Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Rushey Green, London

Rev. Sam Larbie (pictured here his wife Sophia, Marilyn and I and Regional Leader David Campbell at the opening of their new facilities) was a major in the Ghanaian army before coming to the UK 28 years ago.

He commenced a church with just a handful of people and since then has never stopped planting and expanding.  I estimate that over a thousand Elim members have sprung from the work that he has accomplished over the years.

Recognising the apostolic gift on his life I have always referred to him as 'The Bishop'.  Apart from the many  who have found Christ under his leadership, several people testify to have been healed through his 'Right Now Jesus' ministry.

Though it has taken many years to reach the point when there fine facilities could be finally secured, it is clear that the tenacity that he and the leaders around him have shown has paid off.  A large auditorium and many ancillary rooms pay tangible tribute to their work throughout London.

Kingstanding Elim

One of the first things that you notice as you enter the Kingstanding church is the excellent "Elim Life" branding around the building and the next thing would be the warm welcome.

Johnathan and Sam Skelton (pictured here with their two lovely daughters Olivia and Charlotte) have done a tremendous job in the years they have been at this influential Birmingham church.

Jonathan's parents pastored the AoG church in West Bromwich when I was a young minister in my Twenties and we became firm friends.  So I have known Jonathan since he was born.

Now having to run two morning services because of the burgeoning numbers 'Elim Life' is well known in the community for its social concern as well as its vibrant services.

Also on team is Sarah Whittleston who is a key person in Elim's National Prayer initiative and a major voice in the Lift-Up intercession emphasis in our Movement.