Sunday, 31 August 2008

A dress rehearsal

Our family gathered this morning for worship in our home. Zoe gave a warm welcome to us and we then all wrote down on a big piece of paper some of the cool things we have done over the summer. This became the fuel for our worship as we made up new verses to fit their favourite songs!

Liz gave each of us verse to read which declared God's heart for the nations. It was good to hear the kids reading out these great truths. Then came the revealing part - we each had to write our prayers for Amsterdam on post-its and stick it on a map of the Netherlands.

The phrase 'a family together on mission' was played out in our kitchen. Liz and I decided to stay at home this Sunday morning and have a dress rehearsal of the first few months in Amsterdam. We want our kids to be confident to welcome strangers into our family worship times, so we are practising it now.

It did feel strange meeting like this given RFC were gathering just a few miles away ... but Jesus said 'go to the nations' and go our family will.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Under offer

Yesterday we accepted an offer on our house, paving the way to sell it in the Autumn .

Today has been one of mixed emotions. To get an offer agreed, so relatively quickly given the current housing market, is a real answer to prayer - you might say a 'great confirmation of our calling'.

And yet it has exposed a side of my British mindset that is un-nerved. We British aspire to own bricks & mortal ... British bricks and mortar. To leave my home country with no 'roots' feels very unsettling. To jump out of the UK housing market, given we expect to return at some point, also feels unsettling.

And yet we both sense this is the right move. To rent for a year in Amsterdam, then consider buying, is our plan. I suspect I have far more security in being a home owner than I ever realised. I praise God He is using all this to ensure I am building on the rock and not the sands of UK bricks & mortar

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

'Pain au chocolat' & other stuff

To say it is has been eventful few weeks is an understament:

Newday was fabulous on so many levels: being with RFC people, the food, the weather and seeing Joshua doing his first drop-in on the 1/4 pipe at the skate park. But it was fabulous mainly because God was there. Being with 1000's of His people, worshipping Jesus and seeing evidence of His work was inspiring.

Our two week family holiday in France was a great follow on activity. We came 4th in a Family Olympics Competition (narrowly missing a trophy) but almost last in a fishing competition in a lake (we only caught 6, the winners 116!). We discovered beautiful sandy beaches, enjoyed french wine & cheese, cycled, swam in lakes, and walked in forests. The 'sea & surf' was cold but refreshing and the french roads a pleasure to drive on.

And all through these three weeks we rejected 3 offers on our house, met prospective Amsterdam team members and heard from those who now don't want to go come with us. We also filmed a short video invite for the Amsterdam day and worked on getting the website done.

Not all classic holiday activities but kingdom life is very joined up! I will try to post a few holiday photos ...

Friday, 1 August 2008

Groovy Green's summer fun

Tommorow we are off to newday along with 7000 other people ... can't wait to queue for the toilets! We are acting as camp parents for the youth, not that we will have to do too much! The youth are a great bunch and the youth team are 'as mad as hatters' so it will be a lot of fun. I am also praying that our own children meet with God in a powerful way to prepare them for their future adventures!

We get back next Thursday night in order to celebrate Joshua's 10th birthday on the Friday (and wash everything!). On Saturday, we then load up the car and head to the Vendee (in France) for two weeks. We have a chalet on a beautiful camp site with superb facilities and WE WON'T BE CAMPING!

This will be my last blog for a few weeks, so ... groove yer later!