Sunday, 29 June 2014

Happy Sunday :)

I'm sorry for the lack of posts this week - we've been busy finishing off school, getting teacher pressies ready and packing for our summer holiday, all while hubby was teaching leadership skills during the day and running a football camp each evening!!! A busy busy week :)

This year we're heading to one of the 'Haven' parks in England so while I'm going to try to post as we relax and enjoy some family time, I apologise in advance that it won't be more of our series - just summer fun posts!! 

But for now I'll leave you with a little thought... 

I've been taking part in the #100daysofhappiness challenge on my personal Instagram and Facebook pages and I have loved every minute of it. I'm onto day 81 today (coming later!!) and I would advise everyone to try to do it at some point in your life. 

Life can be hard and when it is it's nearly impossible to find any joy, happiness or blessings... But our Father is a God of love, of joy and of blessing and it is good to take the time out of our day to really think about what we are thankful for and what makes us happy. 

I have days when posting is easy - days when I've been to the spa...



been on family days out...




on holiday... 


or when we have been blessed in a really obvious way...



And those days are all great. 

But what has really made me happy is when we don't have something obvious to post and we have had to look for something, or to really think about the blessings we take for granted. 

Like having a quiet relaxing evening to myself...


Or finding somewhere special on a walk with the boys...


Or fitting into clothes after a couple of years... 


So what are you thankful
 for today? 


'Let them continually say, “Great is the LORD, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long.'

Psalms 35:27, 28

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Eat Pray Love - A weekend to cherish

This weekend I spent some time with an amazing group of women. And as my 'Eat Pray Love' was going to come exclusively from my time away, I'm going to share it with you. 

The weekend was organised by a friend of my mum for her weekly Bible study girls. She had asked my mum and I if we'd like to come and do a short talk on the Saturday and we jumped at the chance. 

Let me set the scene for you... 


The house is a lovely bungalow with lots of space and a great sized living room. But the best thing about it was what was happening behind me when I took this picture!

When I turned 180 degrees this is what you see...


Yes - we're that close to the beach!! Just down those little steps on the left hand side and down into the water you go...


And yes it does look even better in real life!! And to top it off we were blessed with the most beautiful weather! 

But the weekend was about more than having somewhere gorgeous to stay. It was a weekend of encouragement, love, recognising God's hand on our lives and having real honest genuine fellowship. We talked, we laughed - a lot!!! - and we cried together. We talked about hard times we'd come through and times we'd hung onto God's promises - like the verses found in Psalms 139:7-10


"I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me."


And times when we didn't even realise God's hand was guiding us and bringing the right people into our lives at the right time - until we looked back and we're able to see His fingerprints right where we needed them to be. 

We have an amazing God who loves us enough to touch our lives and help us through whatever we are struggling against. He is always there, even when we can't feel Him - maybe it's even ESPECIALLY when we can't feel Him. 

Beofre this weekend I'd never met any of these women, but I enjoyed it so much. It had it all - lots of great fun - including the cereal box game, a pair of knickers being thrown across the room at me and racing around the house - lots of wonderful tasting food - including homemade wheaten bread, lots of buns and a fry this morning!! - and wonderful fellowship - laughter, tears, prayers and encouragement... And I truly thank God for allowing me to be part of it. 


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Living a life of love... European style :)

Time for another inspirational woman of God who actively seeks to live a life of love. This time it's a real globe-trotter who has lived in Rome (I'm very jealous!!) and now lives in England. I'll let her introduce herself... 


My name is Lauren Dixon, I’m a whopping 30 years old and am married to Andy, a brit from Nottingham. I’ve been working with students in Oxford, England with Agape since Christmas but was in Rome, Italy 7 years prior. As you can tell from my lack of erranious “u” and a few extra “z”s, I’m an American, so both of those places (England and Italy) are cross-cultural for me!


2. How did you feel called to work here?

This is a tricky one. Often times I wish I had some sort of glamorous calling where God painted the continent of Europe in the sky, but even though it wasn’t dramatic, it was still beautiful. I heard a sermon at my church here in Oxford the other week about discerning God’s will. The pastor described how he recently, along with his small children, had to buy his wife a birthday present. He and his boys sat around talking about his wife’s taste, gifts she’d thoroughly enjoyed in the past, recent hobbies, what clothing might need replacing. They thought about the things that make her smile. In the end they landed on a watch. It may have been easier, he explained, if his wife would have just come out and told them “I’d like a nice watch for my birthday, please!” but they would have missed getting to know her more through the process. Really our calling to Oxford was quite similar. For us this time (and something God does dramatic callings!) He didn’t write it in lights across the blue Roman sky but we did spend months reflecting on God’s values, searching his purposes for us, coming up with ideas and criteria and weighing them against His word. We continually asked the question “What is our best gospel contribution during this next season?” We got to know Him better in the process. We sought His face and made a decision. It wasn’t dramatic, but it was still beautiful.

