Day 2 (Wednesday 20th June 2012)
It was easy to get up in the morning after a good night’s sleep and a small amount of jetlag. After breakfast, the rest of our group began to arrive from their hospitality. Actually, one couple who had helped to coordinate the trip were unable to join us as a passport didn’t return on time from the visa office. Another sister was not joining us until later in the week, and a brother and sister had got stuck in Houston the previous evening when their flight was cancelled. (Funny story: their mother called the coordinating brother and thought they were in Dallas airport… but eventually the “rescue team”, the saints, worked out where they were and picked them up from the airport. They caught another flight to Jackson on Wednesday and joined us later in the day.
Down the Natchez Trace
In total, there are 13 of us from the UK (on this part of the trip), joining a couple from Jackson and a dear brother who used to be in Jackson as our drivers. After some introductions and getting to know one another, we hit the road, heading south to Louisiana. We drove down the Natchez Trace, stopping at Emerald Mound (the previous site of a native American Indian campground, and the current home of plenty of chiggers – more on those later!), and the Pig Out Inn in Natchez for lunch (where we also saw the Mississippi River).
Well somehow I ended up missing most of the meetings of the University Conference that took place last weekend, but I still very much enjoyed all the saints coming and especially having the sisters in my home.
I received a little overview of what was shared during our fellowship times in the evening, and I’ll be looking out for the mp3s of the messages so I can catch up! The encouraging stats and a few pictures are below, but first here is a little titbit that I did enjoy:
Our natural humanity is like rotten wood. A house built with rotten wood, even if it is overlaid with gold, will collapse.
Can you imagine how foolish it would be to build with rotten wood? That reminds me of the bookshop – and yes a post on that is coming! There is no way that any builder who is interested in the longevity of a property would build with rotten wood. That is just asking for trouble.
Sorry brother Don, I wasn’t able to make a post about the bookshop yet!
Well here, the University Conference (a.k.a. Autumn 2011 College-Age Conference) is about to begin! The campus serving saints have been here all day preparing, the brothers have gone out to the stations to do the shuttle pick-ups, and some of us are about to do our assigned meal-prep service in a few minutes.
I’m really looking forward to this time and being with all the students to dive into the Word together, both in the meetings and in the group times, both here at Bower House and in the homes. The subject of the conference is The Full Ministry of Christ in Three Stages â€“ The First Stage, “The Stage of Incarnation”. Some of the brothers shared a little snippet of the content with us on Wednesday. It sounds so good! Lord, do prepare and unload us all so that we can receive Your speaking, and we can be infused with your wonderful, divine humanity!
As of Wednesday’s registration figures, we are expecting around 241 to be here this weekend, and some of those will be attending part-time (like me!). Most will be university students (both undergraduate and graduate students), with some A-Level students, and some working and serving brothers and sisters.
Do pray for the conference, for all the serving and coordinating saints, for the practical arrangements such as food, hospitality, and transportation, for the atmosphere and release of the spirit, and for all the fellowship and blending. Lord, gain more of each one of us!
The Full-Time Training in London (FTTL) restarted on Monday 8th August, and the trainees are now going into their third week of term. How time flies! (And here’s a cool post related to time: Infinity within Finite Beings).
It seems like I was only just telling you about the FTTL Spring 2011 graduation, yet that was a few months ago. On the same note, this evening I was emailing a friend from university, as well as chatting to a Christian sister on Gmail, and in both conversations I was reminded that it is now more than four years since my graduation from the Full-Time Training in London.
That means I am now going into my fifth year of serving the Lord. Wow!
When I put it like that, it sounds so long, and yet… it really hasn’t felt like a long time, a suffering, or a drag. Instead it has been a real joy and delight, and a real learning and growing with the Lord. I love the Lord, and I love the church, and although I am very open for any change the Lord may bring, at this present moment in time, I am very happy in my service. Amen, more of You Lord, each day! :)
But now, let’s get back to this term!
Day 11 (Saturday 2nd July 2011)
Day 11 was a big day for 105 saints â€“ it was the Full-Time Training in Anaheim graduation! Praise the Lord! I really enjoyed their presentation of following the Lamb. Who is this Lamb? The Lamb is our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who accomplished redemption for us, and who is now both enthroned in the heavens and also in our spirit!
These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.