Grace and peace to you all, once again!
A big thank-you to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday, and to New Covenant Fellowship for so warmly welcoming me back when I returned to preach on Philemon. Thank-you especially for your prayers for Taryn–she is at last fully recovered, and not only that, she is able to testify to how God has used the experience.
Here in Cambridge the DTS has now started, and is just coming to the end of its third week. In the end we have nine DTS trainees (/students) — four guys and five girls — from four different countries: the UK, the USA, the Netherlands and South Africa.
We’ve had a great start to the school:
— we’ve again seen immediate fruit in going out on the streets of Cambridge to share the gospel (the first person I spoke to on our very first day of evangelism accepted Christ! — and as well as salvation, we’ve had testimonies of miraculous healing on the street as we’ve prayed for people!)
— we’ve seen our team experience breakthrough in boldly coming before God’s throne of grace in whole-hearted worship, and we were even able to record in our living room some of the new songs that have come out of this past year of worshipping together.
— we have been very blessed by Arbury Road Baptist Church, one of our local north Cambridge churches, with the free use of their facilities for our weekly teaching times. These have included YWAM Mozambique leader Shephen Mbewe speaking on Mission, Rick Wilkerson on Whole-hearted Worship — and I had the privilege of speaking on The Focus of Revival: JESUS, the God-Man.
Our house has become a bustling hive of hospitality. As well as having the privilege of being able to use our guest-room to host the DTS speaker each week, we’ve also had Taryn’s cousin Abhishek staying with us in between finishing his Master’s and returning to India. We are also putting our little kitchen to good use: every Saturday we have the DTS staff and students over for a nicer-than-usual breakfast, before we head into town to do evangelism. And on Sundays we have started doing a big lunch (followed by some prayer and simple Bible study) for us to invite those we meet and create an opportunity for people to encounter Jesus and be inspired with a vision for simple multiplying Christianity. If any of you are ever in Cambridge (/on our side of town) you would be most welcome to join us! And since we’ve suddenly found ourselves unable to use the location in the centre of town that previously had been available for our afternoon prayer times, we’ve been able to host these at our house too! Our house is really becoming “a house of prayer for all the nations”!
Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us–that the word of the Lord may speed ahead! (2 Thess. 3:1) Pray that in the midst of all this busyness, we would live our lives in sweet and peaceful surrender to His will.
Peter & Taryn
PS. If you’re one of those who likes to know as much as it is possible to know about what is going on, then you might be interested to check out our DTS trainees’ blogs: Sarah, Danny, Becca, Dani, and Matthijs have all started posting their first impressions of YWAM Cambridge online. Update: Bethany Lee, another of our trainees, is also now blogging. And Bethany Breed, one of our fantastic staff team has been consistently blogging ever since she did her DTS in Harpenden.