The Sending – Tickets Now Available Online for Booking

The Sending – Tickets Now Available Online for Booking

Hello Jubilee Family,

Tickets for The Sending are now available!

REGISTRATION
To purchase your ticket, click here.
For more information regarding The Sending, please go to thesending.org

THE SENDING FEES
Adult – £25 per person
Please note, that children from the age of 12 years will be charged full price.
*Please note our change in venue to:

VENUE
Mentors Country Estate, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Cnr N2 and St Francis Drive, Jeffreys Bay, 6330

CHILDREN
Please note, children over the age of 12 years will be charged full price.
There will be NO childcare provided for at the Conference. However, an overflow room will be provided with a live feed from the main sessions for parents and their children under 12 years.   

ACCOMMODATION
Please follow the link below to find relevant information regarding accommodation in Jeffreys Bay. The good news is that with the new venue, accommodation can be booked onsite and it’s pretty affordable. Other options are listed as well below the Mentors Country Estate details.
thesending.org
PROGRAMME

THURSDAY, 4TH JULY
(Victory Church, Jbay)
19:00                          Pre-Event Worship and Intercession  

FRIDAY, 5TH JULY
(Mentors Country Estate)
09:00 – 12:00            AM Sessions
19:00                          PM Session

SATURDAY, 6TH JULY
(Mentors Country Estate)
09:00 – 13:00            AM Sessions
19:00                          PM Session 

SUNDAY, 7TH JULY
(Mentors Country Estate)
09:00                          Sunday Celebration
18:00                          Sunday Celebration
The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff


“THE RIGHT STUFF”

Article by Tony Kettle

Beginning in 1959, mankind began to refocus on the concept of space travel, as, due to the miracle of modern technology and advanced media, many of us were privileged to closely and avidly follow the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programmes, which terminated in 1972, followed by the space shuttle and space station missions. All these endeavours were completed through the auspices and direction of the United States National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). Europe later came into the ‘space race’ with the establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA).

With the tremendous public interest in the work of NASA, generated by the media, many men (and later, women) eagerly sought careers as astronauts, the term coined for those who were trained to travel into space. However, NASA (and subsequently ESA) developed extremely rigid criteria and qualifications required for entry into the astronaut training programme. They called these outstanding attributes “THE RIGHT STUFF!”

It occurs to me that God also has, in a sense, His own ‘space programme’, with His own ‘astronauts’ in training! We are those ‘astronauts’, if we are believers – dedicated, committed Christians. Why do I call us ‘astronauts?’ Because God has commanded us to “set (our) mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NASB – emphasis added). He has “…raised us up with Him, and seated  us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians 2:6 NASB – emphasis added). We are “…partakers of a heavenly calling…” (Hebrews 3:1 NASB – emphasis added) and eventually we will be “…looking for new heavens and a new earth…” (2 Peter 3:13 NASB – emphasis added).

Furthermore, God has His own firmly established criteria – His own “RIGHT STUFF” – for whoever desires to become a (spiritual) ‘astronaut.’        

So, what is this “RIGHT STUFF” that is absolutely hallowed in the realm of space exploration – and how does it equate with God’s criteria? Let’s answer that question by comparing the qualifications for astronauts in the natural sense with those for God’s (spiritual) ‘astronauts’ in the schedule below:

NASA EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (NASA)
Vs THE KINGDOM OF GOD (KINGDOM)

YOUTH

(NASA) Generally only recruited between the ages of 27 to 37, although they could continue in service through their 50s.

(KINGDOM)
“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17 NASB).
“Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance…Likewise urge the young men to be sensible…” (Titus 2:2, 6  NASB).

UNIVERSITY DEGREE

(NASA) Usually a degree in engineering, medicine or appropriate subject. Need to be scientifically-minded.

(KINGDOM) God does not require that we have a university degree – but He has stipulated that “…we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NASB – emphasis added).

EXPERIENCE

(NASA) Candidates are required to have at least 3 years experience in the field covered by their degree.

(KINGDOM) “And not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach” (1 Timothy 3:6-10 NASB).

PATIENCE

(NASA) This attribute is essential because of the complex, difficult situations and problems that often take time to resolve.

(KINGDOM) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB).

BRAVERY

(NASA) Given the fact that many recruits have been test pilots, and / or served in the military, plus the tragic accidents that occurred in some programmes, this quality has become virtually second-nature.  

(KINGDOM) “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:6-7 NASB).

