There’s a sense in which the UK is home. We’re a cross-cultural and international family. I, Dan, am an American while Tracy is British. Our children all hold dual citizenship. Chloe, our younger daughter, was born in England. It is a country that is very much in our blood now, as a family. But we also call America home. My side of the family is here. Our amazing church family is here and we’ve had the opportunity to call it home for nearly a decade. But over the course of the last few years, we have sensed a call to serve and do ministry in the UK.
When you read through the New Testament, you see example after example of fellow workers for the Gospel being sent1 to various churches to serve and encourage the local congregation and, because iron sharpens iron, being served and encouraged themselves. We see a cooperative effort to bring the Gospel to groups of dedicated pagans worshipping idols that they bought from the kiosk where they sell $20 fidget spinners2. By partnering with AT3 and Converge, we will have the opportunity to do the same work as well as create and strengthen ties across oceanic, national and cultural borders.
We’ll be taking ministry skills that we have learned from our time serving at our sending church, Redeemer Fellowship and putting them to use in our host-church in the UK. At the same time, we will be learning how ministry is worked out in a culture where atheism, or at least agnosticism, is the default worldview.
This is an exciting opportunity and, though it is also a hard calling, we are eager to begin this work in the autumn of 2018. We cannot do this work without your support, though. Prayerfully consider partnering with us, either in prayer or finances, so that we can do the work that God has called us to.
- Acts 19:22; 1 Cor. 16:10; Eph. 6:21-22 etc… ↩
- Acts 19:24-27 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.” ↩