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Why the actress
who played Harriet
felt a connection
See page 3
RETURN OF THE CHAMP
Faith behind Tyson Fury’s
amazing boxing victory
See page 8
The world is being shaken by the coronavirus
– but we can have peace even in the storm
See page 4
IT’S STRANGE how in recent years the old slogan
‘Keep calm and carry on’ made a comeback on
every piece of merchandise you can think of. But
there wasn’t a coronavirus pandemic sweeping the
planet then. Will it be of any help now?
It was once a war-time rally cry
to keep everyone’s spirits up in
the face of terrible hardship and
fear. As we face a different kind
of threat today, such slogans can
seem empty and meaningless.
And judging by the recent panic
buying in shops, perhaps the
famous British ‘stiff upper lip’ of
yesteryear has gone for ever!
Fear is a natural and understandable
reaction to an unseen enemy
By The Editor
that can strike without you knowing
it. This time it’s not a bomb dropping
suddenly from the skies like they
did in the Blitz – instead it’s an
But we don’t have to give in to
fear and panic – which could do
more damage than the virus itself.
It is actually possible to have peace
and confidence even while the
world around us is in turmoil.
Am I talking about some kind of
meditation technique or hypnotic
cure? No. Something far deeper
that will last you a lifetime, for every
situation you find yourself in.
The experience of Christians
over 2,000 years has been that
God keeps his promises to us.
And one of his promises is this:
“Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank
him for all he has done. Then
you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can
understand. His peace will guard
your hearts and minds as you
live in Christ Jesus” (the Bible,
As we take our fears to God in
prayer, we find his Spirit brings
us a peace that can weather any
storm. This is exactly what Jesus
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SAVED FROM DRUGS HELL
Life on drugs was no ecstasy for school drop-out
but his life was saved with the help of his mum
JUSTIN Battiste lost all hope as
his life descended into a nightmare
of drug addiction – yet
today he describes himself as “a
As a youngster at school, Justin was
quiet, shy and withdrawn. He felt different,
and struggled to interact with other
people. Although he did well in his
classes early on, for the last two years he
rebelled because he felt let down and
He started hanging around with older
teenagers. “I felt that I fitted better with
them,” says Justin. But as a result he
started smoking cigarettes, which soon
led to cannabis.
After leaving school and starting work,
Justin’s drug addiction began to take over:
“I’d get jobs regularly but just couldn’t
hold on to them due to the drugs.
“My life was now in a downward spiral
as I started taking speed, acid and
ecstasy. I was loving the 1990s rave scene.
I thought I could control my drug taking,
but I lost the respect of my family.
Addiction landed me in prisons and
mental hospitals. The drugs stripped me
of all morals and values. I didn’t value my
life; I actually loved the drugs more than
There was one time when his drug
taking stopped – after finding the girl who
would become his wife, and having his
first child: “I thought, ‘Great, I’ve finally
fixed my drug issues.’”
But after their second child, Justin’s
wife started drinking heavily and Justin
sank back into drug use. When she was
unfaithful and they split up, his life was
totally derailed: “I ended up in a secure
psychiatric unit where I almost lost touch
with reality. When I came out I never
really managed to take control of my life
Justin fell into using heroin and crack
cocaine on a daily basis. “Everything I
said I would never do, I did – such as
injecting drugs and stealing from my
family. I brought nothing but shame and
misery to my family and I was no longer
fit to be a dad. I could only see as far as
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promised, just before he returned to
He said: “I am leaving you with a gift—
peace of mind and heart. And the peace I
give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t
be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t
get fearful. We are all human. And Jesus
knew that, which is why he had to keep
telling his disciples not to be afraid!
I remember experiencing this peace that
“exceeds anything we can understand”
when my father died when I was young. I
should have been upset and afraid, and
for a time I was. But when I turned in my
heart to God, I received his wonderful,
my next hit and I would go to any length
to get it.
“I was banned from all the shops in
Ipswich due to shoplifting, so I turned to
burglary and petty crime to fund my
addiction. All hope I ever had just
disappeared. I tried to take my life on a
few occasions. I was in and out of prison
and just going round and round in circles,
PEACE IN THE STORM
amazing, peace-filled presence. It felt like
I was held in his eternal arms.
That peace can help you face tomorrow
– whatever may come. And help you through
all your life.
This is truly “a gift the world cannot
give”. It is only available to those who know
Jesus and trust him as their Lord and Saviour.
