Non stop ministry in November

This past week or so we have ministered as a combination in The West Midlands, The East Midlands and Essex, Marian went solo in the East Midlands and Paul in Scotland and London. We were welcomed to a Church of England, a Church Mission, Revival FM, the French-speaking Esperance de la Gloire, two clubs and an Elim Pentecostal Church. All this on top of our jobs this has been… fun actually!

I type now upon my return from the Braintree Elim Pentecostal Church where the most excellent pastor is Alison Atkinson. Being from the West Coast of Scotland I’ve always known people from Edinburgh become Christians because the Gospel is free, but moving swiftly on, Alison is a well respected minister and someone we were honoured to be invited by. Before attending the service I made a point of logging on to the church website and listened to the various speakers she had invited previously. True to form Alison had made sure each were people who have a heart for God and a desire to bless his people. Pastors can easily fall into the trap of inviting the type of folk who will help them get on in their career, with little or no regard for the congregation, but with Alison there is no such nonsense, she wants to see the people built up, encouraged and gaining something of God. With such an approach to the Braintree people you cannot help but burn the midnight oil on your notes in order to do your very best.

Marian singing in the evening service

I reckon a good congregation creates a good preacher as much as a good preacher helps to build a good congregation. When folk are hungry for God, love The Lord and take you as they find you rather than sit there picking away they seem to pull the best out of you. No matter how hard you work at your notes and seek God in preparation, when the people of God are like this they seem to draw out even more. What a thrill! As you can see from the background in the photo above we also told the story of our participation in the upcoming independent movie The Adventures of Paul and Marian. I don’t think I’ll do this again though, standing in front of the actor Paul Herbig makes me look fat!

Revival FM's Neil Smith reviewing Now Open Sundays!. Note the Dynamic Twins and Paul Poulton CDs.

St. John’s Church of England in Walmley is an impressive set up, I’d go as far as to say a role model church as they have class without snobbery and heart without mush. These folk run a fabulous facility that they make full use of both for the gospel and pastoral care. Marian and I took the men’s dinner for the ladies. All the blokes were cooking, serving and waiting while wearing their tuxedos. Respect! Going to bed at 1am and dashing off to Scotland at 4am for a 9.30am interview at Revival FM I discovered, upon arrival, that the interview was at 9.30pm. Deep sigh! Thanks to Revival FM you get to hear the Gospel presented in West Coast of Scotland accents, just what could be closer to heaven than that?

Paul Sinclair on Revival FM

Of Pastor Ti and Esperance de la Gloire I will speak more in December, suffice to say for now that these are people you cannot help but love. Having stood with them all a full twenty years ago at the launch of Pastor Ti’s ministry I could of course only have one title to this French-speaking African congregation, Deja Vous!

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About Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair, often referred to as The Faster Pastor, has 29 years proven ministry as a pastor, speaker, published author and writer. His wife Marian is from Ghana and has been a minister in song for as many years. When Marian sings… expect an anointing!
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3 Responses to Non stop ministry in November

  1. Alison says:

    Wow Paul those are very kind comments, I am honoured! Your visit exceeded my expectations (don’t read anything into that – not that I didn’t think you’d be good, but just that it was even more fun and uplifting than I had imagined); it was so lovely to get to know Marian who is a wonderful lady, and the way that God brings in people (like some who ‘just happened’ to visit last night) just at the right time never ceases to impress me.

    I also should say that you are so easy to host. I can’t stand visitors who make demands and behave like prima donnas, but those who are kind, straightforward, genuine people who want to bless the people of God are people I can handle inviting again – so thanks and lots of love to you both.

    To any pastors out there who are thinking of inviting P&M, just do it – oh and did I mention – BUY HIS BOOK!! (and he didn’t even pay me for that, though now I think of it, perhaps I’ve missed a trick in not insisting on endorsement fees – it’s good, though)

  2. Beautiful singing Marian. Reminds me of our wedding day, you made that very special as did you Paul…xxx

  3. rod marshall youth leader says:

    Paul was so desperate to take part on Revivalfm he appeared 12 hrs early for the show. But after a technical error Paul came onto the show “The Great Adventure.” This is a testimony show over a 2 hour period interlaced with approximately 7 music tracks that meant something in Paul’s life. A brilliant testimony which covered from Paul’s birth to him pastoring a large elim church, to pioneering a new church in a very hard area. From that success to running a motorbike funeral business. So if there are any radio stations out there looking for a great testimony why not contact Paul? God bless your future success in the Lord. Rod Marshall

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