Saturday, 16 October 2010

News! News! News!

Hello praying friends!

I've been meaning to update you on the trip to England to meet with Pioneers for ages now. Oh, busyness!

I really want to thank those of you who were praying for holding me up before the Father regarding this meeting and the whole trip! There were a few near-misses with train/bus travel due to a strike on  the Underground in London and a late arrival to a train station (thankfully, wouldn't you know it, the train was delayed JUST long enough for me to run across the station to the platform and hop on it!). I was surprised at how small my anxiousness was regarding all the train travel (which I'm not a pro at) and I knew then that it was only His grace answering your prayers to give me peace.

My meeting with Pioneers went so smoothly! I was quite nervous leading up to it, mostly about how my own nerves might get in the way, what a fool I might make of myself :) But as I spent the afternoon up in Bawtry with the directors of Pioneers-UK, I truly felt so at peace, and was able to talk naturally and communicate what He's placed on my heart and ask questions about what they're envisioning of our partnership in mission, etc etc. All in all, it was just as I asked you to pray-- a clarifying day.

The Pioneers-UK headquarters are located in a beautiful old
estate called Bawtry Hall, near Doncaster, England.
I need to go back to meet with them for a formal interview and to meet with the team they'd like to see me join in Birmingham doing international (Yep! Perfect :)) student ministry, alongside doing mission mobilisation for that region for the head office in Bawtry. We will plan for this meeting to take place straightaway after I return from Uganda in April. The ideal would be to then apply for the visa and move to Birmingham in late summer/early autumn 2011!

But this will require a great deal of prayer!! I will need to see Him increase my support team 2/3rds of what it is already at. This is what deters me the most, this feeling of, "But God, the finances are impossible!" He is challenging me daily to trust that NOTHING is impossible with Him. Please pray with me as He works to  raise up new members of my support team to work with me to see this ministry fulfilled! The directors of Pioneers broke it down to needing 30 people to partner with me by sponsoring my ministry $1 a day-- $30 a month (or 20 Pounds). If some can give more and some can give less, it will then even out. And somehow, that makes it seem less daunting! Would any of you reading be interested in partnering with me to share the love of God in the UK this way? Or know anyone who might be interested? PLEASE do not hesitate to get in touch...

And we will need Him to supply the visa in a country where visas are harder and harder to come by as the gov't puts more and more restrictions on them. Of course, this is nothing to  Him. But Leah worries. hehe. Prayers, please!

I'm so very thankful for how smoothly my journey with Pioneers has been thus far. I'm so thankful for the way the Lord is leading one little step by one little step, guiding me onward in this life of serving Him. It is one wild ride. But He can be trusted! And if in the end that's the only thing He used my life for, to get that message across, it's enough :)

So... onward we go, learning to live in love and trust of Him!


Hannah said...

Hey... Yeah!!!! We would like to support you! I have to talk to Joel but I am thinking 50.00 a month?! Yeah!!!!!! How cool...
Love you-

Gabi Dickinson said...

YES to your first supporter! See how He's gathering it all together ALREADY? No fear, girlie. He's for you! I am SO excited to see how He moves in the stunning way that only He can! Although you know selfishly I wanted you as my English assistant/director for Racham...but I suppose He knows best ;)

Leah said...

Oh Hannah!!!
You just have no idea how much that encourages me right now...

On the tram home from The Well tonight, I was reading "Experiencing God" and He was bringing out all kinds of things to me regarding this next move to Uganda and the next one more long-term to the UK after, and how easily I lose faith and see only the impossibilities of it. Blackaby wrote: "Anytime God leads you to do something that has God-sized dimensions, you'll face a crisis of belief... It is a turning point or a fork in the road that calls for a decision. You must decide what you believe about God. How you respond when you reach this turning point will determine whether or not you proceed with God in something only He can do or whether you continue on your own way and miss what God has purposed for your life... Sight is the opposite of faith. If you can see clearly how something can be accomplished, faith is more than likely not required."

You've just let Him remind me of His faithfulness and to keep trusting Him for God-sized things!!

Thank you, Hannah!!!

Emily Gotta said...

Leah! How exciting! So glad to hear it went smoothly! I would also love to support you. I graduate in December--so I suppose it's contingent on finding employment, but I know God will provide. I miss you! Birmingham! ah! At least we will be in the same country!:)

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