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My new book on Leadership

Take me to your Leader

Buy now on Amazon

 

I have been working on this book for the past 3 years.  At last here it is. I have got to know so many excellent leaders in so many countries across the world, and have written down what I have learned over the years interacting with them.  The book also contains some of my personal experiences in various situations.

Business principles and spiritual principles are very different.  The Church reveals a completely other world with different values and principles.

Christ must be enthroned in our hearts through surrender and prayerful attention to His rule in our lives.  The leader who does not know Christ closely ay be a good leader in human terms but his leadership will fall short of the will of God, which is to connect every believer with God Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

John Elliott’s foreword.

There are a myriad of books written on Christian leadership, many of which present ideas that can come across more theoretical than reality, lacking Biblical substance and integrity. It is therefore so refreshing to read Les’s book Take Me To Your Leader which presents the key core value for Godly leadership, that being to firstly know the Lord intimately in order to effectively represent Him publicly. Les’s writings are presented as a genuine cry of the Holy Spirit for present day leaders to return back to their first love, and for any who may be aspiring to be a (future) leader in the Body of Christ, this book should be read, and reviewed on a regular basis.

John Elliott, Director, World Outreach International 

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Israel Tour October 18th – 27th 2015

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Les and Vicki are planning to take another tour to Israel in October and they would like to gauge the interest to see how many would like to come. They have an exciting itinerary for this 10 day/9 night tour and have chosen the October half-term dates to enable families to participate.

If you are interested, please contact Vicki and she will get a booking form sent out to you. The cost of the tour is £895 if we have 30 or more in the group. This cost will be less with more in the group or can be slightly more if the numbers dip below 30.

Here are the details of the trip:

Israel Tour – October 18th – 27th 2015 

The focus will be to look at the biblical and historical events which took place at each location, (generally avoiding the religious buildings) and taking time to enjoy the natural beauty and surroundings. We will stay in hotels of a good standard in Galilee, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Our air-conditioned coach will meet us at the airport and will be used each day for touring.

The cost per person is £895 for 10 days/9 nights which includes:

  • Meet and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Transfers and tours in an A/C luxury coach as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary and tips for hotels/driver/guide
  • Accommodation including breakfast and evening meal
  • An English speaking guide as well as talks by Les Wheeldon

Not included:

  • Airline tickets
  • Lunches, drinks, personal expenses

Flights to Tel Aviv can be booked with EasyJet:

Departing from Gatwick on Sunday 18th October at 12:50 Flight EZY8817

Returning from Tel Aviv on Tuesday 27th October at 18:10 Flight EZY8818 (arr. Gatwick at 21:45)

Itinerary:

GALILEE

DAY 1:  18 Oct – Sun – Arrival, taken by coach for the first night in a Tel Aviv / Netanya hotel

DAY 2:  19 Oct – Mon – Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Meggido, drive to hotel in Tiberias

DAY 3:  20 Oct – Tue – Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Capernaum, Boat trip on Galilee, Yardenit.

JERUSALEM

DAY 4: 21 Oct – Wed – Drive via Cana, Nazareth village, Beth Shean, drive to Jerusalem hotel

DAY 5: 22 Oct – Thu – City of David, Hezekiah’s tunnel and Pool of Siloam, Western Wall tunnels, Jewish quarter, Temple institute.

DAY 6: 23 Oct – Fri – Yad Vashem, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Caiaphas’ house, free time

DAY 7:  24 Oct – Sat – Golgotha, Garden tomb, free afternoon.

