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Our Mandate

Philippians 4:8

Whatsoever things are

true, noble, just, pure,

lovely, of good report,

if there is any virtue

and if there is anything

praiseworthy...

publish such things.

November 2016 Our Mission: Information and Education www.testifynewspaper.com

Michael

Bublé asks

for prayer

and privacy

Pope Francis invites 1,000

convicted criminals to a

church service Page 6

Hate crime victim forced

to flee his home after

converting to Christianity

Turn to

Page 10

His son has been diagnosed

with cancer Full story on Page 8

When Christians

By Charlotte Donlon

Page 4 & 5

ignore mental illness...


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Dr Cecil

Stewart

Cecil Stewart has conducted

life-giving seminars where

thousands have been empowered

and inspired to

reach their full potential. The

major missions have given

hope and new life to multitudes

who have gathered to

hear God’s message of salvation,

hope and healing in

stadiums, conference centres

and fields across Africa,

Romania and Italy.

These events have been

available to millions more on

TV, and real transformation

has taken place in the lives

of those that responded. The

news media has often asked

Cecil ‘how can you be involved

in major business and

ministry at the same time?’

His answer has empowered

many to live out the love of

God in the marketplace and

everyday life through the

power of the Holy Spirit.

His unique story about how

he and his wife Evelyn pioneered

and developed the

largest privately owned nursing home

group in the United Kingdom has captured

the imagination of many. Later,

the North West Independent Hospital

became part of the group and continues

to provide an excellent service

today. His burning passion is to enable

others to be creative and exceed

their abilities through

the grace of God and

reach their full potential.

In 1989, video technology

had advanced

to the stage where

Cecil felt it was time

to launch a Christian

TV studio, and CCN

(Christian Communications

Network)

was formed. Later,

TV outlets opened up and CCN began

broadcasting programmes in various

countries around the world. Cecil can

be seen daily on Italian TV and on

Revelation TV andevery Sunday at

10pm.

Cecil was honoured by Queen Elizabeth

with an OBE in recognition of

providing professional nursing care for

thousands of vulnerable people and

creating employment for almost 2,000

people during the troubles in Northern

Ireland.

The president of a major university recently

said, ‘this unique blend of business

and ministry is rare, but very effective.’

Both Cecil and Evelyn have

faced life threatening health challenges,

but, by the grace of God have

been raised up and continue to walk in

faith and victory today.

Their current focus is very much on

empowering youth and families and

enabling them to live a God honouring

life in the midst of a culture of compromise.

This vision inspires believers

to remove barriers and build bridges

across cultures, so that people of all

nationalities and age groups can maximise

their influence for the Kingdom

of God in a world so desperately in

need of hope.

Dr Cecil Stewart OBE

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When Christians ignore mental illness...

By Charlotte Donlon

1 in 4

people

in Britain will experience at

least one diagnosable mental

health problem.

Churches don’t need to carry the full weight

of caring for their mentally ill members. They

can encourage friends and family members

of those struggling with mental illness to care

for and support their loved ones. They can

identify those in their churches who have

suffered from and recovered from mental

illness and ask them to serve alongside ministers

as they provide care and support.

During one of my manic episodes, I was

convinced there was a conspiracy against

me. Everyone was manipulating my surroundings

to create a narrative I couldn’t figure

out. I wanted to know who was in charge.

I also wanted to know who was safe.

I texted my pastor at the time to see if he

could meet with me. I drove to the bar next

to our church on a hot June afternoon and

met him at one of the tables outside. I tried

to tell him my concerns, but he dismissed

me and said, “Let’s just pray.”

He bowed his head and started mumbling a

prayer that made no sense to me. The string

of words exited his mouth and floated off

like bubbles blown by a young child into the

warm, humid air around me.

While he was still saying his prayer, I got up,

walked to my car and drove away. I’m sure

he was not prepared to interact with me —

most people wouldn’t be prepared for that.

But I never heard back from him.

Even after my mania had subsided, he didn’t

send an email asking how I was feeling. He

didn’t call. None of our elders or other leaders

reached out to me either.

It’s a warm Sunday in May. The morning sun

shines through the stained-glass windows.

