11 Jan

Robinson ministry update – 11th Jan 2018

Happy New Year!

I love the fact that, here in Nigeria, the first time you see a person in the new year, you greet them with “Happy New Year!” It could be June, but if it is the first time you see them that year then “Happy New Year!” So, although 2018 may be starting to feel less than shiny new to you by now, we greet you with a Happy New Year!

We had a busy but surprisingly restful Christmas break. I say surprisingly because looking into it I was concerned by the very low number of days that were not already filled up. I like time to chill out at home without too much planned and there was a noticeable lack of those sort of days! However, God is good and he gave us rest in other ways this Christmas.

We were able to take a short trip to a game reserve about 3 hours drive north-east of Jos with several other families. There is a hot spring there which feeds a beautiful river with a white sandy bottom that stays at a beautiful 31C. We spent most of our time there in the water, relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, chatting. We then had a fairly quiet New Year back in Jos with a New Year’s Eve BBQ (something that would have been distinctly chilly in the UK!).

After New Year we spent about 4 days at a retreat centre in Miango, about half an hour’s drive from Jos for the SIM retreat. SIM is another big mission here in Nigeria and they had asked Tim if he would come and lead the worship for them during their retreat. I helped by doing projection (of words and presentations) and leading a small group. Dan helped by swelling the number of teenagers! Despite having ‘jobs’ to do there we were also able to rest and enjoy hanging out with other missionaries. Tim however took the whole recreation side of things a little too seriously and managed to pick up a bad ankle injury during their annual adults vs youth football match. He is now hobbling around with a brightly coloured ankle. Thankfully one of the SIM missionaries is a physiotherapist and she offered to do a home visit to see Tim in exchange for a good meal. As good meals are not too hard to come by in our house we were very grateful for this offer!

There was another, much more serious, medical issue that we were involved with over the break. An American friend of ours gave birth (in the early hours of New Year’s Day) to a baby girl who quickly developed breathing difficulties and ended up having to have a medical evacuation a few days after she was born. She and her parents are now in South Africa and she is doing so much better. Although the situation was so hard and scary, we were able to see God’s provision time and time again though it. We have a Nurse who recently joined SIL Nigeria, when we have not had one for years previously. He was able to be a massive help in so many ways. The baby needed a passport in order to be able to be evacuated and at one point (when she was on 24 hour oxygen) we thought that she was going to need to be driven to Abuja (the capital, about 5 hours drive from Jos) in order to be issued with one. However the embassy ended up issuing it without requiring this and they even sent representatives to Jos with the passport. We had the impression that only the mum would be able to travel with the baby in the evacuation but in the end the plane was able to take both parents as well as the baby. It is such an encouragement when we can see God’s hand even in the midst of hard times!

CLICK THIS LINK For an exciting story about God using translated scripture to reach people.

We are starting to make plans for our furlough in the UK this summer (June-July 2018). It might seem a little early but we want to see as many of you as possible and that requires serious co-ordination! Thankfully that is one of Tim’s strengths!

Thank you so much for all your prayers for us, we are deeply grateful! If you are able, please take some time to pray for these things:

Praise

  • Rest over a busy Christmas break
  • God’s hand through the baby’s medical evacuation

Prayer

  • That God will continue to heal the baby and bring peace to her parents
  • A good transition back into school and work routine
  • Plans for furlough to take shape in God’s way and time
04 Nov

Ministry Oppertunity

I have the chance to go play a couple songs, as a ‘ministration’ at a church last Sunday morning.  I managed to coble together a video and eventually get it up on youtube.  It honestly sounded far better than this video does!  Someone said there was 1000 people there, it was a ‘prophetic power praise morning’ – lots of load praise so much prophecy – maybe I had wrong expectations.    I’ve also been asked if i can go and help work on their PA – maybe run a workshop for them, which would be cool because the band were INCREDIBLE the pa not so much.

15 Jan

YFriday call it a day

Friday is a day … but that isn’t what i mean. Yfriday are calling an end to their 16 year journey as a band. 🙁

Press Release

Yfriday
What is it with my favorite bands “calling it a day”?? First delirious, now Yfriday, there aren’t gonna me any good UK-based bands left 🙁

23 Jun

Israel Houghton

Israel was also at the Big Church Day Out in May, i finally edited his press conference video. His testamony was AWESOME.

13 Jun

Michael W Smith Big Church Day Out Press conference.

I had the immense priviledge of attending some of the press conferences at The Big Church Day Out, and get involved in interviewing a few people.

This is the Michael W Smith session, i REALLY need a better quality camera to do stuff like this 🙁

06 Aug

Glory fills the earth

Don’t get me wrong I love hearing and finding new worship songs. The thing is, sometimes I wonder how much is spent on finding nice words that fit the melody vs words that are scripturally sound and appropriate.

for example, listening to a CD from a popular youth orientate church meeting, and 1 lyric “The train of his robe fills the temple” now to you or i who are aware of the monarchy and what that might look like it is fine. The the less educated / foreign, trying to relate the 1036 to Bristol into worshiping our lord Jesus could be a bit harder.