Yet it can be yours today – if you truly want
it. God is only a prayer away.
As God told Joshua: “Do not be afraid or
discouraged. For the Lord your God is with
you wherever you go” (the Bible, Joshua
If you want to know how to receive Jesus
into your life, see our ‘Help for Readers’
section on page 7.
It was Justin’s mum who finally got
through to him. She took him to a church
where, at the end of the service, Justin
made the decision to become a Christian.
Justin recalls: “There were tears [of joy]
that day, and I now know that with God’s
help I can do anything I put my mind to.
“My mother noticed a change in me, as
did my brother who took me into his
home with open arms for the New Year.
HOPE RESTORED: Faith in God gave
Justin Battiste the strength to
finally beat his addiction
I spent my first Christmas at home free of
Justin attended a drug rehab course for
the first time and it worked. A year after
finding faith in Jesus, he said: “I am
amazed at how far I have come in a year.
I was homeless, living on the streets in
Ipswich with no hope. I am now
transformed into a loving, caring father,
son, brother and uncle.
“I have managed to make amends to
my family. I love life now, more than ever
before, and it’s God I have to thank for
saving me. My mother and father prayed
a long time for me. Through times of
despair, they never gave up hope.
“I was always a taker and never
thought of giving anything back, but
today I am blessed to be able to give back
to society by working as a volunteer at
the drop-in centre at a local church. I am
able now to show kindness and love to
the vulnerable and homeless.
“I am also singing in the worship
group in my church which is something
I love, and I’ve applied for a job with an
organisation that helps people to recover
from drug addictions. God can use me
and my past experience.
“One verse in the Bible which means a
lot to me is: ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; the old has gone, the new
has come.’ This sums up what has
happened to me.”
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Star of Harriet had more in
common with her character
than race and gender
INSPIRATIONAL: A scene from the movie where Harriet
prays. Inset: Cynthia Erivo, who plays Harriet Tubman
CYNTHIA Erivo was Oscar-nominated this year for her role as
American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the movie Harriet.
The authenticity of her acting was helped by more than just being, like Harriet,
black and a woman. Cynthia also shares the faith of her character, whose trust
in God gave her the strength to escape slavery.
In 1849 Tubman fled her captors, walking nearly 100 miles to find freedom.
Then she went back 19 times, helping at least 70 other slaves to escape via
a network of secret routes. Later, Tubman led a raid to liberate slaves in the
Civil War. Later still, she was active in the women’s suffrage movement.
But as the movie’s director, Kasi Lemmons, said: “I don’t think you can
tell the story without it [her faith]. If you look at everything that she says, she
attributes her journey and her success to a higher power and her connection
Tubman’s Christian faith is highlighted throughout the film. Many called her
“the Moses of her people”.
A biographer of Tubman, Kate Larson, told Breaking Christian News that Tubman
had a “profound deep faith that guided her, protected her”. In fact, at key moments
she prayed for God to guide her and received the right way to go to avoid recapture.
Cynthia says she prayed before going on set each day. She states: “I do have faith
… I believe in God.”
Ambo TV reported that when Cynthia acted a scene where Tubman was praying, she
was praying herself: “The only thing I could do, really, to centre myself was to pray. I
was listening to gospel music just before I went in. As I walked to say that prayer, it
didn’t feel like I was just saying it as Harriet. It felt like I was saying it as me.”
Erivo told Movie Guide that working on the film strengthened her faith: “Harriet was
led by her faith, and in that, I was encouraged to search for my own, be braver about
mine and talk more about it.”
According to The Guardian, one incident on the set seemed like direct divine intervention.
Tubman herself wrote that at the exact moment when she first crossed the state line
to freedom, “the sun came like gold through the trees and over the fields, and I felt like I
was in heaven.” On the day when the same pivotal scene was being filmed, it rained nonstop.
But at the very last moment, the clouds parted into a glorious sunset, complete with
a double rainbow – and the light shone down.
JOSEPH SHABALALA: 1940-2020
ONE of Africa’s greatest musicians passed away in February
– Joseph Shabalala, at the age of 78.
Joseph started the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo – which
found a global audience after featuring on Paul Simon’s award-winning
1986 album, Graceland.
Joseph’s death went almost unnoticed in the UK media, yet his worldwide
musical influence is legendary. The producer of the Lion King film
and musical has said it would never have happened without the inspiration
of Joseph Shabalala. Sales of Graceland reached over ten million
copies, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which had its first incarnation
way back in 1960, continues to this day!
