Once again, I sit in an airport – Amsterdam’s Schiphol, hurriedly typing a note to update ministry friends and partners on what is happening recently. Hurry as I might, I know this will not get out to until I am in Amsterdam, or even back in Detroit, but I wanted to share the latest news with you.
Two weeks ago, in our BBF-GB camp in Cefn Lea Park (Wales), with approximately 144 campers total, we were privileged to see 15-17 campers come to place their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Due to other responsibilities, I was not at the camp for the closing ceremonies on Friday morning, and I have been given two different numbers. However, on their own testimonies, at least 15 young people came to faith in Christ.
After a brief visit with my middle son Jordan in Oxford, where he has been working this summer at Oxford University, my journey took me back northward to Huntingdon-Alconberry, where I was privileged to spend time with Carol and Jose Esquibel and the wonderful congregation of their labors. I truly anticipate future ministry opportunities with this gracious family. Their immaculate church complex is located across the street from the Alconberry Royal Air Force base, and it was truly a pleasure to interact with both RAF military personal as well as a few American families who serve on the same base, some as DOD contractors.
Following the morning services and a wonderful noon meal in the Esquibel home, I raced back to the White House, where Dan Brown and the LIFT-UK 09 team had already settled in. After a day of rest for them, we headed northwest to Cloverley Hall Christian Conference Centre and the LIFT-UK 09 camp. These camps focus primarily on evangelism, and we were not disappointed in the results! The spirit of God was self-evident in less than 48 hours, and by the closing of the camp Friday morning, 30 young people became Christ followers. But it didn’t end there!
I just received word a few minutes ago from Dan Brown, who spent the night last night in the Birmingham area near the airport to catch earlier flights, that another young man had accepted Christ as Savior after camp was over, and over the telephone!
Fifteen teenagers one week, and thirty-one young people another – a total of 46 new heavenly-bound people … because you prayed and invested financially. Somehow, at the end of the day, that all seems to me like a wise investment of our lives and financial resources. Thanks for being a part of it, even by proxy.
BTW, do you pray? If so, would you now pray for these young believers? Would you also pray for those pastors and Christian leaders in the area churches who have the awesome privilege of following through with discipleship? Would you also pray as we endeavor to multiply the number of camps in the next few years? Imagine the impact for the kingdom!
Got to run catch that flight now! Cheers!
Great interest on that investment!