Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities.
"Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD's holy day. Honor the LORD in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this, the LORD will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised to Jacob, your ancestor. I, the LORD, have spoken!" Isa 58: 10 – 14
WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON AN EXCITING ADVENTURE
Four years ago God clearly and undeniably called us to plant a Vineyard Church in Dungannon. As we got on our knees to find out more the Holy Spirit opened our eyes and ears to Isa 58. This would become our strategy to see Gods Kingdom breakout in Dungannon and the surrounding areas.
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. All through the ages to our present day those who suffer the most are women & children. James said ‘Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us’. James 1:27 NLT.
Samuel said to all Israel, "I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and grey, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day.” We want to leave a legacy and it must be people, not materialism or anything that moth and rust can eat and destroy. Our responsibility is to serve our generation and make pathways for those who come behind us.
We have a unique privilege and responsibility here in Dungannon. MISSION IS WHY THE CHURCH EXISTS - People Matter Most
When Jesus looked at the multitude, he was moved with compassion because he realized their plight. We pray that looking at this community will connect you even closer to the heart of Christ. Dungannon is a microcosm of Europe for several reasons and here are just two obvious ones.
1. Over 10% of our population are from a migrant background
2. We now have four main languages Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish and Tetum
Last year we wanted to give to a people in need who did not live in the western world and through someone in our community of faith we were given the humbling privilege to learn of a people who live in slavery, injustice and oppression, a people in India known as the Dalit’s (doll-leets) , formerly called Untouchable, who have been told by the upper castes of India that they are less than human. We will help by providing education, starting micro businesses and going out to India to teach Pastors and love the people.
This is about leaving a legacy.
God is taking us on a spiritual journey to discover how we'll respond to His call. Jesus once told his followers, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
The journey begins Sunday 6th April 2008. For more on Leaving a Legacy check out our web site - www.vineyarddungannon.co.uk