liquid in it.

Paul said to me “all the time I’ve known you, you’ve never mentioned your hearing problem”. “Well I haven’t mentioned it to anybody” — that’s what took me by surprise when Pete asked about it. I said “you just learn to live with it. If you remember every time we’re round your house I always sit with everybody on my right hand side as I can’t make out anything on the left”.

And I can now. At the Prayer Event Andy was walking past talking into the microphone, and I said “I wish he wouldn’t use that microphone, it’s too loud!” And since then I’ve had to turn the TV down, I’ve turned the radio in the car down. Everything’s good with it at the moment.

I was talking to Martin Dodd about it, as he does hearing for Specsavers, and he said that it was impossible for it to come back. And I said “well it has!”. And he said “I don’t want to disbelieve you, but there’s no medical way that it could come back.”

It blew me away really, because I had never met the guy [Pete Lozinski] before, and I hadn’t told anybody that I was suffering with it because you just get used to it and adapt your life to it.

But now I’m listening to you over the phone through my left ear, which wasn’t previously possible, and you’re coming through perfectly clear.

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Centro ladies on mission to bless!

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Since the launch of Church at the Hippodrome in September 2013 three of our Centro ladies have challenged themselves to undertake evangelism on the streets of Eastbourne.

Focusing on the town centre, they have found themselves getting into conversations, praying for strangers and inviting people to church. They’ve gone out virtually every week together for the last 10 months and have each developed ways of engaging with the people they meet.

Although they’re keen not to dramatise their story (they can’t claim any impressive healings yet!) it’s exciting to see ordinary church members pushing themselves out of their comfort zone on a regular basis. They’re doing something very missional: seeking to befriend, bless and pray with perfect strangers. This flies in the face of our somewhat reserved British culture!

One of the three, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave us some insights into what they do:

It came off the back of something else. We had been meeting weekly to prayer walk round, particularly Seaside and Terminus Road, praying for their businesses, praying for the people who live there. And anything that we can think of.

We started popping into the local shops, just trying to get into local community. God has put us in so many places, with so many international people. We have been going in every week to the local food shops and cafés, just getting our faces known. We talk the whole time, and to everybody.

We then decided to up the ante. I personally find cold evangelism really hard. I’m much more of a relationship person, you know, where you feel you have the right to speak off the back of a friendship. So this is very much out of my comfort zone.

We would sit in cafés and ask if God can give us someone to talk to, give us a prophetic word, or an opportunity to pray for someone. But in my heart, I was just thinking “you know what, I’m going to go out and bless someone and show them love. Even if I don’t manage to pray for them.”

Because I’m simply seeking to bless someone — smile, get into a bit of a chat — this has then lead me into a way in which I can bring God into the conversation.

So, for example, we were sitting outside this cafe and we were praying “oh Lord, can you put someone on our hearts to pray for”. And then we looked all around and everybody either had walking sticks, mobility scooters… you know, everybody had an illness! And we felt “oh gosh, open your eyes!” And that helped me with my way forward.

I worked out that I would just go up to them and say “oh hello, I can see that you’ve got a bad leg. Are you alright? Can I help you with anything? And then we would have a chat, and I would get into it by saying “has anybody ever prayed for your leg?” I feel like that way I’m not being really intrusive — just dropping it into the conversation.

On the back of that we’ve had one bloke on a pair of crutches, quite a young guy. So we went up to him and offered to pray for him. He seemed to have some past knowledge of God, but said “I’m meant to be like this”. So we replied, “can we pray just to bless you today?”. So we did and he commented on how warm he felt during the prayer. So we started telling him about Centro and he said that he live opposite the Hippodrome and would come along.

Let me stress this is completely out of our comfort zone! The week before last I cringed and I stuttered and I was terrible! But God was so good because that week he put so many people in our paths — people we had built up relationships with over the last 10 months.

We got chatting to one little old lady who sat down next to us on a bench. She had a walking stick. We asked her why she needed it. “Oh, because I’ve got a bad hip”. And so we got talking and I asked “has anyone ever offered to pray for your hip?”. She said no and so I prayed, not only for her hip but for more general blessing as well. She said “you’ve made my day. It was worth coming out just for that”. We felt that we had really blessed her. But I’ve got to be honest, when she got up she could hardly walk!

This other guy sat down and we could see he had a bad knee. So we asked him if we could pray, but he very firmly said no. So I flicked back to normal conversation and we chatted for another 5 minutes. Although we didn’t get to pray, the conversation was still good, and very much felt like a blessing.

Although we would love to see the healings, and that’s a real desire on our hearts, we’re seeking to bless people, to just love them. There’s so many lonely people, of whatever age in shops and cafés sitting on their own.

I have some disasters though. Last week I approached a guy at a bus stop and I just couldn’t speak. My words came out wrong and I felt an absolute idiot!

Each week the three Centro ladies spend about an hour and a half walking round, praying, visiting cafés and shops and befriending people. It’s inspiring to hear about their courage, perseverance and consistency. As a result they’ve got numerous stories between them, and no doubt more to follow.

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Church planting & God’s provision in Albania

A year ago Tiko and Blurta Prenti left Kings to live in Albania. Since then they have planted a church with another Albanian couple. Providing free English classes, they have grown by inviting their students to stay after lessons for church. Amazingly 80% of those that come are from Muslim backgrounds. Having got off the ground they soon realised they needed a bigger building.

In this video Tiko shares their story of God’s timely provision, both through financial support from Kings and through favour granted with local a Muslim businessman.

In the following video the church leader Edi Valbona gives us a tour of the building Kings helped to secure through our financial gift earlier on in the year:

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