Joseph grew up on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, and as the eldest child
when his father died, had to work to support the family.
From those humble beginnings he was destined to travel the world
with his family-based group and be hailed as a cultural ambassador for
South African music.
He would be invited, with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to sing at Nelson
Mandela’s presidential inauguration, and was ultimately granted an official
funeral with President Cyril Ramaposa and dignitaries from across
South African society in attendance.
The a cappella group’s mission was to spread ‘Love, Peace and Harmony’,
which arose from the Christian faith Joseph acquired in 1976
and that sustained and motivated him for the rest of his days. He and
his wife both became pastors, but his songs did his preaching. He composed
around 500. The group’s first big hit was Nomathemba, a love song, but the
name itself means ‘Hope’ and at a time when black Africans were oppressed
by Apartheid, it represented a much deeper political and Christian message.
For Joseph there was always hope, even through suffering.
His faith in Jesus Christ did not save him from life’s tragedies – but it did
provide the strength to bear them.
His brother and group member ‘Headman’ was shot and killed in 1991; in
2004 his brother Ben was also shot and killed, and two years later brother
Jockey died in South Africa while the band were in the USA.
The biggest blow came in 2002 when his wife Nellie was shot and killed
outside her home. Joseph pursued the gunman but was himself shot and his
But his passion for music and traditional sounds was undimmed, leading
him to establish the Ladysmith Black Mambazo Foundation and the Joseph
Shabalala Foundation to support young people.
One of his most well-known compositions was called Homeless – a statement
on the social situation in South Africa – but Joseph now has a home in
heaven. Jesus said: “In my father’s house there are many mansions” and
Joseph knew that there was one waiting for him – where he now resides!
The world will remember Joseph’s music, but those who knew him personally
have paid tribute to the modesty, humility and generosity that his faith
in God inspired.
By Mike Popplewell
ROYAL INVITATION: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
performing at The Queen’s Birthday Party in
2018 at the Royal Albert Hall
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Town thanks God
for dam survival
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It’s a colour film but there are
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THE rescue of the small town of
Whaley Bridge from a dam collapse
mesmerised TV news viewers
Live footage showed an RAF helicopter
dropping ballast on the
flood-damaged Toddbrook Reservoir
dam in Derbyshire to hold
the dam together.
After a massive effort by emergency
services and the military,
supported by local churches, the
town was saved. The people who
had been evacuated were able to
“Many prayers were answered”,
according to Rob Cross, the leader
at Good News Church Whaley
Bridge, and the chair of Churches
Together Whaley Bridge.
“As Christians in the town, we
held three prayer meetings on the
day after the evacuation, when
1,500 residents were out of their
homes. We were joined in prayer
by many others and had messages
HELP FROM ABOVE: An RAF
Chinook helicopter flies in
sandbags to help repair the
dam at Toddbrook Reservoir
near the village of Whaley
Bridge in Derbyshire after it
was damaged by heavy rainfall
His last command
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[from] people praying over the
next few days from all over the
“Our church, along with others,
was also able to take food for the
emergency workers, as well.”
Rob gave a number of examples
of “God’s hand on our town” during
the incident. He said that the
damage to the dam was spotted
in time, allowing for an emergency
evacuation of residents and the
area made safe.
Rob added: “The Lord averted
the heavy rain which was forecast
over the weekend, particularly the
Sunday evening. It was notable
that the storms came very close
to our area but avoided Whaley
Bridge at the point where the dam
was under the most pressure.”
The weather report the next day
said the heavy rain forecast for
Science, archaeology and history’s latest revelations
WORLD WAS A GLOBAL OCEAN
– SCIENTISTS AGREE WITH BIBLE
SCIENCE has finally caught
up with the first book of the
Bible, by discovering that the
early Earth was completely
covered by water.
Dr Boswell Wing, a researcher in the
Whaley Bridge was averted. Rob
also said that the quick response
by emergency services stopped
the threat of 300 million gallons
of water breaking through the
damaged dam and the town avoided
“As a church we have had many
messages of encouragement including
Psalm 91: ‘Whoever dwells
in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the
Almighty. I will say of the LORD,
“He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”’”
A civic thanksgiving service was
held on 28 September to recognise
and honour those who came to
the town’s aid. The town council
chairman, Martin Thomas, summarised
it well, saying: “We are
here today to honour and thank
all of these people and to thank
God that the rain that first weekend
held off, disaster was averted and
Whaley Bridge was saved!”
