24th November 2016
Deb and I have just returned from an excellent trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. After a six-hour delay in Harare, and some doubt as to whether we would actually make our connecting flight to London, it is good to be home.
Being part of the Newfrontiers family brings many joys, not the least of which is the opportunity to have relationship with churches in other parts of the world. We had planned a couple of days holiday in Cape Town before flying onto Harare and took the chance to visit Jubilee Community Church. In fact we landed on Sunday morning after an eleven-hour flight from London and drove straight to the first of their services! They have recently become a multi-site church, with a second site launched in the very centre of Cape Town just six weeks ago. It was so encouraging to see both their sites full – what amazing growth and momentum!
Following a few days off enjoying Cape Town, and an afternoon with the Jubilee elders, Deb and I flew on to Harare. This was my fifth visit to Zimbabwe in as many years. One of the benefits of repeated visits is the ability to build real relationship with the people there and Deb and I greatly value the friendship that has developed with Scott and Claire Marques and the other elders and wives at River of Life. It was a joy to preach at all five services on Sunday, to see 31 responses for baptism and witness the amazing growth they have been experiencing as a church. All this is set in the context of a nation facing increasing political and economic uncertainty, so it is tremendously encouraging to see the robust faith and growing unity amongst all the churches there. There is a sense that this is a country waiting for resolution, like a woman waiting to give birth. These are important days for Zimbabwe – please continue to pray for them.
We arrived back in London early Tuesday morning following a long flight through the night, but I could not resist going into King's to see our new offices. Over the last ten days the team have been working hard to get us settled into our new premises at the Lee building. Our staff outgrew our offices in Catford many years ago, so six years after purchasing our Lee building it is great to at last be able to provide a comfortable working environment for those who serve us so faithfully.
This Sunday I will be hosting a membership morning. This is for anyone interested in finding out more about what it means to become a member of King’s – there is still time to sign up if you have not already done so.
God’s church is flourishing both at home and in other parts of the world. I am looking forward to being back with my King’s family this Sunday, knowing that as we gather to worship Jesus, our voices join with countless others from around the globe. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, God's name is being praised and His church marches forward.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.