Grace and peace to you all from us here in Cambridge.
We’re four weeks into the DTS
We’re just coming to the end of our fourth week of Revival & Reformation Discipleship Training School, and I thought I’d send a quick update. Danny and Sarah Wickstrom (they’re siblings), two of the fantastic young leaders on our DTS team, have put together the below video to try and give you a glimpse of what the rhythms of our life look like:
Particularly exciting is that the couple that you can see me talking to a minute into the video actually gave their lives to Christ and became Christians! Their names were Sabari and Nitesh, and they were visiting Cambridge from Leicester, and they’d just stopped to have a look at the raise map of the city when we struck up conversation with them, using our using our multicoloured gospel bracelets to talk about the meaning of life. They were from a Hindu background but mentioned that they’d recently lost faith! We were able to share the whole gospel message with them, and when we reached the end and asked if they had any questions the response was a sincere and genuine ‘Yes, I have one question: How do I actually receive this?’ In spite of being overwhelmed at the way the Holy Spirit had swung open the door of their hearts, we managed to stay on track and lead them in a simple prayer receiving God’s gift of salvation! We then gave them a copy of Mark’s gospel and encouraged them to tell one of the Christian friends who they had mentioned had invited them to an Alpha Course some years before (‘–but it hadn’t quite made sense then’) As Jesus told his disciples: “Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour” (John 4:38).
I’m speaking at Oxford Brookes CU Retreat this weekend
I’d particularly value your prayers right now for me as I’ve been invited to be the main speaker at a weekend retreat for Oxford Brookes University Christian Union. It was very much a God-ordained thing that I was given the invitation: I bumped into a friend from YWAM Harpenden during the summer who is now a student at Oxford Brookes and on the CU committee. She was expressing the difficulty they were having finding a speaker, and suddenly said ‘It would be great if you could come–but of course that would never work!’ ‘Why not?’ I asked, and that door swung open!
I’ll be doing three sessions on Revelation 12:11: And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Please pray for an impartation of faith and joyful confidence in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
I haven’t had the chance to speak to university students since I first started working as an evangelist in Cambridge, when I was asked to do a session on the Holy Spirit at a CU retreat involving my own Churchill College. And so it’s exciting and encouraging to have that sort of opportunity again!
Preparing to host a week of Cambridge mission
Please also pray for us as we prepare to host a Gathering of a few different YWAM teams for a week of worship, evangelism training and outreach from 25-30 October. We’ll be joined by DTSes from Spain and England, as well as some of the IMPACT team from the Netherlands and from Spain who will be doing an event on the Thursday night. Please pray for the logistics and administration in the run-up, and for the week to be a time of breakthrough for the participants and of the advance of God’s kingdom in Cambridge.
Grace and peace,