In 1993, the leaders of a local church in Belfast called Ekklesia made a decision to set up a church pioneering group in Newtownabbey overseen by Lewis and Gwen Smyth. These small beginnings started with eight people who met together to pray, worship and seek the Lord’s face, eventually to become known as Jordan Victory Church. The new church carried the same ethos of its mother church to bring the message of Jesus to a dying world with a practical and spiritually application. The eight people grew in numbers and where soon needing larger premises.
In November of 1993 a local hall was hired in Cloughfern, Newtownabbey, again the Lord brought growth and soon we had outgrown the Cloughfern hall. We packed our bags again this time to a Hall on the Knockagh Road where we stayed until we purchased our very first building On 4th May 2012 in Carrickfergus, previously known as the Weston Business park.
As one of the leaders of Ekklesia Lewis was a forerunner to build a multipurpose building in Kenya which served the local church and homeless/street children in the area.
This was overseen for approximately ten years until it was handed over to the local church and social services in Kenya.
During this period Jordan Victory Church was birthed and consequently we shared responsibility and support between the two churches.
Today in Russia JVC work along with Igor and Olga Prokopyev of ICM Russia http://www.icmrussia.blogspot.com/ and together we support a children’s work in Cherepovets “The Light of Hope” by funding staff salaries. To date we have paid for, and undertaken the refurbishment of the apartment. The light of hope concept (children’s work) has now been duplicated by other associate ICM Pastors in Archangel and Cherkessk in the Caucuses, in Russia.
JVC hold an annual teaching and training for church leaders conference in Moscow. 2004 seen a big change,
JVC also secured funding from the then LSP (Now DSD & BRO) which enabled us to fund a post for a co-ordinator to help with its ever growing community outreach programmes.
1993 – 2004
From 1993 – 2004 Jordan Victory Church became more structured and stable reaching out to local community projects in the local area.
Working alongside and financially supporting “Youth for Christ” movement we were actively involved in helping to establish, within the local community initiatives such as Monkstown Village Centre, and mentoring programmes in the local high school.
As the church developed and fresh ideas and contacts evolved, JVC reached to the continent of Asia – namely Cherepovets Russia and a local church there.
In order to bring support to the Russian church we joined with a local church’s vision to assist the children of Cherepovets with education, hygiene, and spiritual well-being, so the first step for JVC was to purchase an apartment in a deprived part of the city.
A new church work and a new Church has blossomed from this work in Cherepovets, called “Light of Hope Church” named after the children’s work they have become responsible for.
In 2005 we secured two community houses in Rathcool Estate Newtownabbey from the NIHE. Together with the NIHE the houses were refurbished. Today these community houses operate under the name of Synergy@JVC ministering to those in need in the Rathcool Estate.
The work Synergy@JVC aims to address is social isolation in all its forms, (whether it is economic, health, education or any other barrier) by providing a platform where individuals are welcomed from all walks of life.
Presently we work alongside EHSSB assisting them with courses for individuals with physical disabilities and mental health backgrounds integrating them into groups with others without distinction.
In 2007 JVC was introduced to EARE ministries India who have an extensive mercy ministry to the poor and needy in India. Over the last few years JVC partners have supported 40 orphans.
DNA (the youth group) was formed in 2008 when a group of 20 attended a youth event in Bradford England drawing youth groups from all over the UK.
They not only thoroughly enjoyed themselves but also found they gained a lot of information about empowerment and personal development
2008 seen the women conference ‘Beauty by Design’ (BBD) the inventive dream of Gwen Smyth, who seen the decline in women’s well-being and the need for support. This has become a yearly conference and has at least 250 women attending every year.
BBD was established to create an atmosphere that will refresh, equip, enable, empower and release every woman to negotiate life beautifully. BBD aim is to enable every woman to have a positive and healthy mental outlook, which will be transferred into their family, relationships and the wider community.
In 2009 ‘Elevate’ Youth Conference was launched which has attracted groups as far as Londonderry. “Elevate” which was organised for an attendance of 150 individuals, in 2010 we seen 160 plus in attendance.
Elevate was birthed through the Church youth initiative DNA.
In March 2011 a team travelled to Tenali India to see the completion and opening of that building bought and paid for by JVC church and partners.
We also provided the finances for 6 bore wells at £500 each for fresh water, children’s and staff uniforms, food and medical supplies for a leprosy camp 50 families, 5 medical camps for the poor and needy in local villages £300 each, 55 blankets or sari for the elderly , 50 desperately needed Cataract operations which are £40 each.
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