Greetings from the UK
Dear friends, I pray that this update from the United Kingdom finds you well. The rhythm of life in York continues by God’s grace as I wrap up my 8th year serving the body of Christ here (and 9th year on the mission field). The autumn semester is well under way; I am teaching II Corinthians and the Gospel of John. As usual, we’ve been to the lovely Yorkshire Dales for Speaker’s Week (with 2 students baptized in the chilly River Ure) and the students have just returned from Outreach Week. We sent teams to Romania, Belgium and Austria and there was also a team that remained in York to help with the normal weekly ministries happening around here. I led the Austria team as I have been doing for the last several semesters.
am sure that many of you are already praying for the situation in Israel in
light of recent events there. The
conflict is especially close to us in that we have had many Israeli students
pass through the Bible College over the years who have now been activated and
are directly involved in the conflict.
One of our current students is an ambulance driver in the IDF and he
returned to Israel a few days after the initial attack on October 7. Another of our former students is a bomb defuser. Please pray for their protection; also, as
they are believers in Christ, pray that the Lord would use them as witnesses before
the many soldiers in the IDF who do not know the Lord.
This past summer I drove up to Scotland to visit a friend and former Bible College student and he lent me a tent so I wound up doing a spontaneous driving/camping trip in the Scottish Highlands. I spent a day on the Isle of Skye simply marveling at the beauty of God’s creation. I also climbed the highest peak in the UK, Ben Nevis (the other Big Ben). It was quite a workout at 4413 feet, but like the Christian life, slow and steady wins the day.
|View from Ben Nevis|
|Summit of Ben Nevis|
the way back I stopped for the night at Lockerbie; many of you will remember
Pan Am flight 103 that was blown up in 1988 over this Scottish town with a
number of US servicemen and women aboard. I was able to visit the memorial garden.
Lockerbie Memorial Garden
All is well at Calvary Chapel York; it’s an oasis in the midst of our unique and ancient city. It’s quite an international church with many nations represented. I’m blessed with the privilege of teaching in the church from time to time and leading worship and serving the body of Christ in general.
I had a very blessed time back in the USA this past May and June. It was great to see some of you and to those I missed maybe we can connect next time around as the Lord wills.
Please pray for our students that they would finish well as the semester is wrapping up quickly; also that the Lord would send those that He would have to be here for next semester. Please also pray for divine appointments as I share Christ with the people of York. Thank you for your prayers and may the Lord richly bless you!