So it rained a lot, but what a great weekend I enjoyed in the north of England with Jeremy Simpkins and his band of brothers and sisters from the growing number of Newfrontiers churches across the north of the UK.
Sunday’s visit to King’s Church was particularly enjoyable for Wendy and me. The congregation had grown since my last visit so that there was hardly any space in the packed room (it’s great to see that local students are finding them!).
Tomorrow I fly to Holland where we will gather our Newfrontiers International Forum. This important get-together will be our first since July’s Together on a Mission in Brighton and we will be continuing to consider the transitioning of Newfrontiers into the next generation.
The weather in Wales can be unpredictable, as the hundreds of student leaders who gathered just outside Oswestry were to discover last week.
Eight days in Mexico proved to be a highlight in my recent six-week visit to the Americas. We had an excellent time in the States (reported on August 7th blog) but particularly enjoyed Guadalajara. Oscar and Bibi Suarez were outstanding hosts and the 200 leaders from the 20 Newfrontiers churches were full of zeal and warmth at the leadership conference.
Following Together on a Mission in Brighton, Wendy and I set off for the USA. Heathrow, Denver, Spokane and finally Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (23 hours from door to door). It was great to be back with Ted and Jeanne Hoit and their church, Prairie Avenue Christian Center, which is about to join Newfrontiers.
Last Saturday members of Newfrontiers churches from East Kent gathered in a field just outside Canterbury. Tom Shaw, the pastor of City Church (www.thecitychurch.org.uk) had done a brilliant job in gathering hundreds of enthusiastic people to what proved to be a magnificent camping site.
Recently it was a very great joy to be present at the opening of the Huddersfield Christian Fellowship’s new ‘Cathedral House’, a massive and splendid building with a seating capacity of 2,100 costing millions to build.
When I began travelling, predominantly in the south-east of the UK, in the early ‘70s planting churches and encouraging believers to embrace teachings and practices appropriate to new wineskins, it never occurred to me that 30 years later we would be working with churches in every continent of the world.