By Andrew Halloway
Department of Geological Sciences at the
University of Colorado, says there was
once “a waterworld, a world covered by
This reminds me of the Kevin Costner
AUTHOR: Writer Philip Yancey
highlights the incredible interconnected
design of the human
body in his latest book
Philip Yancey’s latest book
is driven by the insights
into the human body of
Dr Paul Brand.
The body holds endlessly fascinating
secrets. The resilience of
skin, the strength and structure
of the bones, the dynamic balance
of the muscles… our physical being
is woven together according to a
pattern of stunning purpose.
Dr Paul Brand CBE, who died in
2003, was a pioneer in developing
tendon transfer techniques for use
in the hands of those with leprosy.
He was the first physician to
appreciate that leprosy is not a
movie Waterworld, but more importantly of
the very first verses of the Bible: “In the beginning
God created the heavens and the
earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the
waters” (Genesis 1:1-2).
According to a study published in the journal
Nature Geoscience*, Dr Wing’s research concludes
that the surface of Earth was likely
covered by a global ocean 3.24 billion years
ago – but no one knows for how long.
“There are no samples of really ancient ocean
water lying around, but we do have rocks that
interacted with that seawater and remembered
that interaction,” says Dr Benjamin Johnson, a
scientist at Iowa State University.
The scientists assume that something then
kicked off plate tectonics to such an extent
that the land rose above the waves, forming
first one giant continent called Pangea which
later split to form the continents we know
Again, Genesis got there first. Verses 9 to 11
By Ian White
disease of the tissue but of the
nerves. Brand contributed extensively
to the fields of hand surgery
and hand therapy.
A tour of wonder
Fearfully & Wonderfully: The
Marvel of Bearing God’s Image*
takes us on a tour of wonder
through our internal workings.
Yancey’s conclusion is that the incredible
unity of the human body
in its trillions of parts overwhelmingly
points to a Creator.
Yancey also tells the story of the
late Dr Brand’s ground-breaking
career – the hand surgeon who
changed the lives of leprosy sufferers
by transforming medical treatment
Dr Brand began as the only orthopaedic
surgeon in the world
working among 15 million leprosy
victims. He and wife Margaret performed
surgical procedures on ‘nobodies’,
transforming rigid claws
into usable hands through innovative
tendon transfers, remaking
feet, forestalling blindness, transplanting
eyebrows, fashioning new
Dr Brand was motivated by the
BLUE PLANET: An artist’s impression of the
waterworld that Earth once was
continue: “And God said, ‘Let the water under
the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry
ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the
compassion central to his faith in
Jesus, seeking to heal the physical
ailments of leprosy as well as address
the “awful rejection” by society
that patients faced as the
disease presented itself.
“To him these people, among
the most neglected on earth, were
not nobodies, but persons made
in the image of God, and he dedicated
himself to honour and help
restore that image,” writes Yancey.
In 1950, with a donation from a
missionary woman, Brand established
the New Life Centre in Vellore,
India, as a model rehabilitation
centre for leprosy patients.
The centre was a village environment
in the Christian Medical College
and Hospital campus. This
COMPASSION: Drs Paul and Margaret Brand (right) examine a patient
dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he
If the Genesis creation account is just a
myth, as critics say, how come it’s spookily
similar to the sequence of creation being uncovered
by scientists? Most other elements of
the Genesis sequence match modern science
– e.g. sea creatures are the first living organisms,
later come the land-living animals and
then, last on the scene, human beings.
A few aspects don’t fit the latest scientific
model but science is changing all the time,
as new discoveries are made.
And though even Christians don’t agree on
whether Noah’s Flood was global or regional,
this new research certainly knocks the legs from
under the sceptics who mockingly assert that
the very idea of a global flood is impossible.
* B.W. Johnson & B.A. Wing. 2020. Limited
Archaean continental emergence reflected in
an early Archaean 18O-enriched ocean. Nature
Geoscience 13, 243-248; doi: 10.1038/s41561-
helped dispel the stigma about
leprosy that was so prevalent at
the time, even among medical
The book also tells of Alexander
Tsiaras, a professor at the Yale
Department of Medicine, filming
a mere nine-minute video of the
foetal stages from human conception
to birth, using MRI techniques
that earned the inventor
a Nobel Prize.
