I(Dan) had the privilege of preaching to our church here in Poland this week. While the original sermon was given live with an interpreter, this is the complete English version.
One of the things I’ve had to learn to do while we’ve been serving in Warsaw is learn enough Polish to sing. I’m not very good, but the people here have been incredibly gracious as I try to lead them in worship in their native language. Having the music helps a lot with learning Polish because it gives you a framework for the cadence of the words.
As always, if you would like to partner with us and the work we are doing to bring the gospel to the UK and Europe, head over to our Join Us page to find out how.
Our sending church asked Dan to put together a video to lead musical worship for Good Friday. Here’s one of the songs from that video. It was great being able to serve them again after a couple of years away!
As you know, we have been serving in Warsaw since September 2019. Now that the Spring has arrived, we are excited to again be doing the preliminary work necessary before we return to the UK. At the moment, we are exploring a new opportunity with another local church (we love working with local churches) and are looking forward to making an announcement of where that is. In the mean time, however, we still have some things coming up.
First, we are continuing to work with Społeczność Chrześcijańska Wilanów. Recently, they received word that one of the local community centres is willing to open their doors to the church on Sundays. This is a big answer to prayer as the church has been meeting in a hotel conference room since it began a little over a year ago. That location has been very challenging so we are excited to help the church transition to the new building.
Second, we have a lot of travel coming this summer. Our hope, and current plan, is to return to the US in June (as a family!) so that we can apply for a new visa for Dan. During our time there, we will be visiting family and friends, but also sharing with those who have partnered with us.
In order to make all of this happen, we need your help. We are trying to raise a total, one-time amount of $10,000. This will cover the costs we incurred to move to and serve in Poland as well as the travel expense of getting a family of six across an ocean twice.
Please prayerfully consider joining with us as we begin this next chapter of Send The Alcantaras.
We weren’t expecting this and we’re really sad to be leaving our friends and church family in Liverpool. However, we are also excited about the work that we have coming up.
In the meantime, please consider partnering with us as we enter this next season of ministry. We have some unexpected expenses that will need to be covered and your support will go a long way toward helping us do that.
For a weekend in October, the whole city of Liverpool and loads of the surrounding area flooded into the city centre to watch the Giants as they made their final journey before saying farewell. It was a weekend that saw 1.3 million people, including us, gathered together to watch this spectacular display of theatre take place on a scale that still defies our imaginations.
While at the same time on the final day of the event, small churches across the city gathered around a message and an event that far surpasses anything we could ever hope to imagine, the gospel of Jesus Christ which sees sinners forgiven and brought into relationship with a holy God. But in our corner of north Liverpool, there are only a small handful of churches that are faithfully preaching this gospel. In fact, if we wanted to reach just the people in Everton through churches the same size as Trinity Church, we would need nearly 300 more churches.
On this #GivingTuesday, we are asking you to prayerfully consider partnering with us as we work to try and grow the church in this part of the city. It is an area with some amazing people, but it’s also an area with a lot of hurting people who need Jesus.
The work that we are doing in the church, through discipling and supporting the staff and ministries here in Everton and Anfield, is only possible as God provides through the generosity of individuals and churches in America partnering with us. Please consider becoming a ministry partner today.
For the past couple weeks, I (Dan) have been using PrayerMate for my morning devotions and prayers. It’s a great way to keep everything in one place, enabling me to pray through the Psalms and Charles Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening and my normal list of people and groups that I am praying for regularly.
And now, you can pray for Send The Alcantaras in PrayerMate as well! We’ve set up a feed that will publish new prayer requests regularly.
There are a couple of reasons why we’ve set this up.
The newsletter will be sent out less often
When we are on the field, the email newsletter (which you should definitely subscribe to) will be switching to a monthly schedule rather than weekly. This is due to ministry being both slower and busier than raising support. A monthly newsletter gives us the opportunity to focus on the work of being missionaries while maintaining regular communication with our ministry partners.
We will still have regular prayer requests
As with all of life, things still happen in real time. There may be events that happen suddenly that will need to be prayed over and this gives us the opportunity to continue to do that without filling everyones inboxes with constant emails.
How to subscribe
There are a couple of ways that you can subscribe to the new prayer list. The best/easiest way is to download the (completely free, no ads or anything) app. Then, simply visit this link and you will be guided through the subscription process.
