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June News from the Colyers in Brussels

Dear Friends,

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Last time Nicki wrote about the work with Alternatives. This month it is my turn (Kevin) to write about what I have done.  For all of us it has been a full month. The kids have just finished school (all have had great years). Both of our language courses have come to an end (with great success too). We have had lots of wonderful guests to stay. We have completely rearranged our house and we even squeezed in a camping weekend with the Link – and we were not rained upon! So we are feeling very much in need of our summer break.

The YWAM leadership in Brussels has now been passed to Jorien Creemers. She is a dynamic and energetic Flemish Belgian. YWAM is doing well under her leadership and the team around her. I am feeling the benefit of this as fewer problems come my way!

Pain et Vin

Pain et Vin prayer time

As mentioned in earlier e-mails I have explored the concept of  church planting. In particular I am asking what does a genuine Christian community look like in modern Belgium, for people for whom the existing church does not attract? After talking and praying with various Belgians and others with a similar heart we  have started to experiment with simple gatherings.

Pain et Vin is very simple. We meet, share the communion meal together very informally, discuss and listen to each other. We have mostly met in the park. Amazingly the rain has held off.  With the help of a few YWAM colleagues and friends we have started on this journey together and just going to see what happens.

For those who are exploring faith in Christ is seems to have had a powerful impact. One person taking bread and wine in the park said “I would never take it in a church building”. Other people were touched by how powerfully present Christ is and how simple it can really be.  It brings me alive, even when it has just been two of us meeting.

Other interesting things

Maryna from the YWAM team partnered with the European Evangelical Alliance for the launch of The Global Charter of Conscience.It is a fascinating and powerful document with a positive vision for how people of differing beliefs can live well together with freedom and respect. Have a look. I think you will hear more about it soon.

I have also had a lot of fun working with wider YWAM teams and we have just launched Incarnational Graffiti. It is an online magazine by YWAM for ourselves and anyone living and working in urban Europe who long to make a difference where they are for God. We aim to release a couple of articles a week. Have a look and subscribe!

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So we are now close to the point of departing for the UK for an extended visit of five weeks. We are looking forward so much to meeting as many of you as possible. We will be doing some speaking and hosting a few evenings to share more about what is happening. See you soon! Whilst we are travelling we will be using our English mobile number: 07967 105273 if you want to find us!

So see you soon!

Love, Kevin, Nicki, Sam, Ellie, Luc and Josh

Itinerary

  • Eastbourne – 12th July
  • Plymouth – 13th till 23rd
  • Stroud – 24th – 4th August
  • Cheshire (after a few days with family in the Lake District) – 6th – 9th August
  • Norfolk holiday – 10th – 18th
  • Back home on the 19th
  • Vacation Bible School 20th – 24th – Nicki: leading team of kids, Kevin: main session leading, Sam: junior helper, Ellie: punter, Luc and Josh: Infant punters
  • School Re-starts!
  • Kevin to YWAM’s Global Leadership Gathering in Harpenden, UK: 2nd – 9th September

(phew)

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