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Day 7: Reigning over the rain

July 18th, 2011 Categories: blending... 2 comments

Day 7 (Tuesday 28th June 2011)
We started Day 7 by again gathering for breakfast at the Fresno meeting hall, and then it was time to move on out. Our next destination was: Berkeley! The sky got greyer and greyer as we travelled north, till eventually it was pouring down with rain when we arrived at the Berkeley meeting hall. But despite the rain I was so glad to visit, especially as this was one of the places I hadn’t been to before, and because I knew a few sisters from the area who had travelled through Europe in the past few years. I guess you could say the rain made us feel quite at home… just like today! (Torrential downpours in July? What is wrong with the world?) Anyway, if you are from the US, visiting Berkeley is a small preparation for visiting Europe… it even looks a little similar, reminded me of some of the cities up north like Manchester, Liverpool, etc.

Anyway, after unloading ourselves and our luggage from the vans and avoiding the rain as much as possible, we ventured out with our hoodies, jackets, and umbrellas for a tour of the Berkeley campus (a.k.a. “Cal”, as it was the first university of California). I have to say, I quite liked the campus – it was very pleasant, and our tour guides (past and present students from Berkeley) did a great job of showing us many interesting areas and telling us amusing anecdotes, while at the same time keeping us as sheltered as possible. Dare I say that I preferred the Berkeley campus to the UCLA campus? ;) It was just a little smaller, cosier… whereas UCLA is very grand and expansive.

Well the highlight of the day for me was still to come… and it wasn’t just the love feast that we enjoyed with the saints at the meeting hall. It was the corporate prayer meeting that we had with the saints afterwards! During the prayer meeting, a few different reports were given, and the first was from the saints who had attended the reunion and fellowship time in Austin the week before. I was encouraged by the sense one sister had concerning all the practical fellowship they had received:

Don’t think you can, and don’t think you can’t.

Amen Lord, thank you we can’t do it, and thank you we can! (Galatians 2:20)

Some of our group also shared a report concerning Europe, the recent migration of a number of saints, and the Young Peoples’ Camp in Poland. I was very touched by the receiving of the burden and the sweet oneness in the prayer of all the saints regarding these matters, allowing the Lord to move throughout the whole earth. Through the visiting, receiving, fellowship and prayer, the saints are on our heart, and we are on theirs. Praise the Lord for His Body!

For the next two nights, half of us were staying in San Francisco and the other half in Berkeley, so I was with the half that drove out to ‘SF’ after the prayer meeting. Four of us were at the sisters’ house, and one of the sisters was a sister I had met just before I started the Full-time Training in London – that was six years ago! “What are the chances?”1 ;)

Ok, here are the pictures from Berkeley in the rain!

1 That is a bit of an in-joke from B’s wonderful testimony of meeting the saints who were enjoying the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, and being invited for dinner!


  1. July 18th, 2011 at 05:33 | #1

    Amen for the blending! I’ve seen UCLA, but this post is sure making me want to see Berkeley now!! (You’ve planted the seed. I predict the UCLA birds will soon come and pluck it from the ground before it is brought to fruition.)

  2. July 18th, 2011 at 16:05 | #2

    Thanks for the comment, Jon – and after Berkeley, come over and visit Europe! :)

    But the comparison I made here is very outward.. there was something really wonderful about all the campuses we visited (UCLA, USC, Berkeley) – the Christians on Campus! Praise the Lord!

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