Archbishop Johnny Riley Jr thanked for 30 Years of Influential Ministry

Archbishop Johnny Riley Jr thanked for 30 Years of Influential Ministry

On 2nd June 2024 the College of Bishops and membership of The International Christian Church Network, join with the Executive Leadership of Bridging the Gaps Ministries International, to thank and congratulate our esteemed brother Archbishop Johnny Riley Jr., for 30 years of dynamic and influential Christian ministry. 

We recognise the tremendous and lasting impact that Archbishop Johnny’s international ministry has had on many thousands of lives. He has without question, made a profound impact through his dedicated ministry and inspirational leadership. Archbishop Steven of The International Christian Church Network commented that “I have personally benefitted from Archbishop Johnny’s remarkable ministry and I’m thankful to him and his wife Barbara for their kindness and support. Their friendship to me and the wider church body, beyond The International Christian Church Network of which I am presiding Archbishop, is making a truly lasting and powerful impact into a countless number of lives. 

We give thanks to God for Archbishop Johnny and pray for his ongoing influence and ministry, may God continue to use and impact him for the expansion of the Kingdom.

++Steven

TICCN Join Peace Campaign    

TICCN Join Peace Campaign    

Leaders of The International Christian Church Network (TICCN) hosted a visit by Algerian Imam Professor Youcef Mecheria this week. Following a visit to Westminster Abbey on Sunday to meet with Anglican Bishop Ball, the Algerian Imam visited Archbishop Steven Evans.  Imam Youcef was taken on a tour of TICCN ministries and churches in Oxford, Wigan, and Burnley. In Burnley he was delighted to meet with Bishop Michael Fleming (Pastor Mick) who he first heard about from a TICCN minister Salah Mokrani based in Lyon, France.

The culmination of this visit saw TICCN ministers join together with Imam Youcef’s International Day of Living Together in Peace initiative. This Algerian Day of Living Together in Peace has been recognised by the United Nations, signed by 130 countries and takes place on 16th May annually.

Archbishop Steven commented “As an International Church Network of over 3,000 churches it is our privilege to join in agreement with this important initiative, our goal is to promote peace and harmony across our communities and Professor Youcef’s initiative will help to further strengthen this cause. We will join with Algeria and lend our support from the countries where we are located including the United Kingdom. Jesus clearly teaches us that blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9).

Sports Chaplaincy Conference in Vatican City

Sports Chaplaincy Conference in Vatican City
Archbishop Steven and Reverend Christopher Hughes were invited to Vatican City for the Sports Chaplaincy Conference. The conference gave some tremendous insights and testimonies regarding the importance of sports for modern life. We heard how the Apostle Paul cited sports repeatedly within the New Testament to convey spiritual ideas. The conference allowed for the exchange of ideas with other delegates including His Eminence Cardinal José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça who represented Pope Francis at the initial session. 

On one of the evenings they attended a reception hosted by the French Embassy in Rome and enjoyed an especially interesting conversation with Cardinal Bernard Planche from Paris. Archbishop Steven remembered his colleague Bishop Tony Palmer who was a close friend of Pope Francis and shared Archbishop Steven’s Convergency Movement mindset. He went on to further recall how Pope Francis addressed the Kenneth Copeland conference via video in 2014 and Bishop Tony’s comment that “Diversity is Divine but division is diabolic.”

Archbishop Steven and Reverend Christopher joked with Reverend Massimiliano Gabbricci the Chaplain of the Italian National Football team remembering the English defeat at Wembley and Italian supporters singing “It’s Coming Rome, It’s Coming Rome, It’s Coming, Football’s Coming Rome!” Reverend Gabbricci shared about how despite the money and the fame players have the usual human needs and vulnerabilities, the work of insightful chaplains is enormously important. He also shared with deep emotion about how his dear friend Gianluca Vialli was so kind to so many people even though he was dying. It was a testimony to the reality of Christ in his life and it continues to inspire those who knew him.

Reverend Christopher was delighted to meet with his old friend James Parker at the conference. James had travelled from Australia and he currently ministers within The John Paul II Foundation for Sport (JP2F4S) which was launched by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Britain in 2010. The organisation is inspired by John Paul II’s vision for sport, which has as its primary focus the building of spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness. Isn’t it wonderful to recognise that in everything spiritual character can be developed, we thank God for the wisdom to see this great insight.

