Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Getting to know Betsy Slate

Betsy Slate

Betsy is part of a Life Change Team from America that was out visiting Sam and Marlene Poe. It was awesome having the Team at Crossroads Community Church and getting to know them better. Betsy comes from the East Coast, Boston, Massachusetts. She attends Fenway Church led by David W. Hill. Fenway Church is part of Newfrontiers family of churches and Betsy has been attending this church for a year.

M.M: Tell me more about your background?
B.S: I was born in Fremont, California and I grew up there. I then moved to San Diego and attended College before moving to Boston. I’m currently going to graduate school where I’m studying Theology and Social Work.

M.M: What are you hoping to do after graduate school?
B.S: “Wherever God leads, I’ll go!” Seriously, I’m not sure yet. I still have 2 more years of school.

M.M: Is this your first time in Africa and particularly Zimbabwe?
B.S: Yes.

M.M: What are your impressions of Zimbabwe so far?
B.S: Beautiful, gorgeous country. It’s so peaceful with peace-loving people. I’m very impressed by the work and what God is doing here.

M.M: What are your thoughts on Crossroads?
B.S: I’m impressed with Crossroads Community Church. I’m impressed with the Vision, the extend and heart it has for the Nations. I feel a kinship coming from Fenway.

M.M: It’s been GREAT having you out here in Kezi. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Zimbabwe.
By Molly Manhanga

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quotable quotes on Leadership pt 1

1. Do less, accomplish more

2.We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man's gift is .........leadership, let him govern diligently. Romans 12:6 & 8

3. Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses.

4. Look for opportunities to temporarily shoulder someone elses's burden.

5. Once you step outside your zone, don't attempt to lead. Follow. great leaders know when to follow.

6. Only those leaders who act boldly in times of crisis and change are willingly followed.

7. Leaders understand the unique roles of confidence and caution. Courage requires both.

Prayer and Fasting at Antelope Park

Crossroads Team
We had an excellent time at Prayer and Fasting at Antelope Park recently. We managed to take a team of 7 people from Crossroads where we joined in with many friends from Newfrontier Churches around Zimbabwe both rural and urban.
It was wonderful. The unity was great, sense of purpose, togetherness and hearing what is happening at other churches was just awesome.
God is on the move and He is using His church in Zimbabwe to spearhead the way. What a pleasure to fast and pray together.

Did folk enjoy the meal after the fast was over? You BET!

A hilarious moment was when I was greeting friends from other churches and meeting new ones in the process – I approached 6 gentlemen, introduced myself very confidently and proceeded to ask them which church they were from as I didn’t recognize any of them. One kind gentleman replied that they were part of the Zimbabwe Cricket Team who was on “Boot Camp”. Honest mistake but it was quite hilarious. I chatted to them briefly but got abit of time with Ray Price from the National Cricket Team.

By Molly Manhanga

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Building in progress at Crossroads...

Nearing roof level

As we are preparing to build the Kidz Block and are gathering materials, it’s also great seeing the builders working with joy putting up a store room where some of the material will be kept. Seems like buildings will be going up for quite some time but we thank God for His goodness and grace towards us.

A quick pose for the camera from the builders at Crossroads

By Molly Manhanga

Reach One More for Jesus

Introduction by Rick Warren

Worship is all about expressing love for God. Music and love go together. They come from the heart. It’s not just what you think but what you feel. Everything is about love.
Rick Warren honours his dad who died of cancer. His dad said to him on his death bed “Save one more for Jesus”
Alva Copland wrote and sang the song “Reach One More” – it’s so beautiful………….
"As I looked in my father’s eyes
Sat by his bedside and held his hand
As I said my last goodbyes
He held on for as long as he can
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before I close my eyes
I must reach one more for Jesus
I won’t let another day go by
That’s what I’m living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

As I sat by my father’s side
I laid down my head upon his bed
As he felt the tears I cried
He placed his hand upon my head
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before you close your eyes
Reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what you’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

Before he closed his eyes
For the final time
And left this earth
For home he said
Reach one more for Jesus
Before I close my eyes
Reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what we’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus (x2)"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thought for the day.....

Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save,
He will rejoice over you with
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Chronological Bible Storying: healing of the lame man

Sam Poe exhorting the Church

We had an amazing time at Crossroads yesterday. The story that was told was of the healing of the lame man from Acts 3:1 - 26. This man sat at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful asking for “alms”. Peter and John walked by wanting to go into the Temple and saw the man asking for alms. Peter’s words were faith-filled “Look at us” in v4 and catching the man’s attention, Peter continued in v6 “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” We are told in v7 that IMMEDIATELY his feet and ankle bones received strength and the man leapt up, stood and walked – praising God. As onlookers and those in the Temple were filled with wonder and amazement, Peter preached in Solomon’s Portico about Jesus. Not everyone was amazed: the priests, captain of the temple and the Sadducees were greatly disturbed…….
More about that on Sunday……

Amazing service at Crossroads

The awesome thing is that 99% of the Church responded to the call for prayer and for healing. Faith levels were HIGH, healings took place and we’re looking forward to hearing some healing testimonies on Sunday.

God is so GOOD!

By Molly Manhanga

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thought for the week

Psalm 139:1 – 6

“Oh Lord, You have searched me and
Known me,
You know my sitting down and my
Rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my
Lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, o Lord, You know it
You have hedged me behind and
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for
It is high, I cannot attain it.”

