The past few weeks have been busy, but quiet. We have had teachings and been preparing for outreach.
However, we also do work around our community. On Thursday, we went to the park down the street and prayed as we cleaned it. It is the hang out for people to drink and do drugs, but it is meant to be a safe place for children. As we cleaned it up and prayed, men were sitting on the benches, smoking pot. Some of the people smoking pot looked to be as young as 15 years old.
Living in Harlesden has been marvelous. It's not posh like Notting Hill, but we are surrounded by a place in which it is really easy to find ways to minister. Whether we are busking by the clock, helping at the Salvation Army soup kitchen, or praying over and cleaning the park, there are numerous ways in which we can make a practical difference while telling our neighbors about Jesus. The fact that we live in a predominantly Muslim community makes it even more of a blessing. Giving up a comfortable life in America to come here and do this has been a blessing. I thank Jesus for calling me to do something so useful for His Kingdom, and for providing the means for me to do it.
Here are some pictures of the park after we cleaned it, and the bag of garbage that we ended up with:
On Friday morning, we leave for Cardiff, Wales. I will try to update my blog while on outreach, but for two months, we will be traveling to Cardiff, Wales, Glasgow, Scotland, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, and Newcastle. While there, we will minister to churches and on the streets. Right now, we are practicing the music, facepainting, and dramas we will do while we are at these locations. However, we will also be doing without a lot of the things we normally have, like computers and showers and beds and clean clothes. Please pray for our group, that God unites us even more than we already are united, and that He works in our hearts as we serve others.