Category: people

The Chronicles of Godfrey

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– the secret history of Manchester and the whole world actually.

Discover the secret origins of Manchester and the whole world.

It all started on a hill near Oldham when a magic hermit named Godfrey decided to invent humans.
Things didn’t go exactly as he hoped, due to a very unpleasant boggart who lived in Blackley.

But aided by his son Jack and the mysterious Sophia, Godfrey hatches a plan to rescue the humans.

Angels pop in for a brew most days apart from when Godfrey goes on holiday to North Wales.

Don Egan has written this allegory of the Bible but all the stories are set in Manchester.

This book is available from Amazon.co.uk – here.

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New book from Alison Fenning

walkingwithgodcoveranglesmall2In 2004 Alison Fenning began exploring the back streets of Ipswich and befriending women involved in prostitution. She quickly became known as the Street Chaplain. She prayed with people who had addictions and provided genuine care.

Soon she found herself sat in crack dens sharing communion and teaching the Bible to women on the street. She trained a small band of volunteers to help with the work. And friendships with the women began to grow.

In 2006 this ministry to the red-light district was rocked by the Suffolk serial killings as five women were murdered, several of whom Alison had befriended. Since that time Alison has continued her friendships and introduced more women to Christ. The ministry developed and also helped men with addictions too.

As people began to embrace faith in Jesus, they asked how they could live out faith against the background of their often troubled and sometimes chaotic lives.

This book is a series of ‘letters’ that reflect conversations Alison has had about how to ‘do the God thing.’

Currently only available from Amazon here…

Rwanda house renovation

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Before…

Thank you to RSVP supporters! Tears have been turned into smiles for  a family living in extreme poverty. On a visit to a poor area of Rwanda earlier this year, RSVP mission leaders, Alison and Richard Fenning, met a family without hope.

The family’s home was crumbling. The roof was broken and the structure was falling down around them. They also had no food. Everything looked desperate.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of RSVP partners and supporters, we were able not only to supply food for the whole family, but  completely rebuild their home including a new roof.

We can only do this with your great support and so we say THANK YOU to all who support us!

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After

Fixed ’13 Conference

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Alison speaking at Fixed ’13

RSVP Trust were excited to be part of Proclaim Trust’s Fixed conference – a conference for ex-addicts, addicts and those working with addicts.

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Don Egan and Pastor Alan baptise Jason on day release from jail

Alison Fenning was one of the keynote speakers at the conference and Don Egan introduced some of the sessions and helped with the baptisms at the end of the conference. Don is a Trustee of Proclaim Trust, which is based in Rochdale. Along with Barry Woodward, Don and Alison are Associates of J John.

Barry Woodward

Barry Woodward

RSVP Mission of Hope

Setting off to Rwanda

Setting off to Rwanda

This afternoon I drove my work colleague, Alison Fenning, and her husband and RSVP Trustee, Richard, to Heathrow. They are now in the air, enroute to Rwanda, for RSVP’s Mission of Hope.

RSVP’s Mission of Hope will include speaking to a gathering of women involved in prostitution, providing food and bedding for the poor in Bugesera, community outreach, food and bedding for the poor in Kayonza, speaking on National Radio, speaking in churches, lecturing in Bible School, leadership seminars, visiting in the slums of Kigali.

Many thanks to all RSVP Partners who have donated finance to make this trip possible. Thanks to those of you who, I know, will pray for Alison and Richard every day through this mission. Please pray for good health, especially for Alison who suffered a serious health attack on an Africa Mission last year.

RSVP has been working in Rwanda since 1997, when I first visited the country with my Rwandan friend, Charles Mugisha.

The story of those early days is told in the book Beautiful on the Mountains (available from RSVP). Since then we have helped build a school, built an orphanage which we continue to support every month, helped educate hundreds of children, feed street children and support vulnerable women. We have supplied tons and tons of food to the hungry, provided matresses and bedding to widows and the elderly. We have helped women out of prostitution and start small businesses.

I had hoped to join Alison and Richard on this trip but funds have not been sufficient. So I did my small part and drove them to the airport. We greatly value all who support our work in transforming lives in Africa.

We still need to meet the full costs of the mission and it’s not too late to make a donation, however small, to help us meet urgent needs.

Thanks for your partnership and support.

 

 

Fish and chips in East Belfast

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Last week I found myself in a chip shop cafe in East Belfast. Before I left England I made a mental note to avoid East Belfast. Once a year or so, I meet up with a small group of Christians who are trying to make a difference. This group is made up of people who want to think outside the box and pioneer new things. We are not afraid to experiment or to try something that may or may not work. Our passion is to see the life of Christ touch the lives of ordinary people.

So I made my mental note to avoid East Belfast, because of the riots about the flag I had seen every night on the TV news. And you probably have to be Irish to understand the passions stirred up by the changes in when the flag is flown.

However, the Irish members of our little group are ministering at the very heart of East Belfast. They are engaging with the community at street level.

So, to my surprise, we spent most of the 48 hours we were there, in the area where the current troubles are focussed. The Irish are resilient and one hallmark of their character is to keep business as usual in times of riots and bombings.

So we shared our thoughts and ideas on ministry and community, in the chip shops and coffee shops at the various flash points of the current troubles. We found a friendly Irish welcome everywhere.

We wandered around Belfast docks where the Titanic was built and recalled the long history of this place. But the fighting about the flag goes back much further than the Titanic. And really, it is not about a flag at all. But fear and hurt and a broken past.

My paternal ancestry goes back to Ireland and I grew up in Manchester because my ancestors fled the famine that the English inflicted on the Irish.

Down at the chip shop the portions were large. I was struggling to finish my chips. But in a land where potatoes were once valued like gold, I felt it would seem ungrateful not to finish them.

Politicians have a part to play in resolving conflict. But the real solution, I think, is found in the discovery of a new life in Jesus. An encounter that can transform hurting, frightened people into people who can bless and even embrace their enemies.

So this week I am praying for my Irish friends, still there in East Belfast – quietly praying, befriending, helping, feeding the hungry with good things, weeping with those who weep – that Christ may shine through them, and his life and healing be revealed through them.

My abiding memory is, shortly before leaving, we had coffee in a coffee shop at one of the flash points of the riots. An armoured Police Land Rover was parked outside on 24 hour security duty. The owners were glad to have customers. It almost felt like we were doing something positive just being there – making it business as usual.

For we visitors it was an adventure. For my Irish friends it is a life style. Food for thought.

having coffee near one of the flash points

having coffee near one of the flash points