Below is an email from Robert and Emily, who are in England this week on a trip (written by Emily):
I had a few minutes this morning so I thought I would let you know how things are going. We got here Saturday morning and neither of us were able to sleep on the plane, but we were able to take short naps in the middle of the day, which allowed us to stay up until that night and get into their time. We were supposed to have a lunch and prayer time on Saturday with some people from the church, but somehow we were not informed that it was canceled, so instead we spent the day with the Adair family.
We went to see Cliff College, where Sean (Adair, the pastor there), Allison (his wife) and Allison’s dad went to college (and where Sean asked Allison out for the first time) and where Lauren (their daughter) is considering going.
Yesterday was “Mothering Sunday,” which nowadays is like our “Mother’s Day” where they honor their mothers but originally it was supposed to be the one day in the year that the people in service were able to return to their “Mother” church. This was a very appropriate day then for Lauren to get baptized. It was a very precious moment and Robert and I were very blessed to be able to be a part of that and represent her church family in Texas.
It has been amazing to see how God has just transformed Lauren and give her this great passion for Him. We have a video of it that we would love to show you. We tried to put it on facebook, but it wasn’t working. 🙁
After church, since it was “Mothering Sunday,” some of Lauren’s family came over to celebrate and have lunch. Later in the evening, we went to St. John’s Methodist Church in Swinton for the Alpha Youth service. This group started from an Alpha Class here and there are only about 12 youth that attend. They were very surprised to find out about our group of at least 50 youth.
I shared about the youth group a little bit and how important it was for me to have that Christian community who knew me and loved me. Robert was then able to share some of his testimony about some struggles that he went through and how the love and community in our group helped him through that. We also shared about how our group is very honest and open with each other about issues that we are going through and then we had a good discussion with the youth about what kinds of things they are going through.
Robert and I were very encouraged to see this group that just started recently, already have so much love for each other. They were also very open with us and each other in the discussion. We were able to pray with them before we left.
Please pray that they would continue that love for each other, that their numbers would grow as people start noticing a difference in them and that God would give them the strength to stand up against all of the temptations that they face. That is about it for now, we are going to a ladies fellowship this morning and another youth group this evening. We really appreciate everybody’s prayers!!