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www.goodnews-paper.org.uk SUMMER 2020

INSPIRED

ACTING

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

PEACE IN

DERBY DAM

DELIVERANCE

THE STORM

Villagers believe

prayer stopped

dam disaster

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

invisible virus.

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,

Philippians 4:6-7).

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

new creation”.

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

harshly treated.

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

life itself.”

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

again.”

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

heaven.

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,

getting nowhere.”

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

1:9).

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

drugs.”

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.”


GOOD NEWS I Summer 2020 I Page 3

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

to God.”

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

hand injured.

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.

African

music

legend

joins

heaven’s

choir

By Mike Popplewell

ROYAL INVITATION: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

performing at The Queen’s Birthday Party in

2018 at the Royal Albert Hall

Raph/Flickr


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for dam survival

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Director: Agnieszka Holland

Stars: James Norton, Vanessa

Kirby

Certificate: 15

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POLISH director Agnieszka Holland’s

biopic tells the true story

of the heroic efforts of Gareth

Jones – the Welsh journalist

who broke the story of the horrific

famines in the Soviet Union

in the 1930s.

It depicts Jones’ efforts to resist

the Soviet secret service’s attempts

to censor him and his

travels from Moscow to Kharkov.

On his return to the UK he met

George Orwell and becomes the

inspiration for Farmer Jones in

Orwell’s Animal Farm. The film

is interlaced with quotes from

the book, used to introduce each

new scene.

This is a remarkable and important

film, which not only

tells its story well but has visuals

that will stay with you for a

long time. James Norton (who

some are touting as the next

Bond) gives a sympathetic but

determined performance as a

man risking all to reveal the

truth. The scenes of the famine

in the Ukraine are not for the

faint hearted (hence the 15 certificate)

and are so realistic they

reduced me to tears, as well as

provoking anger.

Mr Jones

By Andy Godfrey

It’s a colour film but there are

times when you would swear

you are watching a black and

white one. The director has also

made great use of reflections

on mirrors, cameras and other

glass objects. The result is that

during the scenes set in Moscow

you are as much on edge as the

film’s characters, whose every

move is being watched.

This is a visually stunning

movie that really needs to be

seen on the big screen if possible,

but if not find a download

or blu-ray. You won’t regret it.

As you may recall, one of the

most famous quotes from Animal

Farm is the statement that

“all animals are equal but some

are more equal than others”.

Sadly, in the world in which we

live this is often true, but thankfully

– as so many have discovered

– it isn’t the case with God.

He loves and cares for all equally,

regardless of class, colour or

background, and saves everyone

who turns to him.

The Bible says that God loved

the world so much that he gave

us “his unique Son so that

EVERYONE who believes in him

might not be lost but have

eternal life”.





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THE rescue of the small town of

Whaley Bridge from a dam collapse

mesmerised TV news viewers

last summer.

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

return home.

“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

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[from] people praying over the

next few days from all over the

UK.

“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

DISCOVERY NEWS

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

disaster.

“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

ocean”.

This reminds me of the Kevin Costner

AUTHOR: Writer Philip Yancey

highlights the incredible interconnected

design of the human

body in his latest book

BEST-SELLING author

Philip Yancey’s latest book

is driven by the insights

into the human body of

ground-breaking surgeon

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

today.

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

protocols.

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

noses...

Dr Brand was motivated by the

BLUE PLANET: An artist’s impression of the

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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

called ‘seas’…”

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-

020-0538-9

helped dispel the stigma about

leprosy that was so prevalent at

the time, even among medical

professionals.

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

of us.

Life-saving transfusion

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

itself.”


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THE REAL MIRACLE

OF DUNKIRK

HOPE AND

A FUTURE

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

this:

“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

the storm.

"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

beaches.

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

cathedrals.

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

responded.

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

problems.

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

fire.

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

very differently.

BRAVERY: One of the ‘little ships’ joins the rescue, as portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie


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GOOD GARDENING

Through the gardening year with Cat Bailey

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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.

• See June 2020 issue for

solution

O C K G A L I L E E

A A I G I

O M B L L A G E D

P A R A D I S E O

E D X E R L

D U MMY

S T O R K S

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R T O A A C

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A M E N S M E A R L

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J A V E L I N E T O N

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

BRAIN SIZZLING

SuDoKu

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

conditions).

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

masterpiece.

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!

Summer jobs

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

baskets

4. Keep on top of the weeding, making

sure to get as much root out as possible

to limit re-growth.

APRIL

SOLUTION

BORDERING

ON PERFECT:

Blue, purple,

pink and

white Lobelia

by Shogun

with Chef

Mike Darracott

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.

Ingredients

4 hard-boiled eggs, shelled

Half of a red pepper, finely

diced

Half of a green pepper, finely

diced

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

you like

For more recipes see

www.chefmike.co.uk

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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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the yolks into a bowl.

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Chris Farina/Zuma Press/PA Images

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.

• Whatever you’re going through, you

can contact the Samaritans 24 hours

a day, 365 days a year, on 116 123. If

you’re experiencing a mental health

problem or supporting someone else,

you can also email SANEline at

support@sane.org.uk (phoneline

currently closed due to coronavirus).

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