3. What are the biggest cultural differences you’ve had to adjust to?

When I first moved to Italy I fell in love with the country at the first bit of mozzarella and kiss on the cheek. There was also a lot of stress that came with living in Italy (as opposed to spending a holiday) like the long queues and how everything (I mean everything) takes for-ev-er to get done. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I can now see why. The same principle applies to people and Italian hearts as well. It takes a long time for an Italian to warm to the gospel and to Jesus. Maybe it’s the religious history in the city or the cultural apathy, but that was always hard to get used to. Since coming to Britain I’ve had to adjust to the differences in conflict resolution (let’s just say Brits are screaming at each other in the streets and then kissing to make up again like the Italians) and the efficiency of everything. (Yes, I did adjust to Italy and yes, I have been experiencing reverse culture shock moving back to a country where people eat 30 minute meals and meet you for coffee for 45.) There’s also the silly differences like the frequency of tea-drinking and how people don’t talk to strangers they haven’t been introduced to!


4.  How do you live a life of love where you are?

I’m learning a lot about living at a savoring pace. I’m an activist. I’m an achiever. I’m driven and like to make things happen. Often times I can run myself so far into the ground that I don’t truly savor Jesus in my day-to-day life. And if I’m not savoring Christ and loving Him well I certainly won’t be able to love others well! My prayer is that I would have my eyes wide open for those “interruptions” in my day that are really opportunities to love those around me. 


5. How can we pray for you?

Please pray for my continued transition into the UK. Pray also for me as I help lead our cross-cultural training in Budapest this summer. And to press ahead at a savoring pace.



Thank you so much for taking part in our mini-series Lauren. We've loved hearing from you and we'll definitely be praying for you and Andy as you settle into the British way of life! And hopefully we'll hear from you again :) 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What if I disobey?

Yesterday we looked at the O of GROWTH - where learning to OBEY God moment by moment is one of our steps towards Christian maturity. But what if, despite our best efforts, or through a failure in the battle of wills, we disobey... What do we do? Can we get back to where we want to be? Can we get right with God again? 

The relationship between God and us has often been illustrated as a Father and child - and it no where is it better seen than the parable of the Prodigal Son. 

In this story, found in Luke chapter 15, a father had two sons and one of the them - the youngest son - decided to take his share of his father's wealth - before he died- and took off for a foreign land. He choose to go his own way, take whatever he could get and do whatever he wanted, without thought so his father or family. Sound familiar? I know there have been many times in my life that I have done that - not least when I was about 20 and 'left' home by putting all of my belongings into my mum's car and driving up to the student house we owned in Belfast!! I didnt care if she needed it, or if I had hurt them, I just wanted to do what I wanted and they weren't going to tell me otherwise. Not a good period in my life :( 

But as so often happens the son (and me!) got into difficulties and starts to pine for the comforts and security of home. He knows he messed up and he knows he can't expect anything, so he goes home asking to be taken in as a servant, instead of the masters son he actually is. 

And we all know what happens - his father sees him coming, runs to meet him and kills the fatted calf in celebration of his son coming home. Likewise, my mum and dad welcomed me 'home' with open arms. I definitely didn't deserve it. And I don't think I have ever thanked them properly - so here now I'd like to say a big enormous THANK YOU to a set of wonderful parents who loved me through everything and all the way back again. I love you both xxx



But it's a long road back when we've done something wrong and disobeyed. A long road and a hard road - especially if we are really sorry. It causes us to be humble, to be honest and to be vulnerable. And there are some very necessary steps we need to make on our journey - 

1. We need to confess our sins - out loud if possible - but as individually as possible too. We need to actually let God know that we are sorry but also what we are sorry for. I know when my kids are fighting and I try to get them to stop and apologise, they often say sorry and don't know what it's for!! To truly confess we need to get it all off our chests to God and if you can't think of anything, ask God to show you!! 

