Tuesday, April 20, 2010

UK Friends Steve and Charlotte Gambill Spend Day at Mercy...

Over the years, Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, has developed a very special friendship with Steve and Charlotte Gambill. Steve and Charlotte are from Abundant Life Church in Bradford, England of which Charlotte is the Senior Associate Pastor. Nancy has joined the Gambills at conferences around the world, including Abundant Life’s Rocknations Conference, which empowers young people across the United Kingdom to change their culture for Christ! Charlotte has also come alongside Mercy Ministries to help birth and support the Mercy UK home. This past Thursday, Nashville’s residents and staff were honored to host the Gambills as their special guests for a time of strong encouragement and instructive teaching.

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The day started with Charlotte speaking to all the girls and staff. She shared about being a life-giver, through the words we speak and our attitudes! Charlotte gave the analogy of being a blood donor – when we give blood, we are helping give life to someone else. No one wants tainted blood! We are called to donate life to others, and not junk. When we are life-givers, we have the opportunity to release joy to others just as God breathes life into us! Her message was so timely and encouraging for everyone.

Steve and Charlotte both spoke in the afternoon. While Charlotte did a leadership teaching for all of our staff, Steve was in another part of the home encouraging our girls to build their lives on who Jesus is, and that as they follow Jesus, they will begin to see the impossible become possible. Charlotte spoke to the staff about counting the cost of everything we do and challenging us all to remember that the work we do is for a greater purpose – a Kingdom purpose!

Here is what a few of our residents had to say about these impactful messages:

Sharayah said, “The concept of speaking life over dead situations and relationships that Charlotte talked about was powerful to me. I want to seek out what God is doing in the situations in my life and agree with Him with my words.”

Jen said, “I loved Charlotte! There is life inside of me, and I need to start letting it out and give it away. I’m definitely going to be more mindful of what comes out of my mouth and remember that my words can speak life or death.

Heather said, “Pastor Steve’s message was so encouraging. I was greatly impacted by the interaction between he and his daughter Hope. I will never feel that kind of love and protection from my earthly father but, there is a greater hope being birthed inside of me because God is my Father and His love endures all things and never ceases.”

Kelly said, “I loved how Pastor Steve talked about the impossible being possible if we choose to build our foundation on God. Even ordinary people can do amazing things when they rely on God!”


This was an amazing time of ministry, but one of the highlights for Nancy Alcorn was getting to see Steve and Charlotte’s two kids, Hope (7) and Noah (4)! Hope even wanted to encourage the girls and staff a little bit herself, telling everyone how beautiful they looked! Check out these pictures from our time with the Gambills.

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To learn more about Steve and Charlotte Gambill and Abundant Life Church, visit www.alm.org.uk.