There’s nothing more pleasurable, when the enemy’s come at you hard, to kick him where it hurts most, then knee him in the face on the way down! That’s why, I hope and pray, that in the middle of so much aggro, and that possible threat of bowel cancer, it was such a delight to see the miracles last week – deaf ears opened, steel disappearing…. come on, God, I know you’ve already won, but let’s thrash that so-and-so until he wishes he’d never begun!
After a great night’s sleep – after no sleep and a night on the loo! – I’m raring to go again today, and SO looking forward to being with my mate Simon Allaby next Wednesday, for a New Wine Sussex leaders day. I’m really up for an invasion of the supernatural in Furnace Green, Crawley…. what a great named Sunday with a church I love dearly, City Church, Plymouth, on 30th June.
Time is galloping past so fast – were my grandparents right when they said time goes quicker when you’re older, or does everyone feel it’s going faster than ever? – and very soon, it’ll be back to wonderful Cali, Colombia, with Alan & Barbara. Today, too, I booked my flight from London to Mexico City, where my dear friends Benny & Paty Osorio lead a great church: Benny so unlike some Latinos 😉 – he’s booked me up already, whereas quite a few wait until they see the whites of your eyes…. I love Mexico, especially the ginormous Mexico City (32 million people, estimated – maybe more! – about 55% of the population of the United Kingdom in one city!). Benny’s family have meant the world to me for 16-17 years or so: one of my greatest privileges was to be involved with Benny & Paty’s wedding: their first son is named Pablo… :). Mum Mimi, brothers Jois and Enrique, and Enrique’s family, also mean the world to me. And their English is brilliant 🙂
Looking back over last week, not just the meetings and the wonderful miracles, and thinking about being at the Somme, and the amazing privilege of sharing in Communion/ Requiem, for the thousands of dead still under the ground (never found, but often found in ‘pieces’ by farmers as they plough their fields…), was immense. It’s such a joy to have a ‘fellowship’ of amazing guys around me (and, I suppose, me around them!).
Still the chaos concerning my few shipped possessions from the USA: the moving company have lied through their teeth for the last couple of weeks, and, yesterday, the owner, supposedly a ‘christian’ (small c on purpose) who loves mission, promised to wire the money to the shipping company last night, at latest this morning. Needless to say, it hasn’t been done: and it looks likely that legal action will have to be taken. People I once knew well there are well and truly implicated in this disgraceful procedure. The company holding my stuff in Liverpool won’t release it until they’re paid, understandably: the moving company had my money ($3950 – £2600 approx) 6 weeks ago. The storage charges in Liverpool, which technically are ‘my’ responsibility, but which would be part of something legal in the USA, reached £3744 today…. I don’t have that to pay again….and they’re threatening to consider my stuff as ‘abandoned’ and will dispose of it if I can’t get some answers soon…. Please pray into this, if you DO pray for me: I’ve lost my home and possessions totally three times in the past: and it could happen again…