Recent surveys found that over 90% of people in Britain believe in the spiritual realm. Many are searching for holistic health and real spirituality. Sadly, they no longer look to Jesus for answers, but to other beliefs and religions. By 1999, some Christians in Colchester had begun to pray about how best to reach spiritual seekers at the annual Mind Body Soul Exhibition. Since 2001, Journey into Wholeness have had a Christian stall there. We continue to expand and have a presence at many events throughout the year around Essex.
The JIW Stall
The stall is manned by about 20 Christians from various churches, working in teams of three or four in 2-hour shifts. We want to share Jesus in a friendly and relevant way with many of the thousands visiting the exhibition, give suitable literature, offer prayer and invitations to follow-up events. A number are surprisingly open and eager to be prayed for. We have presented seminars on “Life Mapping” (God’s guidance), “Essence for Life” and “Spirit Space” and all have provided opportunities for several good conversations.
Prayer is the powerhouse for JIW. Those who support in prayer at home and by responding to the monthly prayer news bulletin are an essential support. We have been kindly supported in all our events by the local churches nearby, who have opened their doors to us, to use as a drop-in prayer centre for our volunteers. We are very grateful to St Paul’s on Cowdray Avenue, St Andrew’s in Marks Tey, and St Paul’s in Great Baddow for their kindness.
Most of us need help to understand better the beliefs which attract people away from the Biblical truth, to answer questions and practice sharing our faith in a positive and loving way! The JIW training workshops are practical, and aim to equip any Christian in day to day witness as well as prepare those who serve on the exhibition stall. Topics include: an overview of New Age beliefs, cultural influences, post-modern philosophy made easy (!), the Christian response, hard questions and answers, how to start a conversation using literature and visual aids, the art of listening, preparing the ground in prayer, etc.
Christians from many different churches support this project, some from outside Colchester. The Lord has supplied for our careful budget through a small number of sacrificial gifts. We would like to welcome more individuals and churches onto the prayer, training and financial support teams. This will enable JIW to reach many more New Age spiritual seekers on their ground this year with the truth, love, new life and hope only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Current JIW Plans
The name “Journey into Wholeness” is becoming well-known within the Mind Body Soul Exhibition network as there are separate JIW groups around the country, from Lincoln in the North, to Brighton on the South (thanks to the hard work done by our National Co-ordinator, Sally Coleman).
Follow Up Events
We believe its important to have some follow up events to offer people who have stopped to talk, or be prayed for. Good ongoing relationships are a key to helping contacts to find personal faith in Jesus, and the MBS Exhibition is just a starting point. We are still in contact with people from 2003! Since then we have held Storytelling Parties and two Labyrinths, and invited contacts to other suitable Christian events.
Want to know more?
Please contact us for some literature and more information.
Howard and his wife Dee have lived in Colchester in 1971, and are members of St Luke’s CofE Church. Howard has been involved in Journey into Wholeness since it began 20 years ago, and fully supports the work it does. In particular, he likes the Jesus Deck as a way of sharing Jesus with spiritual seekers, especially at the New Age events where JIW has a presence. He appreciates very much the commitment of Christians from other Churches who pray for and help at these stalls.
Clare discovered the world of Journey Into Wholeness when attending the amazing Spirit of Life festival held in 2015. After having a Jesus Deck reading which was spot on, she became interested in becoming part of the team. She works as a podiatrist and worships at Cornerstone in Black Notley where she lives, getting involved in village life and serving in the local non-profit coffee house.
I am a retired nurse and midwife and helped start Journey into Wholeness when a few Christian friends and I saw literally hundreds of people in Colchester attending the Body and Soul exhibition. We started a prayer therapy stall and later the Jesus Deck was introduced and many folk have been helped through this means to see what Jesus says is true.
Revd Charlie Kosla has been involved with Journey into Wholeness for several years, promoting and teaching mission in how to reach our increasingly non-religious but still spiritual society. An Anglican vicar for 20 years currently based in Grays, Essex and formerly Mission and Evangelism adviser for the Diocese of Chelmsford. He is also married to a vicar!
Hana has got involved in both short and long-term missions groups in various countries over the past thirty years. She has a passion for reaching out to the lost and helps them become worshipping warriors to fulfill their destiny. At the present time, she is active at the University of Essex to reach out to international students. She lives with Peter (husband) and Debbie(daughter).
Colin lives in Rayleigh with his wife Raquel, who is a psychologist, but his family originate from East London. He trained in horticulture at Writtle College and started his own organic smallholding, in addition to working in the business world, recently for BP Exploration. He came to faith during sixth form, when he found his A level in RE provided answers about a real God who he could experience personally, but also answer his deepest questions. Colin is involved with many local community activities and his family is the centre of his life.