“Washed by the blood of the lamb”. NOT knowing the full context of that statement does conjure up some rather disgusting images akin to gladiator or blade …

I was in a meeting yesterday busy singing a newer song that i actually quite like, but then i can across a line in the chorus …

Holy is the lord God almighty
The earth is filled with his glory
Holy is the lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with his glory

It stopped me in my tracks. YES the lord is holy. Can’t argue with that, great lyrics for a sound about lifting him him and glorifying him. BUT is the earth really filled with his glory? When i think of the word filled i think about every opening, nook cranny and crevice is filled. there is no gaps, no space, no extra bit can squeeze in. And to be honest i don’t think the earth is filled like that. Having just come back form Africa with a team visiting a translation project, we were constantly faced with needs. Poverty was everywhere, illness, death, dark spirituality. How is is possible for me to stand and try to declare to the world that the Lord’ God Almighty’s Glory is filling the earth?

20 Jun

Corporate Silence

Praise and worship are interesting things. Everyone has their own preferences as to style, instruments, volume, lyrics and even settings. I of course also have my own preferences. However as a worship leader in church and various youth events and even occasionally at work people like to voice their preferences to me.

Now let me just add, I am just exploring this issue, I don’t have all the answers, God loves us all no matter what our preferences (unless it involves organs!) that was a joke;).

We have a meeting at work 1 hour every Tuesday, some call it Tuesday fellowship, some centre fellowship, it is a nice time to get together, worship the one true living God, hear about what he is doing over the world and in the office and stuff. The struggle is that our organisation is made up of people all different backgrounds and denominations all with their own preferences and procedures and of late instead of enjoying the variety of what different people bring, one or two have been dropping in and out for the bits they like, or if they enjoy the style of the person leading the meeting they don’t turn up at all (I have been guilty in the past).

Where am I going with this? Corporate silence. One such suggestion made to me of late was

“there should be more corporate silence in said meetings especially during out worship times, after all worship is just about singing is it!”

Ouch. Fortunately I hadn’t been leading the meeting jstu before this email had arrived.

I guess the place to start is why do we do corporate praise and worship?
Is it to wake us up at the start of a meeting?
Get some practice in for heaven? Rev 7

Or is it so that we can collectively agree that our God is awesome and worthy of our praise, to edify one another, and the church, to be encouraged by each other’s praise.

Praise and worship are different things. Praise is all about giving God glory, recognising who he is, declaring to the world his attributes and all he has done for us. Worship is about sacrifice, it is about us laying our lives down for him, giving up our own plans, intentions desires to be filled by him. Romans 12 Sacrifice has to cost us, otherwise it is no sacrifice at all. 1 Chronicles 21 but of course applied in the context of Romans 12!

So i had an email asking me to turn the volume down for these meetings and requesting more times of silence as part of the worship time. In themselves perfectly normal requests except i can’t get my head around corporate silence. If the purpose of getting together to do these things, then surely we need to stay together whilst we do them? There is a time and place. After a sermon for example, “lets take a couple minutes to reflect on when God has been saying to us.” Even at the start of the service, I am not happy about but ” Lets take a moment to be still and get ready to meet with God” As though we don’t meet with him at any other time of the day or week for that matter, how we must calm ourselves before the storm of the next 30 minutes of song singing. I understand peoples lives are busy, takes time to get into ‘it’ on a Sunday morning… but I don’t understand singing a couple songs then having a time of silence, great for the individuals not so great for the corporate, unless something comes out of it, like a word a prophecy, a vision, a testimony a scripture (the theology of those can be debated at another time!). If you want silence, use your personal devotional time.

HEARING from God is also a thought, we have to be silence to listen properly, true, but listen for the sake of it, do it on your own time, in the car, doing the washing up or the hovering. If we are going to be together lets be together and do stuff together.

“Everybody pray in silence”
Also and interesting concept, how can i agree with my brother if I haven’t heard what they have said? Yes God can hear that prayer, but none of the rest of the church nor the rest of the spiritual realm have heard it!

God delights in unity Psalm 133:1 and commands a blessing. How can I stand in unity with my brother if I have no idea what he just prayed?

Let alone the theology of God is in you head he can hear your prayer, my response is shame no-one /nothing else can, including the Devil who you might be praying against at the time.

“Worship is not only about singing”
But God created music to draw us into his presence. It is also handy for warding away evil spirits. 1 Samuel 16
Art is wonderful, dance is wonderful, drama can be wonderful, but singing is something that we do from pre-toddler stage, we all connect with music hear it all the time, and it is I think probably one of the easiest ways for a bunch of people to do to glorify God.

It is an interesting world we live in!
I have also stopped leading said meeting if I can get away with it, I can’t be doing with the questionings and abuse!

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