Navigating Your New Normal, Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma

When the trauma of serious illness, injury or bereavement hits, people's lives are shattered and devastated, according to Author, Coach and Speaker Bamidele Adenipekun.

Her new book is written to help people affected by trauma to transition from mere survival to thriving in the aftermath. It was released worldwide on Amazon and selected bookstores on September 26, 2017.

In the UK alone, stroke is one of the leading causes of disability with 1.2 million survivors, more than half being looked after by family members. There were also 352,000 new cancer cases in 2013[2], says Adenipekun, who is a breast cancer survivor.  "This book is not just for those directly affected but also their loved ones, whose lives are also changed forever as adjustments have to be made with respect to roles and responsibilities."

Navigating Your New Normal takes readers through the impact of breast cancer and loss on all family members as well as provide a practical 7-step framework for them to journey from drudgery to fulfilment in a future that is different to that expected.

No matter how dire current circumstances are, those affected are shown how to strike a balance between dealing with the facts and embracing hope required to create a satisfying life going forward. The importance of being informed but not overwhelmed by grim statistics is stressed by Adenipekun in "Navigating Your New Normal".

"A lifetime of thriving and achievement is indeed possible after a diagnosis of serious illness. It begins with a determination not to settle for arduous living devoid of joy," says Adenipekun.  "I am living proof."

"Navigating Your New Normal" Is available in paperback, Kindle (Amazon.com) and Nook (Barnes and Noble).

About the Author:

Bamidele Adenipekun believes that dreams are like birds that require wings to fly. Often adverse circumstances of life damage the wings of people's dreams. Bamidele's purpose and passion is tending the broken wings of people's dreams so that they can be inspired to soar above their troubles. An author, coach and speaker, she is the founder of Inspired To Soar Ltd which serves people seeking fulfilment in their lives after the devastation caused by the trauma of serious illness, injury or bereavement. She holds a Master's degree in International Development and Human Rights as well as a Certificate in Life Coaching Studies.

She has also built relationships with local charities having previously volunteered for Christian Aid a UK-based development charity. She is currently a volunteer for Breast Cancer Care which is a UK-based charity supporting everyone affected by breast cancer as well as raising awareness in the community.  No stranger to adversity herself, she is a breast cancer and childhood abuse survivor. She is a single mother of a fabulous daughter. Connect at www.inspiredtosoar.co.uk

 

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Bo Bakes - just one example of the great work of Purple Shoots

Many of you will know of the great work done by an organisation called Purples Shoots working out of South Wales. We thought you might like to hear just one of thier good news stories:

The story of BO GRANT

We often think that we don’t shout out enough about our amazing clients who achieve incredible success in the face of often quite terrible circumstances and don’t give up even when they come up against multiple setbacks and rejections. A great example of this is Carolyn Grant – known to all her friends as Bo, now the owner and proprietor of a successful Welsh business based in Swansea called Bo Bakes.

Bo is a lazer clinician and for a number of years owned a salon and cosmetic clinic. The clinic did well but the beauty salon always struggled, although she kept going. In 2012, her son was seriously ill and had to have open heart surgery – she realized in the long hours waiting in hospital that she couldn’t continue with both businesses and be there for her family. She closed the salon and continued with the clinic as her son recovered but then she struggled financially.  She had hit a low point both financially and emotionally, exhausted from everything, and gave up the business.

As she recovered herself, she returned to an old interest in the drinks market, particularly smoothies and milk shakes, and decided to start a new business initially from a trailer going round the festivals in the summer season. She sold equipment from her old business to get the trailer and stock but she needed help with the fees for the first few festivals. Because of her by now poor credit score, no funder would help her – but Purple Shoots was able to offer her a small loan so she could get the business off the ground. She was so successful that the loan, which was repayable over 2 years, was fully repaid in 6 months.

Whilst at the festivals, Bo baked her speciality shortbread to her own recipe and sold that alongside the drinks – it was so well received that this sowed the idea for the expansion of her business into a Welsh baking company. She started to sell to cafes and artisan shops in her local area around Swansea and as demand grew, she had another small loan from Purple Shoots to enable her to set the business up fully with good branding and packaging. She now has a premises and staff. Bo Bakes is producing Bo’s Welsh shortbread and selling it right across the UK – a flagship for Welsh produce as well as a successful business in its own right.  She supplies hundreds of cafes across Wales and England, as well as hotels, restaurants, artisan and tourist shops and her aim is to get it into Harrods and Fortnam and Masons in London, and to export her products around the world. She also makes bespoke items for weddings, baby showers and other events and although shortbread is the main things, the product range is expanding into various other delicious cakes and biscuits. www.bobakes.co.uk

 

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Praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’? Here’s a next step.

Across the UK, churches are joining in the Archbishop’s Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost season of prayer – from 10th to 20th May. The focus is on more people coming to know Jesus.

The simple next step in making those prayers real – is a guest service on Sunday 17th June, as part of The National Weekend of Invitation.

And leading into it with an Invitation Cross Sunday on May 13th –a simple way to help people face their fear of inviting and to nail down who they will invite.

