I’ve posted this before on Facebook, but it’s worth posting often…Sycamore Creek Church, Ohio, ordered a Dominoes Pizza: $5.99. When the delivery girl arrived, the Pastor, Steve Markle, gave her a $15 tip – and then stunned her by saying that the church had taken an offering for her – $1,046. Generosity is such an amazing blessing: and we can never outgive God. If only more churches in the UK were outrageously generous, like this one, it would be revolutionary…. (you might have to copy and paste the link below for the lovely video of the delivery of the pizza)
Our friend, Stephen Lennie, has put together a Powerpoint presentation of what God – and Thanney Pyper, and a few local volunteers – have achieved, in very little time, with the refuge house / church for the El Abrigo ministry in Cali, Colombia. You’ll see how much has been done so far: but also see that there is still much to do, which Thanney aims to complete in 3 weeks when we arrive there on 22 October. Breaking his hand today was a shock, and very painful: but I know that Thanney has every intention of somehow finishing the project….
Some urgent prayer, please, for the trip to Cali, Colombia – two weeks time, this morning, we’ll have arrived in Cali: today, at work, Thanney Pyper – who is working his socks off here ahead the trip – broke his left hand in a work accident. His arm is plastered to the elbow, he’s in a lot of pain: we’re getting together tomorrow to pray for miraculous healing, as this trip is the culmination of the building project for the refuge for street kids….. without a miracle Thanney could well be in plaster for the next 8 weeks….and these two weeks are
Just over two weeks to go until my team head out to wonderful Cali, Colombia. Thanney Pyper is looking forward to finishing the construction of the tremendous kid’s refuge, and handing it over to great friends Hein Hoeré and Teija Tuulikki Hoere, and Wilmar Gomez and Marlene Rojas Gallego, leaders of Mision El Abrigo Internacional…. We are amazed at how the Lord has provided since the construction began in March: the building is a true testimony to the building skills of Thanney, as this has all been achieved in around 4 weeks actual building time. Incredible, Thanney, God bless you!
Today is the 52nd anniversary of my dad’s ‘transfer’ to be with Jesus. He was 41, I was 12: his death wasn’t expected in that his doctor was treating him for pneumonia, but he’d got something different – pulmonary embolisms – which took him away from us pretty quickly. Dad was a gorgeous man: ‘filled with the Holy Spirit and faith’ was the funeral sermon, from the death of Stephen in Acts. I still miss him. If you’re the same with a parent ‘lost’ young – or any age, come to that – it’s OK to miss them. Even now
In less than three weeks, a return trip to Colombia begins 🙂 – this one is exciting for all the usual reasons, the salvation, miracles, and healings: but this time, because, God willing, it’ll mark the completion of the wonderful building that Thanney Pyper began the third week in March (just for a week), continued for 3 weeks in July, and by mid November, he’ll be handing over the keys to Hein Hoere, leader of the El Abrigo ministry, and Wilmar, pastor of El Abrigo church…. it’ll be a wonderful achievement! The only ‘hiccup’ is that we still need £9,000
It’s been a great few days so far on this trip around the Cotswolds – Evesham and Worcester, where the sauce comes from! – and a great few days in Welshpool, Powys. I was with some fantastic churches in Evesham, lovely pastors – Steve Wilderspin at Vale of Evesham Community Church, and Steve Mizzi, at Evesham, Elim. I stayed in Worcester with my longtime friend Graham Coyle, we met at Roffey Place Christian Training Centre in 1984. I loved being with the Evesham churches – a number of meetings, a more ‘seminar’ style get-together on healing, services in each church
After a few weeks of lots of one-to-one ministry in Northern Ireland, I head off tomorrow for England, to speak in the glorious Cotswolds for a few days – in Evesham, at Vale of Evesham Christian Centre, headed up by Steve Wilderspin, Evesham Elim Church headed u by Steve Mizzi, and (I think) Pershore Community Church, who are coming together for some meetings, and then on Sunday, I’m with Vale of Evesham Christian Centre in the morning, and the Elim Church in the evening. It’s my first time with them all, praying that God does the wonders he’s so good at,
Having just returned from yet another wonderful trip to Cali, Colombia, I’ve been thinking about how much I used to think so ‘small’ in respect of what God’s plans are, even for shy, unknown, insignificant, weak, and foolish children of his. Growing up in a very ‘parochial’ shy family, who had no real aspirations to travel, no desire to be adventurous with foreign food, staying in self-contained houses and flats in the west country for holidays (so we could wash all the crockery, cutlery, bedding and disinfect the loo, bath, basin, and everything else similar you can think of before
Thanney and Davy did a wonderful job in Cali, leaving the building work Friday evening with it ahead of schedule for completion on time in mid-November. It’s looking good, with some of the internal walls in place now, for a store room, kitchen for the workers to make life easy for providing drinks and food for the kids, a number of toilets for the kids, and for the adults too. The outside cladding is in place, there’s some work underway in Thanney’s absence, including levelling of the floor for tiles to be laid, and some amendment to the cladding in