Friday, 31 October 2014

Trip to Bethel Church Redding - Oct/Nov14

I am writing this on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean traveling back to the USA and specifically a return trip to visit Bethel Church in Redding California.Its almost 2 years since we had our first experience of being at Bethel and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say it was life changing because of the encounter I had with God during the days we were there. Since then I have sought to steward as well as I could this work of grace in my life and to build on this  moment  for my life and ministry. And God has been good and merciful to me so that my life and the church I lead have changed during these past 2 years!!

So what about this trip. What are my hopes and expectations for the next 12 days. Certainly I am looking forward to being in the amazing atmosphere of worship that exists at Bethel - the times of sung worship were some of the deepest and most profound I have ever been in. To hear some more teaching by Bill Johnson and Kris Vollaton (and other Bethel leaders) will also be a privilege. Something new for this trip will be my Sozo appointment - over the past 12 months tougher with Siue I have led a team of 10 at HBC through the Basic Sozo Training. This tool that originates from Bethel is for me one of the most exciting and potentially ministries for helping HBC fulfil it's vision to bringing healing, wholeness and freedom to broken lives and communities.... One of the requirements for us to be "released" as a church to exercise the Bethel Sozo Ministry is to go through a Sozo appointment your self, so next Tuesday at 3pm I'll be at the Transformation Centre for my appointment.

In the midst of all this I really am hoping and praying for the encounter with God through His Spirit that will impart for me a deeper passion and wider perceptive for Jesus. To be encouraged and strengthened to keep going with the vision we have for HBC and for the transformation of Chester. In short heaven invading earth...