TEAMWORK

(NASA) In view of the dangerous environments and situations encountered by astronauts, thorough teamwork with crews is indispensable.

(KINGDOM) “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 NASB).

PREPARED FOR STRANGE LIFESTYLE

(NASA) Recruits need to adapt to living in unnatural environments in space, away from the comfortable familiarity of earth.

(KINGDOM) “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NASB).

PSYCHOLOGICALLY SOUND

(NASA) The rigours of living in unnatural environments for long periods demand a strong mindset and emotional stability.

(KINGDOM) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).

TENACITY

(NASA) When serious, potentially fatal problems arise on missions, a strong resolve, perseverance, persistence and a determination to not give up is necessary.

(KINGDOM) “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NASB).
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NASB).

Astronauts, naturally-speaking, need to be IN a space capsule on a rocket, in order to escape the gravitational pull of the earth. Likewise, we, as God’s (spiritual) ‘astronauts’, must be IN Christ in order to escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin (Romans 8:1-2)!

A balloon needs to be COMPLETELY filled with hydrogen or helium in order to rise from the earth. If it only has a little gas, the balloon will just flop about! So, we need to be COMPLETELY filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) in order to ‘rise above’ the enticements of the world – to escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin (Romans 8:5-14). If we are not ‘filled’, guess what? We will just ‘flop about’ in life!

On the other hand, whereas a balloon, operating under the law of buoyancy, is limited in the height to which it can rise, the spiritual law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is NOT limited in its power.    By remaining “in Christ”, we can go as HIGH into the Heavenly realm as we desire (Ephesians 2:4-6).  So, we can escape the ‘gravitational’ pull of sin – we can become (spiritual) ‘astronauts.’

When the astronauts in Apollo 13 encountered major difficulties (the oxygen tanks exploded), they sent out the famous message: “Houston, we have a problem.” They had to rely on NASA, so far away on Earth, to help them return safely. Thanks be to God, we don’t have that problem – we have the Holy Spirit IN us to help in our time of need (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24)!

“Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might
and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.”

(Isaiah 40:26 NASB)


Blessings,
Tony Kettle

The Sending 05.07.19

The Sending 05.07.19

Have itchy feet to see the world impacted by the love of Christ?

You are invited to join us at THE SENDING – the Church of the Nation’s Global Commissioning event in Jeffreys Bay. We will worship together, pray together, receive prophetic encouragement, and be sent as the next generation of Kingdom sons and daughters to go out into all the earth, preaching the gospel to all creation. Here is a letter from Louis Els inviting us to join together.

Visit: thesending.org for more info

If you’re interested in travelling in a group, comment below or contact us at office@jubilee.co and we’ll get you in touch with Dan.

THE SENDING | 05.07.19 | Jeffreys Bay | South Africa | COTN Event

How Faith is Impacting Where You Are | Part Two

How Faith is Impacting Where You Are | Part Two

Daniel Ghinn, healthcare, technology and Jesus.

I lead a team that serves the international health industry with insights-led strategy. We created a technology platform to provide globally unique insights that inform our consulting for the world’s largest organisations in healthcare.

My career started in research and technology; as a computer programmer my passion was creating new things. In the late 1990s I was inspired by emerging internet technology which I believed was about to change all our lives, and I wanted to be part of that. So together with my wife, Jo, we launched the company that we now call CREATION. Within our first year, we started working with doctors, clinics, and healthcare companies. Today, we specialise in healthcare and work with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and influential organisations in health.

When we launched the company 21 years ago, we knew that Jesus had to be the head of the business. Since then I think we have been discovering what He really wants to do with it. One thing I have increasingly learned is that Jesus intends for His Church to be active every day for him, wherever we are. So I see my work as an integral part of being part of his Church, and I encourage those I work with to put their faith into action in this way too.

Some years ago when I was praying about vision for the company, God reminded me that even my wildest dreams do not come close to what He can do, because He “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Daniel Ghinn and Anni Neumann visit clients in Germany

I see my work as worship because I do it to serve the Lord first, and I believe He wants to work with me to accomplish His purposes. In every aspect of my work I expect God to inspire my thinking and to show me things I could not have known without Him, so that I can minister effectively through what I do. This applies to setting strategy for our company and leading the team, as well as working on individual client assignments.

At times God has given me a specific insight for a client to address needs I could not have known about; other times I have been able to pray for clients about issues they are facing, and they have seen a breakthrough.

This is encouraging but I am still hungry for Him to do much more through me and my team through our work. I believe the best is yet to come!

