Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Songs of Praise" meets YWAM England

"Songs of Praise" is a well-established British tradition produced by the BBC. As part of its mandate to include religious programming, their team travels to different churches and meets with different people to explore aspects of their Christian faith, and participates in their worship times (often hymns). This is an American's understanding!!

Tonight the show will explore aspects of faith and finances, and a couple based in YWAM Harpenden (YWAM England's national office) is to be interviewed, and there will be scenes (we hope) of our site just north of London.

Tune in!!! See Brian and Anne Sloan, a couple who did their Crossroads DTS at The King's Lodge in the early '90's, and left their furniture for Phil and Linda (the newly-married couple) to use while they worked on the Anastasis mercy ship!

Tonight's show (Sunday, 20th) is from 4.25-5.00pm on BBC2.

For only one week the show can be seen again through BBC iPlayer. Click on and then choose BB2 and 20 July.

Well done, Jonathan!

After 7 years, Jonathan has completed his time at Milby Primary School. They concluded on Friday (18th of July) with a fantastic leavers' assembly; there was acting and singing and memories told about each of the 60+ students.

So now he gets to trade in his purple Milby sweater for a red Higham Lane Secondary School shirt and tie. We have a big transition ahead of us in September!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Launch of Phil's Field-Based SBS

Launching the Field-Based School of Biblical Studies

In September 2008 I am launching the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in an e-learning format. This is something I have desired to do for many years and now that I have finished my degree I can finally get to it. Distance Learning Bible Study has been offered for nearly 10 years through The King’s Lodge, but ths e-learning package is accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations and I believe will benefit those working within the mission.

The idea is to provide staff in YWAM with a way to study yet not have to leave their ministry situation. So each month of our residential SBS is being expanded into a three-month module with the expectation that the student will take about ten hours a week. Many of our staff in church planting or other ministry-type situations are not able to leave their location, but can now take the full SBS without leaving their "field". I have discovered some great e-learning software called Moodle which I am working hard to learn to use, as well as taking the SBS material and presenting it in a format that will work for this course. This is keeping me very busy, I am very excited to finally see this launched.

And don’t make the mistake others have; it is NOT called the "Phil-based SBS"!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Creative efforts by our children

At the end of July we 4 travel to Sarajevo, Bosnia, for 10 days of outreach. It'll be so different from either the Philippines or China! It is designed for young people and families, and these 2-1/2 weeks of the training camp and outreach will be milestone marks in our kids' walk with God and love for other people (please pray with us for that!!!)

Now that they are getting a little older, Elisa and Jonathan have taken initiative to raise money to cover their outreach expenses. We have already purchased the flights, so the remaining costs are £220/person.

Elisa and her friend / Bosnia outreach teammate had the unique idea of doing a sponsored midnight walk on the Malvern Hills, which is about an hour's drive from here. This last Friday they bundled up after youth group and headed out with their dads for a 2-hour hike through this beauty spot. Although they were rained on and got a little lost, it was a lot of fun ... especially arriving back home at 3:44am!

Jonathan appealed to the sweet-tooth of our friends at church today by selling brownies, chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake cup cakes which we made this morning. He was well supported and the goodies were appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to Jonathan for a virtual tasty treat, he'd be honoured to send you a picture of one!!

Friday, July 04, 2008

What a week!

We knew it would be a busy one, with over half of our annual family celebrations over the course of just 5 days! Alongside of that, it happens to be the busiest week of the year at The King's Lodge. We really did have quite a week.

June 20 (Friday) was the January Discipleship Training School (DTS) graduation. After 12 weeks of training in the classroom they have been out on the field, working 2 weeks with children at "Spring Harvest" (a large Christian camp) and 9 weeks working in Turkey. They told us stories about all they had experienced and how God had changed them while they were sharing him with others. We worshiped God together for what he has done in these past 6 months.

June 23 (Monday) was Elisa's 13th birthday! We decided to make a special fuss over this special birthday, including take two of her best friends out to dinner with our family and a special affirmation around the meal table. The next weekend included two back-to-back sleepovers!

This day we also sent 20 from our Crossroads DTS (students, children and school staff) to South Africa on outreach.

June 25 (Wednesday) was Phil's birthday! We have conveniently forgotten how many years ... His request was a special dinner of "Toad in the Hole" made by his American wife, and carrot cake. Another group of about 10 left that morning for South Africa.

June 26 (Thursday) we were able to celebrate two graduations: The Bible Core Course (BBC - a 12-week course which uses the inductive approach to study portions of the Bible representing the different kinds of literature) and the School of Biblical Studies (SBS - a 9-month course which studies every book of the Bible inductively, and the students will have read the Bible minimum 5 times throughout these 36 weeks). More stories came about how the scripture has effected their own hearts and their world-view. I noticed several times that the impact our students were talking about had come through books that Phil had taught them (note from proud wife!!)

June 27 (Friday) was our 16th wedding anniversary! We spent a few minutes gazing into each other's eyes, then got off to work to see this term completed. Students and their new family at TKL were experiencing tearful goodbyes, while the Introduction to Primary Healthcare school did their final packing to leave for Uganda that night.

Elisa was off school due to a Teacher Training day, so she was off with some of her church friends celebrating her birthday. They came back to us for pizza, then we whisked them off to Youth Group for the evening, then the sleepovers began ...

The change of pace hasn't been as dramatic as we'd hoped as we came into our first week of "summer" at TKL. Cleaning up, regrouping for summer activities, and as a family preparing for our summer outreach to Bosnia are all capturing our attention.