2. Thank God for forgiving us - because He has - through Christ's death on the cross. He has paid our debt and taken our punishment for our sin and shame. So we are forgiven - once and for all. And it's true - because God says so :) 

3. Repent - we need to actually change... It's not good enough just to say sorry and go out and do the same thing straight away again. We need to make a change - a change in our attitude and a change in our behaviour. This isn't easy and it's hard work, but it is truly worth it. 


One of the best ways of actually 'getting' this idea of God forgiving us is to do the following exercise. Start by getting a scrap of paper and writing down all the hints you have done wrong - the thoughts, words, actions - and as you write confess them to God. Then turn the page to a right angle - ie turn it onto its side! And in red pen write this verse on top of what you have written - 

"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."
1 John 1:9

Now read it out - slowly and clearly - and claim this promise for yourself. You have confessed. He has forgiven. Take it in - it's already done - it is finished. 

Now tear that piece of paper into little tiny bits and throw them away! Because that, my friend, is what God does to our sins - in Micah 7:19 it says He will "throw them into the depths of the ocean". I usually try to throw mine in the direction of the fireplace so they are truly gone! 

I find that by doing this exercise every so often, it helps me to really concentrate and confess properly, sincerely and humbly. So why not try it for yourself. 
Keep shining xx 


Monday, 16 June 2014

GROWTH - O

In the third lesson from the word GROWTH we are looking at the letter O

O - Obeying God moment by moment...

So what in the world does this actually mean and why is an important part of our spiritual growth? 

The way I think about it is this - every second of every day we have a choice to make. We can choose to go our way, follow our own plans and dreams, and satisfy our own desires... Or we can choose to put God first - at the very heart of every decision we make and every thing we think, say or do. When we actively decide to put God first we learn to obey Him moment by moment. 

From my experience this is all very good and easy in theory - but WHY is this so important and HOW do we go about putting this into practice? 

Let's go back a bit to start - in John 15:10 we read -




So this helps us to understand WHY we need to obey. In order to truly shine for Jesus, to show His light to others and to live for Him, we need to remain in Him. This just means we need to be immersed in His Word and in His love, taking time out of our busy days to spend time reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer. We need this time so much - when we don't have it we can so easily grow cold, compromise and end up making all our decisions with a screwed up perspective. Daily time with God helps to ground us in the way He wants us to go. 

And the parable in Luke chapter 6 warns us again why we need to obey -
"But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house 
without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, 
it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” 
Luke 6:49

Our lives are too precious to waste them by basing our foundations on things that are going to collapse. Money, career, and even relationships, can't support us when we need it most, no matter how hard they try. We need to build our foundation on the Rock - the God of heaven and earth - the One who knows all and loves us unconditionally. Only then can we be sure we're going to be alright. 

So that's the WHY answered. Now we need to think about HOW we put this into practice. We've mentioned earlier that we need to spend time daily in God's Word. This is so important and cannot be put off for anything! I know myself that when I don't take the time to sit down and actually 'do' my quiet time everything else just seems off. It's hard to fit in it - I know - and I've been there through the crying kids, sleepless nights and hectic days. But it is so worth it. 

Someone once said that every time you read the Bible you should get something out of it. Now, I have to admit, when I first heard this I struggled so much - because to be honest that wasn't what I was finding. I was reading some days and getting amazing words of wisdom, but them sometimes I was reading passages and getting nothing. Nada. Niente. Nothing. I thought something was wrong with me - either that or I was doing something very wrong!

Thankfully it was the latter reason and I'm perfectly fine and normal!!! :)) Up until then I had been using Bible reading notes, and mostly I couldn't remember what I'd read by lunchtime never mind bedtime. It wasn't ideal and I didn't really get what I wanted out of them. But then I discovered a couple of wonderful tools that revolutionised my Bible reading. 

The first one is the GMG programme which I have mentioned before - which uses the SOAP system. Then there was the WORD system of reading, and finally I read these words of wisdom - 

Nearly all passages of Scripture have one of the following:• a command to obey• an example to follow• a sin to avoid• a lesson to remember 

This was such an encouragement as I read through my verses over the next few weeks and months. When I knew what I was looking for, and then was thinking about a way I could actually apply this truth and wisdom to my life, I found that most days I was coming away with something real that I could focus on in my day to day life, helpig me to focus on God throughout the day and helping me to make decisions for Him rather than myself. 

