Praying for Mission - join us today (1 March)

This message was added on 2021-03-01


If the centre was open, we would be hosting our Quarterly Day of Prayer for Mission today.  Instead we have produced two short videos, filmed here at Penhurst, to give some prayer pointers and inspiration, which can be found here and here.

Please join us in prayer today.  As a retreat centre, we are keen to continue supporting overseas mission in prayer, as Paul and Rosalind Broomhall did when they lived at the Manor House, as well as providing member care through debriefing and specific retreats for mission partners.

Born in China and India respectively, Paul and Rosalind did much to support overseas mission, travelling to India and Nepal five times between 1950 and 1974 on behalf of Interserve. Their travels involved riding and walking over the Himalayan mountains often at great personal cost and danger - to visit and encourage isolated missionaries. For some 35 years The Manor House was an oasis of warm hospitality - for family gatherings, for the refreshment of overseas workers on furlough, for the homeless, for church members and for casual visitors from many parts of the world. Until Paul`s death in 1995 a prayer meeting was held monthly to support the many people who had gone to work overseas from the parish. The Penhurst Retreat Centre Charitable Trust was formed in 1996 by members of the extended Broomhall family, two of whom had served overseas as mission partners. The vision to found a Christian retreat centre at Penhurst was inspired by the words in 2 Corinthians "for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God".

Paul Broomhall was the great nephew of James Hudson Taylor, the 19th century pioneer missionary to China, and Benjamin Broomhall was first Secretary of the CIM and brother in law to James Hudson Taylor.