Bishop Steven Lyn Evans will be the international speaker at a 6 day conference in Malta from the 14th-19th September 2021. Some of the sessions will be available to watch online. Click on the event link below for more details.
In January and February, Pastor Amos and his wife Jamuna traveled to two villages in the jungles and another two villages in the mountains where they held pastor’s conferences in each village to teach on the anointing of the Holy Spirit and to teach on Healing. Amos has also completed several children’s evangelism trip before Nepal went into Quarantine.
Even though Nepal has had only 34 total deaths from COVID, the entire country remains in Lockdown since March. Their low death rate is from a natural immunity from being hand eaters, meaning they eat with their hands rather than using utensils. From an early age, they build strong immune systems. In addition, being born at high altitudes has given Nepalis super human lungs.
More people are starving to death from the lockdown than dying from COVID. Much of the Nepal is hand to mouth, where they work each day to make enough money to purchase food for the day. During the lockdown, most Nepalis can no longer afford to purchase food.
We have completed two mission trips where we distributed 100 bags of rice to the neediest Christian believers in mid-April and again in June. Many are coming to the Lord through this aid. They had to walk 4 to 5 hours by foot to get the rice. Then make return hike with bag of rice on their backs. Once they make it to their villages, they divide the rice up into smaller plastic bags and distribute to individual families.
Most of the volunteers had not eaten in 1 to 2 days. It was very difficult to get there to village on 4-wheel truck, because mountain road was slide and very muddy because of the heavy rain.
Each rice bag has 30 kilograms of rice and all together we have distributed 3,000 kilograms of rice during each relief mission trip. In April, we also gave goats and sewing machines and built several water wells in addition to distributing food.
We have been doing bi-weekly church services with Nepal via Zoom. Our guest speakers have included Bishop Steven Evans, Arch Bishop Johnny Riley, and Arch Bishop Doyle Volentine. These Zoom services have been a huge encouragement to our pastors in Nepal.
Reverend Steven Bellant
Current Needs in Nepal
$6 – Bibles. In Nepal, they save up to purchase a bible, then they pray over the Bible and pray over a young man and send the man out with the bible to plant a church. This how Nepal has become one of the fastest growing churches in the world. We currently have 100 pastors who need a bible. We have a need for an additional 3,000 bibles if we to give a bible to every believer who does not yet have a bible.
$5,000 – One Mountain Truck Load of Rice delivered to villages that are hardest hit by Lockdown. One truck includes 100 bags of rice with each bag weighing 30kg. This cost includes the truck rental with a driver. Christian volunteers will hike up to 5 hours to meet our truck and then make the return hike with the 30kg bags of rice on their backs. We can also purchase smaller quantities and deliver in smaller vehicles.
$2,500 – Women’s Leadership Conference. Nepal has a 3-day Bank Holiday for Women called Teej each August. Women leave their home for 3 days and go to a lake where they wash themselves, and the men stay home with the children. The women fast for the entire 3 days and then come home to a feast prepared by the Husbands. For young women this is rites of passage to attend their first Teej. We take advantage of this Hindu holiday to hold our Christian Women’s Leadership conference on a lake at the base of the Himalayas. Fasting is optional for the Speakers.
$600 – Water Wells. This covers the pipe, Well Head, Hand Pump, and Cement. Young men in the church volunteer to drill the wells by manual labor using bamboo, rope, and lots of muscle.
$150 – Sewing Machines. Women can support their families by sewing wedding dresses, festival dresses, and most recently sewing COVID masks. We purchase the old fashioned foot peddle machines as many do not have electricity.
$100 – Goats can provide a lifetime of income for a family. We purchase female goats. They have to gather leaves to feed their goats and gather water each day. They can sell the baby goats, and sell the goat milk products including yogurt. This photo is of the girl that I sponsor Sanjeena. I had challenged her to give her first fruit to the Lord. She is holding her first fruit baby goat that she gave to the church. Her goat became pregnant and had another baby soon after. Sanjeena is learning work ethics and learning blessings of tithing at a young age.
$50 – Monthly Orphan Sponsorship. We place orphans with our Pastors in each village. $25 goes towards the child’s Tuition, books, and uniforms. $25 goes to help the pastors who are hosting the child. A Christian version of Foster Care for orphans.
$3,000 – Motorcycles for evangelists. Many of the villages are very remote and only accessible by motorcycle or by hiking many days. We have a need for three motorcycles.
Victory in Jesus! The Healing Power of God.
Reverend David Brewer (TICCN Ministry Director for Africa) of TICCN continues his excellent ministry work in Africa and here we take time to illustrate testimonies of the work.
Here is David with Wilson who is the son of an evangelist at a church in Mbezi Beech, Dar es Salaam.
