I’ve just returned from a fascinating time in the U.S.A where I was primarily involved with our Newfrontiers U.S.A. annual leaders’ event which, praise God, continues to grow in numbers year-by-year as we plant more churches and others join us.
The first half of this year is very busy and full of travel. Travelling to Japan was a huge privilege, reported in previous blogs. There are times when I am preaching and feeling wonderfully carried along by the Holy Spirit with the huge privilege of being in another nation, affecting another culture, and I just sense God’s wonderful help.
What a huge pleasure it was to visit Japan last week. Tom and Julie Eaton were student workers at Church of Christ the King in Brighton when God called them and now they have started Grace City Church in Nagoya.
From the earliest days of Newfrontiers in the UK we have gathered our pastors and leaders (and as many wives as can make it) three times a year to pray and fast. Initially each event lasted three days and concluded with a meal. For some years now it has been a two-day event with no meal. We started with about 30. Now about 750 gather.
It is with great joy that I send you greetings for Christmas from Wendy and me. We look forward to three fifths of our family being with us for Christmas while two fifths are in Cape Town. It is a rare thing for us all to get together but a joy to know that we will be a family of believers celebrating Jesus though scattered globally.
It seems marvellously appropriate for me to interrupt my series on Newfrontiers transition with a report on my recent visit to John Kpikpi’s apostolic sphere based in Accra, Ghana, reaching now into seven nations across West Africa.
Oxford is a very special city. It boasts some magnificent history rich in Christian influence. It is extraordinary to walk the streets and recall that the Wesleys and Whitefield met there in their holy club, that martyrs were burned at the stake, that CS Lewis and Tolkien enjoyed fellowship there.
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!).