I’m squeezed into the crowded pew with my

husband and our two children.

I notice in the worship bulletin that the pastor

will be preaching on joy. I immediately

began judging a sermon I haven’t heard one

word of yet because I sometimes struggle

with depression.

The Scripture for this morning was John

16:16-24. The pastor read the verses aloud

and said a short prayer. As soon as he began

talking through his main points, I braced

myself for the disappointment I knew was

coming. I suspected he wouldn’t take this

opportunity to discuss things such as depression

and anxiety in the Christian life.

I was right.

Although much of what he said was good

and biblical, he didn’t mention mental illness.

Instead, he said if you aren’t experiencing

joy, you should examine your life and repent

of any sin that might be blocking it.

About 1,000 people heard his sermon.

Approximately 200 of those 1,000 could

experience some form of mental illness this

year. So 200 people may feel shame and

guilt because of this sermon.

I glanced at my 13-year-old daughter. She

seemed zoned out and disengaged. She

has suffered from depression and anxiety

for more than a year. I wondered how this

sermon has affected her. Was she as frustrated

as I am?

On our way home, I think about my friend

Allison (her name has been changed for

this article), who is recovering from a mental

health crisis that peaked in March. She

was diagnosed with bipolar II and is trying

to get her meds straight and

process how this will affect her

life. She is confused and trying

to heal. The sermon I just heard

wouldn’t offer her any hope.

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When Christians ignore mental illness...

Later that day, I count how many friends I’ve

sent Psalm 88 to in the past year. I come

up with five. Psalm 88 is the only psalm

that doesn’t include any verses of praise or

thanksgiving. There are 149 others that do,

and I pray through those psalms, too.

But Psalm 88 is sometimes the one I need.

It gives me the language I need to speak to

God when He seems far away. So I send it

to those who may also need that language.

I pray it for my friends who can’t imagine

how God can be anywhere near them.

According to the National Alliance on Mental

Illness, one in five adults — approximately

43.8 million Americans — experiences

mental illness in a given year. One in 25

— about 10 million — live with a serious

mental illness such as schizophrenia, major

depression or bipolar disorder. NAMI also

says approximately 21.4 percent of youth

ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders

at some point during their life.

Some statistics to couple with that information

come from a 2014 study done by LifeWay

Research. Their findings show that

only 38 percent of pastors in the United

States strongly agree that they feel equipped

to identify a person dealing with acute

mental illness that may require a referral to

a medical professional.

I’ve never heard a church leadership discuss

the role the church should play in caring

for those with mental illness. During

times that I’ve been ill since I was first diagnosed

with bipolar disorder, a minister has

never reached out to me.

Two days ago, I printed out a copy of Psalm

88 for my daughter. I wrote a note at the top

of the page that said, “God gives us room to

doubt and struggle and be angry. I pray you

will turn to Him in your suffering.” I gave this

to her because her depression and anxiety

have intensified. We are seeking a higher

level of care for her because what we’ve

done over the past year hasn’t worked.

We have been visiting a new church, so we

aren’t deeply connected to a faith community

right now. I reached out to a few people

at that church about our daughter, and they

have shown support for our family.

I met with the youth minister. Another staff

member who is also a friend of ours invited

us over for dinner to discuss our current

struggles and encourage us. Another staff

member has called us to check in several

times.

Everyone expresses a desire to care for our

daughter. Everyone assures us of God’s

love for us. They are in this with us.

Allison is healthier now and willing and able

to speak into my current situation with my

daughter. She tells me to care for myself, to

take my meds, to sleep, to eat. She speaks

truth to me when I want to blame myself for

my daughter’s condition. She prays for me.

And she invites my daughter to spend some

time with her.

Since Allison’s mental health crisis started

several months ago, no one from her

church has offered to pray with her about

it or has asked questions about how her

illness is affecting her faith. The leadership

of her church has been mostly silent about

struggles with her new diagnosis.

Amy Simpson, author of “Troubled Minds:

Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission,”

said in an interview with Rachel Held

Evans that talking about mental illness “is

a great place to start and might accomplish

50 percent of what people need from the

church. For people isolated by stigma and

fear, it’s powerful to hear an acknowledgement

that this kind of suffering exists, that

it doesn’t mean God has abandoned them,

and that people in the church might be willing

to walk through it with them.”