DEAD SEA

DAY 8:  25 Oct – Sun – Dead Sea – Jericho, Qumran. arr. hotel 2pm free afternoon

DAY 9:  26 Oct – Mon – Masada, Ein Gedi back at hotel 3pm Dead Sea – free afternoon

DAY 10: 27 – Oct – Tue – Wadi Kelt, transfer to Ben Gurion airport

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Blessed or Cursed?: The Message of Paul’s letter to the Galatians

81kBjoi2bVLLes has a new book out about. In “Blessed or Cursed?: The Message of Paul’s letter to the Galatians” Les  sets out to challenge his readers to study one of the most searching books of the New Testament. Paul’s letter to the Galatians can deeply change a person’s life. Its message has the power to transform us and our whole approach to Christ and the Christian life. God Himself was speaking to the Christians in Galatia and beyond them to Christians everywhere. This short letter can open up a world of love, joy and peace in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is availbale right now in Paperback and on the Kindle. You can get it from Amazon.com and from Amazon.co.uk:

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Update from Les and Vicki

Les has just returned from one of his longest trips away from home; leaving on his travels just after the New Life conference in August and arriving back on the last day of September. It was certainly a very blessed and full time of ministry in four different countries, starting with a very special time with our close Esa-Pekka and Soile Mattila, who have recently moved to Helsinki. They are involved in the leadership of the One Way Mission and so invited Les to speak at their summer conference. The meetings were also recorded for use in their TV ministry. It was a very blessed week.

Next stop was Singapore for three weeks, as Les is committed to teaching in the Tung Ling Bible School twice a year. These sessions covered the Letter to the Romans, The Genesis Code, and a series on leadership. The Tung Ling Bible School runs two three-month courses in Ministry and Leadership, and Les always enjoys the atmosphere and eager enthusiasm of the classes, packed with young people from Singapore and other Asian countries. We still have many contacts with various Church groups in Singapore, so weekdays and weekends quickly fill up with speaking engagements as well as friends to see.

Suzhou is a very beautiful city not far from Shanghai, China. Les enjoyed his visit there very much visiting the believers and holding a conference for several days. After routing back through Singapore, Les flew to Hyderabad, then on to Vijayawada, India, to spend the last two weeks with Prem and Beulah Kodali. A conference had been organised and Les was asked to speak on the book of Revelation as well as various other subjects. While there, Les visited an excellent dentist to see if they could work out why he had so much persistent toothache (a problem going back over several months). Our dentist in England had warned him that there was quite a bit of work needing doing. After extensive X-rays, the Indian clinic said they could sort him out before he left in 5 days. This involved 5 crowns – 3 upper ones including a bridge, 2 lower crowns and 5 root canal treatments! An Indian business man, a lovely Christian brother, paid the bill. It was an amazingly positive experience and extremely professional – and now Les is free of toothache!

During this very long trip, I was at home but not alone, as my mother is very good company. She has her annex on the side of the house where she entertains many friends and visitors from her church, St Mary’s. We also were able to get away for a week as I drove us both to Paris to stay with a relative there. It was beautiful late summer weather and we were able to enjoy the sights and get to see a lot of Paris.

Les and I are looking forward to travelling together around the UK in October, including spending a couple of days in Edinburgh with our son, Daniel. He has recently started a Master’s degree at the University there.

Please pray for Les and Sandy Robertson as they go up to the Arctic for the month of November. It is a very good time to go, as the Inuit can’t hunt during this season. The sea is freezing up so no boats can go out for fishing, but the ice is not firm enough to go out on sledges. Each time we’ve been out there, the people ask for November meetings as they will be well attended. It will be strange to have permanent night time during this winter season; our other visits have always been in the 24 hour daylight time.

Every blessing

Les and Vicki

 

Itinerary
1-21 Nov – The Arctic, visiting Baffin Island with Sandy Robertson
22 – 23 Nov – Stouffville, Canada with Walt and Wennie Robbins (Vicki 19 – 30 Nov)
1 – 9 Dec – Singapore CMC Church camp
21 Dec – Epsom
28 Dec – Epsom
2 – 7 Jan – Helsinki
7 – 19 Jan – Romania
4 – 5 Feb – Helsinki
5 – 16 Feb – Siberia

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La victoire qui triomphe du monde : Notre foi par la nouvelle naissance

La victoire qui triomphe du monde : Notre foi par la nouvelle naissance. (The victory that overcomes the world: our faith through the new birth).

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Update from Les and Vicki

les wheeldon in arctic 2013Les and Vicki have continued their travels to countries both hot and cold – not to mention all the ones in between! Their home base is in the UK and they forward to spending more time there in the coming months.