David has visited the church several times in recent years. On a ministry visit to the church in 2018 David was asked to lay hands on Wilson and minister healing to him. Wilson’s issue was that ten years earlier, as a four year old, a tumour had started to grow on his neck. Over the next ten years the tumour had increased to such a degree that it was obstructing his wind pipe, and causing him to lose much of his education because he was unable to attend school due to significant breathing difficulty.
David ministered in faith to Wilson, using the authority of the name of Jesus. Just one week later David was delighted to receive the message that a miracle had taken place and “God done it, he is healed.”
It’s now been almost two years later and Wilson has not missed school and is totally
healed of the tumor, it’s gone! David has recently received the photograph opposite of Wilson showing that the tumor is gone. It concluded with the joyful message “I think you better praise God for His Blessings and healing. Wilson is doing well.”
Inmates Impacted by Jesus!
In 2015 Reverend David was working in Kenya along with American Evangelist Wesley Paul and another Evangelist from USA. Evangelists are close to David’s heart, his elder brother Eddie was a successful businessman who went to his reward in November 1966, age just 29, during his last year he preached in 10 denominations and led hundreds to know Jesus, by preaching repentance and forgiveness.
Working with the Evangelists in Kenya David was invited by the Prison Chaplain to have a special Gospel service in the high security Women’s Prison in Nairobi that was home to some of the worst offenders in all Kenya. David and the Evangelists gave their testimonies and shared the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
As a result of this unexpected ministry opportunity, it was a delight to witness that there were at least twelve of those inmates, that had their lives changed and received Jesus as Lord and Saviour that afternoon. Lives were transformed because people cared enough to travel half way around the world to share the love of God through Jesus Christ.
Do you have a desire to evangelize or to study about the healing power of God? If these testimonies have inspired you write to us and perhaps you can be on a future TICCN mission trip? Perhaps you would like to study more, consider studying at New Life Bible College, get in touch for more information.
On 22nd July the official opening of the TICCN Church on the Streets (CoTS) ministry in Burnley took place. A plaque was unveiled by Lord Shuttleworth with the inscription “In commemoration of David Hurst Co-Founder of Church on the Street Ministries.”
We would like to thank Lord and Lady Shuttleworth for their support, the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley and the many volunteers who worked so hard to made this a very special and happy occasion.
During the day a video team filmed interviews with the people for a documentary film about TICCN and in particular the tremendous impact of Pastor Mick and the Church on the Street Ministry. Bishop Steven commented: “The repeated theme of the day has been the unconditional love and practical support provided by Pastor Mick and his team. We have all be touched by the selfless dedication and Christian devotion of this ministry, Pastor Mick is demonstrating the heart of what it means to be a TICCN minister. We must meet people at their point of need, you don’t get clean in preparation for your bath, far too often the church has expected people to get cleaned up before they arrive but churches must embrace people wherever they are. In this way, we truly follow Jesus, who in encountering peoples weaknesses responded with unconditional love that manifested in practical ways. Healing for the sick, forgiveness for the sin, and food for the hungry. When people experience this, hope shines into the darkness of lives and a brighter future is born.”
In July 2021 Pastor Mick Fleming of Church on the Street Ministries in Burnley was appointed by Bishop Steven as the TICCN lead for house-church and Group of Three (GoT) ministries within the UK.
Bishop Steven described the developing strategy: “We are seeing many people coming to faith who are often for various reasons, unable to find a suitable fellowship to worship in. Our desire is to continue to facilitate small fellowship groups of two, three or four people. Each of these groups will ideally be located within the wider church and the house-church TICCN network. The groups are a non-judgmental place where people find acceptance and love (Agape). We continue to also facilitate larger groups and our growing house church network.
GoT: Growing in Grace
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19).
You can set up a GoT group easily. Find two, three or maximum of four trusted friends and meet along these lines:
- Commit to meet with a trusted friend or friends once a week
- Open in prayer to God asking the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in Jesus’ name.
- Each person answers questions about the previous week. Groups should aim at bringing: Openness, honesty, accountability, being non-judgmental and confidential.
- It becomes a place to listen and to be listened to bringing healing and freedom.
- Groups can worship, read from the Bible and close in prayer at around an hour. Whilst enthusiasm might cause you to want to go on longer than an hour, in our experience sticking to an hour will help the group’s longevity.
GoT Questions & Forgiveness for groups:
- (THANKS) Describe what you can be thankful for this week. Consider the Biblical advice to: ‘Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
- (SIN) Describe what you are struggling with, where have you missed the mark (sin) during the previous week. Don’t be ashamed just pour out the sin and create a space for God’s forgiveness to flow in. Pour our as much details as possible, this helps deal with the issues thoroughly. There is a humility in opening up to others about your sin, it’s not easy but it can have a life changing impact.
