Prescott Announcement: The Youngest Missionary!

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One Announcement, Two Middle-Names, Three Prayer Points , Four Baby Photos
& An Endless Succession of Baby Hiccups on Video

Peter & Taryn are very proud to announce that

Isaac John Newton Prescott

was born at 1339 BST on Wednesday 28th May
at 3.78 kilos (8 lb 5 oz).

(Quick! Just tell me about: The name… | How’s Taryn? | the DTS team getting back…)
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The Name

Isaac is a biblical name: the Son of Promise of Abraham and Sarah, the original missionaries.

John is a family name: Taryn’s father is called John; Peter’s grandfather is called John; Peter’s father is called Ian–the Scottish version of John. John is also a biblical name, the transliteration of the Hebrew Yochanan: ‘grace of GOD’. John is the name of the ‘Beloved Disciple’ who wrote John’s Gospel, and the name of John ‘The Baptiser’ who announced the coming of ‘The Baptiser-In-The-Holy-Spirit’.

Newton is the surname of Isaac Newton, the great mathematician who developed calculus and explained gravity after he was struck by a falling apple; it is also the surname of John Newton, the slave-trader turned Anglican priest who mentored the abolitionist William Wilberforce and wrote the hymn Amazing Grace.

I have called you by name…–and I love you.’ Isaiah 43:1a,4b

Please pray that Isaac would grow each day to understand and delight in the glorious truth that God has called him by name—and loves him!

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How’s Mummy?

The labour was long and quite painful, and Taryn is still being looked after at the Rosie Hospital.

Thank God for the Rosie’s world-class team of midwives, nurses and doctors.

Please pray for a full and speedy recovery, and that we’d be happily home soon.

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The DTS returns…

Meanwhile, our DTS team — (yes, our 9-month DTS has coincided exactly with the 9 months Isaac was in the womb) — arrives back in England from Kenya today, and heads straight to the King’s Lodge, Nuneaton, for the annual YWAM England gathering! Needless to say, we won’t be going—but hope and pray everyone there has a wonderful weekend. They’ll then return to Cambridge for a week of debrief, before we commission them onwards to wherever God has called them next.

Lots of love from our little growing and grateful Prescott family,
Peter & Taryn – and Isaac!

Prescott Prayer Letter: The Hour Is At Hand!

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Dear Friends,

Baby Prescott is due on Monday! Peter’s mum is here all the way from Vietnam, washable nappies of all colours have arrived in the post, the baby’s head is ‘engaged’. Now it’s all systems go – whenever God wills it! Please pray for a safe delivery.

Meanwhile, we are excited to see simple multiplying discipleship begin to spring up from our Tuesday night house group. It’s simple – we are working our way through paperback copies of the gospel of Mark, ‘scribbling on Scripture’ to help us dig into the passage.

This is what we do:
I. Someone reads the passage out loud

II. We all individually get out our pens and ‘mark Mark’, putting a:
–1. Circle around people
–2. Rectangle around places
–3. Wiggly line around actions
–4. Double line under repeated words (noting how many times they are repeated)
–5. Question mark next to anything we didn’t understand
–6. Hash tag next to anything that stood out

III. We share what we’ve marked and wrestle through the questions together, marvelling at things that struck our hearts from the Scripture

IV. We then move into application, asking ourselves:
–1. What was the main verse in the passage?
–2. How does God want me to apply this passage in my life this week?
–3. Who are five people I can share this lesson/share the gospel with this week?

V. We value accountability, sharing testimonies of how we have been able to talk to our five people from last week (or perhaps others!)

VI. Then we all stand up and pray together simultaneously, ‘Korean style’!

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It’s multiplying! One of the girls who comes to our house group has been able to use this simple and reproduce-able model with her Christian Union group at school. Others who have joined us have taken paperback copies of Mark, intending to conduct a similar study with their friends. Excitingly, the gospel bracelets that we often use to share the good news have apparently become the trendy thing to wear at one of the local schools – some students who hadn’t yet received one through evangelism had made their own with Hama beads and a black rubber band! Hilariously, when told to take it off by a teacher, they explained that it was an ‘object of religious significance’! Please pray that our simple discipleship will help multiply the good news of Jesus through the schools and streets of Cambridge.

