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Iris's Albania reflections

In May this year I went to Tirana, Albania to support Miranda in leading UNIKE - her women's conference. This was her fourth year and it was so good - God was with us, and we felt led and blessed by Him as we ministered to the ladies. I was accompanied by a couple of wonderful, faithful Kerith women, Glynne and Iris. You may remember an earlier blog when Glynne shared her highlights? Well now it's Iris' turn (read right to the end for the most wonderful phrase!)
So Iris, how was Albania?

I have loved being part of the teams going to Albania for the past 4 years. It has been a great privilege to do this.
The love that the ladies and girls show you makes you feel really at home. You are always greeted with hugs and  3 kisses!! ( I love it) Over the years I am aware that the Holy Spirit is moving and that the ladies are expecting to be moved and it moves up a gear each year.
One of the biggest things for me is the Worship!! The worship music starts and I think..”OK I know this song…
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Lithuanian ladies

It was so great at REAL to be joined by 4 lovely ladies from City Church Klaipeda, Lithuania. 
This picture below shows our very own Daiva Johnson (who is Lithuanian, and soon to be launching Kerith Windsor with her husband Leon) , Ocean (who we borrowed from Lithuania for the Academy year, but she is soon returning) Lina, Donalda, Ramonda, Svetlana and our lovely Marija McKean (also Lithuanian, soon to be leaving Kerith to be part of Flow Church with her husband Jamie) 



Simon was recently in Lithuania to speak at City Church (remember he also ran a 10K the same day?!?!) and whilst there he connected with Lina and Ramonda who are both part of the worship team . They've been here for REAL and to also connect with our Kerith worship teams. 

Svetlana and I are good friends - we don't let a little thing like a lack of a shared language come between us!!! We've been so blessed by the lovely Donalda translating our conversations and the conference content during this time in the UK…

Listen again

I really loved preaching alongside a team of lovely Pastors at REAL this year. All are local church Pastors. All love preaching and teaching God's word. All love people and want to use their gifts to help people love one another and love God. 

Kemi was brilliant wasn't she? She is our friend from Jubilee Church Enfield. She's holding her own women's conference called Courage on 13/14 July, you can find out more details and book in here. I went along last year and had a wonderful time - if you're free, then do go and be part of it. I know God will meet you!

The other four preachers are Kerith Pastors,and I couldn't have been more proud of everyone - grateful for the prayer and hard work they'd put into their Talks; and so supported by them all - thank you Heather,Fran and Emily - you blessed us all so much!

I'm planning on listening again to all the Talks, alongside looking through my notebook to see what God is saying to me. I think you'll also love li…

REAL2019

We'll be gathering across June 28th & 29th for 2 days packed with passionate worship, inspiring preaches, community with eachother and of course - some great snacks! Put the dates in your diary and plan to join us for another year...

If you've already got your ticket, why not bless a woman in your life with one - you have no idea what impact an invite could have. Alternatively, purchase a sponsored ticket which we will re-allocate to women who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

In-conference pricing runs out on Sunday night, so get in quick! BOOK A TICKET HERE



Overflow with Hope

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Trusting God means that we choose to believe that God is in control and that He can see the whole picture. We trust what God says about us, not how we feel. Trusting God means that we choose to believe that God is in control and that He can see the whole picture. We trust what God says about us, not how we feel (Take a look at this Freedom in Christ ministries postcard- why not buy yourself a copy?)

It doesn’t always change our circumstances or remove our pain. But it takes our focus away from our situation and puts it onto Jesus. When we trust in God, the Holy Spirit fills us with hope, joy and peace.
Joy is not like happiness that is dependent on our circumstances. We can know moments of joy in the midst of deep despair and disappointment.
Peace comes when we take our worries and anxiety to the God of hope, in prayer and thanksgiving (P…

A Reason for your Hope

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
To ‘revere Christ as Lord’ is, as the amplified version of the Bible says, to ‘give Him first place in your lives’. To give Jesus the top priority space in your life.
We can ‘be prepared’ by studying the Bible and praying. This enables us to know more of God, increasing both our knowledge of His word and our experience of His presence, which in turn increases our confidence to answer questions.
We can think about our answers in advance, so that we don’t feel like we have been put on the spot - and having an answer prepared helps us to give a gentle and thought-out response.
When we are asked questions, we can ask the Holy Spirit to bring answers to our mind and to give us the words to say, that will speak right into the questioner’s life, in a way that we could not do with our own natural …

Speaking and Listening

Romans 5:3-4  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Challenging times can cause us to run to Jesus. We can wrestle with God in our prayers, claiming His promises for our lives. When we spend time in His presence it changes us. It changes the way we think, the way we see things, speak and behave. Our minds are transformed and our character is developed. We hear truth from God and we learn to spot thoughts that are lies and choose not to believe them.
We can take life one day at a time, relying on God to give us what we need for today; and we can have hope about what He will do in the future, instead of fearing what is to come and allowing our minds to spiral out of control, imagining the worst case scenarios.
We can ‘glory (or rejoice) in our suffering’, not because we enjoy it, but because we can see God at work changing us (‘being confident of this, that he who began a good wor…