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SUMMER UPDATE

Registered Charity No. 264078

www.ywamholmsted.org


hello... As I am writing, the Olympics are underway and by the time you read this newsletter Team GB may well have broken the 2012 medal tally, with new record holders and new household names. Since our last newsletter, England bowed out of the Euros, Wales took the Euros by storm and the UK decided to leave the European Union. These types of events can stir up all kinds of emotions and attitudes about our own nation and our international relationships. It’s interesting to see that even within our own families, churches and communities there can be such strongly held opinion on both, or every, side. The question I’ve been asking myself is how do we determine our allegiances?

STEVE & JO BISHOP

What are the criteria and conditions we need to make the decisions we live with? As with many areas of life, situations come to the fore and demand a lot of our time and energy for us to make a choice or express a preference, then

recede into the background to be replaced by something else, equally as important or demanding. We all need something secure and solid to ground our lives on. Looking to God gives us an external constant who offers us consistency and peace in amongst the turmoil and change that life can throw at us. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “… Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.” (The MSG) As we look forward to the rest of year (the nights are already drawing in), let’s remember that despite so much change around us, we follow the one who never changes.


CONTENTS BRIGHTON FRINGE MEN’S OUTREACH YWAM ENGLAND FAMILY GATHERING EASTER EGG HUNT JANUARY DTS 2016 WHAT’S ON AT HOLMSTED STAFF THEN AND NOW Newsletter Team: Steve Bishop, Daniel Jackson, Lucy Burrows, Jess Goodall, Christy Summerton Photos: Lucy Burrows, Yoli Rios, Ten Thousand Homes Holmsted Manor, Staplefield Road Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5JF 01444 440229 info@ywamholmsted.org @holmstedmanor HolmstedManor ywamholmstedmanor

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The Brighton Fringe Festival The Brighton Fringe Festival, this May, was an all around success for one of our emerging ministries, MAKE., who worked with OAC Ministries for ten months to bring the exhibition to life. It was a great opportunity to learn more about being involved in the Fringe, the second largest open access festival in the UK. Over 440 people visited the exhibition and we were able to make good connections with local artists. The exhibition The Journey: Confessions of an Artist involved pieces of a variety of styles and media; abstract to still life and contemporary to biblical. We also developed an ‘intervention’, a piece of art which is specifically designed to open up interaction with it’s audience. The piece provoked evocative conversations about life and faith by asking those on the street what the “best” and “worst” parts of life’s journey were for them that week. The Holmsted Manor team were on hand, curating, exhibiting and serving the exhibition and providing a welcoming environment for those wanting to explore the questions raised in the artwork. We were even able to make new friendships, giving support to people who passed through the exhibition, acting as a listening ear and offering prayer.

We are very grateful for Father David and the Chapel Royal for hosting the exhibition for ten days and OAC Ministries for showing us the ropes and introducing us to many local artists, without whom the exhibition would not have been the success that it was.


Men’s outreach in South Africa On Sunday 22nd May, eight men teamed up at the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was an diverse group aged from 28-75 including YWAM staff past and present; two retirees and some local friends of Holmsted Manor - amongst them a couple of (former) bricklayers, a teacher and a mechanic. In the following five days, this group of men finished off a simple, two-room block house, with a corrugated tin roof. Unita, a single mum with five children, was nominated by her local community to be the recipient of a new home.

Working alongside Ten Thousand Homes, a YWAM centre in White River, South Africa, the group came away with not only a sense of a ‘job well done’, but the experience of seeing a family’s future changed. What a privilege to be part of the process that sees a family receive shelter and protection. There will be another Men’s Outreach next year, dates to be confirmed. Please contact Steve Bishop for more details.


C O M I N G U P AT HOLMSTED 25 AUGUST

OPEN MIC NIGHT 2 SEPTEMBER

FIRST FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

HM40 CLOSING EVENT

YWAM England family gathering


For the weekend of 3rd-5th June, Holmsted Manor was privileged to host the YWAM England National Family Gathering. Over 300 people travelled from all across the nation, sleeping not only inside but also under canvas in our beautiful grounds. We came together to celebrate what the Lord has done in YWAM in our ‘yesterday’; what He is doing in our ‘today’ and believing for what He will do in our ‘tomorrow’, hearing from pioneering leaders from our history. Barry Austin told stories of his 40 years in the mission and Lynn Green reminded us of the value of sacrificial service. Guest speaker, Paul Childers, along with his son Levi, inspired us in the importance of committing God’s word to memory as well as challenging us to believe that we can influence a whole nation.

