Harp in My Heart
Well after an exciting and sometimes traumatic month since my last post...we are now living in Colchester. The house in Scotland was finally sold off today after delays and confusion. We've been in our new house for about 2 weeks and we finally have a phone line and net access. The multiple journeys with all of our stuff clocked up in total 2000+ miles in driving and flying, returning vans etc, but it was worth it. I'll try and update regularly as to what's happening with the Colchester Vineyard and our new life here. Those that do, keep praying for us as we get settled.
Well, we put the house on the market last Monday, had a viewing the following Wednesday, an offer on the Thursday and now the legal bit is just about done. So assuming that everything gets signed and sealed then we are due to move to Colchester at the end of April. It's happening rather sooner and smoother than we thought but, no point in delaying. All we need now are a new house to rent and a job each... But hey, we've done this before, nothing like a new adventure!
As I was out this afternoon I felt the Lord remind me of something that John Wimber said a while ago. He said that we as workers in the Kingdom were pretty much like change in God's pocket. He could spend us on whatever He liked. Then it struck me that God can easily use us for a while in one context, then in a flash pull us out of that at a moments notice and "spend" us somewhere else. If you look at life and ministry like that, it makes a lot of sense, and actuallly gives you more security. Exciting stuff this ministry business!
The title of this Blog will change soon as we've got a big move ahead of us. We are moving to Colchester in Essex to take the reigns at the Colchester Vineyard. The current pastors, our friends Sam and Andy Vincett, are leaving to pastor the Southend Vineyard in place of the Barbers who are off to Leicester. Anyway, more details soon but those of you that know how, please pray hard, fast etc, as we'll need it. The priorities are House, Jobs and income.
I just arrived back from a weekend hanging out with the folks from Hull Vineyard. I spent Saturday night at a retreat centre in North Yorkshire at their "reaching your potential" conference. Then Sunday it was down to Hull itself to check out the monthly evening worship service. Today we did a bunch of video footage at the Vineyard Records UK offices for the Songteach web site. I demonstrated a few songs, and went over various guitar techniques. Had a great time and they are all very hospitable and a great bunch to hang out with. After a 4 and a half hour drive this evening though, it's great to be back with the family at home.