Is this Real Life??? Drip, drip, driP…

I took some of our trainee girls for tea to get to know them a bit and enjoy a rare bit of sunshine on a Sunday afternoon.  We ended us asking each other questions and one stood out to me; What job would you have if you could have any? As I sat and thought about it I realized I am doing it!  My answer:  I would marry a tall, funny guy and travel the world teaching people the Bible.  Heehee… I’m so thankful.

As I think through what changes a nation, it comes down to knowing WHO God is through His Word.  God’s word renews one’s view of the world, it causes individuals to change their actions.  As many people change, one by one, a nation is changed (See Loren Cunningham’s book The Book the Transforms Nations).  You only need a few;  about 20% to change a society.  God does work with the minority (See Judges 6&7).

I often teach that “Small things make a BIG difference.”  Think of a dripping faucet, its only one small drop at a time, but in time it has the potential to fill a huge swimming pool.  Now imagine many little drips together, like rain for example… God does in an instant, with many seemingly small people, doing small things to bring change.   Just as the rain can water more in a moment than I can in weeks.

Cliff and I have dedicated our lives to teach people to understand the Biblical story.  One by one, hearts and minds are transformed and as they ‘drip’ together, change happens.

Here is a weekend Photo Journal
(I am finding these more fun to create and probably to look at then reading loads of text 🙂

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Riding like a bike club on Saturday morning to pray in the newly rented YWAM Cambridge’s Discipleship Training School house!!!!  We have a DTS starting September 23.  Cool times!  As the five of us road together, we are like a mini van (which they do not have here in England… trying to find a pick-up truck in England is not going to happen.  Most cars are small little hatch backs).  Amaris taking a photo while Cliff, Thomas and Heather follow closely behind.

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View from the back seat of our “Mini Van” ride.

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Making Evangelism Bracelets.   Using small beads in six colors, we can tell the Gospel to people by offering them a bracelet and explaining the different color.  Its a great tool for evangelism.  (Look for a coming post with the detail of these bracelets!)  From right to left: Connie Taylor (YWAM Cambridge Base leader, Cliff, Grace & Colette)

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Right to Left: Dalton, Thomas, Elyse, Heather and Chelsea making Evangelism bracelets.

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Near our home, The Oak Villa, is a place called Madingley Hall.  Its a part of Cambridge University that offers continuing education.  I think it was the former home of the Earl of Madingley, amazing to look at and beautiful grounds, Take a closer look at this photo for a fun surprise.  To me it really is Pride and Prejudice come to life.  Make me want to jump for joy!

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Taking the girls for tea at Grantchester Meadows.
Part of discipleship is getting to know people.  How better than to have tea in an orchard.  Quite lovely if I may say so myself.
Already I can see growth in our ladies.  What a joy and privilege to be a part of God’s work in their lives.

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An Apple a day keeps the doctor away… Yes  I did pick this apple off the tree behind that bench during my quiet time.  God does provide.   I then took it and let Cliff have a bite.  Typical.

Thank you for your prayers for our program here in England.  Cliff and I feel truly blessed.  As we begin studying Deuteronomy this week and YWAM Cambridge’s DTS begins, we are expectant for God to do good things through us in the city!  We continue to pray and share the good news when opportunity is there!

Cheers.

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A Glimpse @ CBCC Cambridge

We are well into the second week of our Chronological Bible Core Course here in Cambridge England and all I can say is that we are blessed.  Our six trainees are picking up the study method quickly and are a really great bunch.  We have made our way through Philemon and this week we are studying Ephesians.

Last night we had a time around the wood burning stove with hot coco sharing testimonies.  How encouraging it was!  One trainee from the UK, who was raised an Atheist, shared how he simply had a thought, “If God is real, I would know” and within a few weeks began hearing God’s voice and gave his life to Christ.  What an amazing God we serve!  It is testimonies like this that remind Cliff and I why we do what we do as well as encourage us that God is able to do anything!!!!

This weekend Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Cambridge will begin its first ever Discipleship Training School (DTS).  God has been faithful to provide a house for them to stay and 6 trainees to attend their nine-month program.  We are looking forward to  partnering with this program for outreach into the city on the weekends.

I have recently been reminded about time.  So often I can become anxious and worried about life and things- ‘How will this  work??’- wondering whether our vision is even possible.  But in the end, I see God come through and blow my mind.  Ultimately, in time, things will work out when God is fighting for you.  We are so blessed and thankful for all God has done to bring us to England to Start this program!

Thank you for your prayers an support.

What a mighty God we serve!

Enjoy a photo journal of our time so far…

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Our six Trainees with Moustashes (uk spelling)!
top from left:  Thomas (Holland), Tom (UK), Chelsea (Washington State)
bottom from right: Dalton (Tennessee), Annalie (UK), Elyse (West Virginia)

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Testimony time in the Snug with the wood burning stove.
Heather Wilson, our staff girl, shares her testimony as Annalie and Dalton listen.

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Cliff giving a lecture in our classroom.
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Prayer and Worship time with Cambridge’s House of Prayer.
Every Friday we meet with other believers from Cambridge to join together in prayer for the city.
Connie Taylor (the red head) is our YWAM Cambridge base leader.  Praise God for her faithful dedication to get YWAM Cambridge off its feet!

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Dalton and Thomas on a tour of Cambridge with Christian Heritage.  Notice the colored pencils in Dalton’s backpack, the sign of a good bible student ready to observe his Bible!

Sunday we joined this tour to give the trainees a better understanding of the Christian significance of the city.

Each Saturday and Sunday the trainees will volunteer with Christian Heritage, a ministry focused on preserving and telling the Christian history of the city!

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The beautiful chapel of St. John’s College

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This post would not be complete without a picture of Cliff with a cow.  Cows roam freely in many of the meadows around Cambridge.  They are like natural lawn mowers, but watch out for what they leave behind!