I think we all agree that most of the news we hear or read is bad news. The good things that are happening in our town, city or country, and there are many, don’t seem to make the headlines. Maybe it just doesn’t sell papers.
However, we really need to hear good news to keep up morale and make us smile.
A few years ago, our church chose a few streets in our parish and distributed a monthly publication called ‘The Good News’ paper (www.goodnews-paper.org.uk).
We delivered it for a few months to each house in those streets, then knocked to ask if they wanted the paper to still be delivered. Most people said yes and how refreshing it was to hear good news for a change. The publication is unashamedly evangelistic in nature and it does the heart good!
Last week I visited a church who had some copies of the paper and they very excitedly showed me the following story.
‘An ISIS fighter who enjoyed slaughtering Christians, has converted to Christianity after Jesus spoke to him in dreams. According to a Christian missionary, the ISIS jihadi dreamed of a man in white who told him ‘You are killing my people.’ He stared feeling really sick and uneasy about what he was doing. The fighter said that just before he killed one Christian, the man said ‘I know you will kill me, but I give you my Bible’ The Christian was killed, but this ISIS fighter actually started reading it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow Him and this ISIS man is now asking to become follower of Christ.’
This is the kind of story we need to be hearing. It encourages us to pray.
If you wish to receive a free sample of the paper, go to the website www.goodnews-paper.org.uk or call 0115 923 3424.