- (FREEDOM) You are totally forgiven, if you don’t feel forgiven it’s no surprise, repentance a change of knowledge needs to happen. Just accept forgiveness, not by feelings but by faith and soon enough your feelings will follow your faith. For many people their faith follows their feelings (Confess and discuss the following verse: ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’ (Ephesians 1:7). ‘Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?’ (Romans 2:4). You are the righteousness of God in Christ free by faith in Jesus alone and all your sins have been paid for ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’ (Ephesians 1:7).
GoT learning is available through TICCN and New Life Bible College, the impact of understanding Biblical truth can be tremendous. Let’s look at repentance as an example: One of the most frequent words associated with Christianity is ‘repentance.’ However, repentance is an English word and the Bible was not originally written in English. In the New Testament the Greek word we often translate as ‘repentance’ is ‘metanoia’ and it means ‘a change of mind.’ It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with salvation or penance, those correlations came later through the Latin Vulgate.
A return to the original Greek text came through the reformation. ‘Meta’ comes from the root for ‘after’ or ‘beyond,’ and ‘noia’ is ‘to think.’ So metanoia means to reconsider or rethink something.
This is a Biblical route to healing: ‘Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ (James 5:16). Also, ‘Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy’ (Proverbs 28:13). Also, ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ (Acts 3:19).
This apparent weakness will cause the power of Christ to enter into your life: ‘And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me’ (2 Cor 12:9).
Our dear TICCN brother Revd. Michael showing the love of God to precious poor people. Loving people as Jesus does!
The video above, by the BBC, features Revd. Michael as he helps families struggling financially at the same time as bereavement.
A newspaper report from Wigan Observer tells how worshippers have come together to help the less fortunate. The article says:
Bishop Steven Evans, who runs the Living Faith Church in Orrell, has spoken of the way congregations in the network he leads have stepped up to support people in the pandemic.
Bishop Evans. who is also a councillor in the Wigan chamber, is presiding bishop of The International Christian Churches Network (TICCN), made up of around 2,000 churches in 30 countries.
Worshippers and their leaders have provided a variety of services and help to those who have been affected by the massive upheaval the novel coronavirus has caused.
The network also hit the headlines spectacularly when the amazing story of drug dealer turned minister Pastor Mick Fleming in Burnley, who trained under Bishop Evans in Wigan, was featured on national news and generated a huge public response.
Bishop Evans ordained Pastor Mick and spoke of his pride at the huge effort he is putting in to support people in often-desperate circumstances in the east Lancashire town.
Bishop Evans said: “It is thrilling for me to see what he is doing in Burnley. He has such a genuine love for people and his story is a compelling one.
“I think the way he has translated that into a love for other people is at the heart of the gospels. I have been brought to tears by his personal testimony, it is very moving and harrowing in places.
“There’s now a real momentum around the work that he is doing.”
The public, touched by the story of Pastor Mick’s road to redemption, have now donated a six-figure sum for his work helping those on the breadline.
Across the network churches in TICCN have delivered more than 250,000 meals to people who needed them during the pandemic.
In Orrell hampers have been distributed to older residents and a foodbank has been facilitated.
Bishop Evans, who is also a Conservative councillor for Orrell ward, and his volunteers have also been running a telephone support service for those worried by the pandemic or just in need of speaking to someone.
He said: “I have been humbled and amazed at what the network has been able to do. We’ve brought people together and inspired them during this time, we’ve delivered PPE equipment, we’ve delivered food in different countries, we’ve given uplifting messages and love.”
For 2021 Bishop Evans is hoping to preside over increases in the network’s reach, with more pastors being trained and churches in more countries coming on board.
Having been unable to welcome people from across the world to Orrell for a 2020 conference due to Covid, he is also hoping that will be able to take place in October.
The network has learned a great deal about how to serve people’s needs this year and he hopes churches will learn from each other, so ideas that have worked in one community can be tried out in others.
And sadly, it is unlikely the social problems TICCN’s churches tried to help tackle in 2020 will be solved any time soon.
Bishop Evans said: “It’s traumatic to see people on the streets without anything. If you miss three appointments you are no longer able to see a doctor.
“For many people there is no-one there to look after or care for them. We have to step into that gap and provide something. We feel compelled to do that.
“We’ve done some short-term things, like setting up night shelters in Burnley, but going forward we are looking for long-term answers.
“We’d like to help meet needs in Wigan in areas like homelessness and mental health. We take services in nursing homes and we’ve been looking after vulnerable and elderly people. We think we’ve had a real impact and can make a difference.”
Pastor Michael Fleming has been hitting the newspaper headlines, with the BBC and The Guardian running stories on his work helping the homeless, poor, and low-income families in the town of Burnley.
Michael’s charity Church on the Street continues to distribute food parcels and hot meals during the coronavirus pandemic helping those most vulnerable and in need.
“We take food parcels to people, but what’s the point if they can’t cook the food because there’s no gas or electric? So now we provide hot, cooked meals as well.”