One of the highlights of this year was leading their second tour to Israel in April. Most of the group came from England this time, with the very welcome addition of two from Finland, and five Singaporeans – including Donna from NZ! It was a wonderful time of fellowship as they explored the Galilee, Jerusalem and Dead Sea regions; looking at the historical and biblical locations so rich in meaning and significance. Les was able to prepare and instruct all, as they traveled to these places in the air-conditioned coach, by explaining the background of each place from history and the Bible. Often there would be time at each location to reflect on the spiritual impact of the place before exploring and enjoying the site. We already have quite a few booked to come on next year’s tour, but places are still available. The dates are April 28th – May 7th 2014.

Immediately after their return from Israel, Les and Vikci had one day to turn around before setting out for the Canadian Arctic. This was their  fourth trip to Baffin Island, again wonderfully arranged by their dear friend Faith Turner. They were able to visit three Inuit communities during the three week visit. Their first stop was in Arctic Bay, in the far north of the island, where the Anglican and Full Gospel churches arranged combined meetings in the community hall. These meetings were well attended with wonderful times of worship and teaching. There is such hunger to hear the good news of the gospel as needs and hardships run deep in these communities. The next stop was in Iqaluit, the capital of Baffin Island, where Les was invited to speak at the Cathedral, interestingly built in the shape of an igloo – complete with spire! They enjoyed staying with, and getting to know the Bishop and his wife, a wonderful couple from N. Ireland, who have been serving the Lord in the Arctic for some years. Their last stop was in Cape Dorset – only an hour’s flight from Iqaluit in a small turboprop aircraft. There are no roads between these communities so the only option is to fly or spend days in hazardous conditions on a sledge! The best part of the visit to Cape Dorset was the combined meeting in the community hall where over 80 Inuit (out of 800) came to hear the gospel.

They have been asked to go back to the Arctic in November 2014 as the summer months are quite busy hunting times. Many of the Inuit are out on the land fishing, caribou and seal hunting; but in November everyone is at home. It will be strange going in 24 hour darkness instead of permanent sunshine. Our photos can be seen here.

Les is in Singapore at the moment with a busy program of teaching in various churches and in the Tung Ling Bible School. He leaves for China next week before returning to the UK on September 10th. Vicki has been spending time with her parents in Birmingham as her mother has been experiencing a lot of pain with back and hip problems.

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Israel Tour – April 28th – 7th May 2014

israeli flagLes and Vicki Wheeldon will be taking a Tour Group to Israel in April 2014.   The focus will be to look at the biblical and historical events which took place at each location, (generally avoiding the religious buildings) and taking time to enjoy the natural beauty and surroundings. There will opportunity to have teaching/testimony times together at these locations and in the hotel some evenings.

FlightsYou will need to book and pay for flights yourselves,  leaving Luton on Mon. 28th April 2014 – returning Wed. 7th May 2014.  More information will be available as the April flights go online.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Mon April 28th – arrival, taken by coach for the first night in Galilee

DAY 2:  Tues April 29th – Galilee – River Jordan, Sea of Galilee, hill regions, Capernaum,

DAY 3:  Wed April 30th – Galilee – Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Megiddo, Jezreel, Cana

DAY 4:  Thurs May 1st Jerusalem – Beth-Shean, Caesarea port-city, Western Wall tunnel.

DAY 5:  Fri May 2nd Jerusalem – Temple Institute, Hebrew qtr, Caiaphas’ house, Yad Vashem, Gethsemane

DAY 6:  Sat May 3rdJerusalem – Golgotha, Garden tomb, Mt Olives, free afternoon, Light Show

DAY 7:  Sun May 4th Jerusalem – Hezekiah’s tunnel, Pool of Siloam, David’s City, ½ day free

DAY 8:  Mon May 5th Dead Sea – Jericho. Qumran, En Gedi, Masada, arr. hotel 6pm

DAY 9:  Tues May 6th – Dead Sea – Free day

DAY 10: Wed May 7th – DEPARTURE Day – Bedouin on old Jericho road, Jaffa, Tel Aviv airport   

This itinerary is subject to change but gives a good idea of what we will cover

Hotels are of a good standard and in excellent locations, but will be about 2 or 3 star in order to keep costs down.  Lunch is the only meal not provided, but the group will be taken to a café or similar outlet.

