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As we continue in 2017, the year of the Lord, Derby City Mission have a sense that this year is a significant one for us, and so we are entitling it, “The Year of Abundance”.

May I encourage you all to live one day at a time, understanding that God sets our course, and let His peace rule in our hearts and lives, recognising that the abundant life that Jesus offers is yours, no matter what your age, social status, educational background, race, circumstances, hang-ups or failures. We are praying in particular for all those we minister to and with, to realise that one of the keys to abundant life is to do everything within the framework of love as we encourage all to serve God and serve each other.

Abundant living is a total surrender to Jesus Christ.

It is a lifetime commitment to serve him. People can obtain wealth, good health, be part of a great family, have true friends, and yet be far from God. That isn’t true living, it’s called existing. We need to do more than exist, we need to live and thrive. God loves us so much that he sent his Son to make it possible for all who believe to come to a place of knowing Him.

So, throughout the year we will be encouraging people to connect with God through prayer both individually, and corporately through our citywide prayer meetings, through worship in our own churches, and through events like Big Church Day Out.

The abundant life that Jesus promised has nothing to do with collecting more stuff; it has everything to do with God our Father supplying all our needs in accordance with His riches through Christ our Lord; it has everything to do with being right with God through faith in Christ and having the hope of eternity spent in His presence. Please pray for us as we expand His Kingdom through staff recruitment, introducing an internship programme, and encouraging more volunteer participation. Our deep desire is to see lives transformed in every place we operate.

By Julio Abraham

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