New Year Greetings to you all from members and friends of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. We pray that this year of 2017, may be for you and your families, a year of blessing and prosperity, and that your hopes and aspirations may be realised. It would be right to say that we begin this new year in the face of national and global challenges, all of which directly impact us and our families. Here in the UK we are seeking to navigate the rocky waters of ‘Brexit’ and all that potentially means for the future of our business and trading relationships with the world community. Donald Trump this month comes to office as the 45th President of the United States of America. Whatever our political ideals may be, we are instructed in Scripture to pray for those in authority and for those who rule over us, that God may grant them wisdom in the outworking of their responsibilities.

As we stand upon the threshold of this new year, it would be true to say that many are openly expressing fear and uncertainty in respect of what could happen on the world stage; (Terrorist threat etc.). Many are apprehensive in relation to their job prospects and for the future of their children and grandchildren. Such concern is understandable given the nature of the times in which we live. We may very well ask the question; ‘Where and to whom do we turn in the face of such uncertainty?’ This is where the message of the Christian Gospel can give hope in the face of these fears. Jesus promised His disciples that there would be times of testing and trial, but that they were to place their trust and confidence in Him. Elvis Presley sang the song; ‘HE GIVES PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM’. This song was inspired by the incident in the life of Jesus in which He calmed the raging storm that was threatening to engulf His disciples on the boat. He spoke peace and the raging wind and waves were calmed.

Yes, there may be testing times ahead, but let us place our confidence and hope in the One; (Jesus), who can bring lasting peace and hope where there is fear and doubt.