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Kevin’s Testimony

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Kevin became a Christian following the persistent prayers of his mother & a group of ladies who prayed weekly for unsaved sons & husbands. Almost immediately as they started to pray in 1976, Kevin was being challenged in his thoughts as to the meaning & purpose of life. As the months went by he asked a lot of questions to known Christians at school, each shared something of there personal story. Kevin was then made House Captain for Gordon House, the only Captain of the four houses responsible for house assemblies! One day he came home & asked his mum if he could borrow her Bible. She was at the top of the stairs with clenched fists of joy. It was the first chink of encouragement after many weeks of praying. Over the following months Kevin was responsible in fronting several assemblies because it seemed that nobody from the Christian Union or any member of staff was available to do them! Kevin would say, ‘I don’t know what I believe, I’m an agnostic, I’m in the middle, but the Bible says…’

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‘I was neither an atheist or Christian, an agnostic, standing on the bridge in the middle.’

There was a point where Kevin had to look at Jesus and ask himself, ‘what do I believe about all this Christian stuff?’ Is Jesus the real thing? The thing that spoke to him particularly when he was trying to catch Christians out by voicing difficult questions would be that their testimonies were all uniquely different and personal. He could not rubbish their personal stories of faith & they were powerful.

As a 17 year old, life was about exams & sport. Following a cricket game for the first team Kevin did not recover his energy & progressively became weaker. He ended up laid up in bed for months with serious glandular fever & jaundice. Kevin lost a lot of weight & became very unwell, when supposedly, he should have been revising for his A levels! During this time he read a couple of books his mum had placed on his bedside cabinet. Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz & Heaven Here I Come by Jean Darnell. Both spoke volumes to him in different ways.

P5211759My batting hero was the great West Indian Sir Vivienne Richards, what a striker of a cricket ball!

One night during this time in the early hours, Kevin called out to God & said, ‘God if you are real I want You to come into my life.’ Instantly, he encountered the Holy Spirit washing internally from top to bottom. He heard the still small voice of the Lord speak the words: ‘Your gift is art, go & wake your mother.’ Kevin did so, not understanding all that was happening as she prayed for peace & sleep.

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Examples of some painting and drawing produced by Kevin in different styles.

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Three days later, the room was empty, Kevin’s parents were at work & his brothers & sister were at school. It was 11 am in the morning; he was awake facing his bedroom window, still very weak in bed. Kevin can only describe what happened as the power of God came into the room & pressed him down on the bed. Where the glandular fever affects you at the top of your limbs you feel a real weakness. It was as though he could feel two hands working within himself as though he was on a surgical operating table.

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‘Life was now in colour instead of black and white!’

He could feel warmth & strength flowing into his body. Kevin could blink, breathe & think but otherwise he was held unable to move. It felt like several minutes but was probably a matter of 20 seconds before he was released. Kevin turned round expecting to see a mighty angel standing in the room but could just see the contents of his bedroom. He was totally healed and somersaulted off the bed & went & had a shower. He dressed & went downstairs & started revising for his A levels. His mother, Dora, came in about an hour or so later and said: ‘Kevin, you’re ill, what are you doing up?’ He grinned and said, ‘I don’t know exactly what has happened other than God has healed me!’ The following day, Dora and Kevin went to see the Doctor, a renowned atheist who seemed to take delight in teasing Christians. He examined Kevin & said: ‘You can have glandular fever badly for up to four years & have relapses.’ He then looked to the ceiling as he said: ‘Kevin you have had glandular fever badly… but someone up there likes you!’

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Kevin had been really ill, he felt as bad as this guy in the picture, his face had gone yellow & he had been so weak. The power of God came into my room and pressed me down in the bed & held me there until the healing work was complete. In a matter of seconds he was set free and did a somersault off the bed. I now know that Jesus had made Kevin whole and after coming to faith and being filled with the Spirit 3 days before, He intended on making me well again. Praise the Lord!

It was May 1977 & he can honestly say that was the start of his living relationship with the living God. Kevin remembers going to school the following day & feeling that he now knew the Author of life! As he looks back over the years since his conversion experience, it is clear that he has been led to work with people in many different life situations, including underprivileged children in America, homeless alcoholics in Birmingham, men & women in prison in Kent, people less fortunate than himself. He has a passion to get alongside people outside the church & wherever possible, to build the links between Church & community. This expressed itself in proactive works to take God’s good news to people in the open air, in residential homes, prisons, schools & church based missions.

