We are so so so thankful to all our friends and family for your continuing love and support. Thank you for staying in touch and really caring to hear how we are doing over here in England. We know that we are growing tremendously spiritually, and in our marriage. Although "growing pains" are unpleasant at times, are hope is in Christ Jesus.
Our prayer is that we continue to realize why we are over here and not to lose heart in the discouraging times. We've been experiencing moments of, "Wow, we really are different in a lot of ways!" (Us and the British culture) We are thankful for our relationship with the pastor and his wife over here. Please pray that our ministry team (us four) will continue to grow in grace and understanding for eachother. Uplifting one another with the Truth.
Our hearts for the youth are growing and for Bridlington!!! We have an upcoming outreach project. We are going to go to every residence in Bridlington and pass out a postcard with the gospel on it and info. about where our church is at. We are also praying that God will use this outreach for street witnessing and that we will be able to have an abundance of opportunities to share with people one on one. There are two parts to Bridlington... the "rougher" area where they are in "need" and the ritzy area where they don't "need" anything! This is going to be trying physically (we're walking) and emotionally.
This quote we found in a book is how we want to live: "God give to us hearts that bleed, eyes that are wide open to see, minds that are clear to interpret God's purpose, wills that are obedient, and a determination that is utterly unflinching as we set about the tasks He would have us to do."
Monday, June 22
This is Danny. He has been coming to the youth group since he was 15, he is now 21. He is at that place in his life where he has a choice to make, whether to follow the Lord whole heartidly or to continue holding on to the things in his past. He is now beginning to serve in the church! For years he played in secular bands, but he is wanting more in life and last week he led worship :) He really does know that God is speaking to him and wanting to lead him on. He is out of college for the summer so him and Zach have been hangin out just about everyday. Our desire for Danny is for him to step up, to begin to leave things behind and to press on. He has many opportunities such as going to Bible college or serving at church here or at the castle in Austria. So we are praying that the Lord continues to shape his heart in to a servants. Please pray for Danny that will have ears to hear.
Thank you all so much for your prayers! Rob is now at the castle in Austria serving in the coffee shop and kitchen. He is in such a great environment to grow in his walk with the Lord. He will meet christians from all around Europe and even the world, who are either missionaries or are on church retreats. Please continue to pray for Rob since he is a new christian and I know how much the enemy will try to destroy him. I have told him that our friends and family back home are praying for him and he couldn't even believe it.
Saturday, June 6
Rob, one of the youth who gave his life to Jesus last year, is leaving for Austria next week. He has decided to serve the Lord over at the castle, which is a retreat center for groups who come to grow in the Lord. He will be there for a year growing in the Word and seving. We are so excited for what the Lord is going to do in his life. Rob has talked about wanting to go to Bible college after that year. During our time here he has been such an amazing blessing to us and a great witness for the youth around him. Please be praying for Rob that he will continue to follow the Lord whole heartedly.