I'll admit - it's not always easy - but it's always worth it. The things I find it hardest to obey in are the things I struggle with most - especially because my selfish nature comes out and wants it's own way. For me these include laziness, my issues with food and the core of selfishness that threatens all the good I want to do. But I'm a work in progress and I praise God that He's not finished with me yet!!! 

Tomorrow we'll take a little look at how to move forward when we do disobey as so often happens. 
See you then!
Keep shining xx 

Friday, 13 June 2014

Apologises...

I'm so sorry for not posting this week - I've had a hectic week!!! Here are a couple of things we've been doing :)

BIRTHDAY TIME!!!

Two of my sons had birthdays this week. The second eldest turned 10 on  Sunday and my baby turned 6 on Tuesday. I can't believe I now have two in double figures - and my baby... 6... he is growing up way too fast!!! 



So we have had a big birthday weekend. On Saturday we took 10 very excited kids to play laser quest (hubby and I joined in too) and lasered the life out of them!! We had a great time - there are plenty of little walls and hidey-holes and I really enjoyed getting my hubby!! The best thing of all was that the highest scorer was my sons best friend - he wiped the floor with all of us!! 

Then on Sunday we celebrated E's birthday with a quiet afternoon at home. We had a lovely meal at church - they do a family lunch every so often to raise money for different things - so we just relaxed and enjoyed a few board games and treats :)

Then Monday saw another party. This time we had 10 screaming 6 year olds cycling at Mum's house. She lives on a farm and has plenty of room so we got them all to bring their bikes and helmets and cycle for an hour! Then we had some fun, some games and they went home - tired but happy! It's a great party since they just want to run around like eejits at that age!!! Lots of fresh air!! 

And Tuesday was my baby's actual birthday so we had a lovely chilled day and a special tea out :) 

So the start of the week was kinda hectic, and since I was in school on Monday and Tuesday, there wasn't really time for much else!! And for the rest of the week... 

SPRING CLEANING TIME!!

My hubby was off this week so we decided to take some time to sort out the pile of stuff that is starting to overrun our house. With a hoarder (me), a hubby who has lots of sporty things and four sons who all have their favourite toys, the 'stuff' we have is starting to annoy me. It's overwhelming when I have too many toys, books, clothes or kitchen things, since I don't actually have the room for them all to have a place to live. 

So on Monday my hubby sorted out under the stairs. This is where most of the toys live, as well as my ironing board, the Hoover and any sports equipment. Unfortunately this is the first place to start overflowing and needs cleared out regularly. So hubby went at it and totally transformed it. If I'd taken a 'before' picture we couldn't actually step into it at all!!! 

AFTER



Amazing, isn't it!!! Then for the rest of the week we worked our way round the house, doing all the cupboards and shelves in the dining room and living room as well as the kitchen and the bedrooms. 



So 9 bin bags of broken toys, 10 bags of old clothes, 3 bags of old and 5 boxes to 'give away' later and I'm much happier!! We still have a garage full of stuff to sort through, but I guess that'll take the summer!! 

So I've been kinda preoccupied and busy so I hope you'll forgive me for not continuing our different series this week. Hopefully normality will resume on Monday :)) 

Monday, 9 June 2014

FRIDAY - Life with boys

Last week we had two birthdays in our house. Boy number 2 and boy number 4 turned 10 and 6 respectively so we had a couple of fabulous boy parties!!

The first one was a laser quest party. It's the best boy party ever - lots of hidey holes, large laser guns and the glee and excitement of shooting each other and hearing the word 'casualty'!!! I have never played before - it's a boy thing so I've stayed back and let them go for it!! But this year Ethan invited two girls to his party so I got to go as well!! The girls put up a good show, although we did end up redder in the face and more tired than any of the lads!! Was it bad that I got immense pleasure from shooting my hubby?? 😃 It was fun!!!





The second party was a cycling party. Again it was a mixed group - Micah has two girls who he adores and who get invited to everything :) And this time it involved lots of cycling REALLY fast around my sisters house. It was a fantastic day and the sun was splitting the trees. I was a little worried for the knees and elbows, but thankfully there was only one knuckle scrapped. It was great and the boys had so much fun flying around and around and around... The fresh air tired everyone out so it was early to bed for us all!!! 



I have never had a party with fairy cakes, pretty dresses or princess hats but I have to say that I love boy parties! They are full of energy, yelling, wrestling and wars! Even on bikes we were pirates, soldiers, knights and Vikings! 

