Come Follow Me, Celebrating 12 Years as Missionaries to Scotland

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Come Follow Me, Celebrating 12 Years as Missionaries to Scotland

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)

On this day, the 28th of August in 2001, we arrived at Edinburgh Airport, jet lagged and bleary eyed, nervous yet excited to begin an adventure-packed journey with God.

We thought we were too old, at 40, for Youth With A Mission. But after 6 months training in Paisley, we were staffing a school with YWAM Scotland in Edinburgh.

To our surprise, there were other families, just as crazy as us, who joined us for the training at the YWAM base, Stanely House in Paisley, Scotland.

It was there at Stanely House, where we began our Family DTS (Discipleship Training School) with a total of 12 staff/student families with 35 children. That’s right, 35 children, and 20 of them ALL in the same house. An experience NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET!

And today, we celebrate 12 years as being missionaries in this beautiful, historic capital city of Edinburgh, and in this rainy, but gorgeous, country that we have come to call home.

“To follow is to love.”
(Barclay Card Advert) http://youtu.be/zdg8uSQ4tvw
please watch this 1:31 minute video posted on You Tube.

When I recently saw this advert from Barclay Card, I thought the theme to be quite profound. The emotions, the drama, the reality of the situations that were portrayed, were all too real and engaging.

The tag line stated, “to follow is to love.” I thought to myself, there is something more to this, beyond the message that the company has presented or intended.

After seeing this advert several more times, I began to think about the words of Jesus in the Gospels, and compare those words to the Barclay ad tag line,”to follow is to love.”

COME FOLLOW ME
Jesus proclaims on numerous occasions “come follow me,” so I decided to do a search on my You Version app, and the following words of Jesus were the most commonly found and repeated in the Gospels.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34 ESV)

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” ( Mark 10:21 ESV)

To FOLLOW is to LOVE. I believe there is a Kingdom principle found here.

The words of Jesus, “come follow me,” not only require us to deny ourselves, but to daily take up our cross (which is a whole other blog post on its own), and to follow Him.

I am daily trying to live this out as I seek to draw closer to God, to hear His voice, and to be obedient as I intentionally pursue to be His hands and His feet.

When I reflect back on the past 12 years as a missionary, I can honestly say there has been a lot of denying of self, and dying to self that has come along with the obedience to following Jesus.

STARTING YEAR 13 in Edinburgh, Scotland:
For the past 12 years, we have been focused on:

• reaching the lost with the Gospel
• training and discipling the next generation
• church planting

Our focus and passion remain the same today:

Our FOCUS: Reaching the lost with the Gospel here in Edinburgh Scotland and beyond its borders, and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ.

Our PASSION: Making Disciples, Equipping Ministers, and Mobilizing Missionaries.

SEEKING PARTNERS
As we begin this 13th year as missionaries, we are looking for a few more people to partner with us, and to help us advance the Gospel in Edinburgh and Scotland.

If you would LOVE to Follow, and be a part, you can go to my Supporting Our Ministry page on this blog for details on how to do that, or email me directly at: lovefromkent@gmail.com

Love, Kent

I BELIEVE in MIRACLES

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RECOVERY UPDATE: Something Miraculous Happened Today
see photo proof @ end of blog post

I don’t know why but I’m continually amazed when I see God move in miraculous ways, especially in my own life. But I am here to testify today of answered prayers. I want to thank all of you who have been on this journey with me. Since August 2010, I have had 5 surgeries that included 4 knee surgeries ( 2 arthoscopic and 2 total knee replacements) and a testicular cancer surgery. Your prayers have given me hope, patience and strength to endure as I’ve witnessed God’s hand and healing on my life. So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you again!

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since my 2nd knee replacement. Already I’ve seen a big difference compared to the last one (on the other knee). I can’t say that it has been any less painful but I am taking less pain medication, so that means something right?. There is less swelling, and I seem to be getting around better than last time already. I can see that I’ve gotten more flexibility and bend in my knee, this even before my first outpatient physio begins on Friday, 1st February.

MIRACULOUS: The last two days, I have been able to increase my exercises which has really encouraged me. But, something miraculous happened to me this afternoon. During my exercises today, I decided to listen & watch a worship service on iBethel.tv, led by Jeremy Riddle (who happens to be one of my favourite worship leaders) for what I thought was going to be a distraction for me.

Little did I know that God had other plans.

After I had warmed up and felt like I had done really well with my flexibility, I decided to try once again to be able to lift my leg. This is a feat that took me 5 weeks to accomplish with my last total knee replacement, I’m not joking, 5 weeks! So, with a tremendous amount of strain and effort, I tried and tried to lift my foot/leg off the bed. At first, I had no luck, I just couldn’t do it. Then, with a huge amount of effort, I managed to get it up, a tiny little bit. Exhausted but excited, I called Debbie to come watch.

Again with great concentration, effort, strain and grunting I was able to lift it ever so slightly off the bed. HUGE SUCESS! But, with that success, I felt like I strained a muscle or something. So I must have done it wrong somehow.

BACK TO THE MIRACULOUS: As I said previously, I believe God had other plans for me instead of just listening and watching this worship time while I was exercising. At the end of the worship, the Holy Spirit was moving and speaking. I sensed that the Holy Spirit was not only moving there in Redding CA, but believe it or not, moving in my bedroom too. Through prayer and witnessing the move of the Holy Spirit they asked people to lay hands on someone around them to pray for healing or impartation or just encouragement.

ASK GOD TO SUPERNATURALLY HELP ME TO RECOVER: So, with no one around me, I decided to lay hands on myself, and with faith, I asked God to supernaturally help me to recover from this 2nd total knee replacement.

After praying for someone’s healing, I always, if appropriate, ask them to try to do something that they weren’t able to do before. For me, I decided to try and lift my foot and leg up from the bed, but this time more than just a bit.

TO MY AMAZEMENT, I not only was able to lift it up off the bed, I was able to lift it to where my leg was straight up and down pointing to the ceiling. I suddenly realised it took very little effort to do it so I decided to try it again. Before I did, I said both to myself and to God, that if I can do it again with little effort then I can testify of God’s amazing supernatural healing in helping me to recover. The second time was a complete success too!

Now came the time to testify to Debbie and Jacob, so I asked them to come up to my room and to be my witness. To their amazement, and mine too, BOOM! I did it again!. This is awesome! And again, I did it for Hannah when she got home, only this time I was smart enough to have her take a photo for proof.

At the end of all the excitement, I realise that I still have a long road ahead of physio and rehab, but today I can testify of God’s grace, love, and mercy on my life as He supernaturally is helping me to recover.

Can we just all pray, More Lord Please! And my prayer is for each of you to experience MORE of His love, grace, and mercy in your life too.

Love, Kent
lovefromkent@gmail.com

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