Here are some ways pastors can address

mental illness in the church: They can mention

mental illness while preaching on joy.

They can have congregational meetings or

send church-wide emails to introduce the

topic. They can acknowledge that those

who suffer from mental illness may not be

able to experience joy at times, and it’s not

because they are in sin.

Pastors can also reach out to mentally ill

members. And when those members are

too depressed or anxious to respond, they

can keep reaching out.

Pastors can help address spiritual crises

that often accompany mental illness. They

can create environments in their churches

where people talk about mental illness with

as much ease as they talk about diabetes or

broken limbs.

What has happened in my relationship with

Allison can happen in churches that desire

to minister to those with mental illness. The

church can be a conduit of God’s goodness

to those who are sick and scared.

Current figures state

that each year in Britain

an estimated one in four

adults will experience at

least one diagnosable

mental health problem,

though only 230 of

every 300 who need

help will actually visit

their GP.

Charlotte Donlon lives in Birmingham, Ala.,

with her husband and their two children.

She’s earning her MFA in creative writing

from Seattle Pacific University. Find her at

charlottedonlon.com and @charlottedonlon.

According to

Mind.org.uk

below is a list of various

types of mental health

problems

Anger

Anxiety and

panic attacks

Bipolar

disorder

Body

dysmorphic

disorder

(BDD)

Depression

Dissociative

disorder

Drugs

Personality

disorders

Phobia

Postnatal

depression

Posttraumatic

stress

disorder

(PTSD)

Psychotic

experiences

Schizoaffective

disorder

Eating

problems

Hearing

voices

Hypomania

and mania

Loneliness

Mental health

problems

Obsessivecompulsive

disorder

(OCD)

Panic attacks

Paranoia

Schizophrenia

Seasonal

affective

disorder

(SAD)

Self-esteem

Self-harm

Sleep

problems

Stress

Suicidal

feelings

Tardive

dyskinesia


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Pope Francis invites 1,000

convicted criminals to a

church service

Pope Francis invited 1,000 convicted criminals

to the Vatican to celebrate a special

church service, during which he announced

to the congregation, “we all make mistakes.”

After he welcomed 1,000 inmates into St

Peter’s basilica, Pope Francis also seized

the opportunity to appeal for better living

conditions for prisoners. Speaking at the

Sunday Angelus, the Pope urged prison

authorities to respect “the human dignity of

detainees” and stressed that the criminal

justice system must include rehabilitation

alongside punishment.

“I submit for the consideration of the competent

civilian authorities in all countries

the opportunity to make, in this Holy Year

of Mercy, an act of clemency towards those

prisoners who will be considered eligible to

benefit from this measure,” Pope Francis

said.

Earlier, during a special Mass for the jubilee

of mercy year in St Peter’s, the Pope urged

prisoners not to lose hope in God’s mercy,

saying all people ‘have made mistakes.’

“Sometimes, a certain hypocrisy leads to

people considering you only as wrongdoers,

for whom prison is the sole answer,” Pope

explained during his homily. “I want to tell

you, every time I visit a prison I ask myself:

‘Why them and not me?’ We can all make

mistakes: all of us. And in one way or another,

we have made mistakes.”

The Pope delivered his homily before a congregation

made up of around 1,000 prisoners

from 12 countries and their families, as

well as prison chaplains and volunteers.It is

one of the last major set-piece events of the

jubilee year that concludes on 20 November.

The Vatican said that most of the 1,000 prisoners

who took part in the mass were from

Italian prisons, and many of these were foreign

born inmates. There were also delegations

from about 10 other countries, a Vatican

spokesman confirmed.

Among the 3,000 chaplains, guards, exprisoners

and family members who came to

the Vatican for the day dedicated to prisoners

were two prisoners normally confined

to solitary confinement after conviction of

crimes associated with membership in the

Mafia.

Pope Francis receives a cross made by an inmate during his visit to a penitentiary

in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez on the last day of his fiveday

visit to Mexico earlier this year.