COST: To be determined later – but will be around $995 – appx. £680 PER PERSON, INCLUSIVE OF HOTEL, HALF BOARD, TIPS and TOURS

To register your interest, please email Vicki Wheeldon at vwheeldon at gmail.com

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Israel Tour – 22nd April – 1st May 2013

israeli flagLes and Vicki Wheeldon will be taking a Tour Group to Israel in April 2013. The focus will be to look at the biblical and historical events which took place at each location, (generally avoiding the religious buildings) and taking time to enjoy the natural beauty and surroundings. There will opportunity to have teaching/testimony times together at these locations and in the hotel some evenings.

Flights

You will need to book and pay for flights yourselves, planning to arrive in Tel Aviv on Monday April 22nd between 12 noon and 8pm and departing on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st May. UK tour group are advised to book with easyJet, leaving Luton on Mon, 22 April 2013 at 12:25, arriving in Tel Aviv at 19:25 Flight 2085; returning Wed. 1st May at 20:20, arriving back in Luton at 23:45 Flight 2086 (current price with a 20kg checked in case is £240 per person). Travel insurance is your responsibility. (easyJet do a good rate).

Les and Vicki will book Sunday 21st night at the Ramada Encore Luton airport hotel for only £67.50 including 10 nights parking. This ensures being at check-in at the required 9.25 – without worries of rush hour traffic.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Mon April 22nd – arrival, taken by coach for the first night in Galilee
  • DAY 2: Tues April 23rd – Galilee – River Jordan, Sea of Galilee, hill regions, Capernaum,
  • DAY 3: Wed April 24th – Galilee – Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Megiddo, Jezreel, Cana
  • DAY 4: Thurs April 25th – Jerusalem – Beth-Shean, Caesarea port-city, Western Wall tunnel.
  • DAY 5: Fri April 26th – Jerusalem – Temple Institute, Hebrew qtr, Caiaphas’ house, Yad Vashem, Gethsemane
  • DAY 6: Sat April 27th – Jerusalem – Golgotha, Garden tomb, Mt Olives, free afternoon, Light Show
  • DAY 7: Sun April 28th – Jerusalem – Hezekiah’s tunnel, Pool of Siloam, David’s City, ½ day free
  • DAY 8: Mon April 29th – Dead Sea – Jericho. Qumran, En Gedi, Masada, arr. hotel 6pm
  • DAY 9: Tues April 30th – Dead Sea – Free day
  • DAY 10: Wed May 1st – DEPARTURE Day – Bedouin on old Jericho road, Jaffa, Tel Aviv airport

This itinerary is subject to change but gives a good idea of what we will cover

Hotels are of a good standard and in excellent locations, but will be about 2 or 3 star in order to keep costs down. Lunch is the only meal not provided, but the group will be taken to a café or similar outlet.

COST: To be determined later – but will be around $950 – appx. £650 PER PERSON, INCLUSIVE OF HOTEL, HALF  BOARD and TOURS

To register your interest, please email Vicki Wheeldon at vwheeldon [at] gmail.com

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Christian’s Compass is now available for Android phones and tablets

The Christian’s Compass is now available for Android devices. It can be downloaded from Google Play.

The Christian’s Compass app is a resource of Biblical beliefs that will be of enormous encouragement and help to new Christians and to those in pioneering evangelism, in church planting and in leadership.

The Christian Compass is a very practical and useful resource tool of sound Biblical teaching, where both mature believers and those new to the Christian faith, can benefit from in their personal walk with the Lord, in their study of the Word, and in the preparation of messages to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

“Rev Les is a gifted Bible scholar and preacher. His passion for world missions is a life commitment. He has written an excellent book to equip and train Church planters and ministers of the gospel.” – Senior Elder Wee Tiong Howe, City Missions Church, Singapore.

