Outstanding ministry, delightful biographical accounts, earnest prayer, warm fellowship
and good food: such was the fare at Swanwick in Derbyshire for November 2015’s conference.
Dr Joel Beeke, Geoff Thomas and Wyn Hughes ministered to more than 120 people from
many different parts of the country.
Dr Beeke presented Christ to us as he spoke on ‘Our altogether lovely Saviour’. He
unfolded to us the beauty of the Saviour, as Christ promised (Genesis 3:15), Christ
forsaken (Matthew 27:46), Christ risen (1 Corinthians 15:20), and Christ married
Geoff Thomas has a warm style of recounting the Lord’s dealings in the lives of his
people. Two brief pictures were given to us of ladies who had proved the power of
the gospel in the past 20 years.
Eva Milton Turner is not well known, but her faithfulness in prayer and love for
a nephew, who became her son and went on to serve God, was profoundly encouraging
and challenging. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is quite well known, but the marvel
of grace and wisdom of a godly pastor’s wife were set before us.
Prayer played a major part in this conference’s activities. The evening time of corporate
prayer was wonderful as more than 100 people sought our prayer-answering God together.
‘Keep on keeping on’ was the theme of the closing sermon, brought to us by Wyn Hughes.
It was not an easy assignment to conclude the conference, but the Lord was there
as the Word was preached, and everyone was sent home uplifted, challenged and encouraged.