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.
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.
Short but very sweet. Last week and weekend Wendy and I paid a swift visit to the USA.
We have recommended his books, downloaded his messages and now we have met the man. What a delightful man of God he is, full of grace and truth.
Regular, three times a year, days of prayer and fasting have played a key role in the lives of elders and leaders of Newfrontiers churches in the UK for about 30 years. From the earliest years, when about 35 of us gathered, right through to the present when 6-700 gather, we have repeatedly sensed God’s powerful presence as we have prayed together.