Archbishop Steven observed that the Vatican’s spectacular art and architecture point to humanity being designed by their creator God. He commented that, “God made us in His image, so our passion for creating beautiful things points to us having our Heavenly Father’s genes. There is an innate desire within mankind to create and be creative, it comes from God.” 

Mission Work in Nepal

Mission Work in Nepal

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Steven Bellant to Living Faith Church in Orrell on 8th May. A reception was held before the interview took place and Bishop Steven was surprised to receive a large birthday cake and card ahead of his forthcoming birthday on Friday.  

One of the most interesting insights was that for some people, when they receive the gift of a Bible, it is viewed so importantly that it is classified as a ‘commissioning document.’

Following a short video interview Archbishop Steven Evans conducted an excellent interview regarding Bishop Steven’s ongoing work in Nepal. We heard about how the work in Nepal begun 13 years ago and the details of both the spiritual and humanitarian efforts. As a TICCN minister and more recently Bishop, he has been responsible for impacting hundreds of thousands of people over the years. We learned of the farming initiatives that have been started and the schemes to help poor families look after animal livestock and the powerful impact that has had. In conclusion, two short video presentations were given, showing the tremendous impact of the work.

One of the most interesting insights was that for some people, when they receive the gift of a Bible, it is viewed so importantly that it is classified as a ‘commissioning document.’ What a tremendous lesson that is for those western believers who perhaps have taken God’s gifts and resources for granted.

The Israel of God

The Israel of God

Christians often lack understanding regarding Israel, a lack of bible understanding often causes them to be sentimentally biased in favour of Israel. Despite the horrific crimes that are being currently committed they can’t seem to get past their emotions and into the reality of truth. God requires justice for all people and our God given charge is clear, we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem not war! Also, it’s important to understand that the chosen people of God are no longer limited to Jewish believers as in Old Testament times. The Gospel is for all people equally and believers need to think with a New Testament understanding. Consider for example, the Apostle Peter told those who believe in Christ Jesus, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God” (I Peter 2: 9,10). Jesus told those who believed in Him: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” Everyone who has faith in Christ is chosen by Him.

Someone said recently that Romans 11 teaches that “All Israel will be saved.” I pointed out to them that whilst this was true, Romans 9 had already explained that not all Israel was Israel.

Believers from all the world, not limited by geography or ethnicity, now form what Galatians calls 6:16 calls the “Israel of God.” We know that the whole Jewish race was not chosen by God because Jesus taught that some of them were of their father the devil (John 8:44). The scriptures clearly teach that, “Whoso denieth the Son the same hath not the Father” (I John 2:23).

If you are Christ’s, you are also Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promise. Here is one final Bible verse that you should determine to fully understand: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). Join with me in praying for peace and an end to the evil that is currently flourishing.

Dunwells in the DR – Spring Update

Dunwells in the DR – Spring Update

Ordained TICCN ministers Graham and Kathrine Dunwell moved to the Dominican Republic with their family at the start of this year. Below we share the latest news from them, join us in prayer to support their work.

Dear friends, we extend our warm greetings to all of you in the mighty name of Jesus. April has brought both highs and lows for us. The weather has been challenging with continuous rain. Fortunately, Jarabacoa has been relatively safe from flooding, but Sosua has been severely affected, impacting many individuals. Please pray for the rain to stop and for those affected by the floods. Additionally, please keep the Haitians in the DR in your prayers as many are facing deportation back to Haiti amidst a dire situation there. We hope to help the Haitian people more in the future as the Lord leads and continues to connect us to the right people.

We are thankful to God for our recent connection with Kids Alive International, who are significantly impacting many children’s and families’ lives in the DR. It seems God is leading us towards meaningful involvement with this ministry.

Early April, we visited the Owens in Punta Cana during their family holiday, and they blessed us so much all weekend, we had great fun, and quality time together, and we all enjoyed a much-needed rest.

Regarding Jarabacoa Christian School, after seeking the Lord’s guidance, we have been presented with new opportunities to further the spiritual formation of the school. Graham will take up a senior leadership position, while Kathryn will continue to oversee Chapel for the entire school and teach all the Bible study classes. Please continue to pray for revival at the school as we faithfully serve Him there. We are believing for a powerful move of God among the students and teachers at our upcoming final chapel of the year.

