Keynote Speaker : Gail Dixon
Missions Director: Nations Trust
As God is motivating us to worship together across the Bournemouth conurbation a number of key themes have come into focus: prayer, worship and mission. As we have planned meetings for the Wessex Filling Station the first of these elements has tilled the soil as a precursor to both worship and mission. We are excited to welcome Gail Dixon as Keynote speaker for March 2017 as she has a vast practical experience of each element and the outworking of all three.
Gail Dixon is Missions Director at Nations Trust in Llanelli, Wales. She has been involved in Christian Missionary work for over 35 years and is an ordained minister in International Gospel Outreach: an interdenominational mission looking to spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Gail met the Lord as a student at St David's University Lampeter (now part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David) in 1978 from where she graduated with a BA honours degree in English Literature. However God had other plans for her and began to birth a passion in her heart for mission and ministry.
During 1980 she became one of the founding members of an international mission movement 'World Horizons' a praying, prophetic, pioneering and pastoral mission movement. World Horizons exists on behalf of places and people not yet prayed for, churches not yet planted and cross-cultural workers not yet sent. During her 17 years working for World Horizons she was the Missionary and team leader in North Africa (1983-1987); then she became part of the International Leadership team based back home in UK.
As World Horizons grew into a large multinational mission movement a group was set up within it called 'Nations', whose aim was to help start and nurture young missionary movements in Central African Republic, Lesotho, the Middle East and Korea. By 1997 this work separated from World Horizons and became Nations Trust as it was felt that it was best to operate independently as a sister mission movement both legally and practically.
Wales: No Stranger to Missionary Movement
Nations Trust built its HQ and International Centre in Llanelli, Wales. It is now a thriving centre of activity with students and teams from many nations working together under one roof. Of course Wales is no stranger to missionary movement; during the early days of the 20th Century (1904–1905) the Holy Spirit began to move powerfully upon the churches of Wales as 'revival' broke out. Now known as the 'Welsh Revival' it had a dramatic effect on the population of Wales; in both towns and counties in villages small and quaint, people experienced the power of God to change lives. This awakening of personal loyalty to Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to change even the most ardent of unbelievers into pious and exuberant Christians swept across borders into Britain, Scandinavia, Europe and North America. It also produced a number of missionaries who took the Gospel onto the mission fields of India and the Orient, Africa and Latin America. Of this spiritual heritage Gail writes:
"We believe it is no accident that the International Centre is just a few miles from where, a hundred years ago, the fruit of intercession broke out in what we know now as the Welsh Revival. From this spark, revival fires sprang up in other nations and especially, in 1907, in the Korean revival. Thousands at that time prayed for Wales to take the gospel to the nations. There was a certain amount of success, but it was cut short by the First World War. However, like Abel, those who prayed still speak by faith, even though they are dead. We believe that what happens in the International Centre is part of the answer to their prayers. Our roots in the past give us a foundation into the future."
Amazingly, those roots which grew such a rich spiritual heritage even extend to the houses in which the team live and work! Knowing that God has His hand upon every detail of their daily lives really came alive when a number of years after the purchase of the buildings which make up the present day International Centre, it was found that they were once owned by the relatives of one such missionary: Robert Jermain Thomas, the first Protestant missionary to Korea who was martyred for his faith in the 1860's. His legacy is today's Korean Church!
In fact Robert Jermain Thomas is still remembered with great fondness in the Korean church. He is the reason that so many Korean Christians travel back to the UK to visit their spiritual heritage and pray for revival to, once again, sweep our land!* The Mission Training school at Llanelli has now taken his name and is known as 'The Robert Jermain Thomas Academy'.
Re-opening 'Wells' of Prayer, Mission and Resource:
Nations also has a centre in Wellingborough, the market town in Northamptonshire. One of the main objectives of this arm of the ministry is to work with local churches to help re-open the former 'wells' of prayer, mission and resource in a part of the country where William Carey and others pioneered a major new phase of western mission over two hundred years ago. Here they run the 'Carey Academy of Language Learning' as a Business with Mission project. The Wellingborough Centre also produces a magazine called 'Opening the Wells' - which also reflects the wider work of Nations.
Celebration for the Nations:
Gail is also part of the leadership of a worship based ministry that is covered by Nations. This is called 'Celebration for the Nations'. She strongly believes that worship and mission belong together, and that as we truly worship we receive the Lord's heart for the nations. Celebration for the Nations is an annual International Festival of Worship which gathers worshippers from around the nations of the globe. Its foundation is based upon Numbers 21:17 where it says:
"Gather the people together and I will give them water.
Then Israel sang this song, 'Spring up, O well!'"
In August 2017 we will be gathering on Mount Carmel itself in Israel! (See panel to right) There we will worship together and call upon God to move in our broken world and bring unity to His peoples and His church.
A Word for Wessex?
As Gail comes to speak to us in Christchurch | Bournemouth | Poole we look forward to all that God is going to bring though her to the area. As she worships with us and shares her heart for unstopping the wells of former blessing in prayer, worship and ministry; we pray come Lord Jesus Come!
Date & Time:
Date : 30th March 2017 (always the last Thursday of each month!)
Time : *7:30pm ~ **9:30pm (*19:30 - **21:30 hours)
*Doors Open : 7:00pm / 1900hrs with Refreshments
**Doors Close : 10:00 pm
This is NOT a ticketed event. Free entry on a first come first served basis. The Village Hotel ‘Inspiration Suite’ Auditorium seats 200 with overflow for 50+ standing in the Inspiration Bar directly adjacent to the main suite. This is a another great opportunity for the church to come together in unity and lift high the name of Jesus.
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