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bringing penticost to Crossroads

Church in prayer

We’ve had very exciting services these last two Sundays as we have started the Church Planting Track with Chronological Bible Storying. Stephen Manhanga was “fired up” as told the stories on Penticost and the New family of believers. Sam Poe was also “highly charged” as he exhorted the Church from 1 Corinthians 12:13 on how we see the spirit doing mighty things. The Lord desires to fill us with the spirit and all we have to do is ask. He is a good father. If our earthly fathers know how to give us good things, how much more will our heavenly father bless us if we ask Him! He freely gives and in faith, we freely receive. We can praise the Lord in the spirit and rejoice in the spirit. We use our tongue and lips to speak and rivers of living water will flow.

We then went into a time of prayer for people to be filled with the spirit and it was EXCITING ………. people did speak in tongues, others wept in the presence of God. We also prayed for the children to get a touch from God. It’s just incredible and beautiful being in the presence of God.

By Molly Manhanga

Thought for the day.....

Psalm 2:8

Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A brief chat with Graham Giles

Graham and Sarah Giles

M.M: What do you do to relax?
G.G: Play chess

M.M: What are you passionate about?
G.G: I’m very passionate about my wife Sarah and seeing God’s Kingdom come in all aspects of life.

M.M: What is your favourite quote?
G.G: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

M.M: What is your current favourite album?
G.G: Seal

M.M: Who is your favourite Bible character?
G.G: Other than Jesus, Paul and his ministry.

M.M: What are your thoughts on Momentum 2010?
G.G: It’s a great opportunity for us to mobilize the people of God and to engage in works of service that God has prepared us to do.

M.M: Great. Thanks so much Graham.

Graham and Sarah Giles

By Molly Manhanga

Monday, May 3, 2010

One on one with Julian Adams

Julian Adams

M.M: tell me briefly about your background?J.A: I was born in Cape Town. I went to various primary schools. I went to Muizenburg High School. I’ve lived with a sense of a Call to nations. I studied and went to Bible School. I went into ministry at the age of 19. I started at Valley Christian Church in Fish Hoek. I eventually joined a Newfrontier Church in 2000 – The Bay Church led by Geoff Kidwell. I became an Elder at the age of 23 and served for 17 years before Terry Virgo invited me to live with him in England. I’m now working with an Apostolic Team working into the North of the U.K.
M.M: How did you get into the Prophetic?J.A: At the age of 9, I received a word about being prophetic. I began to discover and feel things that were going to happen. My parents Chris and Bubbles helped shape me in the initial stages of growing in the prophetic. At the age of 15, God was using me regularly in the prophesy and preach. It’s been a journey ever since.
M.M: What challenges have you faced in your ministry?J.A: The expectation people put on the prophetic as a mediating tool rather than a sign of God’s grace. People put pressure on me.
M.M: What have been some of the highlights of your ministry?J.A: Prophesying over children and seeing God impact them and seeing Churches benefit from helpful prophetic words that have helped to shape the church.
M.M: I really enjoyed your session at the Prophetic Summit in Kezi, Bulawayo. How would you best summarise your time in Zimbabwe: Prophetic Summit and Momentum 2010 both held in Kezi, Bulawayo?J.A: I am excited. People with very clear prophetic gifts were gathered at the summit. They were quality people. For me personally, I felt it was the most fruitful time with a group of people in terms of transferring lessons.

M.M: Thank you so much Julian. It’s been GREAT and inspiring chatting to you.
By Molly Manhanga

Thought for the day.....

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kidz Alive - "Breaking Free" event pt 2

The activities were great fun and they ranged from a drama, to soccer, volleyball, relay races, a walk to a nearby river and little games called “Do as I do” and “Follow the leader. The drama focused on how children can respond to their parents – the good, the bad and the ugly. A question and answer time followed and the children were encouraged to obey their parents/guardians.
Relay races at Crossroads

After lunch, the children had a final session where one of the facilitators, Mbekezele Moyo shared the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. He motivated and encouraged the children to trust in God and to have faith in Him because He is able to set us FREE.

Catering ladies doing an excellent job in preparing a meal for the children.
We look forward to our next Kidz Alive event which will probably be a “sleep over” at Crossroads. Happy days are ahead of us!

By Molly Manhanga

Kidz Alive - "Breaking Free" event pt 1

Children enjoying a “fun” moment at Crossroads

It was really exciting spending a day with the Kidz Alive facilitators and the Crossroads children. 120 children turned up for our event called “Breaking Free”: breaking free from the cultural norms, chores of the day, habits and so on and just being Free to be children: to sing, laugh, play, have fun, build relationships and friendships, share a meal together and so on. Most importantly, it was “breaking free” to hear and apply the word of God to their lives.
The day started with the children doing a fun “concentration” game which they love and it gets them all excited. Song and dance followed as the excited children praised God. It’s wonderful seeing children enjoying themselves in the Lord. We spent some time praying for Crossroads, the community and for the children. The idea of praying individually and corporately as children seemed so foreign to some of the children. With more and more emphasis being put on prayer, it’s my hope that eventually prayer becomes a part of the children’s everyday life.

Some of the children enjoying a moment by a small river near Crossroads

By Molly Manhanga