Our daughter, Precious, is thriving at the school, a real answer to prayer and as Troy approaches 18, he is discerning his next steps for the coming season.

Our Priorities for May

All Great Moves of God Start in Prayer!

Live Out the Gospel

Spreading the Love of Jesus in the Dominican Republic!

Our mission is to share the love of Jesus through both words and actions as we become an integral part of the community. We are continuing to help with the spiritual needs of the school, focusing on prayer, pastoral care, worship, and Bible study for the teachers and over 400 children.

We visited the Mission Direct project with Claire from GoMad, and were heartbroken to witness the level of poverty that the people of Arroyo de Leche face. Our prayer is to help the children of this village continue to receive an education at Juan de Dios Garcia Gonzalez School. The children also get a free meal at the school and with your support, we can help build them a safe space to eat together. We are preparing for our missionary teams scheduled to arrive in July. Our mission will be to construct a kitchen and dining facility along with an extra toilet. We need more people to sign up for this trip to go ahead so please do pray and spread the word if you or anybody you know may be interested in joining us. (If you are interest in joining this trip visit https://missiondirect.org/country/dominican-republic/)

2024 Project

Arroyo de Leche School – This is a rural community of around 200 families.

  • The school has grades 1-6 and has 28 students.
  • They have 3 classrooms and 3 teachers.
  • The school is a full day.

The Project

  • To build a dining and kitchen area – the school currently has no facilities for lunch and is washing dishes on the ground.
  • To build a toilet block.

We will assist a team of local builders and tradespeople to accomplish this project.

Please Pray For

  • Our Family Back Home
  • Those Affected by the Floods
  • The Missionary Projects with Mission Direct
  • The People of the Dominican Republic & Haiti
  • The Children, Parents, and Teachers at JCS School and that They Come to Know Jesus
  • The School Chapel, Worship, Prayer, and Bible Study
  • For our new roles at JCS and that God will be Glorifi ed
  • Discernment for Troy and His Next Steps
  • For More People to Partner with Us Both in Prayer and Financially https://www.stewardship.org.uk/partners/20477301
  • For our new connection with Kids Alive International

We are grateful for your support, prayers, and blessings. We pray you have a blessed May and that God continues to use you in mighty ways.

We Love You All So Much!

Luke 3:4-6 ‘Prepare The Way Of The Lord’

TICCN’s Harm Reduction Initiative

TICCN’s Harm Reduction Initiative

Archbishop Steven met with Bishop Michael recently and discussed the Church on the Street’s harm reduction initiative. Churches have been reporting the tragic news that people are dying at an unprecedented rate. Consequently, TICCN is advising churches to encourage suitable volunteers be trained in the use of Naloxone as it saves lives for those on opiates who may overdose.

What is naloxone? 

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioids, such as heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine, and buprenorphine. A naloxone dose can even save someone’s life if it’s used quickly after they’ve overdosed on opioids and before emergency help arrives.  The effects of naloxone don’t last very long, so it’s important to always call 999 and ask for emergency help when you use it. Medical professionals have been using naloxone in emergencies for many years. We want to make sure that anyone who needs it has it to hand and knows how to use it. 

A naloxone dose can even save someone’s life if it’s used quickly after they’ve overdosed on opioids and before emergency help arrives.

Get a free naloxone kit and training

If you’d like a naloxone kit, visit or get in touch with your local service. A trained member of staff will give you a kit, and teach you how to prevent and manage opioid overdoses. Naloxone training can take as little as 10 minutes. Anyone can use naloxone in an emergency. You don’t need to be a doctor or medical professional. We give kits to anyone who could use it to save a life, for example, if you use opiate drugs or if someone you know does. If you use our services, you can ask for a few extra kits to give to people you know personally. You must be trained to an enhanced level so you can pass on the training to the people you give the naloxone kits to. Carrying naloxone and knowing how to use it could help you to save a life.  If you use your kit, or if it is lost, damaged or out of date, we’ll be happy to give you a new one.

How to use naloxone to save someone’s life

If someone has had an opioid overdose, naloxone will only reverse the effects for a while. After 20-40 minutes, the effects will wear off and the person will go back into overdose. 

