My stay in England is over and I am now in Liberc, Czech Republic. I have to say that it has been a very good trip for me so far. Most of my time in England
was spent working with their Schools ministries, which put on assemblies and “Holiday Clubs” for kids and teach about the Gospel. The 2 weeks I was there, I talked to kids about the Easter Story, and the events that surrounded it. I loved everything about it. Yeah, after about 8 times it can get a little boring, but I decided to instead push myself to read in the Scriptures and see beyond the details that were already familiar to me.
The kids were all about the age of 5th graders, and much more intelligent than I initially gave them credit for (but aren’t all kids like that?). We really got them involved and talking about their opinions. The kids had fun rolling around pretending to be secret agents, but they also enjoyed learning about the most important Man to walk the Earth. They thought hearing it from an American was pretty novel, too (I couldn’t tell you how many of the kids told me that they loved my accent).
My stay also taught me about the ministry that Shoreline Church is involved in. The congregation is about 150 – 200 people, I’d say. With that reasonably small number – compared to most American churches – they do so much. Southport is a city of around 100,000 people, and Shoreline Church has completely eradicated homelessness in its area through their ministry called Green Pastures. Green Pastures has a dream of solving homelessness in all of England, and are working toward that by buying properties all over the island to turn into places for people to live. Absolutely amazing work, in my opinion.
Also, they are heavily involved in Missions. Not only do they support missionaries all over Europe, they send teams regularly to Albania, the Czech Republic, Poland and other places. A congregation of 150 – 200 people does all of this, as well as meets throughout the week in small groups and has a functioning food bank that hands out food every day except Wednesday.
When I see all of these things being done by a fairly small group, it inspires me. I know that we can do these sorts of things in America as well, and I have even seen it being done. It causes me to dream about the entire Church, all over the world, banding together to show Christ to the world.
God is so good. I’m so thankful that I have been on this trip with Him. It has been inspiring and refreshing to see and know what He is doing in other parts of the world, and even showing me opportunities where I can jump in and help too. Please keep me in your prayers, that I might see what God sees and that I would be instrumental in planting the seeds of His kingdom.
Picture from one of the days of Mission Impossible