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 Giving God the glory for the work He has done & is doing in my life! Ephesians 2:10

634369764313135989-one-rascal-if-i-ever-saw-oneKevin worked with underprivileged children in America in 1980 & 1982. Lemar was the toughest boy he ever encountered at just 7 years of age. Scott [pictured with Lemar] was a close friend who would tragically die early in life at the age of 24. This profoundly challenged Kevin who was 22 years old at the time to consider life in a very deep way.  As a result Kevin altered the way he was to use his life expressed through his art from that point onwards.

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Kevin worked in a Christian school and various prisons in Kent teaching. He developed an outreach centre in Chatham Pentagon for 5 years manned by a volunteer team from across the Churches. He explored various evangelistic openings and seized opportunities to speak to children, young people and adults. He pioneered an open air and indoor work called The Fun Hour in Walderslade to unchurched children in the eighties. He worked in Portugal and North America on several occasions honing evangelistic skills in art and drama. Through these experiences the Lord prepared him for an itinerant ministry in East Anglia and beyond.

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Since July 1991, Kevin served as a regional evangelist with Scripture Union in East Anglia & since April 2011 with Face2Face Educational Trust leading lots of church based missions in East Anglia & twenty-one Scripture Union beach missions in North Norfolk supported by a volunteer team of around 25-30 people. Whether it has been behind bars in front of inmates or on the cliff top in an open air service in Overstrand or in front of a high school of hundreds of teenagers, Kevin has faithfully shared biblical truths in ways that have been relevant and visually engaging.

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Kevin works with children, young people, adults & families. In response to praying for people outside the Church he had the vision to set up a chess residential holiday called Checkmate for young people in 2005. He worked to achieve that goal & in 2008 the first Checkmate holiday began at Chellington in Bedfordshire. At Checkmate 2013, 19 young people attended including a group from Seoul in South Korea & one lad from Paris.

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In August 2012 Kevin set up Sketchpad, a new 6 day residential art based holiday for young people aiming at developing artistic skills across a variety of different medium. The residential was really successful & as a result it is now an ongoing holiday for creative individuals across the country. Kevin is looking to add an adult weekend residential into the plans in the future. In October 2012 he launched Sketchclub, an art based weekly club in Thetford for 9-80+ year olds in Thetford, after a year this club became established & very popular. Both holidays were very well attended in summer 2014 with 18 young people attending each one.

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Kevin uses his art in various ways including sharing his testimony. He runs The Art Studio that he set up in February 2015 at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. The Art Studio enables him to offer art based lessons in drawing and painting to groups of people aged between 6-75 years plus each week [see The Art Studio for downloadable information]. Kevin uses his chess playing ability to coach children and teach adults and set up the Thetford Youth and Community Chess Club on Wednesday evenings in 2001. The club moved to The Art Studio in April 2001. He is prepared to play chess clubs in schools and link chess & RE lessons & uses artistic visual aids.

Kevin does Street Chess once a month in Thetford taking on all-comers in King Street and has facilitated the chess ministry at the Christian Vision For Men weekend in a field or two near Swindon in June.

Coming to faith in Christ Jesus is without doubt the most important move on the board I could ever have made in my life. I can honestly say that I have never regretted making this life changing decision 40 years ago, for He has turned my life upside down and the right way up!

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Kevin has developed over the years a range of versatility to work with children, young people and adults, his experience in leading children/youth work and midweek clubs is invaluable and he can include sack races, parachute games and giant chess. Kevin has a passion to share the gospel in creative ways, if you would like him to visit your church to  speak or run an event using his skills then do make contact.

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To book a place on the Checkmate or Sketchpad residential holidays or on the Drawing or Painting Courses please contact Kevin on 01842 750060 or email: kevinmoore758@btinternet.com, thank you.

Kevin speaking and working in Norwich Cathedral as part of the Diocesan Educational team. 1500 children attended during the week from approximately 30 primary schools. The Diocesan special educational week has been running for several years and helps build with schools across Norfolk.

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To view more of Kevin’s artwork go to: www.paintingsilove.com/artist/kevart

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If you would like to ask any further questions to Kevin please do not hesitate to email me or leave a message on the above number and I will get back to you.

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