Monday, June 15, 2009

Raising the joy level in Nuneaton

WildFire entered a float in yesterday's Nuneaton Carnival procession. Clowns, magicians, stilt-walkers, unicyclists, an acrobalance team, drummers and dancers accompanied the float filled with people in costume from around the world. There were 60 of us involved from the ages of 4 - 50!

The Carnival theme was "Anything Goes". We took them at their word and proclaimed JOY over Nuneaton, using the King's Kids mandate of "raising the joy level". The judges loved the theme, costumes and involvement, and we were awarded Second Place in our category. Yipee!

Jonathan was a magician who stopped in the crowd to show his trick; Elisa rode on the float dressed as a Scottish dancer. Well done, WildFire!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Snowdon conquered!

Yesterday Elisa and Jonathan, along with a friend Anna, reached the summit of Mt Snowdon, after a hard walk up the Pyg Track. The amazing thing of the day was that their dad made it too! Thank you to all who have been willing to sponsor them to help towards their missions trip to South Africa next month. This is a great blessing.

We made it!

The summit of Snowdon is top centre

Half way up and still smiling

Friday, June 12, 2009

Another miracle!

This week our family was able to purchase air tickets for Elisa and Jonathan to go on outreach this July/August to South Africa!

It was a substantial amount and we praise God that He has provided for it.

On Saturday Elisa, Jonathan and Phil will join friends to climb Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, to raise more money toward their outreach.

I'm staying back at The King's Lodge for WildFire preparation to be a part of our Nuneaton Carnival on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

God Save the Queen

My application for British nationality has been approved and I am now a proper citizen of the United Kingdom!

The process took far less time than the reported 6-month wait -- thankfully!! In fact, I received my letter of approval in less than two months. Perhaps it was all that prayer.

The children and a friend accompanied me to Warwick for the official citizenship ceremony. The High Sheriff of Warwick welcomed 16 of us on the Queen's behalf, followed by tea and biscuits in the garden.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

SBS Consultation in Germany

A few weeks ago, I went to the YWAM centre in the Bavarian village of Hulach Germany, to attend an international gathering of leaders and staff involved in the School of Biblical Studies (SBS).
Also gathered were people involved in many related ministries, most of which were ‘spin offs’ from the SBS. It was quite a historic event laying foundations for the next phase of growth for this ministry.

One of the best things about these times is meeting up with friends and colleagues as well as hearing what God is doing around the world. We had Don Gilman, who is the East Asia director for YWAM’s frontier missions ministries speak to us. After telling many stories about the impact the SBS is making in places where there are new church plants and in restricted access nations, there was a heart cry from him for greater partnership between the SBS world and Frontier Missions. The response to this can be seen on You Tube at:

One of the new ministries of SBS international is a website with teaching from some of our SBS leaders on books of the Bible. You can check this out on:
If you look hard enough, you will find a series I have done on Luke’s Gospel.

Right now I am in Sweden (until Friday) teaching the Bible Core Course, we are looking at Old Testament law material and especially Deuteronomy. To see how the students light up when they see the relevance and significance of the law for today, and more than that, how wonderful the God of the law is, never get old.