The grounds were buzzing with activity as we enjoyed each other’s company. There were great children and youth activities; delicious food; a trip to Brighton; prayer meditation through the grounds and a seminar about learning scripture, all of which contributed to the family atmosphere of growing together with God. Rosanna Liste and Phil Leage lead us as we committed to pursue what the Lord had spoken to us as we move into the future. Multiple speakers mentioned one of Holmsted Manor’s foundational verses - Haggai 2: 3-9. Please join us in prayer to ask the Lord to continue fulfilling his promise that:

‘ ‘. . .T H E G L O R Y O F T H I S P R E S E N T H O U S E W I L L B E G R E AT E R T H A N T H E G L O R Y O F T H E F O R M E R H O U S E ,’ S AY S T H E L O R D A L M I G H T Y . ‘A N D I N T H I S P L A C E I W I L L G R A N T P E A C E ,’ v 9 ”


Y W A M VA L U E S

Easter egg hunt On Good Friday, Holmsted Manor hosted our second annual Easter Egg Hunt. After running around hunting for Easter eggs and having their faces painted, many of the 100+ children enjoyed showing off their Easter crafts to proud parents. Between a homemade hot cross bun and a cuppa at the Orchard CafĂŠ, people were happy to relax for a few hours and enjoy the remarkably sunny day. It was a pleasure to see the families that came enjoying time together in the Holmsted Manor grounds; the Easter Egg Hunt was filled with life and excitement. The donations we received will contribute towards the running of future community events.

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PRACTICE WORSHIP & INTERCESSORY PRAYER YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognise the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God’s power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lifes of individuals and in the affairs of nations.


January DTS 2016 ‘How could we not respond to the humanitarian crisis on our doorstep with the love of Jesus?’ It was that question that hung over us as DTS leaders as we met last year to pray about the direction for the upcoming school. Now looking back over the last six months, we can see how God honoured our question beyond our expectations. In the first three months, the trainees were able to explore their worldview, identity and relationship with God to create a firm foundation from which they would later serve. We could not have expected how powerfully God would move in the outreach phase from day one, with unexpected people ringing the doorbell asking to read the Bible with us! Coventry prepared the way as we met many nationalities; Iranians, Afghanis,

Pakistanis, Eritreans, Algerians... we continued to meet people from these nations and more throughout our journey! Once in the Calais ‘Jungle’, our perspective of hospitality and what it means to be a Christian were radically shaken for the better. After travelling many miles via ministry locations in Italy, we eventually found ourselves at the end of our journey in Lesvos, Greece. Throughout our time, serving in the refugee camps, we continued to ‘meet people thirsty for hope, for love and for something that will save them from the lives they are living’. The team returned to the UK for our final week serving at a local church in Thanet and despite not working with refugees, it was here that we were able to reflect and challenge others by sharing stories about our journey. The DTS gave the trainees the ‘courage and boldness to share the gospel with no shame’, expanding their worldview and understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.


Holmsted staff then and now

After doing their DTS and School of Evangelism in 1978, Claude Bonjour and his late wife Francine together with their growing family - joined YWAM Holmsted Manor from 1982 to 1992. He served in a variety of roles; from DTS to Accounts to eventually leading the base together with Francine, from the end of 1987 to 1991. When reminiscing about Holmsted Manor, the Bonjour family fondly remember the old swimming pool where the children learnt to swim and spent many hot summer days. Currently, Claude is retired and living in Northern California. He left YWAM in 2010 to attend Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry where he continues to be part of that community. If he could offer any advice to other YWAMers, it would be to keep their relationships with God and others healthy. Claude recalls fond memories of working with Arne and Robbie Peterson here at Holmsted Manor, whose belief, gentle challenge and releasing of the Bonjours has enabled Claude to be where he is now.

“YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PERFECT AND YOU MIGHT BE H U R T, O R M I S U N D E R S T O O D . K E E P Y O U R H E A R T C L E A N A N D P U R E .�


40 YEARS OF YOUTH WITH A MISSION AT HOLMSTED MANOR

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Join us for a relaxed afternoon as we bring a close to our year of celebration 40 years of Youth With A Mission at Holmsted Manor.

12-4pm Saturday 17 September Holmsted Manor

The gardens will be open for you to enjoy and refreshments will be available.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter YWAM Holmsted Manor  

Contents include: Brighton Fringe, Men's Outreach, YWAM England Family Gathering, Easter Egg Hunt 2016, Jan DTS 2016, What's on at Holmsted,...

Summer 2016 Newsletter YWAM Holmsted Manor  

Contents include: Brighton Fringe, Men's Outreach, YWAM England Family Gathering, Easter Egg Hunt 2016, Jan DTS 2016, What's on at Holmsted,...

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