“Les Wheeldon has produced a wonderful easy to read, study manual, … from which both mature believers and those new to the Christian faith, can benefit in their personal walk with the Lord.” – Rev John Elliott, International Director, World Outreach International.

Table of Contents:

  • Who Is God?
  • The Plan Of Salvation
  • The Bible – The Word Of God
  • Water Baptism And Its Meaning
  • The Person And Work Of The Holy Spirit
  • The Price And Power Of Discipleship
  • The Ministry Of Prayer And Intercession
  • Divine Healing And Deliverance
  • The Challenge Of Leadership
  • The Preaching Ministry
  • Church Planting And Evangelism
  • Church Growth
  • A Glorious Church In A Glorious Kingdom
  • The Future

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May update from Les and Vicki

Dear friends,

Life has been very busy since our trip to Israel at the end of March!  The tour we led there exceeded all our expectations in the richness of fellowship, and with the interesting historical and spiritually illuminating places we visited.  The group of 39 people included about 14 from Siberia with their translator, 3 from Poland, 2 from New Zealand, and 2 from Cyprus not to mention Larry Hill from Ireland.  We spent three days in the Galilee region, four in Jerusalem and three by the Dead Sea.  One of the highlights of the tour was the marriage of Bernard Wilkins and Anna Ward from Tiverton.  Les conducted the marriage vows and Larry Hill preached, Mary Seaton and I sang – all in the most beautiful setting under a palm tree by the Sea of Galilee. This was followed by a boat cruise across the sea in a 1st century-style wooden fishing boat.  We enjoyed the natural beauty and surroundings of the places we visited, generally avoiding the religious buildings – focusing more on the biblical events which took place in these locations.  Les, Larry, John Elliott and Pastor Nikolai from Siberia had plenty of opportunity to bring the word of God to the group in such a relevant and powerful way.  The hotel by the Dead Sea had a meeting room for us to use where we enjoyed wonderful times of worship, prayer and testimony, as well as times of relaxation floating around on the Dead Sea caked in black mud!  We are thinking of taking another group on a similar tour next year probably during the last week of April 2013. Let us know if you, or any of your contacts, would like to receive more information about it.

Some photos can be seen here:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151464938745258.834956.703685257&type=1&l=1bee87ca86

Now that we are based back in Epsom, Les and I tend to be home during the week and away at weekends in various places.  This has meant that we hardly appear there on a Sunday; so Les has been doing a series of Thursday night Bible studies in Epsom on the subject of prayer.  You can listen to these on the church website:

http://epsomcf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/20120426pm_ECF_LWheeldon.mp3

Since returning from Israel, we first went to the annual conference in Germany (near Frankfurt), with our son, Daniel.  Dave Medlock and Les shared the ministry.  It was actually the 25th one hosted by Clem and Sylvia Fisher!  We praise God for the blessing of these gatherings over the years and for all the lives that have been profoundly touched by the Lord.

We then attended the Word of Life Conference, Dublin, which was our next place to visit.  The meetings were very well attended with Blaesius Fultang and Les speaking over the weekend.  It was a great time of worship together with people attending from many different church backgrounds.  From there we went straight to the Prayer and Bible Week, Cloverley, taking Blaesius and Larry Hill with us.  It was an exceptionally powerful time with the sense of the presence of the Lord in the meetings.  I know many lives were touched and changed during these days.

Since then we have had two very precious weekends in Liverpool with the church at Devonshire Rd.  We feel such a strong link of love and fellowship with everyone there after our many weeks of staying with them on and off over the past 2-3 years before moving back to Epsom.

Les was able to spend a weekend with the church over in Tralee, Ireland and I got busy making wedding cakes while with my parents in Birmingham! (Becky and Nick are getting married on 6th October)

We have just returned from a wonderful week with Dave and Sajda Fenton in Provence, France.  It was a great joy for me to be with Les as it was my first time to go there and see them in their home, and to have a few meetings in their church.  It always amazes me how Les can switch into preaching in French after quite a long gap and with so many other languages in his head!  It was lovely renewing fellowship with Dave and Sajda, who are doing a great work there.

Every blessing

Les and Vicki

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