Out there are up to 3 million people open to receiving an invitation. Many are already in touch with someone who could make that invitation. So don’t miss your churches greatest opportunity.

And there’s still time for your church to tap into the great resources of Thy Kingdom Come.

Find out more

 

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Making Jesus Known

Have you ever witnessed something so incredible that just you have to find out more? Something so unbelievable that you can’t risk missing out?

For me, this is a daily reality.

As part of my job, I get to film stories of how people have come to know Jesus all around the UK. Every story is a fresh miracle of salvation; a reminder that no-one is beyond the reach of the gospel. As lives are transformed to display the beautiful, irresistible nature of Jesus, the impact is contagious – you don’t want to miss the opportunity to encounter Jesus for yourself, whether it’s for the first time or the 1,000th time.

Because of the boldness of someone around them, each of these people got a glimpse of Jesus, and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to meet Him. Not only that, but they have now been adopted into the worldwide family of God, becoming my brother or sister in Christ – a bond that crosses any differences in gender, age, language, upbringing or ethnicity.

Despite regularly interacting with this family of believers, reflecting on the irresistibility of Jesus, so often I picture my evangelism totally differently. I feel that people won’t be interested when I share Jesus, and it’s entirely up to me and my abilities as to whether they chose to follow Him or not.

Fundamentally, I forget that life with Jesus is not only so attractive that it’s worth sharing, but that when we share it, we do so as an international family. Evangelism was never meant to be a solo sales pitch.

That’s why we want to invite you to join a movement of Jesus-followers; an inclusive community on a great commission to spread the good news of our contagious, life-changing Saviour.

We may be dispersed around the world, but while you name-drop Jesus in conversation with friends, Usha is running alongside women to model what it means to be a Jesus-follower. Just like you offer to read the Bible with a friend, so Balbinder’s friend sent her a Bible and she finally discovered peace. When you pray for a friend going through hard times, Damien is using his own story of a difficult childhood to introduce others to Jesus.

I want us to dare to imagine what it could look like if we teamed up, pooled resources and stepped out, united, to make Jesus known.

And that’s exactly what we’re trying to do at Great Commission. We’ve gathered together a wealth of resources to equip the UK church to confidently share Jesus together. Whether you’re sharing him with a youth group, an elderly member of your community, or a friend with disabilities, we want you to be equipped and resourced to do that confidently.

As you watch stories like Sarah’sRoy’s and Othniel’s, we hope that you’re inspired to share your own story with a colleague. As you read articles about worshipaccessible church, and relationships, we hope you think about how you could pursue the same life-transforming power of Jesus in your community. And as we realise that we can’t do any of this without God’s spirit in us, we hope you’ll use our prayer resources as a great reminder that prayer and mission go hand-in-hand.

Ultimately, we want everyone in the church to feel empowered to, together, show the irresistible grace, freedom and salvation of Jesus, so the world can find out more and not miss out.

Visit greatcommission.co.uk and work out how you can get equipped to share Jesus.

 

Written by Eve Balshaw// https://greatcommission.co.uk/

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Cardiff Foodbank - your generosity is making a difference!

The Trustees and Foodbank team as so very grateful for your partnering with them to pray for the work of Cardiff Foodbank. 
 
They are particularly thankful for the following recent developments :

  • Sara Redwood, who joined us at the beginning of March, as our new part-time administrator.
  • Many generous donations at our recent quiz night held in March where we raised £400 as well as adding several regular donors committed to give financially each month.
  • For all the regular and corporate volunteers who have been helping us weigh all the food in the warehouse for our annual stock-take – not for the feint-hearted! Due to very generous food donations in recent months the task is not a simple or easy one.
  • Opportunities to partner with agencies across the city, seeking to meet the needs of the vulnerable.
They would ask you to pray for:
  • For our clients who come to our distribution centres each week. Many have multiple issues and heart-breaking stories. Pray that when the food is given they will sense the hope and love of Jesus as they chat to our volunteers.
  • For wisdom in making the right decisions when dealing with the increase in need brought about by welfare system changes, personal life crises or simply trying to make ends meet when wages are low.
  • For opportunities to continue to raise funds to keep the work going long term. Praying the Lord will direct our paths.

If you would like to help Foodbank in Cardiff then why not Helen Bull, Development Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like her to come and chat to your church about how you can support the work of the Foodbank.
 
With thanks form  
The Foodbank Team

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Manumit coffee that changes lives!

Did you know every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave.

 

Manumit Coffee Roasters is a not-for-profit coffee company that trains and employs survivors of modern slavery to roast specialty coffee at our roastery here in Cardiff. (manunitcoffee.co.uk)

 

100% of our coffee is roasted by men and women who have endured unimaginable horror at the hands of their traffickers but are now seeking to rebuild their lives.

 

We are delighted to be able to provide special rates for churches who have chosen to stand with us and purchase our coffee for their church gatherings and we have have are thrilled by how many have already chosen to switch to Manumit. 

