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by | Jun 30, 2006 | Charisma Archive


SPOTLIGHT


Feeding the Mind


Vicky Beeching seeks to touch hearts and minds.


Vicky Beeching began leading worship at her Pentecostal church at the ripe old age of 13. But when the England-born songwriter decided to make music ministry her vocation, she headed to Oxford to earn a degree in theology. She says her latest release, Yesterday, Today, and Forever, reflects her own walk with God. “This album is a journey of where I’ve come in my walk with God and the different glimpses I’ve had of His character,” she says. “Many of the lyrics are rooted in the Bible, like ‘Search Me,’ based on Psalm 139 or ‘Yesterday,’ based on Hebrews 13:8.” But ultimately she hopes her music will touch more than listeners’ hearts. “I hope the … mixture of theology—truth—will feed their minds,” she says.
Nikeya S. Williams


Prayer Point


Christians in Burma (also known as Myanmar) continue to face persecution, with the government forcing some churches to close. Please join us this month in praying that:


  • The gospel will continue to spread in the predominantly Buddhist nation
  • The campaign to pacify the Karen people, who are largely Christian, will end
  • Displaced Karen people will receive international assistance, including human-rights advocacy and humanitarian aid.


    Charisma Online


    We all need a little sprucing up from time to time, and Charisma is no exception. This month we encourage you to visit www.charismamag.com to check out our redesigned Web site. There you’ll find archived articles with easy search functions, back issues of our regular columns, and a lively Web forum where you can share your opinion. You can also sign up for Charisma editor J. Lee Grady’s semi-weekly “Fire in My Bones” column and Stephen Strang’s new “Standing With Israel” column, which are available exclusively online. There are more updates to come, so stay plugged in.
    The Editors


    Where are they now?


    Still on a Mission


    It was 50 years ago in March that Kayy Gordon braved subzero temperatures in the Canadian Arctic to reach the Inuit people with the gospel. Today, at age 74, she continues her efforts to spread the Word in many parts of the world.


    Gordon takes no credit for the thousands of people who have received Christ during revivals that hit Canada’s northern region. She knows it was God who brought transformation to the winter wilderness. “I’ve seen tremendous change because of the power of the Holy Spirit,” Gordon says.


    She can rattle off countless stories of miracles she’s witnessed while working as a missionary. People have been delivered from demonic oppression and even healed of blindness. “The Holy Spirit has broken addictions and sin off people’s lives,” she says.


    Gordon told Charisma she has retired “a few times” but continues to return to the mission field. Having spent the majority of her life minis tering in the Arctic, Gordon has broadened her ministry to reach people in Africa and Asia. And she hopes to groom a new generation of leaders. Through the Bible college she founded, she has helped train leaders among the Inuit people and planted 12 churches across the region.
    Valerie G. Lowe


    Relief Work Unites Diverse Groups


    Hurricane Katrina helps level doctrinal walls in Mississippi


    The walls of a charismatic church in Pass Christian, Miss., came down because of Hurricane Katrina. But as relief efforts have continued, doctrinal walls have also fallen as church members have connected with Amish and Mennonite volunteers.
    Mike Barbera, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, told Charisma that though many of his members are displaced, his services are still full from numerous volunteers who have poured in. He says seeing Amish, Mennonite and other Christians from different denominational backgrounds experience full-gospel worship has been rewarding. “It’s a joy because everyone wants to learn from each other,” he points out. “It’s a charged atmosphere.”


    Barbera says church services have not been short on Pentecostal zeal, but the focus has been more on unity in Christ than doctrinal differences. “Let them feel the warmth of a hug before you explain what you believe,” he says.


    The volunteers, whom Barbera describes as “completely self-sufficient,” built their own bunks in the Sunday school building. Thirty to 50 people stream in from Pennsylvania weekly to perform house gutting, construction and other tasks.
    Barbera says it’s an answer to prayer to see various denominations unite in Christ for Katrina relief.


    “We no longer think of the Amish as ‘us’ and ‘them,'” Barbera says. “We’ve become friends.”
    Richard Daigle in Pass Christian, Miss.

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