Beyond human comprehension
“As the video of speeded-up
foetal development plays, this
mathematician drops his objectivity,
awed by a system ‘so perfectly
organised it’s hard not to
attribute divinity to it...’ Tsiaras
remarks: ‘The complexity of the
mathematical models of how
these things are done is beyond
human comprehension... I look
at this with marvel: How do these
instruction sets not make mistakes
as they build what is us?
It’s a mystery, it’s magic, it’s divinity.’”
Dr Brand, who died in 2003,
even saw pain as a gift from God:
“As I study pain in the human
body, I marvel again at the Creator’s
wisdom.” Dr Brand had
seen what happens to the body
when people lose the sensation
of pain through leprosy. Instead
of what sounds to us like heaven
(no pain), it’s actually closer to
hell. Pain is critical to preventing
serious injury and deformity.
Of course, too much pain is debilitating
and Brand was all for
pain management, but he saw
pain in a different light to most
Repulsed by the sight of blood,
Dr Brand initially resisted a medical
career but this changed dramatically
as he witnessed a lifesaving
transfusion. He said: “The
memory of shed blood had kept
me out of medicine; the power
of shared blood ultimately led
me to apply to medical school.”
“I had seen a miracle, a ‘corpse’
resurrected. If medicine, if blood
could do this...”
In fact, Dr Brand died trusting
in the most important shed blood
of all – that of Christ on the cross
two thousand years ago.
Christians believe with certainty
that the God who created our
amazing body not only lived and
died in a human body as Jesus
Christ, but is alive today and
living by his Spirit in all who believe
and trust in him.
As the book says: “Christ is no
mere example of living; he is life
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THE REAL MIRACLE
AS I WRITE, more and more of normal life in
the world is being shut down in response to
the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether its church services or the Olympic
Games – everything was being cancelled,
postponed till better times ahead.
When you read this, it may all be over – or
you may still be in lockdown. So much is
uncertain. We may lose some of those we
love. You may be able to return to work, or
your job may have been lost. The pandemic
threatens to steal our hope and even our
future – but there is a rock solid hope that
can never be taken from you.
Why? Because one thing can never be cancelled
– God’s love for you and me and us all.
A famous quote from the Bible goes like
“For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and
a future. Then you will call upon me and
come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek
me with all your heart. I will be found by you,
declares the Lord.”
In times like this, when fear and death
stalk the land, many people return to the
faith they had forgotten or abandoned, or
find a relationship with God they never had
before. This could be the silver lining of the
cloud hanging over the world right now.
God has reassured me personally with the
words of that Bible quote at key times in my
life when I needed him to speak to me the
most. Even if life throws the worst at us, if we
know Jesus Christ is walking through it with
us, we can be certain that we have an incredible
hope and a wonderful future – if not in
this life, then the next.
Millions of Christians testify to the fact that
God has been their anchor in the middle of
"God is our refuge and strength, an everpresent
help in trouble. Therefore we will not
fear, though the earth give way and the
mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the
mountains quake with their surging" (The
Bible, Psalm 46:1-3).
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TV documentaries and public memorials often overlook the
national call to prayer that preceded the rescue at Dunkirk.
As many of us again turn to prayer in the face of a pandemic,
Mike Popplewell takes a look at the event in May 1940 that
turned the course of history, and his personal connection to it…
EIGHTY years ago, Britain’s future as a
nation was in peril. King George Vl, the
father of our Queen, took the remarkable
step of calling our nation to
prayer. What followed is often referred
to as ‘The Miracle of Dunkirk’ – the
amazing rescue of most of the British
Army from destruction on the French
Historians call it a miracle because it
was an incredibly unlikely event. With the
sea at their backs and German Panzer
divisions in front of them, there seemed
no way out for the trapped soldiers.
But Hitler inexplicably stopped his
tanks from advancing for several days;
without that, the majority of the British
Army would have been wiped out and our
ability to continue the War would have
ended. In addition, the weather changed
at just the right time to allow hundreds of
‘little ships’ to join the rescue effort.
But it was also a miracle because it was
an answer to the prayers of the nation –
thousands who never usually darkened
the doors of a church poured into
churches across the country, joining the
regular churchgoers in obeying the King’s
request. There were long queues outside
The National Day of Prayer was held on
26 May, the day before the rescue effort
was to be launched. The King called on
the people to turn back to God in a spirit
of repentance and plead for divine help.
