MPOWER Curry Challenge Good News
MPower are starting the New Year with a Good News Story regarding the MPower Curry Challenge.
During the build up to this joint initiative with ELIM REACH 128 Churches registered their intention to host a Curry Challenge event designed to connect with pre-Christian guys. Many of our churches hosted a curry night in the market-place and we have gathered a summary of what happened in various parts of the country.
MPower are starting the New Year with a Good News Story regarding the MPower Curry Challenge. During the build up to this joint initiative with Elim REACH, 128 Churches registered their intention to host a Curry Challenge event designed to connect with pre-Christian guys. Many of our churches hosted a curry night in the market-place and we have gathered a summary of what happened in various parts of the country.
Reading - All Nations Christian Centre, caught the Vision of MPower's Curry Night Challenge and we partook in far too much curry on Sunday 25 September. We had 96 guys in a restaurant designed for 80 so had people with plates on their laps - but that added to the manliness of the evening. We chatted with our 36 guests and had a good time together. The queue for the food was by the door so the late comers somehow managed to jump the queue and get near the front proving the first are the last and last truly are the first!
Some of the guests also tried to play "Spot the Vicar" and failed miserably. We watched Gary Gibbs' video message and Pastor Rana followed up with a short "sermonette". People lingered. Seeds were sown. Thanks to MPower for coordinating the Vision.
Kensington Temple Men’s Cell Groups – Dayalan Mahesan reported, “We hosted a Curry night as part of the MPower Curry Challenge by hiring a restaurant in North West London and had a buffet curry meal. While people were enjoying the curry, we had a reggae gospel artist and other musicians providing background music which was followed by a sports quiz which appeared on the big screens around the restaurant. We had a short word testimony given by one of the cell leaders involved to which one person responded. This was followed by a great “BoomWhacker” drum workshop which engaged every attendee!!
The relaxed setting and the combination of Christians and non-Christians provided a great opportunity for engagement. One particular guy from a Hindu background was asking a lot of questions, he was convicted by the testimony & preaching and wanted to know more about Jesus…#Boom!!
Chris Shimmens reported that his Cell Group gathered into Khan’s Restaurant in Queensway, London, with twelve pre-Christian guests amongst their party. We had a Christian who featured on BBC’s The Voice, as well as a relevant gospel presentation through a testimony. Billy Graham, via YouTube, polished the gospel presentation off with a five-minute inspiring video clip on ‘Hope’. This, on the bedrock of an ample and fine spread of Indian food, made for an upbeat relaxed atmosphere and a purposeful evening. We presented our guests at the close with a Bible, and various bits and pieces in a gift bag to bless them, along with further invitations to various forthcoming men’s events.
London has been branded the loneliest capital in Europe, and our prayer and hope is that these men felt welcome, enjoyed the night together, and most significantly – they had an opportunity to meet with their Saviour, Father and King – their true source of Life!
Reports from Porth in South Wales saw 80 guys packed into a 60- seater restaurant enjoying a fabulous curry feast and a number of good testimonies with 5 guys responding to know about Jesus.
Coventry and Kingstanding Elim churches in the Midlands saw over 60 guys respectively at their MPower Curry Challenge events with many great connections made for the future. MLJ and the MPower Team are greatly encouraged by the feedback and want to say a huge thank you for the support shown for this initiative.
We look forward to all that God has ahead in 2017, as we continue to Encourage, Equip and Empower the men of the movement to sow the seeds of the Good News of Jesus into Men’s lives within our circles of influence and in line with our Assignment (Matt 28:19-20).