Oldham: 'God loves you' is the message

Oldham residents are getting the true Christmas message this year as a major campaign tells them ‘God loves you’.
 
Oldham couple and evangelists Tim and Charissa Cooke are spearheading the campaign, helping to mobilise over 30 churches to reach the area with the aim of saturating Oldham with the Good News.
 
ItsJesus.com was launched in October, at a worship event attracting 350 people at the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and throughout December the campaign really focuses on the true meaning of Christmas – the gift above all over gifts. The campaign will also work towards a major finale in Easter 2015.
 
Tim and Charissa work for Counties, a Christian charity with over 100 years history, and lead the Make Jesus Known (MJK) charity, which aims to reach young people with the good news of Jesus through street preaching, rap music, school assemblies and outdoor concerts.
 
Tim said: “We are so excited to see all that God is going to do as Christians come together from across the whole of Oldham Borough to stand with one voice. After many weeks and months of planning, the initiative has been promoted to local churches and we are already hearing great stories of churches working together to cover as many homes and streets as possible in their areas.
 
 “As Christmas approaches the bus adverts will change to ‘God loves you’ and then in March as we approach Easter and hold an evangelistic event, there will be more advertising, this time challenging people to ‘Let Jesus in’.”
 
As part of the launch in Oldham, the campaign also has a new app which can be downloaded onto smart phones. There are 46 million apps downloaded everyday, according to figures by Apple, so providing the Word on the move is a real growth area of reaching people, not least younger people who increasingly don’t read material such as printed publications, but will engage with mobile technology.
 
The iTruth app, which is free to download, promises to help people with their journey with Jesus, and
videos explaining what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st Century, music videos, life-stories and the Bible, including a reading plan.
 


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