A day with the Father, one day Gospel retreat – Summary

It is for that ‘A day with the Father, one day Gospel retreat’ big day UKTAC was dreaming about. BBC weather report clearly said that there will be a heavy rain on 21st April 2012. Yes there is only one option to stop the rain. All knees down, the team and many supporters around the world made an appeal to GOD, ‘Father, let your will be done’, ‘so be it’ said GOD. Tearing the clouds Sun shined that reminded me Isaiah 60:2 ‘The Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.’

With an opening prayer started the delicious breakfast at 9.30, followed by praise and worship at 10.30. The ‘Only for Music’ band choir team has led the congregation into the worship in praising God, son and the Holy Spirit. This was another wonderful time that everybody has enjoyed the presence of the Holy Spirit in praising and singing.

Here comes the important part of the programme ‘The Message’ at 12noon as everybody waiting to receive from the Lord, Pastor John Purushotham from Hyderabad, India serving the Lord over 50 years and as a senior pastor for two churches given a precious message on ‘The Lord went before them’. The emphasis is on ‘God is faithful’ as long as we are ready to listen His voice. It also enlightened the unity among Christian believers, groups and Churches. The word has blessed many hearts especially UKTAC as they have started their journey walking with the Lord. It was not an accident as this pastor was visiting his family in London who joyfully accepted the invitation, prayed and stood in the gap to make this event a great success for the glory of God.

Once again it was time for delicious South Indian lunch served at 1.15 with above 125 visitors enjoyed fellowship meal, meeting and greeting with each other.

The afternoon worship has started at 1.30 as ‘Only for Music’ band, once again has led the congregation in praise and worship with their gifts and talents that God has blessed them with.

It is that time to hear from the Lord as Pastor John Purushotham opened the Bible and shared the word of God on ‘A day with the Father’. The message was closed at 3:15 to emphasise the importance of being with the Father and how the Father has taken care of His children and would care for their future because our Father is ‘love.’
Here comes the encouraging and entertaining part of the programme ‘The Singing Competitions’.

There were ten competitors participated in the competition which started at 4.30.

UKTAC has given out two consolation prizes and three winning places. The two consolations were grabbed by Grace and Carol.
Carol is just seven years old and young participant in the competition. She stood boldly and confidently before 150 people sung a Hindi song ‘Teri aaraadhanaa karo’ which impressed the judges.
Gracefrom Leicester who grabbed another consolation prize also given her best singing ‘Neeve naa durgamu, neeve naa kota’.
Rachel, who released her latest gospel songs CD has sung a special Telugu song ‘Innelluga naatodu nilachi’.
Aiga Puli being English, performed her Telugu skills in singing ‘Sudha hrudayam’ wonderfully.

 

The Third runner was Elisha, who performed ‘Najareyuda naa yesayya’,
Swetha the Second ‘Naa dhyaanam, naa praanam neeve naa yesu’
The winner is Manjula from Ealing singing ‘Neekanna lokaana naakevarunnarayya.’
Every participant has given their best; they are very competitive that puzzled the judges. It was a great time. All the winners have received their prizes from Pastor John Purushotham.

Introducing UKTAC and its services to the community and their choir team ‘Only for Music’ band has followed the singing competitions at 5:15.

Following the prize distribution is vote of thanks thanking God, prayer supporters, volunteers, media, visitors and participants.

The one day retreat has been a great blessing with closing prayer and benediction by Pastor John Purushotham.

Refreshments were served at 6.00 PM.