London Town

I've just had a quick trip out on to the roof of Susan's house to take in the spectacular views over London.

In this photo the Shard certainly makes it's mark upon the capital.

Below it's interesting to see the view of the All England and to get the close ups of the TV camera crane.


Half Time

We're really enjoying our Roadshow events and are particularly enjoying the variety of different contexts in which we get to present about Tree of Life and our amazing friends in South Africa.

Today we were in the well heeled town of Cobham and had the privilege of sharing our Roadshow with a lovely bunch of folk from St. Andrew's, Oxshott.

It's always refreshing to spend time with folk who pray for us faithfully and who ask insightful questions. It makes our life so much easier.
Many moons ago there was a certain brand of cider with the sales line: "What a refreshing change".

We reckon that this could be a good way to describe Christians Abroad.

In our recent meeting it was such a pleasure to be asked things like:
"How can we partner together to better serve the church?"
"What are your expectations of us?
"What is Tree of Life hoping to gain from this trip?"
These are refreshing questions to be asked by the leaders of an organisation that really cares about and for us and they are questions we've never once been asked before!

Our favourite though has to be:
"How can we serve you better?"
Excuse me? You mean we don't have to feel grateful and privileged to be associated with you?

Now that truly is a refreshing change!
..But we're not out!

Rather we've just finished our third Roadshow and once again it went really well. We were with Tuesday @ 2 a group of older folk who are a powerhouse of prayers.

We've been thrilled by the turnout for each of them so far and it's been great to reconnect with many old friends.

It's been a lot of fun and very rewarding but we're already feeling exhausted and are finding it quite emotionally draining telling the story of Tree of Life and introducing many of our friends to folk here in the UK. In fact our presentation moved someone to tears this afternoon!

It's made us very glad that so much of our Roadshow presentation is done by Tree of Life, as people are getting a true sense of what the church is about and what we're doing.

Aunty Poppy

We were saddened to learn this morning that Aunty Poppy is again seriously ill and has been admitted to intensive care.

She recently had a major heart attack and home life is very hectic and stressful for her.

Please pray for Aunty Poppy!

One More Sleep!

It hardly seems possible but it's now less than 24 hours until we get on the plane for Blighty.

I guess we're at that point where things that haven't been done aren't going to get done.

Thankfully our Roadshow presentation is all finished, though that hasn't stopped me from checking it every few minutes to make sure it still works. Must switch tablet off!

This trip back to Blighty is our most exciting ever for a really simple reason. Whatever we've been doing previously we've always been square pegs in round holes in so far as the churches we've been serving really haven't embraced our ministry and rather than send us off with their blessing they've been glad to see the back of us. The joy of this trip is that with Tree of Life Church we're square pegs in square holes and the whole church is excited for us and supportive of us. That is a refreshingly sweet feeling and it only took 10 years to get there!