We have been busy! During March we have been on mission to Nagaland (North East India), Burundi and Uganda, then in early April it was off to Zambia. This increase in intensity of our missions comes at a time when God is speaking about lifting our eyes to the nations, shifting our focus away from the activity centred in Norwich and turning instead to Africa and beyond.
Last newsletter I spoke about the transition going on here at Framingham Earl Hall. Peter Callum and I were about to travel to Mokokchung, Nagaland, and we did indeed (just!) make our flights the following day. There were severe snow drifts and it was only due to the provision of a trusty (old) Land-rover that got us through them to arrive at Norwich airport in time. The two-week mission was wonderful and you can read about it on the blog on the new web site.
Naga students in tribal dress and a couple of MDiv students with PRG
After Nagaland a team travelled to Kampala where our first students there graduated after 26 weeks attendance over the past three years. The pastors who graduated are transformed and hungry for more; many want to return to the college regularly to stay in the flow and life of what The Way of the Spirit offers them.
Back to Norfolk. I wrote in my previous letter, in February FEH became a six-month ‘School of Applied Prophetic Faith’. This school marks the beginnings of a new community in Norwich incorporating not just the students but all those involved in The Way of the Spirit here. We anticipate moving out of FEH at the end of September, and this will make room for the development of the college in Africa, eventually to offer something resembling full time training to the hungry and needy pastors there who are already making such use of what we have been able to do with them.
Transition means change, and change inevitably brings challenges. These are not always welcome – but they are always good when we are following the Lord, for if faced head on they will lead to even greater fruitfulness.
Our immediate challenges are financial. We need over £25,000 in the coming weeks to finish the training here and move out of FEH debt-free (as a ministry we have never been overdrawn, and we wish to stay that way) and then we need an even greater amount to continue to fulfil the mission opportunities that are before us. Before the end of this year we have pressing invitations to Rwanda, Burundi, Nepal and Bathinda (the Punjab area of India). We have the people trained and ready to go, but we do not always see where the funding will come from to finance our missions. To fulfil what we believe God is saying we will need many funds in the days ahead! This of course is really exciting and nothing unusual; we have so rarely had funds in the bank and have learned to trust in the Lord for everything he asks us to do. He has always been utterly faithful to us! I have lost count of the number of miraculous provisions that have come in, always just in time.
But as I was told off once for not telling people what our pressing needs were, now you know!
It is with great thankfulness to God – and to all you who have generously and sacrificially given in the past – that I provide a link below for you to go to if you wish to give again to The Way of the Spirit. Alternatively, you can always email us here at The Way of the Spirit should you want to give to the work here.