Michael’s work featured in a BBC video and the response from the public has been phenomenal, with donations reaching six figures in a matter of days.
Bishop Steven Lyn Evans has spoken of his pride at the huge effort Michael has put in to support people in often-desperate circumstances in the east Lancashire town. He told Wigan Observer “It is thrilling for me to see what he is doing in Burnley. He has such a genuine love for people and his story is a compelling one”.
To read the full articles click on the links below:
- Poverty and the Pandemic: Burnley’s Front Line | BBC iPlayer
- Burnley: ‘Children ripping bags open for food’ during pandemic | BBC News
- Burnley’s Pastor Mick – from dangerous drug dealer to lifesaver | BBC News
- Exploitation of the poor borders on evil, say clerics driven to tears by debt crisis | The Guardian
This year TICCN ministers have been busier than ever. Around the world our devoted ministers and church members alike have contributed in sacrificial giving to the poor and needy. We have heard some amazing stories of sacrificial love and devotion for those in need. We estimate that since March this year TICCN ministers have given over 250,000 meals to the poor in addition PPE equipment and medical aid to some of the poorest people in our communities.
We feature here the work of TICCN minister Revd. Michael Fleming who has been at the forefront of work amongst the Covid-19 impacted and poor in Burnley. Revd. Michael spoke to Bishop Steven about recent events and the way in which they have been able to offer strategic resources to those most vulnerable and in need. He was also quoted in a BBC interview describing the dramatic scene of ‘Children ripping bags open for food’ during the pandemic.
BBC analysis shows the death rate from all causes between April and June this year in the most deprived areas was nearly double that of deaths in the least deprived parts of England. The majority of the top 10 cities and towns with the highest death rates were in the north of England.
Bishop Steven has confirmed that TICCN will continue to offer support and guidance to all our ministers during this unprecedented time. He also thanked the people who have responded in a remarkable way to the CoTs charity appeals. Currently the Go Fund Me page has received almost £100,000 in just over a week. Bishop Steven concluded by saying that “During these times of great needs TICCN is setting an example of walking in love and service whenever and wherever we can.”
First of all, on behalf of 3J2 Bible Center Anglican Church of Iligan City, Philippines, allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generosity, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY has blessed us by providing us with our needs, something that we have desired since the Lockdown started on March 15, 2020 because of COVID 19.
When my dear wife Sonia checked our bank account and have found that the blessings sent where already deposited into our bank account she didn’t withdraw it right away, but instead, she informed me that it is already there, we prayed together and planned again on what we are going to do with the money.
I contacted a Pastor who is a friend of mine, and he said, yes, to my request and let me borrow his Navarra Pick-up, and we used it to buy the stuff, like, rice, eggs, coffee, chocolate drinks, bath soaps, and canned goods.
May 13 – Wednesday, we went to the grocery store and the market to buy what we needed for the distribution, thanks and praise to the LORD for using that Pastor’s friend, for allowing us to borrow his Navarra Pick-up.
When we arrived home, my dear wife Sonia started re-packing, each pack has 5 kilos of rice, (actually, the original plan was 10 kilos for each family, but since we wanted to benefit more families, for each food pack, Sonia put 5 Kilos. This meant that instead of 25 families only, we can help 80 families), 15 eggs, 5 packs of coffee, 5 chocolate drinks, 5 small canned sardines, and one big Safeguard bath soap. Please know that even at this time no alcohol is available at the stores.
May 14 – Sonia continued re-packing. It was during this day that we contacted the members of the Church, so that on the next day, Friday they could come to our house and pick-up their share of the blessings. We also contacted some mothers at the Dumpsite to choose 50 families including them, and then, emphasized to them Social Distancing and Pre-cautionary measures to be safe.
May 15 – the members of the 3J2BCAC family came and picked-up their share, there were about 30 families who came.
May 16 – GOD provided us a vehicle, after lunch that day, when everything was already set, at 2:30 in the afternoon, we went to the Dumpsite, with all the food packs. When we arrived in the area, there were already a lot of people waiting for us, since we had already contacted and instructed a few mothers to choose 50 families. They observed Social Distancing, they were wearing face masks, and applying alcohol to their hands, we had a short program, then we started the distribution of the food packs. There are about 2,500 families in the village, the former Iligan City Dumpsite. After the distribution, people were asking why only a few were selected, and if there is another one coming, well, I just told them to pray for another wave of blessings to come.
All those who have received the food packs were so happy and so blessed, they were so grateful to the LORD for the blessings.
Again, thank you so much for your generosity and the generosity of the TICCN family, I hope and pray that GOD will continue to bless much and much more and the whole TICCN family.
Anyway, we have started praying in the family that there will be another wave of blessings, and that, we can serve more families.
May the LORD bless you richly and keep you real good.
Bishop Stephen and Sonia Villaester