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SNOW – Northern Ireland Mission

Dear friends and partners in the Gospel,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

My family and I get so excited to see the first snow flakes falling to the ground, and we hope that enough would fall so that we can have a snowball fight, and then get to work building a respectable snowman. Last year, my eldest son, Ethan had the pioneering idea to even build an igloo in our back garden – and that is precisely what we did! I know for many people it is not so much fun, and we think and pray for the homeless at this time in particular that will have to fight for their lives against the cold and wet that snow brings.

Right now, I am waiting for my flight to Northern Ireland to take off at Heathrow airport, and it is a joy to watch the snow fall from my window seat. John Lawson, George Osborn Faye Porter and I are about to embark upon a weekend of outreach and training across Northern Ireland, and launching our first ever IGNITED Conference. When ever I see snow, I am quickly reminded of the words in Isaiah 1:18,

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

What a terrific verse for the believer to cherish for eternity, and yet the challenge to remain clean is which us while we are in this world.
A writer who visited a coal mine noticed a perfectly white plant growing by the side of the entrance. The author and the other visitors with him were astonished that there, where coal dust continually blew and settled, this little plant would be so pure and white.

As the people watched, a miner took some black coal dust and threw it on the plant, but not a particle stuck. The visitors repeated the experiment, but the dust would not cling. Nothing could stain the plant’s snowy whiteness.

This illustrates what every Christian life should be like. We live in an evil world, surrounded by ungodly influences. It is our mission to be pure amid all this dirt and remain unspotted from the world. How is this possible?

Enoch lived in the days before the flood, a time when “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Yet the Bible tells us that “Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (5:22).

If the Lord can keep a plant white as snow amid clouds of black dust, can He not by His grace keep your heart pure in this world of sin? We live in the world, but the world must not live in us.

Perhaps we can reflect on the words of that popular hymn, “Whiter Than Snow”.

Whiter Than Snow

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Your throne in the skies
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up myself and whatever I know
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat;
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing I see Your blood flow
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, before You I patiently wait;
Come now and within me a new heart create.
To those who have sought You, You never said “No”
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Chorus:
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Please pray for our mission in Northern Ireland.

God bless you.

Keep on keeping on…

Tony Anthony
Founding Director & Evangelist

Avanti Ministries | 6 Clarence Road | Southend-on-Sea | Essex | SS1 1AN | UK
Telephone: +44 1702 333 319 | Email: tony@avantiministries.com
Avanti Website: http://www.avantiministries.com
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Tony Anthony’s Website: http://www.tonyanthony.co.uk

2013

Hello dear friends, Grace & peace to you all in the name of our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I hope that you all had a lovely time last night celebrating and welcoming in the New Year. 97 years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1916, a chaplain spoke to a gathering of British CommonwealthContinue Reading

Journey out to Nepal – 17 May 2012

It has been very exciting to start using the newly designed £20 money tracts at Heathrow airport. I am about to catch a flight to Nepal to commence a strategic 4 day mission before heading over to Delhi for a further strategic 4 day mission. The new tract notes look so much more realistic thanContinue Reading

Devotional

No Greater Love Read: John 15:1-13 The Vine and the Branches 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You areContinue Reading

Italy mission

It was great to take time out of the busy preaching schedule to visit my Italian Publisher Pastore Dr Giuseppe E. Laiso and his team at Editrice Uomini Nuovi ( EUN) in Marchirolo. Publishing over 2,000 titles, EUN are the largest evangelical publishers in the country making a huge impact for Christ. Please pray forContinue Reading

Communication Breakdown

Communication Why does communication still seem so difficult and daunting for so many people today? With all the websites and social networks that we access with such ease through all of the latest gadgets and iAccessories, you’d think it would be easier than ever for the Church to share the Gospel with the world. TheContinue Reading

Outreach in Congleton, Cheshire (North West England)

Andrew Betts-Brown and Tony Anthony had a smooth 4 hour drive to Congleton in Cheshire (North West England) where New Life Church hosted a major outreach event for the local community. The team was given a very warm welcome by Senior Leader, Steve Hodgkinson, and as the venue was quickly filling up, Tony conducted aContinue Reading

Northern Ireland Campaign

Ian and Hazel Wales from Railway Street Presbyterian Church (senior Minister Rev Brian Gibson) were the key people responsible for organising the Avanti Campaign trip to the Lisburn half of the mission to Northern Ireland. The UK team including Faye Porter, Tim Raggett, George Osborn and Tony Anthony, who started events off by splitting inContinue Reading

Germany

Raphael Molnar and Tony Anthony head into Rüdesheim for an early start to the day to do some street evangelism at the local Christmas markets. It was partly a training exercise as well as an opportunity to spread and proclaim then Gospel. The time was fruitful distributing tracts utilising various creative methods and having someContinue Reading

Mission to Germany – Den Tiger zähmen

On Friday, 2nd December Avanti Director for Germany, Raphael Molnar arranged a wonderful opportunity for Tony to share his testimony and the Gospel in the Wiesbaden area at Freie Christengemeinde Wiesbaden. The venue was packed out and Tony and (German interpreter) Nikki delivered an effective evangelistic message. There were many responses to the Gospel atContinue Reading