Hello all! Just a brief update to let you all know the slight change in our itinerary. We’re coming back a few days earlier so we’ve changed some things beginning with Nov 15th-on.
Much more is “set” now and that’s nice (although I’m sure God has some surprises up His sleeve). We’re not completely covered (literally) for every night of lodging yet, so your prayers are certainly welcome there. Additionally, it looks like the money is coming in for everyone who needs it so we’re praising God that everyone is going. Some are stepping out in “financial faith” as not all of it is accounted for just yet, but God knows all these and other details.
We leave in the morning and we all have many packing details to complete…not to mention still reaching contacts in France for other details.
We’ll try and keep you all posted as we go…pray all Internet connections work!!!
Here is the updated itinerary:
Mon 16/10 Travel To: London Tue 17/10 London Wed 18/10 London Thu 19/10 Travel To: Normandy Fri 20/10 Normandy Sat 21/10 Normandy Sun 22/10 Normandy Mon 23/10 Normandy Tue 24/10 Normandy Wed 25/10 Normandy Thu 26/10 Normandy Fri 27/10 Travel To: Paris Sat 28/10 Paris Sun 29/10 Paris Mon 30/10 Paris Tue 31/10 Paris Wed 01/11 Paris Thu 02/11 Paris Fri 03/11 Paris Sat 04/11 Travel To: Lille Sun 05/11 Lille Mon 06/11 Lille Tue 07/11 Lille Wed 08/11 Lille Thu 09/11 Lille Fri 10/11 Lille Sat 11/11 Travel To: Troyes Sun 12/11 Travel To: Cluny Mon 13/11 Cluny Tue 14/11 Travel To: St. Paul Wed 15/11 Travel To: Nice Thu 16/11 Nice Fri 17/11 Nice Sat 18/11 Nice Sun 19/11 Nice Mon 20/11 Nice Tue 21/11 Travel To: Lyon Wed 22/11 Travel To: Paris Thu 23/11 Travel To: ?Bromley? Fri 24/11 Travel To: Paisley
We’re still don’t have our lodging in place, but we believe that we have gotten some direction from the Lord for our outreach itinerary to France, and we are passing that on to help you pray more effectively, since internet connection may be spotty. Here are our requests for our team of 19 traveling around France in 3 vehicles:
Provision – There are still a few in our number who are waiting on the finances for this trip, and we still need to find affordable lodging.
Protection – Both physically (accident, injury, sickness) and spiritually (as much as we think God wants us going, we’re sure that the devil is not quite as happy about it)
Wisdom – There are a myriad of choices we’ll be making on this trip and we want to make God’s choices.
Humility – We know there will be inevitable conflicts among us and we desire humility, love and forgiveness to be hallmarks of our team and of our trip. Additionally, we want to be humble toward others that we come into contact with.
Strategy – We consider this trip a prayer journey and we want our prayers to line up with God’s strategy for that place.
16-Oct: Drive to London from Paisley
17-18 Oct: London (St Paul’s cathedral, etc.)
19-Oct: Drive to Portsmouth; Ferry to Cherbourg
20-26 Oct: Normandy (WW2 spiritual parallels)
27 Oct-4 Nov: Paris area (Joan of Arc)
4-10 Nov – Lille: Heart for France conference with Martin Scott
26 Nov: Drive to Zeebrugge, Belgium; take overnight ferry to Kingston-upon-Hull
27-Nov: Drive back to Paisley
At the end, we will have covered nearly 3500 miles and will have gained a wealth of experience. Hopefully will have also tapped into God’s heart for France, as well as how He wants to change OUR hearts!
Our first YWAM Family Discipleship school just finished a short mid-term outreach that started in our own neighborhood. Our focus was to try and meet people to begin the process of building relationships.
In the Skaines’ neighborhood, we did some yard work and landscaping for an older neighbor who struggles with alcohol, like many in this town. We also spent some time prayer-walking the neighborhood. In our neighborhood, Angela had an idea that challenged me a bit
: have a yard sale to get rid of stuff we’d shipped from Colorado that we didn’t have room for and stuff left by the previous owners. The problem is that yard sales don’t exist here. The closest thing we could find to that was a "car boot sale." (the boot being the trunk of the car, out of which people sell things in parking lots in an organized fashion.)
Well, using that as a jumping-off metaphor, we held a "Yankee Boot Sale," distributing some flyers to the neighborhood and opening up the garage door and keeping off the perpetual drizzle with a tarp. We got a bunch of curious kids and a few parents. We had some great conversations and made all of 3 pounds! I’d say we probably know about 4 different households by name at least. Building relationship is so important but it isn’t our strong point. We really need the grace of God, but I’m enjoying starting that process. Probably the biggest impediment will be the coming winter weather that keeps people inside with their cups of tea.
The the following week, we traveled to some of the islands and highlands of Scotland. Our goals were to pray for Scotland, learn about Scotland’s history and Christian roots in the islands and highlands, and practice traveling and living together as a team. The bonus was that we did all of it in abundant sunshine lighting up breathtaking scenery… simply magnificent!
We began by driving to Oben early Monday to catch a ferry to the Island of Mull and a tour bus drive across Mull and then a "wee" ferry over to the island of Iona where Christianity began in Scotland in 563 A.D. with the monk Columba. We spent only a few hours there, but it was long enough to sense that it was definitely a "thin place" surrounded by water so clear that made us think of the crystal sea in Revelation. Back in Oben, we drove north to Ft. William to spend the night.
We got up early on Tuesday to catch a ferry at Mallaig that would take us to the island of Eigg. The drive (on single track roads) to Mallaig was incredibly beautiful with amazing terrain near Glen Finnin and white sandy beaches. We had to walk a mile to our guesthouse in Eigg. This was a beautiful location where we spent the next two days. We had times of learning about the history of the island (which was quite incredible for such a tiny island!) We spent a good deal of time praying and learning how to pray. We also did some team-building exercises and had long discussions about discipleship, team and communication. One definite highlight was the day when the whole group took a long hike to the top of a "sgurr" or rock mountain that was 1200 feet high. It was a team challenge to make sure everyone made it, as there were some tough spots for families with small children. The view was worth every step and we prayed together before heading back down with rest stops in the bouncy heather!
On Friday, we took the ferry to the island of Skye, where we heard an amazing speaker who challenged us all about coming into a location and serving the people, rather than looking to serve our own agenda. This will be our mandate during our impending outreach in France.
On Saturday, we drove back to Paisley taking a slightly different route. Part of the route took us through Glenn Coe (southeast of Ft. William) and I drooled over the majesty of the highest part of the highlands in an awesome cloud cover. It was other worldly.
Since then we’ve had more speakers at the school speaking on brokenness, boundaries and the father heart of God. We’re focusing on what God is trying to do with our motley crew of 4 families, 2 single moms, and a single gal, from 4 different nations, to mold us into a team. I’ve never been in a process quite like it. It’s not always pleasant, but at times it has been quite satisfying to see God at work and to see progress (of the 3-steps-forward-2-steps-back variety.)
We leave for France on Oct. 16 – Thank you in advance for praying for logistics, finances, etc.!