Always dial 999 and ask for an ambulance straight away after giving someone naloxone. 

Naloxone kits come in two types. They have the same effects but you use them differently: 

Prenoxad, which comes as a pre-filled syringe. You inject this type of naloxone into a person’s leg, through their clothes if you need to. 

Nyxoid, which comes as a nasal spray. You spray this type of naloxone into a person’s nostril.  

What to do if someone is having an overdose 

Keep calm and follow these steps: 

  • Make sure that you’re not in any danger first. Keeping yourself safe is important. 
  • Call 999 and ask for an ambulance. 
  • Check to see if there is anything obstructing their airways. 
  • Place the person in the recovery position. You can find out how to do this here
  • If you have Prenoxad, inject it into their thigh or upper arm muscle. 
  • If you have Nyxoid, place the spray in their nose and press the plunger. 
  • Wait with the person until the ambulance arrives, and give the used naloxone kit to the paramedics. 

When you use naloxone, you should see it start to work in 2-5 minutes. The effects will last for between 20-40 minutes, but after that, they will wear off and the person will begin overdosing again. It’s important that the person still gets medical help during this time. 

Naloxone is only effective for opioid overdoses, and won’t work with any other non-opioid drugs. You should never use it as a safety net to take extra risks.

For further information you can contact TICCN Bishop Mick at pastormick@cots.co.uk


External Links | Read more from Bishop Michael Fleming on Naloxone and why it’s needed
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-super-strength-street-drug-32488915

Scottie Scheffler dedicates Masters victory to God

Scottie Scheffler dedicates Masters victory to God

At the press conference held after his win Scottie Scheffler said, “My buddies told me this morning, my victory was secure on the cross,” he said. “And that’s a pretty special feeling; to know that I’m secure forever and it doesn’t matter if I win this tournament or lose this tournament. My identity is secure forever.”

In that same press conference he said, “I believe that today’s plans were already laid out many years ago, and I could do nothing to mess up those plans,” he said. “I have been given a gift of this talent, and I use it for God’s glory. That’s pretty much it. So when I’m out there, I try to compete to the best of my abilities.

Scheffler’s wife had also been a great support, he said, “She sent a lot of prayers, my neck was bugging me a little bit. She just prayed for some healing and prayed for a lot of peace out there.” I had a good conversation with my buddies this morning about the victory and that victory already being secure.”

TICCN has our very own Golf Chaplain, Protin Nalké. Protin is very aware of the support professional Golfers need as they face the pressures of competing.


Eternal Link | Read more about Scottie Scheffler and his faith
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/golf/2024/04/15/masters-augusta-2024-scottie-scheffler-win-god-cross/

Dunwells In the DR

Dunwells In the DR

A New Chapter: Missionaries To The Dominican Republic

Hi friends, we are pleased to let you know that by God’s grace, we have arrived safely in Jarabacoa. On the fi ve-hour drive from Punta Cana to Jarabacoa, we saw a man with two oxen pulling a plough. The Lord gave us a scripture just before we set off from the UK in Luke 9:62 about ‘the cost of discipleship’, But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fi t for the kingdom of God.” So we have taken that as a sign to keep moving forward in God’s purposes and not to look back. We have a modest home in the poorer area of Jarabacoa but we are grateful to God for His blessings, we have a pomegranate tree overhanging into our backyard that we believe is an indication that the Lord is with us and He will establish us in the land.

It’s been a busy few weeks settling into our new home and getting used to the area. It’s extremely noisy here and life is very different so it will take time to adjust. We have all started serving at JCS School, Troy’s been actively sharing the Gospel and encouraging his new friends to read the Bible. Precious has settled in at school, she’s making friends and shared about Jesus at assembly. Kathryn’s been teaching the young kids at the school English and the Bible, Graham has been teaching the older children English and about Christian leadership. The children at JCS are likely the ones who will go on to be the leaders in some capacity in the Dominican Republic, so please pray that we can lead them to a personal relationship with Jesus and live out a Godly life as well as helping educate them to live a fruitful life for the benefit of others. There are a lot of people with alcohol and gambling problems in Jarabacoa so please also pray for us as we spread the good news of the Gospel around the town.

