12th July 2019
The North England Conference’s (NEC) Camp Meeting launched at the Southport Pontins with more than 800 people attending the services. The opening ceremony saw the Pathfinder Drum Corps go on a prayer walk around the encampment culminating with the introduction of speakers from the adults, youth, teens and children. Pastor Richard Jackson the NEC President introduced the speakers and asked them to give a synopsis of what they were covering in their areas.
The adult speaker was Pastor Mansfield Edwards, from Canada. In his inaugural address he alluded to the passion he shares with his friend Pastor Richard Jackson of enhancing the cause of Christ for the finishing of the work and heralding the return of our Saviour and King Jesus Christ. His messages were motivational and powerful and relatable. One of the notable messages from Pastor Edwards were on the lesson from a pencil. He spoke about his childhood habit of biting and chewing a pencil resulting in him finishing his writing implement before his siblings and friends. This also got him in trouble with his mother. He had to endure the use of half a pencil. On reflection he said a pencil is of utmost importance to a child than the art of writing. In his lesson he quoted the philosopher Ambrose who says, “A pencil without lead is pointless.” He drew out the parallel to us as Christians that, it is what is within us that matters most. He said the world emphasises the external at the expense of the internal. He also drew from the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” To be impactful in extending God’s kingdom it has to start within us. God has to renew us thus rendering us useful to Him.