Dear Inn Supporters
We hope that all is well with you all at this difficult time.
Even with life seemingly on hold there is news to pass on which I will try to make as succinct as possible.
As you will no doubt know our founding patron, Reinhard Bonnke, went to be with the Lord in December last year. If Peter had a human hero it was Reinhard and so he was indirectly behind the founding of Inn Christian Ministries. We thank God so much for his life.
We are delighted to announce that Hugh Osgood, leader of Churches in Communities International, Moderator of the Free Churches Group and the Free Churches President of Churches Together in England (amongst other things!), has agreed to become a Patron. One of Peter’s passions was working cross-denominationally, so Hugh very much represents an area which is one of Inn’s principles.
Our previous Patron, Dr Peter Brierley very generously spent a day with us in February to help us see the way forward for Inn Christian Ministries. One of the results of this day was that we invited James and Sandra Sowah to become Trustees.
Originally from Ghana, they were amongst the first members of the VOICE (now King’s Church Gillingham) – as such, they had both worked closely with Peter (Marchand) and shared his heart. They are now employed locally as pharmacists, Sandra at Medway Maritime Hospital and James in the community. They have a heart for evangelistic mission and helping those in need. We are looking forward to their fresh input and new fields for our work.
Christmas Connect 2019 and 2020
This took place on December 8th at Prayer City, Buckmore Park with around 1500 in attendance. There was a good response and the programme which included the winners of the children’s Carol Competition was well-received.
We have provisionally booked Mark Ritchie to speak at this year’s event on December 6th – J.John says of him “Mark Ritchie is outstanding, unique and wonderful. He is insightful and inspiring. He has both wit and wisdom. I always have a faith-lift when I listen to him.” The current situation, however, means that we have to re-think the format as it seems unlikely that such a large gathering will be possible or wise by then. We are currently planning a virtual event.
We have been able to send support to our contacts in Uganda and India where there is no government support for those who are unable to earn and social-distancing is almost impossible. We also supported an initiative of King’s Church Gillingham who sent relief to Ghana through a contact of James and Sandra. Any donations made specifically for this will be passed on.
Jimmy, Walter, Barbra and David have been in lockdown since the end of March and at the time of writing it is unclear when they will be able to resume their studies. The figures currently being reported from Uganda are low but while some measures have been eased there is concern that this will lead to a worsening situation.
- For all of our contacts, especially those in developing countries, that they will know our Father’s peace and protection at this time, especially those who are directly involved in administering aid
- For our new Patron, Hugh Osgood and our new Trustees, James and Sandra Sowah
- For new doors of service to be opened
- For Christmas Connect 2020 and the format it should take
- For Kwadwo and Akua Kyeremateng – as reported last October, Kwadwo is in Aberdeen for a year of study and shortly after he arrived in the UK Akua’s father went to be with the Lord. At the end of April Akua’s mother suddenly and unexpectedly died – it was not Covid-19, but the restrictions caused by the pandemic have made things even more difficult. Please pray for the family in their time of separation
Thank you as always for your support through interest, prayer and finance. We are aware that our website is very out of date and will be updating this as soon as time allows.
With every blessing