Friday, April 25, 2008

An update

Well friends, it has been a while since I posted and I'd like to say it's because I have been galavanting all across Europe, but the reality of it is that I am in Scotland still!

It has been a great place to be for the last three weeks and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Basically, I have been praying a lot....for others and myself! For others, per the usual routine of our trips and for myself for some direction, clarity, and some breakthrough in areas that have been strategic!

I am also taking a trip to Germany to see my friend Michelle, and possibly back into London for a day before I head back to the States.

For my Tacoma friends, I miss you all! There is nothing like an extended time away from those you love to make you appreciate all you have!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Well, Life is good in Scotland! The last few days have been spent settling into my digs at the castle this YWAM base is located in....that's right people, a castle. However, the problems with actually living in a castle are numerous, the first being that the electrical system that controls the fire alarm has gone off several times the last few days. We are all praising Jesus, though, that it has not gone off super late at night, and it has not been raining or snowing here at all. In fact, I would say the weather here has been downright amazing. It has been sunny, and clear. The only time we had any hint of anything was the day week took a 45-minute ride on the train into Glasgow. The last hour we were in Glasgow it started to snow, but as soon as we got back toward Seamill/West Kilbride, it was clear again. They say since we are RIGHT on the water (about a 5 minute walk from the ocean) the weather here can be nicer. Can I get an AMEN!

Glasgow was fun. Not super big. I think I was expecting a slightly smaller version of London, but it was actually quite smaller than London. No chance of getting lost in this city! We saw some men in kilts playing bagpipes, which was cool! I'll upload some pictures as soon as I can find my camera cord. Did a little window shopping (which for me was really just looking) and grabbed some dinner before heading back to the base.

Had dinner with the base leaders on Friday night and that was fun! Had my first taste of something so heavenly that I cannot believe we do not have it in the states: Banoffee. It is a pie made with toffee, bananas and whipped cream. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

Now, all of that sounds fun, and you might be wondering what MINSITRY we've been doing. We have prayed for some people, and done a lot of networking with the base leaders here and starting tomorrow we will do some teaching. But, really, this trip from the get-go was going to be different than any other anyone from our church had been on. This is because the base leaders here have already had much of our teaching, and there is a huge openness here. They would really like to have a team or two here on base for as long as possible. OJ and Suzanna are even talking several months. WE would have to pray about that, but it is open! There are some other bases in the world who have asked for the same, but not ususally on the first trip!! I am just falling in love with the hearts of Dave and Bryony and Caroline, the base leaders. So humble, so hungry, so in love with Jesus. It makes ME humble! I really know I have nothing to bring but Jesus!

On one last funny note, there is an Island directly across the water from us the we can see and it is called the Isle of Arran (pronounced Erin). I thought that was prophetic!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Beam me up Scotty!

Well, here I am in Scotland! My crazy adventure continues! I flew out on Wednesday and arrived yesterday severely jet lagged. I have this bad habit of not being able to sleep on the plane, and that bad habit continued. I was picked up at the airport by OJ and Suzanna McDowell and Pete Mahoney plus 1.5 year old baby Judah and 3 year old Ariel (OJ and Suzanna's kids). We immediately set out from Heathrow for a 7 hour drive from London to just outside of Glasgow.

Of course, with two kids it took a bit longer than 7 hours. I tried once to sleep and selpt for about 5 minutes so we pulled up to the YWAM base here in a little town called Seamill (RIGHT by the ocean) and I was very tired. I managed to stay up until about 10:30 Scotland time and fell right asleep once in bed. Then, slept til 11:30 AM!!!! I would have slept longer, but I knew that was too long already and I needed to drag myself out of bed and get my day up and going so I could sleep tonight at a normal hour.

This first day we have prayed for a few people already and then tonight we will go out to dinner with the base leaders: Dave, Bryony and Caroline. This trip is about a lot of relationship building and some praying for people. VEry different from other trips I have taken where it's been a lot more about praying than relationship building.

We will be in Scotland until the 20th of April and then head out from here. We are not sure yet where we will be going.

Some of you are probably wondering if my funds came through and the answer is no!! But, I am here in faith, believing that while I am gone they will come in. I have enough to get me through for a bit here, but will still be needing most of that first amount that I needed.

If it does not come through, I am slated to come back on May 1. If it does come through, I will be back on June 4. So, we will just have to see what happens with all of that!!

My immediate prayer needs are to get over jet lag! And, for the Lord to develop those key relationships that we need to meet while here!