Two events immediately followed: a violent
storm arose over the Dunkirk region,
grounding the German planes that had
been killing thousands on the beaches.
Next, the sea turned extraordinarily calm,
allowing the little ships to cross and get
close to shore to pick up the men.
Hitler hadn’t reckoned with the faith of
the King and millions of British people.
The response to the call to prayer was
truly amazing – not just in prayers but
action. Boat owners of the coastal towns
and villages along the south and east
coast launched an ‘armada’ of small
ships. But it was not only the men who
In the North Yorkshire town of Whitby
lived 50-year-old Dora Walker. Dora had
left industrial West Yorkshire and moved
to the coast to help ease her bronchial
Dora had found a new life on the sea –
she was the only woman skipper in the
North Sea fishing fleet. Her strong Christian
upbringing also left her with no doubt as to
what her response to the crisis should be.
She was a distant cousin on two branches
of my family tree. Her great nephew, continuing
the family business to this day in
Mirfield, is immensely proud of Dora –
who named her coble (fishing boat) ‘Good
Faith’ because of her beliefs.
It was a faith that saw her buying fish
and often selling them at a loss, to help
feed the poor and preserve their dignity –
a selfless act that never came to light until
after her death in 1980.
Steering the ‘Good Faith’ through the
North Sea minefields on that day in May
80 years ago, Dora and her helmsman
contributed in their own small way to the
rescue of over 300,000 French and English
men from the beaches, while under continuous
Why did Hitler leave his tanks idle for
three days? Why did the notoriously
unpredictable North Sea stay calm
enough for a week as the small boats
sailed back and forth?
It has been suggested that Hitler
wanted to leave England with some selfrespect
as they pursued a peace treaty.
Discussions at government level were
going on even after the evacuation was in
progress. Alternatively, German officers
were quoted as saying the ‘Fuhrer’ said:
“Leave them to the Luftwaffe [his
favourite force] to finish them off.” Other
theories include Hitler taking bad
guidance from astrology.
But the fact remains that countless
officers of the Panzer Division expressed
incredulity at being halted at the precise
time the British Army could have been
captured or killed in days.
The truth is that our fighting men
needed a miracle to survive and it was a
miracle they got! Coincidence, sceptics
say. But I believe that national call to
prayer stirred God to reach out a staying
hand and halt the steamrolling German
advance. Otherwise the battle against the
evils of Nazism would have turned out
BRAVERY: One of the ‘little ships’ joins the rescue, as portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie
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APRIL 2020 ANSWERS
DUE TO this coronavirus crisis, many of us may have
more time to spend in the garden this summer. As garden
centres closed at the end of March it was difficult to get
hold of seeds (apart from online/mail order), so maybe
a 'quick fix' of bedding plants when you can get hold of
them is needed. These short-lived but brightly coloured
plants cheer up any summer garden.
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If you would like prayer for whatever issue you
are facing, or help to become a Christian, call the
UCB Prayerline on 01782 36 3000 (UK local call
rate) or 1890 940 300 in the Republic of Ireland.
The Prayerline is open Monday to Saturday from
9am till at least 10pm and on Sunday evenings
from 6.30pm to 11pm. Trained Christian
volunteers will take your call and pray for you
and with you.
FILL in all the squares in
the grid so that each
row, each column and
each of the 3x3 squares
contains all the digits
from 1 to 9.
It's generally assumed safe to plant
bedding plants out from mid-May
onwards after being hardened off
(gradually acclimatised to outdoor
The blues and purples of low-growing
Lobelia, planted alternately or in
blocks of colour with white Alyssum,
look stunning at the front of a border.
For height, plant Begonia, Geranium,
Petunia or Busy Lizzie behind them.
These bright, flamboyant blooms are
so eye-catching. Cosmos, Snapdragon
and Rudbeckia bring an architectural
elegance to the back of the flower bed.
God is a great artist and bedding
plants in full bloom are a beautiful
These and other bedding plants can
tolerate sunny and partial shade positions
in the garden. Give them a good
watering in their trays before planting.
Using a trowel, insert each plant so
that the top of the root ball is just
below the soil surface, and firm down
the soil. Water them in once planted
and keep moist on dry summer days.
Go on, get creative with colour in your
garden this summer!
1. Deadhead flowers on bedding plants
to encourage new buds
2. Capture and store rainwater to use
on your garden
3. Plant up and hang out hanging
4. Keep on top of the weeding, making
sure to get as much root out as possible
to limit re-growth.
