God has called us to be lifelong full-time volunteer missionaries. We are committed to be with YWAM Cambridge until 2020. Our work involves a number of different aspects:
1. Simple Evangelism
“I am unashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation!”
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
“So go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see”
Some seek to grow the church by putting on impressive events to attract large crowds, some by creating a culture of community so warm and welcoming that people are somehow drawn into relationship with God. We believe that all the church needs to be revived and grow is to rediscover the power of the simple gospel.
We go have seen hundreds of people (and counting!) respond across England and around the world, as we go out onto the streets together with teams of young Christians, and share the good news of Jesus with whoever we meet.
2. Discipleship & Leadership Training
“Go therefore and make disciples”
“Imitate me, as I imitate Christ”
1 Corinthians 1:11
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses
entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”
2 Timothy 2:2
Even if the world’s most anointed evangelist were to see a thousand souls come to Christ every single day of the year, it would take more than a thousand years for the world to be reached with the gospel. But if just two people would both win one person to Christ and each train that person to win another person, and train them to do the same, and so on, and so on, then every year their number would double, and in less than forty years their numbers would have equalled that of the world’s population! Evangelism and discipleship are thus both equally essential if we are to fulfil Christ’s Great Commission.
We are involved in discipleship at two levels: at a basic level, we meet each week in our house with various neighbours and people we’ve met from across the city, for simple discipleship and inductive bible-study.
At a more intensive level, we are involved in leading the Revival & Reformation DTS , a nine-month full-time training course designed to inspire, empower, and equip young leaders from around the world to impact the nations for the Glory of God, with a particular focus on prayer, worship and evangelism. And we continue to mentor those who stay on after the DTS to join our staff-team.
3. Preaching & Teaching
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season;
reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
2 Timothy 4:2
“I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God”
We am passionate about the power of truth to bring transformation: we believe that the word of God revives hearts and reforms societies. We are aware that eloquence can be more of a hindrance than a help to seeing souls saved by the completed work of the cross of Christ. We invite people to encounter Jesus, and equip people to obey Him. We do this in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
We don’t of course do all the DTS teaching!–we invite experienced speakers and missionaries from around Europe to impart their wisdom. But whenever the opportunity arises we do both teach, and have done so in Asia, Africa and Europe; in churches, on street-corners, in crowded living-rooms.
Peter in particular is eager to say Yes! wherever the opportunity to preach might present itself. While we were based in Harpenden, he preached regularly and was responsible for the teaching schedule as part of the leadership team of New Covenant Fellowship Church, Luton. Since coming back to Cambridge, he has had the chance to do a few weeks of DTS teaching, and continues to speak in local churches and other gatherings as the occasion arises. You can listen to some of the messages here, and download his other teaching resources here.
4. Prayer & Worship
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“David also ordered the Levite leaders to appoint singers and musicians to sing joyful songs”
1 Chronicles 15:16
Mission exists because worship does not. Eternal life is ultimately about being united into loving fellowship with God. And because Jesus’ body was broken on the cross, the veil separating us from the presence of God has been torn in two—and so even now we can experience the privilege of intimate communion with God in the place of prayer and worship. And in our days, God is raising a prayer movement like never before in history.
The Revival & Reformation DTS spends two hours each afternoon in prayer and worship, in partnership with the Cambridge House of Prayer, and our desire is that God would release a movement of night-and-day prayer across Cambridge that would again launch out missionaries to the ends of the earth.
5. Song-writing & Recording
“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!”
“Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth!
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it. You islands, and those who dwell on them.”
As we spend time in prayer and worship, both corporately and individually, our experience is that the Holy Spirit gives us new songs to sing to express those things that He is stirring in our hearts. We are committed to recording and releasing these to be freely available for whoever might be blessed by them. In the five years since we have been married, Taryn has written and recorded five albums of songs – an impressive output even for a full-time musician! You can download all of them for free here.
6. Writing & Blogging
“Write down the vision and make it clear, that whoever reads it may run with it”
“These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Both Peter and Taryn are ready writers, and have each been blogging for several years. Peter tends to write little essays on topics ranging from theological to personal—and at times controversial! Taryn writes devotional meditations to accompany her continual output of newly-written songs. You can read them at http://peter.prescott.ws/blog and http://taryn.prescott.ws/blog. And of course there is their joint prayer-letter (which you can find at http://peterandtaryn.prescott.ws ).
7. Support- & Fund-raising
“The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel
should receive their living from the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 9:14
“…for the worker deserves his wages”
Like all YWAM missionaries, we receive no salary, and have to trust God to provide for all of our needs. Like Jesus, our financial supply usually comes through people who know us and believe in God’s calling upon our lives. Because we trust that they are just as able to hear God’s voice as we are, we invite people to pray for us and give in obedience to what and whether they feel God speaking to them. We are completely uninterested in manipulating people to give us funds, knowing that committed Christian partnership is a much richer thing than can be expressed with mere money.
Our role gives us a wealth of opportunities to support what God is doing around the world, and so we are committed to raising more funds than are necessary to provide for our own needs—the more we have, the more we can give.
We are in this for the long haul, and therefore need not support that will not merely allow us to survive through the next year or two, but will help us to thrive for decades in the ministry God has called us to. As such we do need adequate financial support, but even more important we need a rich and wide network of deep relationships, and abundant wisdom.