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 🙂
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.
View from the back seat of our “Mini Van” ride.
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)
Right to Left: Dalton, Thomas, Elyse, Heather and Chelsea making Evangelism bracelets.
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!
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.
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!