year or so, my parents sold their business and joined YWAM. So that was the end of most of our support! It is hard to recall how God provided for us since for the most part there were no great financial miracles in those first couple of years. God met our needs little by little. We knew it was a big step to start a full-on School of Evangelism like we had attended in Switzerland, so we tried to take an intermediate step and advertised that we would be starting an “Evangelism Training Team.” At first we rented just four bedrooms of a house in South-East London, but soon quite a number of people joined our team and we were able to rent the entire house with its 10 rooms. Our team spent most of its time in outreach in the West End of London where the Salvation Army allowed us to use one of their buildings as a coffee bar. All Souls Church, Langham Place also provided shortterm accommodation
for our larger numbers over the summer. At the time we had no idea that team housing at the base of the Post Office Tower was such a miracle. There are too many miracles to recount here, but as the next two years passed, God led us to base our team with churches in Crawley, Sussex. Then God opened the door for us to rent a wonderful manor house at the edge of Crawley; it had been a Dr. Barnardo’s Children home. That is where we started the first School of Evangelism. We quickly outgrew that place and needed more space. Our first really big financial miracles occurred when we then purchased Holmsted Manor and started evangelism and discipleship schools. From that point, we had seen the fulfillment of our original vision for our time in the UK. But something else happened because as you may know, we are still here in England and our time was not finished—but that’s another story.
YWAM England 50th Anniversary Report continued… And the DTS is being re-pioneered in the tiny nation of Wales, with the vision of reviving that nation’s missionary heritage, while in London they are preparing to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympics with outreaches planned before, during and after the Games intending to change people’s lives forever! Take a deep breath! That’s just a glimpse of what God is doing! YWAM in Europe is building on a heritage that includes some of the most significant moments in missionary history, with hope and faith for a fresh revelation of God’s Spirit to see Europe do its part to complete the Great Commission! On one of the evenings, Loren presented a Bachelor of Science diploma to University of the Nations graduate, Sosthene Maletoungou, the first UofN graduate from the Central African Republic, before sharing his dreams for the future of YWAM. On the final morning the 50th celebrations in Harpenden wrapped up with the same symbolic acts which have united YWAMers together across the world this year. Participants shared communion and signed the Jubilee covenant reaffirming their commitment to obey the call of Christ to reach the whole world with His message.
YWAM England Advance Magazine 112 Winter 2010/11