Sunday, August 02, 2009

One month and counting ...

The children and I leave one month from today - 2nd of September. The countdown has seriously begun now.

While it's just the two of us at home, we are sorting and packing and cleaning. What to take? What to leave behind? What do need to get rid of? Lots of decisions, which in themselves can be quite tiring. Eleven years in this flat means we have accumulated more than we thought, and it is time for a massive sort out.

We are flying into Denver on the 2nd to spend a few weeks with my family and friends there before making the second leg of the journey to Kona. Our last visit was Christmas 2007, so there is a lot to catch up on. These photos were taken with family last time we were together.

Phil leave about the same time as us to attend the University of the Nations International Gathering in Egypt. After a few nights back at The King's Lodge, he will fly on the 15th to join us.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

WildFire Blazes at The King's Lodge

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The Fruit of the Spirit is the result of the work of God’s Spirit in our lives, and we focused on walking out the presence of His Spirit.

The whole year of WildFire was building up for this training camp and the following outreaches. We had 104 camp participants – WOW! Running from Monday – Saturday, we worshipped and learned and processed as family groups and learned skills through workshops and ate ... some even got some sleep!

One of the most encouraging highlights was the excitement that was bubbling in the group for our Thursday night meeting; last year we prayed for each other and there was a fantastic move of the Holy Spirit within the group. Although a repeat of last year wasn’t necessarily in the teaching plan, the program shifted to accommodate this longing to welcome God’s moving in and through their lives. One of the most fulfilling things in life is to see young people on their knees before God, repenting and yielding themselves to him. They wept over and prayed for one another. Things happened on Thursday night that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Three outreach teams were sent out at the end of the camp: 40 to Spain, 15 to Italy, and 30 to South Africa. Although we hadn’t advertised a camp-only option, nearly 20 people booked in just to be a part of the training week!

Elisa and Jonathan left Sunday (27th) for an amazing experience in Worcester, South Africa. This is a picture of the South Africa team. We’ve heard that they are both settled well and getting on really well together. Elisa has given her testimony at least twice in school assemblies, and she says she is no longer afraid of speaking in public.

We are struggling to identify what that quiet sound in our home is with both of them gone!