Always a trainee
The Full-Time Training in London (FTTL) term restarted in February with four first-term trainees: three sisters from Germany, Poland, and Malaysia, and one brother from Estonia. A number of saints have also been short-terming throughout the term, with the ones currently here being from the UK, France, Germany, and Taiwan.
But the striking thing about this term is that after two brothers and seven sisters graduated in December, for the first time there are more brothers in the training than sisters!
It is really a blessing for me to be around the training centre and the full-time trainees. Recently I have been making more of an effort to attend some of the 8am classes, the special church history classes, and the Wednesday night ministry meeting. Thank You Lord, for so many opportunities to hear Your speaking. May our ear be inclined to Your word (Isaiah 55:3).
Remember to pray for all the FTTL trainees in their last few weeks of term, and for the six graduating trainees (although one brother had to leave early due to his visa expiring).
This term’s graduation meeting will be on June 9th. It is always precious to see and hear the corporate testimony of the graduating trainees, and I am looking forward to it with much anticipation. The graduation marks not merely the end of two years of full-time training, but also the beginning of the rest of a normal Christian life. And unlike my university graduation, it is completely open to all… so let me know if you want to come!
I also mentioned previously that before the FTTL term restarted, the FTTA and FTT-XB came to London and then went on to other cities in Europe for a gospel trip. During this time the temperature was at record lows, and in many countries it was absolutely freezing. However, the trainees returned with hearts burning for the gospel and the good report of all that the Lord had done.
I remember joining such a gospel trip to Dublin back in 2006, and I treasure the time of being built with the team and the local saints (who I had never met before), and the privilege of spreading the word of God, one free Bible, one gospel tract, one ministry booklet, and one conversion at a time. Unforgettable. And hopefully not the last time!
Anyway, back to 2012… and I’ll have more for you tomorrow!