“That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
The following report was written on 17th June 2012, as I was returning home from a glorious weekend in the church in Rome. Hallelujah! There were 561 saints from 29 countries gathered together this weekend to participate in the Italian Conference and the Resumption of the Lord’s Table in Rome. Praise the Lord!
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!
It has been super busy here in London these past five months. My lack of posts is some indication of this, as is this packed calendar of conferences and events. And it’s not too late to join some, as there are plenty more taking place all around Europe in the next few months – starting with Germany this weekend!
All these different events have of course required much fellowship and coordination (not that I have been involved in them all), as we serve together to take care of many practical things. But it is wonderful to be in a heavenly team, with Christ our Forerunner (Hebrews 6:20), and the many members of His Body, each functioning according to their measure (Romans 12:4).
Not one of us can do it by ourselves… More and more we see our lack and our need for help. We need the brothers and the sisters, the younger ones and the older ones, the new ones and the more experienced ones, and especially we need all the praying saints around the whole earth (Ephesians 6:18)!
So thank you for your prayers, dear brothers and sisters, and I am sorry I haven’t been faithful to give many reports recently related to how the Lord has been continuing to move here in the UK and Europe.
Well, to make up for it, I’m going to spend the next few posts briefly recapping on what has been going on. (I tried to write it all in one post, but I couldn’t – it is too much!) And then I’ll tell you why this summer is not looking like it is going to be any slower than the winter or spring…
Although that is far from a complaint: the move of the Triune God is very exciting. Let His Word run!
Ok, we’ll begin with our recap tomorrow. Come back then!
Well, things don’t get quiet around here in London. Last week we had the Winter School of Truth 2011, the eighth Winter School of Truth here in the UK.
As in the previous few years, there were two classes run simultaneously, one for school years 7-9 (age 11 to 14) on God’s Full Salvation, and the other for school years 10-13 (age 15-19) on The Two Spirits, the Divine Spirit and the Human Spirit.
This was a marvellous blending time, with a total of 212 young people and serving ones registered, from Belgium, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the USA. Did you count? That’s 15 ‘countries’ – actually both England and Scotland were represented, and you could even say Wales was too!
The impression I got was that everyone had a great time diving into the truth together!
The FTTL Autumn 2011 term recently ended, and typically on the last Monday night the graduating trainees share a departing word of encouragement to their fellow trainees. It was a really sweet time, and I was glad I was there. For no good reason I missed it last term (doh!), but this term I made sure to remember, as did others to remind me.
To the enemy, pests; to the Body, blessings.
As an introductory word, one of the brothers shared this verse with the trainees:
For we have found this man a pest and an agitator of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the inhabited earth and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
The people speaking in this verse were describing Paul, who along with the other apostles was “upsetting the world” (Acts 17:6). To the world, Paul and his companions seemed to be causing much trouble with their preaching and proclaiming Christ as the gospel. Yet, as a brother concluded at the end of the meeting, although to the enemy these were “pests”, to the Body they were real blessings.
Hallelujah! May each of the graduating trainees be real pests to the enemy and real blessings to Christ’s Body!
Testimonies from the fourth-termers
Two brothers and seven sisters graduated this term, and here is a summary of their sharing during the last Monday night meeting of term: