Naomi Osinnowo

Naomi was the Evangelical Alliance's editorial content manager from 2018 to 2021. Positions with publishers and within the marketing and communications faculty of a higher education institution, plus stints as a reporter, enabled the media and cultural studies graduate, who has an NCTJ diploma in newspaper journalism, to hone the necessary skills and qualities to serve members well.

Remembrance 100: 100 days of prayer

2 August 2018Churches around the country will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation on Saturday, 4 August as part of Remembrance 100, which has been launched to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. To help participants be most effective during this period, which leads up to 11 November, HOPE, the organisation behind the initiative, has made available a book, 100 Days of Peace and Hope, and will run a social media campaign. These bring together prayers and suggestions for peace-making…

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The Evangelical Alliance to lead a series of seminars at CRE

31 July 2018The law and our gospel freedoms. Cultivating an evangelistic culture in our churches. Tips on how to resolve conflict. Nurturing public leaders within our congregations. How to keep God at the heart of business. These are just a handful of the topics that a team from the Evangelical Alliance will delve into in a series of expert-led seminars at this year's Christian Resources Exhibition. The three-day event, which will take place from 16 to 18 October at the Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher,…

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Abigail’s Court: “We try to reach them before it’s too late”

24 July 2018British Nigerian Stella Jackson, leader of the team of volunteers who make the work of Abigail’s Court possible, invited the Evangelical Alliance, of which Jesus House is a member, to its annual Celebrating Life event that took place on Saturday, 21 July. It was my pleasure to honour the invitation, as a representative of the charity that has been dedicated to serving evangelical Christians since 1846. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, even though Stella (who’s known as Aunty Stella…

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Go! Sign proclaims the gospel in BSL

2 July 2018They were not on mine. Interestingly, though, they featured on the ‘list’ of former Evangelical Alliance employee Lucy Cooper. “I felt God calling me to learn BSL,” she says. “I have a real heart for giving deaf people access to the gospel and going that step further and seeing them with full participation and leadership in church life.” Lucy is now a trainee sign language interpreter and shows commitment not only to learning the language, but to the deaf community. The UK’s deaf community It…

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Interview: Olivia Amartey, Elim’s new exec director

2 July 2018In an interview for the Evangelical Alliance, Olivia talks about the unwritten rules of success and encourages the church to proactively pursue intentional learning that embraces the diversity and unique perspectives of others. How have your past experiences equipped you for this new position? Looking back over the years I can see how key experiences, especially those gathered over the 30 years of my working life, have positively shaped the person I have become. I am an introvert (which is…

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In the heart of the inner city

1 July 2018Ivy Church in Manchester has been around for 125 years, but in the past decade since Anthony Delaney became church leader it has started to expand and reflect the diverse community it serves more and more. Ivy Cottage, as it was formerly known, was a "well-known church, with a focus on prayer and unity", says the former police officer. "However, it was also fairly white and middle-class, and wasn't seeing much growth." Anthony's vision of what a church should be clearly resonated with the…

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Languages of Love

1 July 2018Linguæ Christi is among the Christian organisations around the UK that are making Jesus known in people's heart language. Naomi Osinnowo, the Evangelical Alliance's editorial content manager, catches up with the general director, Rev John Robinson, to find out what the charity is up to and the difference it's making. I'm no clairvoyant, of course, but I reckon chances are, the vast majority of people reading this article are fluent in English, and it's their first language. I'll also hazard a…

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Caribbean communities’ contribution to the UK

1 July 2018The media has been awash with stories of long-standing Caribbean residents being entangled in an immigration crisis. What are your views? This national debacle and administrative tragedy has evoked feelings of distrust. It's shocking and scandalous that someone like Paulette Wilson, who came here in 1968, aged 10, had been sent to a detention centre with the threat of being deported, having paid tax and even worked as a cook in the House of Commons. This is the unintended consequence of a…

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A small charity with a big vision

1 July 2018Home for Good's goal is to find a loving home for every child who needs one. Founding director Dr Krish Kandiah says this dream will become a reality if at least 7,000 foster families come forward.It was realising they had more capacity to love after having three birth children that prompted Krish's wife to ask: should we adopt or foster children? Krish didn't know at the time that that question would lead to monumental change, not only in their lives, but in the lives of boys and girls who had…

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How healthy is your church or charity?

1 July 2018Cases of abuse across all sectors have grabbed the public's attention in recent years and the religious quarter has been no exception. One Christian couple has recognised the bewilderment felt by many churches and faith-based organisations as they endeavour to comply with standards on protecting their vulnerable people amid subtle changes to expectations and a mood of increased intolerance and scrutiny, and they've decided to do something about it. Husband and wife Paul and Sue Harrison brought…

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Grenfell calls for societal change

19 June 2018Tributes, testimonies, prayers and calls for accountability continue to pour out 12 months on from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire which left 72 people dead, 70 people injured and hundreds of people homeless. Singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are among the countless number of people who have expressed their condolences amid the anniversary of the disaster. Since Friday, 15 June, the couple has grabbed newspaper headlines for paying an "emotional" tribute during their On The Run II…

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