This list also has an RSS feed so if you use something like Feedly, you can see prayer updates there as well.
One aspect of preparing to go on mission in the UK that has been nagging at me the most is figuring out where it is that we will be going. It’s a normal thing to want to know because people want to know where home is.
I’m excited to say that we will be moving to Everton. Everton is located just north of Liverpool city centre in North West England. It’s home to somewhere between 15-20 thousand people and it is also home to Trinity Church Everton.
TCE is a gospel church that was planted in 2012 by a team led by Peter Roberts and is now a congregation of about 50 people.
Everton is, statistically, one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool. While it once had a population of over 100,000 people, it is now just a fraction of that. Streets that were once packed with houses were cleared and replaced with Everton Park, a beautiful green space that has amazing views of the city, the Mersey and even the mountains of North Wales. It’s an area that struggles with addiction and crime, but most of all they struggle because they need Jesus.
That is why Trinity Church Everton was planted and continues to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this community.
To find out more, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Also, check out this video that shows what TCE have been doing as a church:
First, thank you to everyone that’s checked out the new site and liked the Facebook page. We are in the early stages of rolling out our plan for fundraising and building a team of people who will be committed to praying for us daily as we take on this impossible task.
I just wanted to give this quick update to say thank you, to let you know what is next, and to let you know how you can be praying for us over the weekend (If you’re in the USA and you’re in a place with daylight savings, clocks go back this weekend).
For right now, we just know that we will be in the United Kingdom. Over the coming weeks, we hope to be in touch with the churches that may be hosting us. We are excited and eager to find out where it is that God will have us serve. This will enable us to have specific people in mind to pray for as well as help us figure out what our financial goal will be.
As of now, we are working on a budget but you can still give. Your donations are tax deductible and will go toward furthering the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. We truly believe that we are called to do this work, but we cannot do it without your support.
Wait, so what are you doing?
For two years, I (Dan) will be serving full-time in a church while doing theological studies part-time. During those two years, I will be gaining important ministry experience in a culture that has long-forgotten the good news of the gospel. Tracy plans on continuing her work of raising our children full-time while also serving the church’s children and young mothers and wives. Three of our four children will be going to school and getting accents.
Our first requests for prayer are regarding our hearts and the church we will be calling home for the first two years of our time on mission in the UK.
1. Pray that we would be diligent in seeking God’s will and timing for us in this, that we would trust that He has indeed called us to do this work and that, ultimately, it will be only happen by His grace.
2. Be in prayer for the church we will be serving in. Pray that it is a mutually good fit, that they will help us learn as much as we can over the course of two years of ministry partnership and that we will be able to fill in needs that they currently have.
3. Pray that above everything, God would be glorified in this work and that more people would come to know Christ as their only hope and salvation.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to give an answer1 to those that wonder at the hope that we have. But the thing is, many of us can’t. As I examine my own life, at my role as a husband and parent, it is clear that God has taught me a lot. Tracy and the kids have a lot of questions and I have been blessed with enough time in the Word up to this point to answer them.
But there is a point where that knowledge reaches its limits and in a secular, post-Christian culture like the UK, having an answer is imperative. Remember, an agnostic worldview is the default, expected worldview. Being a Christian is a true anomaly. To that end, as a part of the apprenticeship with AT3, I will be pursuing rigorous, theological training from Union School of Theology.
Growing in Godliness
Every single Christian is called to pursue theological training. We are all called to study the Word of God. It is our spiritual food. It is the means by which we grow in our knowledge of and love for God. My hope is that through receiving training, I will have an opportunity to grow in my relationship with my Savior. It’s out of the overflow of our relationship with God that ministry begins. Just after Pentecost, in Acts 2, Peter’s preaching ministry begins because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people.
When we grow in our knowledge of and love for God, it should lead us to take the Gospel to others and to train them up in the faith as well.
By pursuing theological training, I will be able to teach others how to become better theologians and I will become a better theologian in the process. We have all been charged with the Great Commission 2 and we cannot make disciples if we are not also being discipled.
I am pursuing training because I want to be able to make disciples. I want to be able to give real answers to real questions so that the people that I disciple are able to do the very same thing.
In the fall of 2018, we will be moving to the UK in order to pursue this goal. Please consider partnering with us today so that we can carry out the work of becoming better disciples as we make more disciples.