Life with boys is fun... and there is never a full moment :))

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Eat Pray Love

Time for another lovely weekend post, sharing different things I've lived this week :) 

EAT

I told you I'd try to make it a little healthier this week!! So here is my new 'go-to' salad ingredient - seriously, I have it practically every day of the week... 



Baby spinach leaves :) 

I absolutely love these - although I have to admit that a couple of months ago I didn't know they existed, and if I had I definitely wouldn't have even tried them!! But when I started my journey to try to get fitter, healthier and to eat clean, my nutritionist suggested trying these as they are so much healthier than eating lettuce leaves alone. My next challenge is to use them in a juice, but I'm not that brave just yet!!! 


PRAY

This week I have been taking part in the latest Good Morning Girls study. It's called 'You Are Loved' and is based on a book of the same title written by GMGs own Angela Perritt and Sally Clarkson, author of many wonderful books like 'The Ministry of Motherhood' and 'The Mission of Motherhood'. 



This first week has been amazing. I struggle with lots of fears, especially that I'm not good enough to do something - as the gaps in this blog will show you - but I also struggle with two major issues in my life - a battle with food and a battle with laziness. I know that most people probably battle both of things and just think it's normal, but my battles go beyond normal. 

But this week has reminded me of two things. The first one is that I'm never alone - that God is always with me, helping me, guiding me and comforting all of my fears. 

And the second one is that He is ALWAYS there... a challenge that I have come to love this week. When I'm trying to sneak an extra biscuit, read something I'm not supposed to or sit on the sofa instead of doing some laundry... When I think that He is there to help me, but He also sees when I chose to linger in my sin... It's a definite challenge to live my life for Him :)

LOVE


It's birthday time in our house this week!! Ethan turns 10 today and had a laser quest party with some of his friends yesterday, while Micah turns 6 on Tuesday and is having a cycling party tomorrow. It's fun having the boys born so close together, especially since they always get a special birthday tea and a cake for each school party... And Micah gets a cake to take into school as well!!! Lots of cake!!! 

I have been very blessed having four wonderful boys, and I love taking the time to remember the day they were born and the years that have passed - they go so quickly and it's so easy to miss so much but I am loving every single minute!! :)

Friday, 6 June 2014

Life with boys :)

I'm really learning a lot as I journey through a life with boys. 

You see I've never really been used to boys or boys things. I have three sisters, so it was all girls and my dad in our house. You can guess what won - dad's 'toys' (or anything boy related like fretwork, woodwork, gadgets and DIY stuff) were relegated to the 'workshop' or outdoor shed!! 

Add to that the fact that the majority of my cousins were girls, and of course all of my friends were girls, I really hadn't even considered the possibility of ever having a 'boy'...




Fast forward a couple of years and I ended up married to one of those 'boys' and giving birth to not one but FOUR of the same 'boy' creatures!! I am well and truly outnumbered and no matter how much pink I try to introduce our house is and always will be blue! 

I've gone from playing with barbies to fighting wars with toy soldiers, Lego men and Transformers. I go to see movies like Spider-Man and Cars rather than the lovely Disney princesses like Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast. And I read bedtime stories that involve mysteries and school boy detectives like Saxby Smart rather than love stories and happily ever afters. 

It's a big shock.

But I LOVE IT!!!!


"Children are a gift from the LORD..."
Psalms 127:3

Some things I knew already - like the fact that boys are definitely more into rough and tumble play, and more often than not it ends with someone crying... for about two seconds before they see an opportunity to dive on someone else's back or sneak on someone else's chair!! And the fact that they definitely need less structured play - they can go outside and literally play the same game for hours!!

And some things I found out - like the way not one of the boys an manage to walk past his brothers without hitting him on the arm - playfully I have to add - or teasing him or touching his hair or trying to just walk into him... You get the picture!! This happens 100% of the time and I have yet to see two boys meet in the middle of my living room and walk past each other untouched!! 

But some things have surprised me - boys - and my boys in particular - are very loving, very caring and very quick to help when they are needed. I'm not talking about chore things - that will come I hope!!! - but if I am crying for any reason (and since I'm a top notch crier it happens often!!) they will always come and give me a hug - even if it's my crying at an advert or a cartoon on tv. Don't get me wrong - they'll tease the life out of me later, but a hug always comes first. 