Pope Francis has shown concern for those

living behind bars by making visits to prisons,

calling for penal reform (including the

abolishment of the death penalty) and telephoning

inmates he used to visit in Buenos

Aires.

Before he arrived in the basilica,several

convicted criminals gave personal testimonies

the morning of the church service. A

woman whose son had been murdered also

gave her testimony. She described how she

had tried to liberate herself from hatred by

becoming friends with prisoners, including

the man who killed her son.

“I learned that we are two sides of the same

medal — pain,” said the woman, introduced

only by her first name, Elisabetta. Her son’s

murderer stood by her side, recalling how,

when he was given 12 hours of freedom,

it was Elisabetta who came to spend the

hours with him by taking him to her son’s

grave, where he placed flowers.

During his homily, the Pope emphasised the

need for rehabilitation, saying that no-one is

beyond the mercy of God. “Hypocrisy leads

us to overlook the possibility that people can

change their lives; we put little trust in rehabilitation,

rehabilitation into society. But in

this way, we forget that we are all sinners,

and often, without being aware of it, we too

are prisoners.”


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Michael Bublé asks for

prayer and privacy

His son has been diagnosed with cancer

Singer Michael Bublé has asked for “prayer

and privacy” after announcing his son has

been diagnosed with cancer.

The music star broke the news on his Facebook

page but did not give any details about

the type of cancer.

Bublé asked for prayers and said he and his

wife Lopilato were giving up work commitments

to concentrate on “helping Noah get

well.”

His statement said, “we are devastated

about the recent cancer diagnosis of our

oldest son Noah, who is currently undergoing

treatment in the US.

“We have always been very vocal about the

importance of family and the love we have

for our children. Luisana and I have put our

careers on hold in order to devote all our

time and attention to helping Noah get well.

At this difficult time, we ask only for your

prayers and respect for our privacy.

“We have a long journey in front of us and

hope that with the support of family, friends

and fans around the world, we will win this

battle, God willing.”

Bublé was raised as a Catholic, but now

describes himself as agnostic.

All smiles: Michael Bublé and his

son, Noah

After an unexpected trip to the doctor took a

shocking turn for the worse, Bublé’s threeyear-old

son, Noah, was diagnosed with the

deadly disease.

The little boy had travelled to the US with

his dad and mum Luisana Lopilato, a model

and actress, after they raised concerns

about his health.

According to an Oprah interview on 9 October

2009, Bublé dreamed of becoming a

famous singer since he was two years old.

When he was a teenager, he slept with his

Bible and prayed to become a singer.

Bublé is now a singer, songwriter, actor,

and record producer. He has won several

awards, including four Grammy Awards.

As of 2013, Bublé has sold over 55 million

albums worldwide.

His wife, an Argentinian actress, is a practicing

Christian. The couple has been

married for five

years.

Michael Buble with sons Noah, Elias and wife Luisana Lopilato

Noah just after his birth in a picture shared by the couple


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Hate crime victim forced to flee his home after

converting to Christianity

Nissar Hussain, his wife, and their six children

have been forced to flee their home

in Bradford, West Yorkshire under police

guard after years of persecution for converting

to Christianity.

Mr Hussain was hospitalised after he was

physically attacked by two men who, armed

with a pick-axe, left him severely injured

with a smashed kneecap because he had

converted from Islam to Christianity.

Although he converted from Islam 20 years

ago, Nissar Hussain is still subject to physical

and verbal attack. Last week, he and

his family were forced to leave their home

in Bradford under police escort to a safe

house.

“My family are distraught and extremely

traumatised to be leaving. But when your

life is at stake, there is no other choice.” Mr

Hussain added that the harassment and

violence escalated after he appeared on a

Channel 4 documentary voiced concerns

about the mistreatment of Muslim converts.

By Jane Amaka

Nissar Hussain and family

He points the finger at sections of the Islamic

community: ‘this extreme persecution

by certain people in the Muslim community

because we are converts has broken us as

a family.’

Mr Hussain, who was a nurse before leaving

work due to post-traumatic stress disorder,

says his children, aged eight to 24, and

wife will never see their friends again.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said

hate crime would not be tolerated and officers

have been working with the family.

