Personal reflections by a WVCC member.

October 2019

We have experienced an amazing year since the induction of our new Pastor, just over a year ago. Masai Kahindi with his wife Karen and two children, led by the Spirit of God, agreed to take over the Pastoring of our church.

Masai was born in Kenya, in the town of Mombassa. His family were strong Islamics and several of his uncles were teachers of the Quran at the local mosques. He grew up with a deep hatred of Christians and took every opportunity he could to persecute them whenever chance arose.

However, one day he heard a Pentecostal preacher sharing the gospel in his town and this had a profound effect upon his life. That night Masai had a vision of Jesus that completely transformed his life. He faced his family and told them that he had become a Christian.

This was met with strong opposition and anger from his family and resulted in him having to leave them.  But God now had His hand upon Masai and led him to reach out to YWAM (Youth With A Mission) which is a Christian interdenominational missions organisation. They took him in, cared for him and discipled him. It was during his time with YWAM that he met Karen who had come to Kenya as a missionary, from England. They became friends during the first year and decided to get engaged later on in the second year. After discussion it was agreed that they would return to England and take a course at Mattersey Bible College. They studied hard and got married during their second year at Mattersey after which they both attained their BA (Hons) in Biblical studies.

Leaving Mattersey, Masai worked as an assistant Pastor at Larbert Pentecostal (AOG) Church for a year and a half. In 1998 Masai felt it was time to return to YWAM Mombasa with his family. He worked with YWAM till 2017 when he felt that God was calling him, his wife and two children to Bishop Auckland to take over from David Parry as pastor. He is now completing his second year as our Pastor and is gradually getting acclimatised to our very changeable British weather.

MARCH 2018

When I retire to my bed at night,  desperately tired and bog eyed with weariness, as my body sinks blissfully under the duvet, that is the very moment when my eyes suddenly pop open as though fitted with a spring. That is the moment when my brain takes over and myriads of thoughts race around inside my head. A few nights ago my head was comfortably resting on the pillow, eyes closed, ready for blissful sleep, when into my mind came a picture of a Cathedral that we recently visited. I can’t be sure which one it was but Chichester springs to mind, (but don’t quote me on that because I could be wrong.) however, we had stopped there to look round, take in the beauty of the workmanship in the building and also enjoy a light lunch at the same time
Chairs and tables were placed towards the back, in a very large open area. All the splendour of the choir stalls and altar were easily visible, with the stained glass windows shedding a sparkle of colour everywhere.
Each table had it’s condiments and a very appealing menu placed in the centre of the table. Each item on the menu was clearly shown and very reasonably priced so that you could eat according to the wealth in your purse.
However, at the bottom of each menu it stated that anyone who couldn’t pay the stated amount was invited to simply pay what they could manage comfortably. That to me was a wonderful idea…….especially when I think of the deprivation so many folks are suffering.
I felt that we were in a truly spiritual place where people mattered and God’s word was being adhered to. It was a wonderful experience, a wonderful lunch and I give thanks to God for steering us there to see His work and His word being carried out,even in today’s climate.

November 2017

A personal reflection by a WVCC member.

Why I know that God is coming to Bishop Auckland

One thing I have realised is that when God is trying to get through to me he says the same thing several times in a variety of different ways. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. Dream big. Have faith. These are all messages that have come to me loud and clear from different sources over three days. I do have a big dream. It is more than just a vague hope. I know that God is coming to Bishop Auckland and he is coming soon. But why am I so sure?

I have got to know a lot of people throughout the town in the last 18-24 months who have recently moved into the town. They have all said something very similar. They knew that God was calling them to the area, but they were not quite sure why. And there is one couple from Switzerland who felt that God was calling them to pray specifically for this region. A year ago they felt that God was saying that there would be an African coming to the town, and he is now here. The only conclusion that I can come to is that God has a big plan for the area.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It is that simple. But for years denominations have been at loggerheads because “They believe something different to us.” But according to the bible it is that simple. And the churches in Bishop Auckland are starting to realise this fact. For the first time that people can remember we have the strong possibility of leaders from every church in the town meeting together in one place and getting to know each other. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for another.” Unity will bring God’s blessing.

This last year we have been doing prayer walks on the Kynren site. On one of the early ones I had the strong sense that this year God was going to start moving the blessing from the site to the rest of the town. One construction firm in Shildon this year has trebled its workshop space because of the amount of work they are getting in. In the last month I have heard of 4 new shops opening in Bishop. The indoor market has opened with a few new shops. The mining art gallery has opened and the cafes in the market place have noticed a large increase in sales. The blessing and regeneration is certainly taking hold, it is moving into the town. But I do not believe that God’s blessing is primarily economic. If he is doing this, how much greater will be the spiritual blessing?

So I have a big dream. God is coming to Bishop Auckland. It may seem a long way off, but I can see lots of little steps being taken towards its fulfilment. It is coming.

But there is one further thing that convinces me that God is coming to this town. I believe that he has told me to pray for it. And I don’t think he would have me waste my time.


A personal reflection by a WVCC member.

August brought in a variety of weather, some good, some pretty poor but none of it stopped us from appreciating and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Take, for instance, the 10 days holiday we took. Fabulous weather most of the time, so we drove around Scotland breathing in the lovely air and feasting our eyes on the rugged beauty of the lochs and glens and the Cairngorms. It is not very often that I am at a loss for words but I have to admit that Scotland at times had me beat. How many times and you say beautiful, magnificent, amazing, gorgeous, stunning, fabulous, breathtaking, without becoming truly boring with your repetitious exclamations. I had to just sit and stare in humble appreciation of God’s wonderful handiwork. It is not only a pleasant feast for the eyes but it makes me feel very small while filling my thoughts with awe and wonder at the magnitude of our Creator. How very fortunate we are to live in this green and pleasant land, especially when we see how many people live in danger of wars and starvation. It amazes me how we can sit and grumble so often, and I include myself in that statement, when all around us is in such disarray. Then I remind myself of the scripture that tells me that we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, belonging to God. He is true and honourable, meeting all our needs and I know that this is true. He has seen me through so much, and continues to do so as He blesses me daily. I love my church and have enjoyed being a part of it. The amazing thing is that this morning, as I was writing this, psalm 139 was going through my mind and that was the very psalm that the sermon was based on today……how’s that for ‘coincidence?’ It just proves that God is still in business and guiding each one of us. Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made but so is His created world, everything you see, mountains, trees,flowers, birds and animals, the very air we breathe, and of course an amazing assortment of people. We may not care for some of them but in God’s eyes they are special and He made them in His image. I find that there are changes going on all around me, which is good. Churches are beginning to work together now instead of keeping to their own kind. Sometimes it may seem like a rare mixture but when we are all working together in harmony the outcome starts to look more interesting and a fresh hope stirs in our hearts. I pray that we are beginning to see a new, deeper and fresher community, united and strong, building an army of people who will work together for the glory of God.