We have had a wonderful summer this year. I felt like it was one that went on and on. We are all back to school now and it is lovely to still be able to go to work in shorts!
We went to the UK for a few weeks. The kids loved camping and never complained once about the rather excessive rainfall. Same cannot be said for our tent which stayed behind in a bin at New Wine having let in more water than we were all content with! We all gained a lot from New Wine. The kids had their own programmes and loved it. The freedom and fun of camping with a the church group from Emmanuel Woodley was shared by all of us.
Nicki and I also felt more deeply convinced over the summer that the move back to the UK is the right one for us all. We came to the decision that we will return at Easter 2014. I have more meetings this week in the UK to discuss the possibilities with Emmanuel church, Woodley (just east of Reading). I also will talk with YWAM Reading and then go on to have some discussions with Fresh Expressions to possibly be on secondment with them for two days a week. Please pray for these important meetings that God will continue to open or close doors. We will communicate again in more detail and explain the outcomes in a few weeks time.
Back to the now! When we returned we threw ourselves into a packed week with the Vacation Bible School that is run between several churches in Brussels. There were 110 five to eleven year olds (including Luc and Josh), 45 teenage junior helpers (including Sam and Ellie). Nicki was a “crew leader” and looked after a group of six children each day. I was up front in the opening and closing meeting and had too much fun winding all the children up! Several children made commitments over the week and as a whole family we were thrilled once again to participate. The other big highlight were the puppets which became a major spectacular this year, with a puppet theatre that we made, five puppeteers and multi-media! Phew! You can see how good the kids were on YouTube. I also assisted Willem at the end of August in running the Kairos course – introducing people from different churches and cultures to cross-cultural missions. Challenging Stuff.
For Nicki and I this season we have a number of goals. I have to hand over all my remaining responsibilities but also have the renovation of the YWAM building to continue to manage. It is great to be slowly passing on my national responsibilities and increasingly doing things that I feel fit my skill mix better and I feel passionately about. My heart is still for radical forms of church planting and seeing greater links between Fresh Expression and YWAM (hence the secondment opportunity). I will continue to encourage leaders of Church plants. The English lessons I have given at one church plant will resume in a few weeks and I will be teaching a vineyard church weekend a little after. Of course Pain et Vin continues and we had a very special meeting yesterday in a park sharing our personal experiences, then taking the Lord’s Supper together. It was natural to follow into a time of prayer for Syria. Even though numbers are not huge to these little gatherings they are always special in so many ways.
Nicki has much work ahead with Alternatives and the main goal is to find a replacement. God is answering prayers and there are some very strong possibilities. Please pray!
Till next time,
Kevin, Nicki, Sam, Ellie, Luc and Josh
9 – 13 Sept: Kevin’s Week in UK
13 – 15 Sept: YWAM Brussels retreat
27 – 29 Sept: Kevin away with Vineyard in Gent.
30 – 4 Oct: Kevin away in Malaga for Western Europe leaders meeting. Sam on School trip to Switzerland!
15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov: Leading Contemplative Prayer sessions (Pilot programme)
1 – 6 Nov: Week in UK looking at schools etc. and visiting Woodley.