- Last Updated on 31 May 2013
Three years ago when I arrived in Cromer I had no idea what I would learn as your curate, apart from insights into running a church and how to go about providing the services that are expected of a ‘minister of religion’. I didn’t anticipate having my personal convictions on matters such as worship, prayer, the presence and power of God, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, healing and prophecy, to name but a few, so radically developed and transformed. Given the diversity of opinion and experience within our church, I am especially grateful for the permission and the space that you my church family and David my training incumbent have allowed me in order to pursue and to communicate these convictions as they have formed. This was most generously demonstrated by your allowing Chloe and I to absent ourselves for the best part of three months last summer to go to Mozambique and get blessed beyond our wildest dreams by Heidi Baker and Iris Ministries. So thank you!
In Exeter, Chloe and I go to join the leadership of Exeter Network Church who have a vision to grow through starting new gatherings. At the moment they have two, but they desire to continue growing and dividing so that soon there will be five. Chloe and I will lead the third. You can read all about them on their website: enc.uk.net.
Through conversations that we’ve shared and the talks that I’ve given, especially over the last 12 months, you will have picked up how I desire to see the power of God break into people’s lives. Jesus said that it is violent men and women who take hold of the kingdom (Matthew 11), meaning those who will wholeheartedly abandon themselves, at any cost and regardless of what others think, to imitating the life of Jesus; both his character and his actions. Just the thought of such a life stirs me like it never used to, because I have tasted and I have seen what godly violence against the works of the enemy looks like. I want to see more, and I pray that an overwhelming hunger for the presence and the power of God would consume us all so that our lives really would look like the One we follow.
David Frederick ('Fred')
Curate of Cromer
- Last Updated on 31 May 2013
Our Mission Partner is Michelle Proctor who works with SIM (Serving in Mission) at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.
Mukinge Hospital is in the North Western Province of Zambia. It is a large general hospital with over 200 beds and is run by the Evangelical Church in Zambia, but it is also under the Zambian Government. The hospital management is mainly Zambian professionals. There is a busy outpatients department, two general wards, two paediatric wards, a maternity ward, a TB ward and an eye ward. The operating theatre is always busy and the surgeon and Michelle often have night calls. Mukinge also has a Nurses Training School where about 100 students receive a two year training, leading to the national Zambian Enrolled Nurse qualification. The nurses in training attend Bible Classes run by senior staff (including Michelle) and many go on to have significant roles in their churches and to serve as Christian nurses in the government hospitals after qualifying.
Michelle is working with Serving in Mission in Zambia. What about you? Where could you serve God? I can hear you saying, “Not me, I’m not good enough.”; “Not me, I don’t have the right skills.”; "Not me, I can’t afford to go.”; “Not me, I am too old.” Well, guess what, Moses tried all those “Not me’s” and more beside! I think you will find (as Moses did) that if God wants you to go somewhere or do something for Him, He will provide; our role is to be obedient. At Cromer, we support Mission Partners working both in this country and overseas, and I strongly believe that God is calling some from our Church to step out and enquire if God is calling them. Recently, the Mission Action Group and the PCC agreed to set aside a proportion of the mission budget for this. SIM is one of our Mission Partners. Their web page is easy to follow, and I think you would be surprised at the range of opportunities there are.
What things need doing? ...mechanic with electrical knowledge, boarding school dorm. parents, media development and IT stuff, host and hostess at guest house, discipleship and mentor for university students, youth work, medical and teaching staff, hospital maintenance and biomedical equipment maintenance, sports friends evangelism, construction supervisor and lots more. Age does not matter as long as you are reasonably healthy and able to be flexible: at Mukinge we worked with students doing their GAP year and also people who had been made redundant or retired.
Liz Bennett is our Mission Partner Champion for Michelle Proctor. You can contact her for more information or to receive Michelle's prayer letters. You can read Michelle's prayer lettters on our Mission Partner news pages.