The Mojacar Chapter of FGBMFI is the fulfilment
of a vision given to David Templeman not long after his arrival in
May 1998, but it only came
to fruition in 2008 after 8
years of prayer, when he found four Spirit-filled men who could identify
vision of a Chapter in the Mojacar,
province. The curious thing is that three of those men then returned to
the UK to live, and the other to Sweden, but God got the
Chapter off the
ground and added other men to the group.
David Templeman was Membership Secretary of the Diss Chapter of the FGBMFI, in Norfolk, in the 1980s, and below is a photograph of him speaking at one of the FGBMFI Dinners, which at that time were held in the Brome Grange Restaurant, Brome, near Diss. As you can see he was a lot younger then and with a lot more hair!
David Templeman speaking at Diss Chapter circa 1982
One day at the
church God sent a lady to him and she asked him if he was a Pastor, and he said
“No” and she seemed very disappointed, but then she said,” Well God told me to come to you, as we want
to start a Chapter of the Les Hommes du Plein Evangile" (the French name for the FGBMFI) and
then he said “Well I was the Membership Secretary of a Chapter in England” and
so she and her husband were thrilled, as God´s directive to her was, as usual, spot
on. That was the beginning of a group of men meeting together in the house that
David had built on the mountain Le Mas de Bouis, St Martin de Londres for over 6 months, as
requested by the French head office of the FGBMFI in Paris , to pray about the formation of a
Chapter in Montpellier.
The group of people who met every week in David’s house came from various countries: the Cameroons, Mauritania, Belgium, France and of course David and his wife from Britain. The praise and worship was sometimes so vibrant, that they shut the wooden shutters, to stop it echoing around the mountains.
David and his
family moved back to the UK in 1987, before the Chapter actually
got underway, but it did become a reality, and it was a thrill to know that he
had been instrumental in helping that work to start in Montpellier, South of France. He subsequently met a man who lives
only 30 minutes drive away from his and Eileen's home in Spain, a Mr Lesley Turner, from Youth With a
Mission, who was a guest Speaker at that Chapter in Montpellier. What a small world.
The Mojacar Chapter of course is not situated in
an area abundant in industry or businesses, since
Mojacar and the surrounding areas are mostly populated by retired
people and visiting tourists, but despite the lack of population, each meeting
sees a growing number of different people coming along and being blessed.
The aim of the
FGBMFI is to get people to come along to
a dinner or a breakfast, where they will
hear a man´s testimony of how God changed his life
for ever - people who might not accept an invitation to enter a Church, but
will accept an invitation to a meal in a Restaurant environment, and then God
does the rest, by his Holy Spirit.
The Mojacar Chapter normally has a meeting each
month (except for July and August, when temperatures can be as high as 40
centigrade and it is just too hot; folk also have family or friends visiting,
or they escape to cooler climes). Each month God provides a Spirit-filled
Speaker, who gives God all the glory for entering their lives, as they recount
what their life was like previously, how they had a personal encounter with
God, and what their life is like now, having a personal relationship with
instructs us to go out to all nations
and share the good news of Salvation through knowing Jesus personally. FGBMFI
actively supports and encourages church pastors to attend meetings and bring people
along, as FGBMFI is not a church, and nobody preaches, but as a man shares his testimony of how God has worked in his
life, lives are touched and changed.
If you would
like to come along to a ladies and
gentlemen´s breakfast meeting with Mojacar Chapter, then we should be very
pleased to hear from you.
(Clockwise left to right) David Hay, (Vice President), Geoffrey Walton (Membership Secretary), David Hamilton (Worship Leader and Member), David Templeman (President and also National Secretary of Spain for the FGBMFI), Joseph Bouchard (a visiting speaker from America) and Geoffrey Ward (Treasurer).