 

If you would like any further information or want to discuss purchasing Manumit for your church we would LOVE to hear from you: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dai Hankey
Head Roaster, Manumit

 

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God Outdoors - Check out what CVM discovered

We have recently been made aware of an intriguing initiative called God Outdoors that is being developed by some of our supporters. “Risking spiritual encounters amongst the wonders of creation,” is what they’re aiming for.
 

How it works...

They set a date and a destination. You arrange your own transport, choose your own route, etc, and then you all meet at the top of a specified mountain (or at some other inspiring location).
You can take part alone or with friends.
When you meet up at the end destination, there’s a chance to share your food with one another and take communion together along with a very short gospel reading.
You will be free to ‘network’ and return with others as you see fit.
 
Events are currently scheduled in Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Malverns, the Brecon Beacons, the Ridgeway, and the Cotswolds.
 
Find more detailed information at www.godoutdoors.co.uk. By the way this for men or women! 

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Let’s Do Something DIFFerent - Helping Homeless in Cardiff

A conference bringing together organisations and individuals keen to help the homeless in Cardiff was held at City Hall yesterday with the aim of channelling support to some of the most vulnerable citizens in a more focused way.

The event provided those passionate about tackling the issue in the city with the opportunity to consider more collaborative and creative ways of focusing their efforts and resources to help.

The conference was a chance for businesses, organisations, individuals and churches to learn more about the incredibly complex challenge and understand some of the factors that either cause homelessness or reinforce the problem, and identify gaps in support.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "With rising numbers of people sleeping on the city's streets, tackling homelessness and rough sleeping is a priority for the Council.

"There is a huge amount of goodwill and kindness amongst organisations and volunteer groups that want to make a difference and we want to make sure we are harnessing their passion and working together to achieve the best outcomes for the vulnerable people we are all seeking to help.

"It was wonderful to see so many people who are enthusiastic about making a difference to the homeless at the conference.

"We all need to understand that this is such a complex issue - much more than providing a roof over someone's head. There is a wide range of accommodation provision in the city but without addressing the other issues that go hand in hand with homelessness, we will not properly tackle the issue.

"The event was an opportunity to discuss what we can do better together. There is already so much inspirational work being done and we are so grateful to all those who give their time, efforts and support."

To celebrate a commitment to working together, consultation on a Homeless Charter was started at the event to discuss how businesses, organisations and individuals can help tackle homelessness in the city in a number of ways.

Delegates at the event also heard from a former rough sleeper about his experiences of life on the streets and how he began to rebuild his life, as well as presentations on a number of schemes, including the Boss Project at The Wallich and the Give DIFFerently campaign, an alternative way for people to donate money to help individuals move away from homelessness

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Join a Global Wave of Prayer - Thy Kingdom Come

Naomi Osinnowo is editorial content manager at the Evangelical Alliance.

In less than two months, Christians across the world will be of one intentional voice, praying that people will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. This global wave of prayer, known as Thy Kingdom Come, was started by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, and has seen individuals and churches around the world petitioning God for the salvation of their friends, families and neighbours. Justin Welby and John Sentamu are urging you to get involved this year, from 10-20 May, marking the season between the Ascension and Pentecost.

An initiative of this sort could not be more timely. Our Talking Jesus research, commissioned jointly by the Evangelical Alliance, the Church of England, and HOPE, revealed that Christians have a real opportunity to be a witness to the people they know. The survey of more than 2,500 adults in England found that 67 per cent of the non-Christians polled know a practicing Christian, and 40 per cent of that group said that person is likely to be a friend. These statistics indicate that openings can arise for Christians to share the gospel with their friends. Christians can, therefore, make the most of Thy Kingdom Come by praying for favourable opportunities to talk about Jesus with their friends.

A range of new resources has been produced by the Church of England to facilitate churches, individuals, families and young people during the 10 days of prayer. The resources include a selection of useful tips which is available for churches that would like to organise prayer walks or set up prayer stations. Churches can also benefit from the Church of England's campaign-specific templates and logos for social media. Families and young people, meanwhile, have access to a booklet of ideas on how to make prayer fun and engaging, as well as a gamut of other useful tools. Visit Thy Kingdom Come to view all the resources. Many are free of charge.

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The Miracle that is Israel by Phil Davies

When Israel became a nation state on 14th May 1948, it really was a case of the impossible becoming reality. It was also the cornerstone prophetic event of human history, and had been foretold over and over by the Old Testament prophets. The Jews are the only ancient people group to survive to modern times. Yet paradoxically, they are the most persecuted people in history. Despite the murderous threats of their enemies, Israel continues to thrive.  Is God involved and is their story really a miracle?  It's time to explore the evidence, and to decide for yourself... 

About the Author: Phil Davies hails from the Rhondda Valleys of Wales.  He is a law graduate and lifelong student of military history. It was studying the Six Day War that led to his fascination with the miracle that is Israel. A prolific writer and gifted conference and after-dinner speaker, he is also the Founder & Chairman of the charity, Sporting Marvels - www.sportingmarvels.com

 

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