As Peter and I commit to the next season as full-time unpaid volunteers with Youth With A Mission, we find ourselves support-raising again, and our hearts are full of gratitude at how God has gone before us. His timing is perfect – one of the friends we emailed had been out of town for years, yet God had put us on her heart, ‘out of the blue’, the very morning of the day we contacted her! Another couple we emailed ended up coming around and spend a whole afternoon sharing their hearts and praying with us – we were all overwhelmingly encouraged by that divine connection. We thank God for providing our daily bread and for so many precious relationships.

The next season is beginning for YWAM Cambridge! Our team leader Connie is back from Kenya, and our team will soon return, tanned and overflowing with testimonies. Preparations have begun for the next September DTS, which Peter will be leading. Five people have already applied, and we are hoping for many more! Please pray that God’s grace will be on YWAM Cambridge as we seek to glorify Him in everything we do.

“I give thanks to my God always for you… [He will] sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:4,8)

God bless you,
Peter and Taryn

Prescott Prayer Letter: Scattering Gospel Seeds

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Beloved friends and family,

It has been an exciting and productive two weeks, in which we’ve been able to revisit Cambridge Presbyterian Church, meet up with various friends we’ve not seen in much too long, and begin praying towards next September’s DTS.

The biggest highlight of this fortnight was definitely street evangelism on Saturday morning. We had our neighbours over for Tuesday night Bible study (to which you all have an open invitation!) in the book of Mark. As we looked at the parables of the Lamp on a Stand and the Mustard Seed, and asked God how we could put His Word into practice, Peter felt a nudge to persevere with simple street evangelism. He invited our neighbours to join him on Saturday morning, equipped with gospel bracelets, and in the space of one short but incredibly fruitful hour, three people had prayed salvation prayers! Truly, the Kingdom is growing, much to our joyful amazement! Pray that W—-, one of those who prayed, would accept our invitation to dinner this next week.

Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

We have been preparing for our lives to change forever – our baby is due on May 26th! Peter has been working hard towards procuring that elusive and hard-earned document, a driving license, while I have been striking a tenuous balance between energetic ‘nesting’ and exhausted resting. We have also been putting concerted efforts into organising our possessions, accounts and communication. God has been bringing in various bits of baby equipment, and we know He is faithful to provide what we need as we need it – Hallelujah!

Our website is now up and running. In that virtual space, if the fancy takes you, you can read all our past newsletters, peruse Peter’s ponderings and pontifications, subscribe to Taryn’s fortnightly musical musings, download free music, and connect with YWAM Cambridge. Through the website, we hope to stay better connected with friends and supporters, and also reach out to those who are seeking, thinking, making music, or just surfing the web! Please pray that God will use the website for His glory.


We have heard tantalising snippets of news from our outreach team in Kenya. They have spent the last few weeks amongst some very rural tribes in Kenya, the Pokot people and the Maasai. They are now in the port city of Kisumu. As they have joined the locals in their daily activities, pumping water at the borehole, skinning a goat, or joining in on an impromptu song and dance, they have had many opportunities to share the gospel, and have met with an overwhelmingly positive response. They ran a youth camp to which six hundred children (rather than the four hundred they were expecting) as well as one hundred teenagers turned up, eager to learn about Jesus! The team is definitely running on all cylinders, and the gospel is going forth! Please pray for energy and protection for them, as well as rain for drought-stricken North Kenya.

With Peter signed up to lead the next Revival and Reformation DTS and our little one about to make his/her appearance, the future is full of exciting unknowns. Thank you for your fellowship in the gospel – we couldn’t do this without you!

With much love,
(Peter and) Taryn