Nissar Hussain in hospital after armed men with a pick-axe,

left him with a smashed kneecap.

Above and below: CCTV footage of the attack.

Nissar was attacked outside his home.

“Our priority has always

been to work effectively

with our partners to minimise

the risk to Mr Hussain

and ensure that we

maximise opportunities

to put control measures

in place to safeguard

him, his family, and consider

any wider impact

upon the communities

across West Yorkshire.”

Nissar Hussain, since

his conversion to Christianity,

has faced real

persecution here in

Britain. He currently

receives support from

Christian Concern, an

organisation that offers

support to Christians

persecuted because of

their faith. Prior to the

attack, Christian Concern

provided Nissar

with a CCTV camera to

help protect his property.


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This month in Christian history

November

2348 BC - According to Anglican Archbishop

James Ussher’s Old Testament chronology,

Noah’s flood began on this date.

3 BC - According to early church father

Clement of Alexandria (c.155-c.220), Jesus

was born on this date.

0753 - Death of St. Pirminius, first abbot of

the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau

(located in modern Germany). His name

endures today as author of a book entitled

“Scarapsus,” which is the earliest known

writing to contain the Apostles’ Creed as it is

worded in its present form.

1164 - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas

Becket, 45, began a six-year self-imposed

exile in France. Once a close

friend of England’s Henry II;

Thomas had more recently

become an outspoken opponent

of the king’s royal policies.

1512 - Italian Renaissance

artist Michelangelo, 37, unveiled

his 5,808-square-foot

masterpiece, the ceiling of

the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

He had been commissioned

in 1508 by Pope Julius

II to do a work depicting

the whole story of the Bible.

1537 - German reformer Martin

Luther stated during one

of his “Table Talks”: ‘There

are many fluent preachers

who speak at length but say

nothing, who have words

without substance.’

1600 - Staunch Anglican theologian

Richard Hooker died

at 46. His last words were:

‘God hath my daily petitions,

for I am at peace with all men,

and He is at peace with me...

and this witness makes the

thoughts of death joyful.’

1631 - English clergyman

John Eliot, 27, first arrived

in America, at Boston. Afterwards,

he became the first

Protestant minister to devote

himself to the evangelisation

of the American Indian.

1646 - The Massachusetts

Bay Colony passed a law

making it a capital offence to

deny that the Bible was the Word of God.

Any person convicted of the offence was liable

to the death penalty.

1654 - French scientist and mathematician

Blaise Pascal experiences a mystical vision

and converts to Christianity. The creator of

the first wristwatch, the first bus route, the

first workable calculating machine, and other

inventions then turned his life to theology.

(see issue 76- Christian Face of the Scientific

Revolution).

1740 - Birth of Anglican clergyman Augustus

M. Toplady. A highly respected evangelical

leader, Toplady authored the hymn “Rock of

Ages” two years before his premature death

at 38 in 1778.

1784 - English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37,

first arrived in America, at New York City. He

was the first Methodist bishop to come to the

New World.

1789 - During the chaos of the French Revolution,

the property of the Church in France

was taken over by the state.

1794 - The London Missionary Society was

founded on this day by people like William

Wilberforce and John Newton, who started

with abolishing the slave trade and fighting

for the rights of oppressed people, then

launched out to send missionaries. Now

known as CMS (Church Mission Society)

they continue to support mission in the UK

and abroad in 40 countries from their Oxford

HQ.

1818 - Pliny Fisk, 26, set sail for Palestine.

Ordained by the American Board of Commissioners

for Foreign Missions, Fisk became

the first American missionary to journey

to the Near East.

1873 - The French ship Ville du Havre sinks

in the north Atlantic, killing all four daughters

of Chicago lawyer Horatio G. Spafford.

His wife survived, and Spafford immediately

booked passage to join her in England. While

passing over the spot where his daughters

died, he began writing what would become

the famous hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.”

1883 - Evangelist and abolitionist Sojourner

Truth (whose real name was Isabella Van

Wagener), dies in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Born a slave, Truth experienced visions and

voices, which she attributed to God, and was

one of the most charismatic abolitionists and

suffragists of her day.