Daniel Ghinn

God’s Language Is Love

God’s Language Is Love

God’s Language Is Love

Ever since we could remember, we have been all about seeing other people do well and making progress in life. As a couple, the biggest pain we feel is the pain of injustice, deprivation and seeing people living below what God has called them to be.

We feel that part of our calling as a couple is to help others with whatever it is that we have. No matter how little or how small. Whether its time, materials, finances, our skills, or just being there for people. We look at loving others from the idea of being God’s outstretched hand to man and that Christ died for everyone irrespective of their beliefs, culture, creed or orientation. No one should be cast away because they are different in anyway. Everyone deserves to be loved. There is a joy that’s unspeakable and unexplainable when you stretch out your hand and heart to love someone else irrespective of the situation, circumstance or who they are.

John 13:34 – 35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Romans 5:5 “And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

There is no one too hard to love and we all as God’s children have the capacity to love. One of the things God has given us as his kids is the ability to love.

Just as having a £10,000 cheque and you refusing to cash it doesn’t negate the fact that you have it. In the same way you have to make a choice to love. God’s love lives deep within you and resides in you 24/7, 365 days of the year. It is however your choice to choose to love irrespective of what comes your way, who you come in contact with or what you are faced with. None of us as His kids have the root of hatred in us. We choose to allow hatred and bitterness to grow and develop, we can however decide to stamp and uproot it and live a life of love.

You may say “I have been so offended by a particular person and I just cannot love them or anything they represent because of the hurt and pain I feel.”

Remember we live by faith and this includes living out the love life we already have. We may not feel like it, or be excited by it but in the same way we act out our faith by doing. When it comes to any other thing whether it’s a job, or business, our family, spouse etc, you have to act by faith and express your love by doing ‘love’…just love. Love expressed could be in a smile, a greeting, a hug, running errands, listening to someone pour out their heart, having coffee with someone, driving someone around to shop, etc- ‘Just do it’. 

Our faith works by love. Love is our language and our Father’s language. Loving others should come to us naturally as its our nature as God’s children. And know that every time you love someone and express it by doing, you are God’s outstretched hand to that person, here on earth. Never forget that and never stop loving!

Siji and Ibi

Photo by Mandy von Stahl on Unsplash

Rutland Woods

Woodland Workers

On Saturday 19th January a hardy bunch from Jubilee and Kings Reach spent the morning transforming the area around the lake in Rutland Woods. The first task was to get the campfire lit and burning well. The second job was to get the kettle on!

Then knowing that supplies of teas, coffees and hot chocolate were assured, the workers set about clearing away the undergrowth and many of the young willow trees that had grown up around the shores of the lake blocking the view and shading the waters. While the powerful strimmers tackled the brambles etc around the lake, picnic site and roundhouse, another group raked out all the dead leaves, logs and branches from the stream that runs into the lake and then out the other side down towards the boundary of the woods. Other workers did a great job sawing down the trees and  hauling them and the vegetation over to the bonfire which soon reduced it all to a pile of ash and smoked us all out!

It was a morning of hard work interspersed with hot drinks, hot sausage rolls and cool biscuits enjoyed around the campfire sharing stories and drying out feet that got too far into the lake.

We were all amazed by how much we accomplished in such a short time and by what a good time it was.

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Before
After

A massive “Thank You” to all those who helped!

Please join us for the next work party (yes it’s work and yes it’s a party) February 23rd.  

Tim

How faith is impacting where you are | Part 1

How faith is impacting where you are | Part 1

Phillipa on her journey in the Health and Fitness Industry

R – Reality

I – Integrity

S – Sincerity

K – Kindness

I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years – quite amazing considering I was the one at school who avoided anything to do with exercise.  It was only after I had my third child, Matthew (who is now 27) that I found an aerobics class locally and realised that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  With a young baby on my hands, I would be up early every morning studying for my ‘Exercise to Music’ qualification, so determined was I to start teaching as soon as I could. I have since acquired many more qualifications.

Soon after starting classes in the community, my dream was to own and manage my own gym.  I have never had an athletic build, quite the contrary, but I was determined to encourage people of any shape and size to realise that exercise isn’t just for people who look the part and are comfortable in their bodies.  I wanted to demonstrate that the benefits of exercise are available to everyone and if I can do it so can anyone else.

