Catherine says: “Through God’s love I have hopes and dreams again”
Mental health – is there a way out?
Last issue we asked for stories of those who had survived mental health problems and asked whether the Church has the answers. Now read Catherine’s story. Diagnosed as bipolar, she found herself in a mental health hospital at the age of 20 and was told she’d be that way the rest of her life. Today she is living a normal life and rebuilding her life
To appreciate the full extent of Catherine’s transformation, this should be read in conjunction with her testimony on pages 3 and 20 of HEART AUG-SEPT 2017
I struggled with mental health issues through all of my teenage years up until the age of 24. Everything changed when I invited Jesus into my life and he began to to work a miracle in my life. He showed me that there was a way out of the downward spiral I was stuck in.
“I didn’t choose to be a Muslim…”
Meeting a secret believer
by Julia Fisher
As a broadcast journalist, for almost 20 years I have travelled frequently to Israel to record the stories of both Jewish and Arab/Palestinian believers, so Christians in the West can hear news of what God is doing despite political tensions in the region.
Recently I was taken to meet ‘A’, a recent convert from Islam. My friend, who lives in the area, understands the precautions necessary when arranging such sensitive and dangerous rendezvous. We cautiously drove to an area of ‘no man’s land’, pulled into the side of the road and ‘A’ slipped into the back of the car. We drove off thankfully; nobody had noticed and we weren’t being followed.
Members of different faiths at the Together Stronger event organised in Ilford by the British Pakistani Christian Association
Once again death and destruction have come to our streets, but still we are not getting to grips with the real issues, says lawyer Philip Quenby
If ever we questioned the need to recover our Christian heritage, the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London should surely dispel any doubt once and for all.
Sadly, however, the Church is not getting to grips with the real issues. Widespread ignorance within the Church allows ill-informed platitudes and a spirit of appeasement free rein, so there is little difference between what the Government or the Church are saying about Islam.
As churches plan their summer outreaches, evangelist Tony Anthony says there’s nothing to fear. Just don’t call your ‘outreach’ evangelism unless you’ve clearly shared the Gospel Good News.
Here he offers HEART readers some highlights of his ‘evangelism masterclass’ which were shared at the ‘Engage’ conference put on by the Great Commission Society (GCS) this June, of which he is chairman. The GCS works in 130 countries and one of its main leaders is Sussex-based former gangster John Lawson whose book ‘If a Wicked Man’ featured previously in HEART
By Andrew Halloway
Prayer leader David Borlase is lamenting the Church’s apathy in the fight against abortion, as the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion looms.
The Director of the Intercessors for Britain prayer alliance told HEART: “The 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act in October this year stands as one of the biggest stains on our nation’s history. Why is it that governments have been and are considering extending abortion rather than restricting it? Because the nation’s moral conscience – the Church – has been silent on the issue!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry can be proud that it’s now a year since they launched Heads Together to raise awareness of mental health issues. But why did it take the royal family to say ‘You don’t have to suffer mental torment’?
Our headline “Dressed and in their right minds”, like so many daily idioms, comes from Mark’s Gospel (5:1-20). Jesus dealt with ‘mental health’ by casting out demons with a word or speaking the truth in a way that set people free (“My words are Spirit and they are life”).
Yet non-churchgoers like Prince Harry who are suffering mental torment and feeling desperately hurt and misunderstood, don’t seek out Christian help.
While Londoners were recovering from the Westminster terror attack, many will have gained hope from a major campaign that used London buses to advertise the words of Jesus. Starting from 10 April, Routemaster buses carried huge banners quoting directly from the Bible.
Although it’s probably an exaggeration to call London’s familiar red buses ‘iconic’, this time they carried the words of a real icon.
People are crying out to be heard, to express their pain and anger – and Christians are keeping the keys in their back pocketJune 2, 2017 | admin
Andy Stevens, a HEART Partner Pastor, has counselled many people together with his wife Margaret, and says the Church has the answers to today’s mental health issues
These days the term ‘mental health’ seems to relate to people with defined and diagnosed illnesses such as bi-polar, schizophrenia and depression.
We say they show signs of unusual behaviour or thinking that it is away from ‘normal’.
But what is ‘normal’ anyway?
Ryan Hofman, 30, is an Australian-born civil engineer and a passionate follower of Jesus. He and his wife Hayley have a young daughter, and serve in leadership at Coastlands Church, Worthing. Ryan recently had a remarkable experience, which he shares here:
Earlier this year, I become desperately aware how the Church today is not seeing the glory of God that we read about in the Bible, so in my prayer times I began crying out to see that glory.
One morning in early March I woke at 6am, made a coffee, and went to the sitting room. I played music on my headphones then started worshipping – my usual routine. I felt an urge to kneel, which sometimes happens. So I knelt, and said “OK God, here I am.” I closed my eyes, and lay down flat. I felt as if I was preparing for something.