1917 - In Moscow, following abdication of

Russian Czar Nicholas II, the historic Orthodox

Church Council of 1917-1918 restored

the office of patriarch, suppressed by Peter

the Great in 1700.

1917 - British foreign secretary Arthur J.

Balfour, 69, issued the Balfour Declaration,

calling for “establishment in Palestine of a

national home for the Jewish people.” The

document’s recognition of a Jewish nationalism

planted the seed which in 1948 led to an

establishment of the modern state of Israel.

1918 - Evangelist William (“Billy”) Franklin

Graham, Jr, is born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1918 - The German leaders sign the armistice

ending World War I, a year later (1919)

The first two-minutes’ silence is observed in

Britain to commemorate those who died in

the Great War.

1925 - The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance

was organised at St. Louis, MO. It became

the forerunner of a new denomination, established

in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church,

Inc.

1936 - Future U.S. Senate Chaplain Rev.

Peter Marshall, 34, married Catherine Wood,

22. Following Peter’s premature death at

age 46, Catherine immortalized his name

through her 1951 bestselling biography, “A

Man Called Peter.”

1950 - Billy Graham’s “Hour of Decision”

program was first broadcast over television.

1950 - Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma

of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Mary. His Apostolic Constitution “Munificentissimus

Deus” taught that, at the end of her

earthly life, Jesus’ mother was taken, body

and soul, into heaven to be united with the

risen Christ.

1961 - Charles H. Mason, founder of the

Church of God in Christ, dies. His was the

first major denomination to emerge from the

Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, where

Mason received the baptism of the Holy

Spirit.

1963 - British scholar and author C.S. Lewis

dies, the very same day as Aldous Huxley

and John F. Kennedy.

1966 - London’s “Evening Standard” newspaper

published John Lennon’s controversial

remark stating that the Beatles were

“more popular than Jesus.” The quote

touched off a storm of controversy and international

protest, resulting in a world-wide

boycott of Beatles music.

1972 - Americans intercept a Pathet Lao

communication ordering the deaths of twenty-five

year old Evelyn Anderson and thirtyfive

year old Beatrice Kosin, missionaries in

Kengkok, Laos. Their bodies are later found

burned to death. The Pathet Lao were communists

who hated Christianity because it

contradicted the fundamental teachings of

Marxism and posed serious problems to

their control of people.


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Everyone with a regular childhood should

know this quote… ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall,

who is the fairest of them all?”

Yep, you got it – this is the notorious quote

spoken by the evil Queen to the Magic Mirror

in the Grimm Brothers most famous fairy

tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Growing up, my sisters and I were born actors.

We would playout every scenario imaginable

from the Marx Brothers (I was, of

course, the trumpet-playing curly headed

Harpo) to Cinderella, with her wicked step

mother and ugly sisters. So it was only natural

for us to also become the wicked Queen

and take turns staring into the golden, ornate

mirror hanging pride of place in our

front room and demand to be told, ‘who was

the fairest of us all?’

Needless to say, no one except the voices

in our own imaginations answered. And yet

here we are, decades later, and we still find

ourselves looking for that same magic mirror,

demanding to know the answer to the

same question, ‘who is the fairest of us all?’

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

by Jacqueline Malcolm PES

And when I say ‘we’, I’m no longer referring

to just me and my three sisters – I mean all

of us in modern society. Men, women and

even children – all of us have our own imaginary

mirror to keep in our back pocket and

whip out when our own insecurities or our

own vanities take hold.

We can spend silent hours staring at our

own reflection, asking the question, ‘who is

the fairest of us all?’ Or, to put it in modern

language, ‘how do I measure up to everyone

else?’

Daily, we demand to know: are we prettier

than our classmates? Are we richer than our

neighbours? Are we more successful than

our colleagues? Mirror, mirror on the wall…

The make believe Queen in Snow White

was consumed with vanity. Her mirror was

no more magical than the one hanging in

our bathrooms, and until Snow White came

along, the Queen truly believed she was the

‘fairest’ (the richest, the prettiest, the strongest)

of everyone. It was, in fact, her own vanity

that affirmed her beauty in the same way

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it was her own insecurities and jealousies

that told her she had fallen in rank and was

no longer the most favoured in the kingdom.

