Archive for May, 2021


by Colin Dexter

A significant grant has been offered in principle towards the construction of a new community hall
to serve the Ty Sign estate in Risca.

The Agape Community Church, a registered charity has been
leading efforts to get funding for a new hall. They have met in the existing Channel View
Community Hall for the last 18 years, but are now seeking to develop a new building to further
support the work undertaken and increase opportunities within the community.

If current negotiations can be completed, a new hall could be built on the ‘Spar Field’ in the centre
of the Ty Sign estate. It would have a community hall, storage, toilets and fully equipped kitchen,
and would be up to modern standards of insulation. Most importantly, it would be open to all of
the community and would be located in the centre of the estate.

Colin Dexter, one of the leaders of the church said “We visited several modern active community
facilities at the start of this project and saw no reason why Ty Sign should not also have a new,
light, economic, accessible community facility. Like Channel View Hall it would be available to all
and bring new opportunities and possibilities. It would also complement the existing spaces at the
TLC cafe and St David’s church providing a breadth of resources to the various groups that require
community space. We are delighted in the confidence shown by the various funding bodies”.

The largest elements of the potential funding have come from the Welsh Government’s
‘Community Facilities Fund’ and the Big Lottery’s ‘People and Places’ programme. Planning consent
for the scheme was granted earlier this year. Negotiations on the scheme need to be completed,
but it is hoped that construction of the new hall will start in the Autumn.

Islwyn’s representative in the Senedd, Rhianon Passmore – a former county borough councillor for
the Risca East ward – described the funding as “good news for the whole area”.

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Faith in Christ

by Colin Dexter

Donya decided to follow Jesus, but Tahar took a while to be convinced. When he did eventually put his faith in Jesus, he felt an instantaneous change:” it was like that burden came off my shoulders” Tahar says ” the burden I thought I would have- to give an account for my sins when I died- came off. It felt like I was flying. It was the most beautiful moment of my life”

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O[en Doors


by Colin Dexter

To ensure we recover together from the pandemic, Tearfund is partnering with the People’s Vaccine Alliance to campaign for everyone in every country to have fair and free access to a tested Covid-19 vaccine.


by Colin Dexter


by Colin Dexter

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each of our lives in a significant way, yet sadly, many have experienced disproportionate levels of hardship. Even before the pandemic, we(CAP) knew that people in debt were struggling on a low income, going without food, experiencing poor mental health, and feeling isolated.

2020 is no different, in the report we found:

  • 84% of CAP clients have an income lower than the national average.
  • 62% borrowed money to pay another bill or debt.
  • Household peak debt hit a record high of £17,917.
  • 58% said that they had nobody to turn to when they had a problem.
  • 28% of CAP clients had considered or attempted suicide as a way out of debt.

You can read the report here.


by Colin Dexter

JESUS was never as upset about life

by Colin Dexter

I remember one dark day I was angry with my life and God. I was struggling. Really struggling. I felt alone and in despair. I thought only that it would be better in heaven. I already felt like I was dying inside.I wasn’t suicidal, but I did feel as though I was dying inside.

It was at this time that I was doing a Bible Study of some sort that said something to the effect of God knows what yu are going through. I thought to myself, ” He never felt like this, like he was dying inside.” I began to wander through Scripture and by the grace of God found this verse, Mark 14:32-34 ” Then they came to a place called Gethsemane. he said to his disciples, “stay here while I pray” He took Peter James & John with him and began to feel distressed and anguished. He said to them, ” My anguish is so great that I feel as if I’m dying. wait here stay awake


GOD threw me a lifeline

by Colin Dexter

At this, the lowest point of my life, God threw me a lifeline.

As I left the gym one Saturday afternoon, I saw a man on the running machine. He had been a very violent guy, but I knew that he had become a Christian and turned his life around. I was an angry, bitter man at that point. I can look back and see that I was searching for something, that I had a God-shaped hole in my life, but at the time, I just knew that I had no peace in my life. I saw that peace in him, and I wanted some. We spoke, and later went out for coffee. I realised that he used to be a football hooligan, and we had known each other – and fought often – on the Arsenal terraces. Eventually, he took me to church where I said the most powerful words I’ve ever said, with some guy named Nicky Gumbel, who led me in a prayer of repentance, forgiveness, and salvation

.As it says in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Life is not always easy, and it will always have its troubles, but I have found the peace that I had been searching for. I have eternal hope as I surrender my life to Jesus every single day.