26 Mar

What’s the cost of following Jesus?

One of my Favourite lines in the From Eden to Eternity show is Andrew, having just witnessed his brother Peter step out of the boat and walk on water.  It goes something like this;

“When you follow Jesus, you’ll do things you never expect”

Sometimes I get a bit caught up and self righteous about the cost of following Jesus and being part of Wycliffe.  – Not having a salary and the security that goes with it – being unable sometimes to help people understand what it is that we do and so on.   Reality is though, my security is in God and he hasn’t let me down.  If people don’t’ understand why I am involved with the Bible Translation Movement, it is often because they don’t’ know God.  All of those things and more, if I have my wits about me, are opportunities to see God at work.  Not actually too high a price to pay.

Mary Gardner was a Wycliffe UK colleague of mine and our paths crossed of multiple occasions.  First time was actually out in Togo where she worked, I was there in the summer of ’98 as a member of the first WYnet Togo team, a very special and significant time for me.  Mary was gentle and quiet but enthusiastic about our visiting her country.  She was keen to talk to the team and share what about the work she was doing.  Then as I began to work for Wycliffe myself post uni she would always swing by to say hi n the office if she was around.   She is now home with the Lord; you can read the tragic story surrounding her death.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/24/jerusalem-victim-british-bible-translator
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8404305/Scottish-Bible-translator-killed-by-Jerusalem-bus-stop-bomb.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/prayers-tribute-for-scot-killed-in-jerusalem-1.1092797
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-12856418
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2011/03/25/tributes-pour-in-for-scots-missionary-killed-in-israeli-bus-stop-blast-86908-23014870/

Tributes
http://wycliffe.org.uk/blog/?tag=mary-gardner
http://annedroid-annedroid.blogspot.com/2011/03/tribute-to-mary-gardner.html
http://www.gadgetvicar.org.uk/2011/03/mary-gardner.html
http://www.kouya.net/?p=3945

or hear an interview with our Executive Director Eddie
http://www.premier.org.uk/news/current/Tributes%20given%20for%20murdered%20missionary.aspx

 

The cost to Mary was eventually her life.  Puts my struggles and moaning in their place.
Please be praying for her family and friends at this time, it is hard to understand why God allowed it to happen at that time and at that place.

Isaiah 55:9

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

 

14 Mar

From Eden to Eternity – the First Leg

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the final bow

I am continually amazed by the privilege I have to be involved in some of the projects I have found myself involved in. From Eden to Eternity 2011 is no exception. From the very start 9 months ago when the decision was taken to run the tour this year I have been completely blessed by the things God has done. For starters, Jenny, who has worked with me on the 2010 tour has to be honest, pretty much run this tour. It would not have survived if she wasn’t so on the ball! Next- Saltmine, the team on the road are awesome, no doubt about it. Finally the opportunities the tour has present already have been simply amazing. SOO many firsts for me.

• Travel to Northern Ireland and also Dublin both for the first time
• A cheeky tourist visit to giant’s causeway (and a distillery)
• Not only visit Stormont but be involved in a performance with the 1st minister in attendance
• Directed a live DVD recording
• Ulster fry for breakfast

Maybe not a big deal to most of you, but it is cool to experience a few firsts as part of one’s job.

So after 9 shows – half the tour, over 2200 people have seen the show and heard about God’s work all over the world. Brilliant!

14 Mar

Technological FAIL

Just a brief message to anyone who may have received 3 emails from me this morning contain a few sentences of good stuff then 8 pages of rubbish.

I’m aware that when we get out to Nigeria that internet access is going to become somewhat more restricted than I am used to here. I have been trying to set up my blog in a way so that I cam email it blog posts that it can then post. However as is often the case I came a cropper a few times. WordPress makes it sound so simple, yet digging deeper it really is not! I have now stopped trying. Sorry to have filled your inbox!

11 Mar

From Eden to Eternity update

Wow what a start to the tour!

Dublin – 160 people + 46 responses, 2  who wish to be a Wycliffe Voice.  Also a standing ovation, which was extremely special.

Ballymena – 450 people – who gave £1200 for Bible Translation in Burkina Faso topped up another £2000 by the church!

Stormont – a very restricted set up in the great hall of the assembly building paved way to 100 people including the First Minister the right honourable Peter Robinson.

Portadown –  260 enthusiastic young people and about 20 other adults all crammed into a hall and became bar far the most responsive and interactive audience we had so far.

Belfast – 450 people

Ballynahinch – 200 people.

Glasgow – 60 people

 

Here are some pictures

 

WOW what a start to the tour and what answers to prayers.  God’s word going forth to people and not returning empty.  Wonderful.

 

A few things to pray for:

–         Team for energy as they continue on the tour.  Tonight in Edinburgh and tomorrow in Cupar near Fife.

–         Mim who is one of the actresses has an ongoing stress related heart condition.  It can provoke heart palpitations, and leave her feeling exhausted.  Pray that this issues doesn’t’ crop up, but if it does, pray that Mim and Jon (husband and show director) will have wisdom in dealing with it.

–         Sam who is our Technician on tour has been outstanding.  Never an easy job on a tour like this, but there has been some unforeseen problems with a few bits of kit, pray for Sam not only as he problem solves but that God will continue to bless with him all that need needs to continue doing an awesome job.

–         As the team continue tours, Jenny and I continue working with the next week’s venues getting the last bits of detail in place.

 

Thanks so much for you emails of encouragement and your prayers 🙂

 

Tim and the team.

 

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