And they are starting to really think about things as we start to teach them how to be gentlemen. They will open doors for people, help Granny or Nanny in any way that they can and always let ladies go first through a doorway, in a queue etc. 

Boys definitely are different creatures but they are as fearfully and wonderfully made as us glorious girls, and I'm proud to be a MOB :) 

(MOB = mother of boys - just in case you thought I'd joined the mafia!!)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Living a life of love... in Namibia :)

This morning I have another wonderful friend to introduce to you. She was one of the first people we met when we joined Agape UK - and we were both pregnant with our eldest kids! A long time ago!! She is passionate about God and a wonderful encourager, and I know that from personal experience! So without further ado - I'll let her introduce herself :)

 


I am Caroline Shave and I've been happily married to Geoff for 19 years and blessed with two funny, kind and creative children, Emily (12) and Nathan (10).  If life begins at forty then that makes me just two years old!

I have been working alongside Geoff in Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC, known as Agape in the UK) for 20 years now.  I started off in student ministry in Newcastle-upo-Tyne, England, then worked in training our staff and in events management and conferences when we moved to Islington, London, but always keeping my hand in student ministry. We now live and work in Namibia, southern Africa, heading up a CCC movement of evangelism and discipleship amongst students, in the workplace, in the community and in the local church.


How did you feel called to work here?

Before we moved to London we had said "Never London!", but God had different ideas and showed us a clear path, giving us much peace about moving location with a 6 month old baby.  We loved London life and were very settled.  Being very close to my family, I had never really considered moving internationally.  However, God started speaking to us both in various ways, not least using the words spoken to Abram in Genesis 12:1 "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you". I began to realise that God may want us to move across the waters and Geoff and I started praying every Sunday night specifically to seek God's leading. Opening ourselves up to his.voice and direction meant that he challenged us on many things in our lives apart from giving us a clear call to move to Namibia where we had conducted a few short student projects previously.

Namibia is known as a Christian nation where many attend church but faith often doesn't seem to affect action and there is a lack of missional activity.  We saw that, if Namibians could engage with deep discipleship, then this Christian nation could be a sending one, raising up workers for the harvest not just in Namibia but beyond it's borders.  We could see that this was an adventure we could steer. We moved in November 2008.


What are the biggest cultural differences you've had to adjust to?

Moving to Namibia has made me realise just how British I am!  Though we are happy and settled here the phrase 'It's not wrong it's just different' is forever playing in my mind, even now 5 1/2 years on.  There are many different tribes and languages here which makes the cross-cultural adjustment all the more hard. For me, it has been the smaller things, that seem so insignificant on the surface, that can niggle away and make things a struggle at times.  Minding your Ps and Qs in the UK is drummed into you from an early age, and throughout our schooling and yet, in Namibia, 'Please', 'Thank you' and 'Sorry' are not, on the whole, words frequently used.  Such a simple thing really but it has caused me to feel unappreciated, devalued and taken for granted at times.  Sometimes though it is not 'just different' but wrong as well and then I need to allow the Bible to challenge the culture, not my own imperfect British culture.


How do you live a life of love where you are?

The needs in Namibia are great. There is severe poverty, families are broken and death at a young age is not unexpected. Knowing where to serve and where to concentrate our efforts of love is not always easy.  We start with those we know.  We have a gardener who has five children and a sixth on the way.  He lives in a small tin shack.  We seek to help him financially but in other ways to, to ensure a brighter future for him and his family.  The students we work alongside, particularly the student leaders of CCC, need to be loved when they are unloved, unappreciated and deeply hurt by their families.  Trying to set an example of living a life of love and purity in our family is probably the biggest impact we can have.


How can we pray for you?

Please pray that we would be wise in our management of time, investing in the right people to help make Namibia strong in faith and a sending nation. Pray for compassion, love and grace as we work with alongside many different people.  Pray for God's leading and direction as we lead this movement.
Thank you.



Thank you so much Caz, for sharing your story with us and for all the wonderful things you are doing out in Namibia. We will definitely be praying for you as you work, discipling them in their faith and seeking to really make a change in Namibia. You rock girl!!! :) 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Words...

This past week the world said goodbye to Maya Angelou. I have to admit that although I had heard lots of her quotes, I didn't really know anyone about her. I've enjoyed reading up about her life over these last few days, but I also have loved reading things like this...




“When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow.”

- Maya Angelou