Phillipa leading Aqua Aerobics class at Mote Leisure Club

My life has been all about taking risks. I’ve never been satisfied with going along with the status quo and after my fourth child had started school, I pursued the hard work of making my dream a reality. The time between receiving the dream and it coming to fruition in 2007 when I finally opened my own gym, Curves for women, was around 14 years.  It was quite a journey of faith, but as the Lord promises, our faith is always rewarded. I had the privilege of seeing thousands of women achieve their health and fitness goals over the 10 years I worked with Curves.

The exciting thing for me is that I am back in the Maidstone Community working as a Leisure Club Manager at Audley Mote Park, where I continue to have an impact supporting and encouraging the over 55’s in their health and fitness.

As my acronym above shows – these are the four things that I live by while taking risks to step out and trust the Lord with every step I take. You get close to people working in my industry and people soon learn whether you are genuine or not.  My heart is to demonstrate the reality of my faith in Jesus whilst keeping it real, being a woman of integrity, being sincere in everything I do and say, and treating all people with kindness.

I am so thankful to the Lord for the doors He continues to open for me to share His love and my faith and love for Him in the industry He has called me to serve in.

Phillipa

Photo by Meghan Holmes on Unsplash

How can we be more Christian in 2019

How can we be more Christian in 2019

How can we be more Christian in 2019

An article from ‘Church IS family’ Sunday Series

How can we be more Christian in 2019?
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (NAS)

Sometimes we hear politicians or national figures refer to the UK as a Christian country. Are we a Christian Nation? Have we ever been? The Cambridge Dictionary definition of Christian states: “of or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”, or “used to describe a person or action that is good, kind, helpful, etc.” I believe that neither of these definitions reflect the heart and power of the world-changing adjective or noun that is ‘Christian’.

Christian is an important term when we are considering how to live Christian lives, or how to operate businesses, schools and organisations on Christian principles or with a Christian ethos. It is much more than just ‘following the teachings of’, or ‘good kind, helpful, moral’ – the foundation of ‘Christian’ needs to include the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I suggest that ‘Christian’ means ‘transformed, informed motivated and empowered by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.’

An article in The Spectator (28 May 2016) commented, 
“A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in Britain. Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian, 8 per cent follow another religion and 48 per cent follow none. The decline of Christianity is perhaps the biggest single change in Britain over the past century. For some time, it has been a stretch to describe Britain as a Christian country. We can more accurately be described now as a secular nation with fading Christian institutions.”

A report called Europe’s Young Adults and Religion, a collaboration between St Mary’s University in London and the Catholic University of Paris, found that 70% of young adults in the UK identify with no religion.

Percentage of adults identifying with no religion per country (UK/EU)

Although sobering, it is important that we are realistic about the state of the UK and cry out to the Lord for change. We should also acknowledge this brings opportunities for the gospel. 
Yinka Oyekan and “The Turning” movement (visit theturning.eu) are demonstrating the opportunities this faith vacuum has created, seeing thousands of people turn to Christ on the streets of the UK and Europe. I am excited about 2019. So far I have spent 33 years as part of Jesus’ church and count it a privilege and a blessing. Let’s build on what Jesus has taught us over the last few years – it will mean taking risks, walking in faith and stepping out of our comfort zones. Are you ready to come on an adventure?

The heart of Christianity is your heart.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

The message of Christianity is bad news and good news; bad news if we want to do it ourselves – if we are full of pride and want to work things out our way; good news if we realise that, as people, we are morally and spiritually bankrupt and have no ability to save ourselves. The message of the cross and the heart of the term ‘Christian’ declares: it all depends on Him, not on us. Understanding this is the key to becoming ‘more Christian’ in 2019. Do you want to be more of a Christian father, a Christian mother, Christian doctor, a Christian teacher, a Christian midwife, a Christian student, a Christian business man/woman, or a Christian neighbour in your community? This means, whatever vocation we follow, being transformed, informed, motivated and empowered by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. In practice:

  1. Make ourselves available to our Lord Jesus – don’t put barriers in the way of ‘I can’t, I’m not good enough, I haven’t anything to give.’
  2. Constantly and consistently renew our minds by choosing to believe God’s truth and promises, and not the lies that cripple us.
  3. Accept His forgiveness and allow Jesus to remove our self hatred and the shame we feel of past mistakes.

Galatians 6:14 “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

So, let us start 2019 living more Christian lives, with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ being the heart of all we do.
Ask yourself: do I just do a job? Why am I studying these subjects? What is my part in my community or neighbourhood? Am I just going through the motions in my life? And the key question: How is my life going to be more Christian in 2019?

I look forward to our Christian adventures together in the coming year.

Lots of love Neil

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