Spreading the Love of Jesus in the Dominican Republic!

Our mission is to share the love of Jesus through both words and actions as we become an integral part of the community, serving at Jarabacoa Christian School and with Mission Direct. We’ve had the privilege of praying for healing for individuals while walking through the town. Additionally, we’ve been entrusted with overseeing the spiritual needs of the school, focusing on prayer, pastoral care, worship, and Bible study for the teachers and over 400 children. Currently, there is no existing framework for this at the school, and we believe that God is opening a significant door for us in this regard.
In the coming weeks, we’ll also be visiting Claire at GoMAD to assess the project, preparing for our missionary teams scheduled to arrive in July. Our mission will be to construct a toilet block and a kitchen/dining facility.

2024 Project

Arroyo De Lechez School – this is a rural community of around 200 families.

  • The school is grades 1-6 and has 28 students.
  • They have 3 classrooms and 3 teachers.
  • The school is full day

The Project

  • To build a toilet block of 2 toilets – the school currently has a latrine toilet.
  • To build a dining and kitchen area – the school currently has no facilities for lunch and is washing dishes on the ground.
  • Team 1 will build the toilets and do some painting work.
  • Team 2 will build a dining and kitchen area.
  • We will assist a team of local builders and tradespeople to accomplish the project.

Please Pray For

  • Our Protection, Especially On The Roads And Paths
  • Our Health, Especially Mosquito Bites
  • The People Of The Dominican Republic And They Come To Know Jesus
  • The Children And Teachers At JCS School
  • The New Chapel, Worship, Prayer And Bible Study
  • The Missionary Projects With Mission Direct
  • For More People To Partner With Us Both In Prayer And Financially
  • To Connect With Other Christians In The Dominican Republic

What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

At salvation a very important ministry of the Holy Spirit took place in your life. But that ministry is different from the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

In the moment you made Jesus the Lord of your life, spiritual death was removed from your spirit, and there was born in you a new life, you were born of God. “Dear friends, we are already God’s children” (1 John 3:2). “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God” (1 John 5:1). Without encountering the Holy Spirit, man cannot be born again (Romans 8:9).

After you become a new creation, it is God’s will that you be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Within the bible this was always accompanied by the speaking with other tongues (Acts 2:4, 19:2-6), a separate experience that God the Father desires for you (Luke 11:13). Receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is important to a Christian because of the many ways the Holy Spirit enables you to be victorious in your life.

Five benefits of speaking in tongues

When you are baptised in the Holy Spirit, you gained potential access to a gift from God, the gift of speaking (or praying) in tongues. It is a powerful gift that every believer should desire. Here are five benefits to praying in tongues:

1. Praying in Tongues Allows You to Speak Directly to God “For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious.” (1 Corinthians 14:2). When you pray in tongues, you are praying God’s will, directly to Him. It allows your mind to get out of the way so your spirit can commune with the Father.

2. Praying in Tongues Keeps You in Tune With the Holy Spirit “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” (Acts 2:4). Tongues is a gift from God. It allows you to pray the will of God by the empowering of the Holy Spirit. When you pray in tongues, you are yielding to the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Then you are allowing that same Spirit to pray through you, so you are in tune with Him.

3. Praying in Tongues Strengthens Your Spirit “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.” (1 Corinthians 14:4) Praying in tongues builds you up spiritually and helps you to live a Spirit-led life.

4. Praying in Tongues Allows You to Pray Even When You Don’t Know What to Pray “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26) Even when you don’t know how or what to pray, you can still pray…in tongues. You can trust your spirit to pray the perfect will of God, regardless of the situation.

5. Praying in Tongues Is a Weapon Against the Work of the Enemy “And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.… These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.… They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.’” (Mark 16:15-18)

Jesus proclaimed several things that would happen to those who followed Him and continued His work. Speaking in tongues is one of those gifts, and it allows Jesus’ followers to stand against the work of the enemy.

Praying in tongues is a gift that’s available to every believer. It allows you to pray God’s will to Him. It keeps you in tune with the Holy Spirit and strengthens your spirit as you stand against the work of the devil. Don’t discount this powerful gift from God. Desire it. Embrace it and the strength it adds to your spiritual life.

Want to learn more about speaking in tongues? Watch the video below.