I noticed with shock that some of the leaves in the park are starting to turn yellow. How quickly summer can fade away. We enjoyed seeing so many of you over the weeks we spent in England. I really hope we can catch up with those we missed in the coming months.
When we got back to Brussels we dived into the hectic world of the Vacation Bible School. I was leading the main sessions from the front, Nicki was leading a “crew” of five children, Sam was a teenage helper, Ellie a crew member and Luc and Josh kept the crèche workers from falling asleep! We all loved it. Sam and Ellie helped me write a puppet sketch for each day to help test Bible verses. Sam played one puppet and Sarah played the other (Sarah is from the Link too). What fun. Have a look on my other blog for a video clip and the scripts too.
Presenting the theme of Trusting God for each day and then summarising and bringing the whole lot together at the close of the day was fun and exhilarating. So many kids met God in fresh ways (120 in total!) The 37 teenage helpers got a huge boost too. Boy, were we tired. We managed to squeeze just enough energy to lead a giving project for Mission Aviation Fellowship that our friend Mike was leading. There was truly hilarious giving as the kids lined up to fly Euro notes through hoops! We raised 1,800 euros in total, 900 in just one morning!
Getting back to school and work could well have been a big anti-climax but it has gone remarkably well. All the kids are happy in their schools and have adapted back with ease. Nicki has picked up with her “Alternatives” team that is growing well in confidence and building in energy. More about “Alternatives” in the next letter…
For me the best moment has been the first “Pain et Vin” of the season last Saturday. We invited a number of people round for a simple meal and shared bread and wine with them. This was much more a Belgian time as Miriam our rather eccentric rabbit sitting neighbour came and Patrick, Louise’s partner too. So there was a French and English mix which led to some hilarious moments when Louise wanted to read out a passage from Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy that she knew in Swedish to a largely French-speaking group!
Following that we had an intimate moment of sharing bread and wine. The evening finished late but with a deep sense of friendship. Patrick took part – something he has felt reluctant to do. Later Miriam called to say she had not taken communion in 19 years!
It has left us stunned and yet thrilled to see that we can help people re-encounter God in a relevant way. We have a lot of distance to go to see something established that will be of increasing help to many. Please pray. We are not certain of direction but we aware of Jesus’ presence guiding us along!
Kevin, Nicki, Sam Ellie, Luc and Josh
- 23 September – Nicki is speaking at YWAM Brussels Open evening – all welcome 19h30 at akaZOE bar on Keltenlaan.
- 1-5 October – Kevin in Malaga for YWAM Western Europe leadership meetings
- 22 – 30 October – Kevin helping with Kairos course on DTS in Brussels.
- 6-8 November – Kevin on retreat in England