It was her own self-loathing and competitiveness

that told her there was someone better

than her, someone prettier than her, someone

more deserving than her.

So my question to you today is simple…

what is your mirror telling you? When you

look at yourself, what do you see? How

do you think you compare to those around

you? Are you pretty enough? Are you rich

enough? Are you young/old enough? Do

you pray enough? Are you… enough?

James 3: 13 – 17 warns us against operating

under a spirit of jealousy and rivalry where

we compare ourselves to others (it’s worth

a read when you have a quiet moment).

Instead, it exhorts us be filled with wisdom

from above that is pure, undefiled, peaceloving

and courteous.

Today, I challenge you, every time you’re

tempted to take out your ‘magic mirror’ and

start comparing yourself to anyone else,

don’t do it. Instead, thank God

for who you are, just as you are.

Thank God for His Son, Jesus

Christ who freely and selflessly

shed His Blood so that you could

have eternal life. Thank God for

His Holy Spirit who abides with

us to teach us, guide us, protect

us, lead us.

I promise you as you start to just

open up to Him just as you are

Jacqueline Malcolm is an author,

playwright, Artistic Director and a Project

& Event Strategist who is dedicated to seeing

the Kingdom of God established here

in London. If you have a theatre or book

project or an event that you would like to

discuss, you can contact her to arrange

your free consultation on

jacquie@jacquelinemalcolmpes.com

For more information, please visit

www.jacquelinemalcolmpes.com.

and not compare yourself to anyone else,

that’s when you will just die to self and will

only care that your life is a true reflection of

His.

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National NHS campaign urges

people to stay well this winter

Campaign urges practical steps to keep well especially people

vulnerable to health conditions made worse by cold

A national campaign to help people prepare

for winter weather has been launched today

by NHS England and Public Health England.

The message is to Stay Well This Winter

and to encourage people most at risk from

cold weather, including those with long-term

health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare

for the lower temperatures.

More people die over the course of each

winter compared to other times of the year

and there are a range of conditions worsened

by the cold weather - 80 per cent of

these deaths are accounted for by people

with circulatory diseases (such as heart disease,

lung illnesses and stroke), dementia

and respiratory diseases (such as asthma).

Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures

increases blood pressure, thereby

increasing the risk of heart failure, kidney

disease, stroke or dementia. Cold temperatures

can also make blood more likely to clot,

which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

In addition, cold can also affect the respiratory

system, which reduces the lung’s ability

to fight off infection explaining why lower

temperatures are linked with bronchitis and

pneumonia.

Colder weather is not only associated with

an increase in deaths but also has a significant

impact on the number of people becoming

ill, increasing the winter pressures

felt by the health care services. Research

shows that for every one degree centigrade

drop below five degrees in outdoor average

temperatures, there is more than a 10

per cent increase in older people consulting

their GP for breathing problems, a 0.8 per

cent increase in emergency hospital admissions

and a 3.4 per increase in deaths.

The campaign messages, which includes

TV, radio and social media, urge people to

be ready for the colder season and to seek

immediate advice and help from a pharmacist

as soon as they feel unwell, before their

condition gets more serious.

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Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director

for Acute Care at NHS England said:

“The NHS is here to help but there are important

things we can all do to take care of

ourselves during the winter months. It is

vital that the most vulnerable people take

preventative steps to keep healthy and stay

well. We have a high number of A&E attendances

over this time that are due to issues

which could have been avoided had people

asked for medical advice at the first sign of

illness.

“We are urging people to take practical

steps such as to wrap up warm before the

temperature dial hits freezing. Research

shows even at above freezing temperatures,

for every one degree centigrade drop

below five degrees, there is a resulting increase

in older people consulting their GP

for breathing problems, as well as an increase

in deaths.”

Experts are also advising people to heat

their homes to at least 18°C (65°F) and to

look out for those at increased risk of illness

over the winter months. Cold and damp

homes can contribute to poor mental health

and social isolation, which are also key factors

in increased winter deaths and disease.

