Spring is in the England air, meaning decisions for our summer needed to be made. A few weeks ago The King’s Lodge hosted Dean Sherman, YWAMer for 40 years and respected Bible teacher. Dean spoke a few words to us which helped us discern that it would be really good for us as a family to go on a summer outreach with a team going to Bosnia.
You might be thinking that that’s a long way from China which we had been talking about! We personally could not get a full "yes" in our hearts about China, and now the opportunity we were looking at has been cancelled. Since we do know we are called to GO, that left the whole world before us!
In 2007 The King’s Lodge hosted the YWAM Sarajevo (Bosnia) team, as 6 of them came to train in children and youth work. They have now returned to Sarajevo with their new skills to work with young people and families who are still recovering from the years of war experienced during the 90's. I’m told that the effects of the battle are scarred on every hill, building, and on the hearts of the people.
We will be a part of a YWAM Wildfire outreach, geared toward youth and families taking part, and a huge emphasis is for us as a team to bring joy - to those we work with and especially to bring joy to God’s heart through how we live and what we do. Our interaction with Bosnians will include teaching English in pre-schools, community centres, and a blind school. We will also join an ongoing YWAM ministry there of rebuilding playgrounds for the children, and teaching them how to play again after all the stifling years of war.
Rejoice with us that we were able to book our flight reservations for 4 to Bosnia! God has generously provided for us and we want to tell of what He is doing. Please pray with us as we continue to prepare. The dates including our training camp are 21 July - 5 August 2008.