Strengthening ties (or, Why the United Kingdom?)

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.

  1. Acts 19:22; 1 Cor. 16:10; Eph. 6:21-22 etc… 
  2. 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.” 

Serve the local church

When you look at the ministry of someone like Paul the apostle, it’s immediately clear that the work of evangelism happens best in the local church. Paul’s letters were written to churches like the church in Ephesus or Corinth or Colossae, not to big para-church organisations.

It’s within the local church that you have the regular preaching of the Word. It is where we partake of the Lord’s Supper. It’s the primary venue for baptism. It is where the Christian is cared for and discipled at a personal level. It is where Christians learns how to speak the truth in love to their neighbors.

And it is where we have all been called to serve.

During the two-year apprenticeship , I will be serving full time with a local church. I’ll be assisting in leadership, gaining hands-on ministry experience and taking part in the general life of the church. Tracy desires to serve the local church by serving mothers’ and children’s ministries.

For our four children, this is an exciting time to see their parents involved even more in the work of gospel ministry while having the opportunity to make new friends, learn more about God and experience the culture their mother grew up in.

This mission, to serve the local church cannot happen without your support, both in prayer and finances. We ask that you would prayerfully consider joining with us to enable and empower us to do what God has called us to.