Porthleven Christadelphian Church
2:14pm Monday 7th May 2012 in Porthleven
The president on Sunday was Roger Hosking who welcomed visitors from Chelmsford, Rowley and Solihull.
Speaker for the day was Paul Lucas from Teignmouth and in the afternoon he used the reading from Acts to take a thought from each place that Saint Paul visited. Firstly Paul’s response to being unjustly in prison which was prayer and praise to God, witnessing his faith and converting many. In his letter he said that in whatever situation he found himself he would be content - a lesson to us all. He always showed his caring relationship with the church at Thessalonica and the speaker wondered if Paul would thank us for our love and hope in Jesus? They were noted for their study of the scripture and that too was an example to us today. In Athens Saint Paul was alone yet still preached salvation through Jesus and the fact that God is near to everyone. The hope we have in Jesus should encourage everyone to look for the kingdom.
After sharing tea Paul gave a very interesting presentation showing his many visits to projects in Kenya supported by the Christadelphian Meal-A-Day fund of which he is a trustee. He entitled his talk The Compassion of Jesus and pointed out how this compassion can be reflected by his followers today. A Kenyan Christadelphian couple took in many young children whose parents had died of aids and eventually had 48 sleeping in and around their home so they built accommodation at their own expense. This project is now supported by Meal-a-day and there are 200 children who are given morning porridge and lunch and the wife dispenses medicines. There are a dozen projects in Kenya including a school for the disabled which also provides residential care and education with a hostel for teenagers who are supported out into the community. The amazing work includes a seven and 20-acre farm projects and bore holes for the general community. Paul visits regularly to monitor and offer guidance and although we can touch the lives of over 1500 children, there are still around two million needing support and we should thank God for our opportunity to help others.