Flavours to Savour
Stuffed eggs with peppers & garlic mayo
Try these eggs stuffed with garlic, peppers and mayonnaise – simple yet
very tasty. They can be part of a main meal or used as a starter.
Always use fresh eggs; a top tip for checking if your eggs are fresh is to
put them in a bowl of water. If they stand up a little on the bottom of the
bowl, that’s OK, but if they start to float they are getting old. I always err
on the cautious side and don’t use them.
4 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
Half of a red pepper, finely
Half of a green pepper, finely
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
7 tbsp of mayonnaise
2 tsp of vegetable oil
Serve with some salad that
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1. Put the vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the red
and green peppers until cooked. Put aside on a plate.
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choice and then put two egg halves on each.
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Tyson Fury celebrates beating
Deontay Wilder for the WBC
Heavyweight Title on 22 February
in Las Vegas
A FURY-OUS FAITH
WHEN British boxer Tyson Fury
went off the rails after winning
his first world championship,
he got so low he considered suicide.
Just as he was about to
smash his car into a bridge, he
heard a voice telling him to stop.
From then on, Fury found the
strength to rebuild his life – and
regain the world championship
from Deontay Wilder, a man who
had won 41 fights with other boxers
by a knockout.
That remarkable return could
have easily been the script of a
Rocky movie, but this is real life.
ITV’s recent TV documentary series,
Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King,
followed Fury on his comeback
trail and was an honest portrayal
of a man who, by his own admission,
is a “flawed character”.
Fury was shown leading his team
in prayer before each fight – asking
God for protection on both himself
and his opponent. And each
episode began with Fury in church,
praying for forgiveness for his sins.
This is the same man who swears,
brags and punches people for a
World champion boxer’s amazing comeback
began with ‘a voice’ that stopped his suicide
living. He is not your stereotypical
Christian. But Jesus didn’t pick perfect
disciples, and God loves to take
broken people and raise them up.
Fury has been admirably open
about his mental health issues –
he’s been diagnosed with bipolar
disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder
and depression. Despite this,
and all Fury’s been through, his
faith in God is undiminished. In
fact, he has a new sense of purpose.
In addition to boxing, Fury loves
to “do good”, helping young fans
to open up about their mental
health issues – as seen in the documentary.
During two years out of the ring,
he gained nine stone, began abusing
alcohol and drugs, and his
mental health started to spiral out
of control. At his lowest point,
he was seconds from ending it
all before hearing that voice.
“One day I woke up and thought
today’s the day I end it all,” he recalls.
“I was heading towards this
bridge, I was going to smash the
car into the bridge at very high
speed, I just didn’t have the ambition
to live anymore.
“Before I got to the bridge I heard
a voice saying, ‘Don’t do this, you’re
going to destroy your family’s life’,
and I immediately pulled the car
over and that was the first time I
thought: ‘Right, now or never. I need
to get well immediately.’”
In his autobiography, Behind the
Mask, Fury says: “That’s as close as
I have come to ending it all. I look
back with relief and bewilderment
at just how a person can enter such
a state, suffocated by depression
like I was, and I give thanks to God.
“Without my faith I would have
committed suicide that day.
“I’m sure some who are reading
this may have experienced what I’m
describing. I want to assure everyone
that there is a way out, there is a
pathway to receiving help.”
The ‘Gypsy King’ adds: “I haven’t
defeated mental health, I still have
bad days and good days – everybody
does – it never goes away.
“But I learn to maintain it [by]
thinking positively and being
around positive people.”
Part of that positivity comes from
his faith. He quotes the Bible online
and in his autobiography compares
himself to a man called Job in the
Bible, who, like Fury, “lost it all,
everything he had”. Job was pressurised
to deny God but “he stood
firm and God eventually blessed
him with more than he ever had –
and that in many ways is my story.”
After his stunning world championship
victory over Wilder, Fury said:
“All praise be to the one and only
true God, Jesus Christ”, just as he
had done after his world championship
victory over Vladimir Klitschko.
Fury recalls: “I will always
maintain that I didn’t win the fight
against Vladimir, God won it for me.
He intervened in so many ways… I
told reporters, ‘Believe in the Lord
Jesus Christ and you will be saved’,
because I knew his power got me
through… On the biggest stage possible
I gave glory to my Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, and that immediately
divided opinions of me.”
It still does. But whatever you
think of him, he is right that we all
need saving, and only Jesus Christ
can do that.
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