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- Ask | For God’s richest blessing on Pastor Dupe and her husband and the fellowship of Word Fountain Church OXFORD
- Thanks | For having a B & B to stay in tonight
- I am inGLOUCESTER TODAY. So please pray for Divine appointments please…….and of course for PROVISION
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- TOMORROW’S MESSAGE | is ROOTED IN the book of | NEHEMIAH |
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- IS ACCOMMODATION NEEDED FOR TONIGHT? | YES PLEASE!
- IF YOU CAN HOOK ME UP WITH SOMEONE OR SPONSOR A BED AND BREAKFAST? THAT WOULD BE GREAT) |
- THE DAY AFTER’S MESSAGE | is ROOTED IN the book of | ESTHER |
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- IS ACCOMMODATION NEEDED? | YES PLEASE!
- IF YOU CAN HOOK ME UP WITH SOMEONE OR SPONSOR A BED AND BREAKFAST THEN THAT WOULD BE GREAT)
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The alarm is set for 4:15am. I have a lot to do before leaving the house at 7:00. I need to be at the church by 10:00am. It’s 5 hours to Oxford but I know how very bad the traffic can be on the M25. My mind wakes me at 3:30am crap and I lie awake pre-empting the days activities in my mind I am up at 4:10.
My wet clothes are still on the line and wearing only my vest, skids and formal shoes I go out and collect the still wet washing and throw it in a bin bag. No one is going to be looking in my garden at 4:15am whilst a strangely attired gentleman is collecting wet washing. You couldn’t make this stuff up!
I pack, transfer my video and audio, update the apps and blog, and get ready to overview Ezra. I am at home now and breakfast is peanut butter on crackers with sliced bananas on top. My how the mighty have fallen.
I leave a note by the study computer asking Bridget to hunt out some B & B’s for me. I leave another note outside the door telling here I love her. Real men are Romantic. Bridget is a high cost low maintenance woman. She’s brilliant.
The journey to Oxford is easy and I find a Maccy’s D’s to hunker up in prepare for Ezra. I have coffee….and a double sausage and egg McMuffin meal. I have been working 6 hours already.
I arrive at Word Fountain church at precisely 10:00am. The Pastors husband greets me. This is an African church, it is multicultural in that the congregation is made up of from people from the many nations in Africa. THIS church is the ONLY church in England to have booked me. THIS church is the first of just the four churches to have booked me. September is their back to the Bible month.
Now you all know that though I do believe in women Pastors, my theology does not allow for women Elder/leaders in church. Pastor Dupe Adefala is the leader of the church. She is a woman. If you squeeze her, the Bible will pour out of her. If you speak to her, she will pray for you, I mean her conversation will be full of prayer for you and she has a look in her eye which is a longing for Jesus. I think of the old tract that New Tribes Mission put out some 50 years ago which had a picture of a man on the front which said “Here I am Lord, send my sister!” Pastor Dupe is more than anything, respected by her congregation. This says a lot. I have only met her once but with the backing of her husband, it is obvious that she far exceeds the preaching capabilities, vision and faith capacities of most male leaders I know.
The Choir practice is on at 10:00 and the prayer meeting is at 10:30am. The place is a former Roman Catholic church hall which was sold to a Muslim business man. When they took it over, they cleaned up all the beer barrels and mess from behind the bar. (Which reminds me…my wife really believed that the ‘Above Bar’ church was called that because it met above a Public House. She has two Degrees! Anyhoo, I digress..) Presently they and a Brazilian church meet in the building and they are trusting God to purchase it. This is Oxford England and I am getting the warmest greeting I have had in 14 days.
During the service the Kids are making a noise at the back. Pastor Dupe halts the singing and asks some people to ‘help those children please.” Later, in speaking to the congregation she is asking who is reading the Bible this month and what they are reading? Some voices shout out. One woman is reading 1st Peter, and when the sister sees the look on Pastor Dupes face she quickly adds, “…and 2nd Peter.” “That’s still not enough chapters” Pastor Dupe says from the front, “You must read more”. This is not a suggestion, it is a command. Now I tell you this because if any Pastor had the Kahoonas to do that in an established white conservative Evangelical church, then he had better get his stab jacket out of the closet and begin to prepare his departure sermon. I am smiling like the Cheshire cat.
My sermon is well received and at the end of the proceedings Pastor Dupe once again tries to get folks along to the Bible Study on Tuesday nights. She only has three women coming along thus far. I stand up and challenge the men to step up and ask for a show of hands as to who will be coming on Tuesday night. She now has eight people coming and five of them are men.
After the service, the women have cooked Nigerian deep fried Puff Puff. Now it’s not a name that would go down well in Brighton and Hove but I have discovered another little snack to die for. What a treat.
I am then taken to the church offices upstairs where a lovely meal has been prepared. I am overwhelmed.
This church provides, literacy and computer training, bible teaching, fellowship, discipline, hope faith and love. If you ever get to Oxford, this is the church to visit. What tremendous folk!
At my departure, they all insist on coming out to get their picture taken by the car. Pastor Dupe sends some of the guys back in to get their Bibles. Excellent.
I leave Oxford my next city of Gloucester. Its only about 45 minutes away, but I have been up for twelve hours. I booked a room for £40 whilst I was in Maccy D’s this morning and I know where I am going. As I am driving along I start to get triple vision. I can’t keep my eyes open so I pull over to the side of the road. Within seconds I am asleep. I wake up 40 minutes later, yawn and continue my journey. I need coffee.
The place I am staying is down the road from the banned Clousestershir cheese rolling competition. It’s not complicated. You roll a cheese down and a steep hill and then folks chase it. The first one to get it is the winner. You are allowed to break your own limbs in the process
I stop for a coffee in the swanky Cheltenham Chase hotel. £100 per night and breakfast is extra. The coffee is like gunpowder. I am awake! The bed and breakfast I am staying at for just £40 a night is just down the road. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the welcome is real nice. Sue the landlady says I can hang my wet washing out on her line. I begin to do it myself and she says, “ere let me do it” and re-hangs them all properly. Men!
I go up to my room, transfer and begin to upload the video, ring Bridget and type until 11:00pm. I am going nowhere!
I try not to think about tomorrow and the 51 days after that. It is obvious that despite the twists and turns and changes of shape this mission has taken on, I have completely under estimated the demands of what seemed to me to be a very simple proposition. 66 Books | 66 Cities | 66 Days | Simple. Yeah right!
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