When we arrived, we didn’t know anyone.
YWAM England 40 yrs on. I don’t reminisce much, but couldn’t avoid it recently – and it was a lot of fun… After a while, the memories just naturally overflowed into thanksgiving and praise to God. As most of our friends know, we celebrated YWAM’s 50th anniversary at Highfield Oval in September. Marti, my wife, and I saw people we hadn’t seen for decades. One of our former YWAM staff came with a DVD of a Middle East Field trip from 1976—I was surprised at how much we all looked like hippies! That 50th celebration coincided neatly with 40 years of YWAM in the UK. It was just over 40 years ago I came to my first short outreach in
London and then just a few months less than 40 years ago, Marti and I arrived, newly married, with vision to set up a School of Evangelism. It never crossed our minds we would still be in England 10 years later, let alone 40! When we arrived, we didn’t know anyone. A few short-term teams had made contact with churches here and there. Reona Peterson (now Joly) developed a mailing list of those people, and that is all we had to start with. Although we
didn’t have any concrete evidence that our vision was from God, we did have an unquestioning confidence (at least most of the time), that we were in the will of God and that He would enable us to start multiplying disciples of Jesus who were called to reach others with the Good News. YWAM had no income at the time, and we had a very small amount of support from Marti’s home church and my parents. Within a
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