One study showed that residents of the 25

per cent coldest homes have around a 20

per cent greater risk of dying during the

winter months than those in the warmest

homes.

Dr Philip Abiola,GP, Lord Lister Health

Centre. Forest Gate said:

“Looking out for yourself and others in the

cold weather is essential to keeping healthy.

With winter on the way, now is a good time

to make sure you, and those you know who

may be particularly at risk from the cold, are

as prepared as possible. If you qualify for

the free flu jab, get it now. Also remember

that eating a healthy, balanced diet and

that staying physically active can keep you

healthy.

There are a variety of ways you can apply

for help to keep your house warm, such as

Winter Fuel Payments, Warm Home Discounts

and Cold Weather Payments. If you

meet the criteria, register for priority service

with your energy and water suppliers.

Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at

least 18°C (65°F), particularly if you find it

hard to get around, have a long-term illness

or are 65 or over. You may prefer your living

room to be slightly warmer. Make sure your

gas, solid fuel and oil burning appliances

are serviced by a registered engineer so

that they are working effectively and safely

before the winter sets in. If we all look out for

each other this winter we can really make a

difference.”

To find out more about the Stay Well This

Winter campaign, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell


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Nothing is impossible

Continued

from back

page

Manchester City’s manager,

Pep Guardiola, had tasted

success at the peak of European

football in his illustrious

career. He won the

Champions League twice

during his tenure as Barca

manager. Maybe that’s why

he believed nothing was

impossible for his team, especially

after seeing his side

lose 4-0 at the Nou Camp

last month to Barcelona.

Guardiola recognised the

importance of the victory

against his former employers,

stating “It is a good step

to say that once in our lives

we played against the best

team in the world, and we

beat them.

We competed with Barcelona,

but for now we did it in

a different way. We played

more long balls because we

are still not ready to keep

the ball and play like they

do. They have been playing

that way for 25 years. For

us, it is three or four months

we have been trying to play

in a different style.”

Guardiola’s message is

clear: with the right strategy,

you can achieve what may

seem impossible.

Mission accomplished, after the 3-1 victory


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Impossible is Nothing

Nothing is impossible if you are

really determined and focus

on your strengths rather than

weaknesses. Luke 1: 37 puts it

this like this “I can do all things

through him who strengthens

me.” In other words, if you focus

on the strength of God, you

are capable of achieving anything.

American Football Coach Vince

Lombardi explainedthat “we

would accomplish many more

things if we did not think of them

as impossible,” and also said

“the difference between a successful

person and others is not

a lack of strength, not a lack of

knowledge, but rather a lack

of will. It’s not whether you get

knocked down, it’s whether you

get up.”

Manchester City was knocked

down when they lost 4-0 to

Barcelona last month, but that

did not dampen their desire to

succeed. City staged a thrilling

comeback to clearly demystified

the meaning of nothing is

impossible.

According to the legendary boxer

Muhammad Ali, Impossible is

Nothing! Ali said, “impossible is

just a big word thrown around

by small men who find it easier

to live in the world they’ve been

given than to explore the power

they have to change it. Impossible

is not a fact. It’s an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration.

It’s a dare. Impossible is potential.

Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing.”

In Luke 1:37, the bible says, “for

nothing will be impossible with

God.”

After their victory at the

Ethihad,City will reach the

knockout phase of the competition

if they win on 23 November

at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Thereafter, City might just stand

a chance to win the Champions

League for the very first time. I

can imagine many people will

say it is impossible, but I will

leave you with a message

I found in Mark 10:27: “with

man it is impossible, but not

with God. For all things are

possible with God.”

Kelechi Iheanacho points to

heaven after scoring yet another

goal. He appears to be thankful

to God


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Nothing is impossible

Impossible is Nothing

By Alex Iwuoha

Until their recent 3-1 victory, Manchester

City had not beaten Barcelona in five previous

attempts in the European Champions

League. This landmark win for City proves

that nothing is impossible if you are determined

to achieve it.

Prior to this, City had gone through a phase

of failure after failure. After a six match

winless streak, City finally learned how to

get up after falling down. Their recent

performances clearly demonstrate

that what defines them is how well

they rise after falling.

Continued on Pages 22-23

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