Chasing your challenges

If anyone who asked me last September how I saw myself, I would not have described myself as someone with October about myself as a creative person who can operate in gifts of healing or prophetic words.  My life experience taught me that I can be a kind, humble servant of Jesus, but my words rarely carry impact or significance.  What a difference a year can make.  I have learnt one key thing: if a challenge makes you feel unsafe and uncomfortable because it’s “not you”, it may well be what you need to chase after.

My experience has told me I can get by OK with written tasks, so why on KLS did I opt instead for the Creative stream where my art needs labelling, my woodwork needs a health and safety test and my photos need deleting!  Because I didn’t see it as “me”.  Guess what?  God taught me so much in the mess of making mistakes, giving offerings of “work” that left me feeling exposed, vulnerable…but honest, authentic and growing.

Experience told me my words lack power….so every time I turn on my computer I must type in the truth from 2Timothy1:7 that I have been given a spirit of power – as my friend, Jon reminds me, resurrection power!

So be encouraged: God wants to develop new gifts in you; His work in you is only limited by your choices to buy into your past limited experiences, and it is released when you say Yes to Him and face the challenge that you think will expose your failings.

Rich Wood

 

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My experience at KLS

My experiences at KLS in 1 year 2018

There is so much to say about my experiences and the multitude of things I have learnt from the year-long Kingdom Life School. These are from a natural and supernatural source, biblically, spiritually, relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.

I still remember the very first Thursday evening where all us ‘newbies’ (which was practically everyone including leaders!) had been brought together to spend time in growing, in experiencing and allowing our relationship with Father God to overflow into the lives of those around us, one of these areas being Love Poole. The transformation that has happened in just one year is incredible. The people are hungry and some are becoming ever increasingly expectant of us as a school being present on those Friday afternoons. A true essence of Kingdom Love is spreading and is set to increase!

We all began the year basically like statues, in a sense that we did not know what to expect or what was to happen or what was expected of us and our expectations of Gods transformation in using each of us both singularly and together in his heavenly plans. The encouragement received from the leaders (especially from a certain someone who is excellent at encouraging us out of our statue shells and into our own unique beings) has enabled us to go from strength to strength. From statue to cracking open the top to then jumping out of that shell, only to discover we have wings and that we could fly! The excitement of realising this only made God smile more and more on us.

Personally, I have found myself applying what I have learnt into everyday life situations, conversations both within and outside of where I live. This including the workplace, the people I meet on the streets, my family, my friends and on mission to Holland a country that has very much captured my heart so much that I am still 3 months later still learning Dutch. On that mission trip my group and I saw many things, heard many things and had experiences of both familiar and new things. I found it an absolute privilege to even get on a plane for the first time and realise that it was not even half as scary as my thoughts were telling me. I loved it! I loved the plane flight so much that I am in planning motion for a short flight and adventure by myself in the next year or so. Later on that day I found myself being overtaken with Gods empowerment and it felt so surreal! Over the next few days we gave Prophetic Words (or what we call them on the streets ‘Spiritual Readings’) to those whom had booked up prior to our arrival. The very first session I was grouped in with the lovely Anne and the A-Team (formally known as Group 1) Leader Nathan. The love of God for the women who came in one after the other was so strong that we needed frequent short breaks to prepare for the next. As the weekend progressed I learnt much about the people there, had a first ride on a double decker train with Ad (whom many of you know) clearly stating that “England has double decker buses and we have double decker trains”. Spot on! Fast-forward to the Sunday we participated in two services and were up at the front to pray for people during a ministry time, something before I had started KLS Year 1 that I had seldom done or felt able to do but God is gracious and in time I am able to pray with people knowing that if I keep drinking from the well of life I can do everything put in front of me; I now love praying with people. The overwhelming sense of God’s love during that time was immense and tangible.

It is not about me anymore but what God wants to do through me. This past year has been a mixture of laughter, fun, enjoying the company of fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ, building upon relationships, allowing God in to mould me into something new, to be pruned, to be changed, to explore new levels of Fathers love, the gifting’s given, teaching and reaching new levels of worship. To be completely broken and picked back up with a thread of Gold running through you and finally as in The Ultimate Treasure Hunt (one of our reading books) “Take the risk, face your fears and ungodly beliefs with a laugh, nobody is perfect, honour one another and keep going!”.

So to any of you who are still contemplating the idea, I say just go for it! You have only positive to gain from this year. Sometimes it will challenge you, sometimes you may end up in a tizzy, but you will for sure gain something much much more. For now I am taking a little gap year or two but who knows I may be a student on KLS Year 2 at some point in the future!!

God bless you all!

 

Beth Hayes

The Nature of God’s Love

Have you ever wondered about how God’ highly personal and intimate love for each of us sits alongside his declared love for all humankind? Or how unconditional love can be consistent with the blessings of obedience? Below is a recent piece of journalling that touched on these apparent paradoxes.
I have loved you with an everlasting love that is in no way earned, enhanced by your success or diminished by your failure. It’s true that your obedience and faithfulness delight me, but since my love is absolute and complete, it doesn’t grow or decrease according to your actions. I don’t love you more than anyone else or less than anyone else. My active engagement with you is determined by your responsiveness towards me, but not my love. My joy in you is affected by your willingness to connect with me, but I go on loving you the same whether you do or don’t. It’s true I delight in your love for me and your obedience enables you to enter into the way of blessing, but my heart longs equally for those who are lost to come to know me. It’s important for you to appreciate this so you avoid judging those who don’t know me as you know me, and so you reach out to them as I reach out to them. As you read the Bible, you see that my plan was always to raise up people who would carry the message of my love and be a blessing to others. This is the privilege that all my people are called to, entering into my heart for the nations and being agents of my grace. In doing this, you become a blessing to me, reflecting back to me the love I have for you and for all people everywhere.
All that God has looked for throughout history is undivided hearts that desire to do what is right and refuse to bow the knee to anything opposed to his ways. He wants to protect and guide his people, desiring only what is good for them, but will never violate their freewill choices. Sometimes he has to stand back as we experience the consequences of ungodly choices, hoping we will learn from our own foolishness. However, Bible history shows us repeatedly how many chances he gives us (individuals and nations) to turn back. When we align our choices with his guidance, we enter into the blessings of life lived in him. It’s the little choices that make all the difference – the day to day decisions that determine our way of life. That’s why he cares about the discipline of renewing our minds – taking every faulty thought captive – so that we learn to think and respond to experiences in godly ways. If we do it continually, we establish a healthy mindset and a healthy lifestyle. We become the way that we think.
 
 
Sheila Burton

Community at the Lighthouse

I have been asked by Phil & Heather to oversee the Outreach and Mission of the Lighthouse church for this season. I have been asking God to show me strategies and I shared them in the meeting on July 1st.I thought it might be good to write a blog based on what I shared then. I have felt challenged myself as I have gone through the=is process, and hope that you are challenged positively by the Holy Spirit too. The triple A battery provides power and I believe their is a triple A focus that makes powerful encounters possible for us right now!
Triple A focus :
Acknowledge the great things that are happening among us in terms of outreach and mission at the Lighthhouse,
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct us, as He did in the New Testament church in Acts
Activate ourselves individually and collectively by giving everything to His call to build His church. His promise to us is that by so doing we will prosper in amazing ways.
Acknowledge outreach as it is happening now
Outreach : Homeless-led by Mark & Paula,fortnightly on a Monday the team go out faithfully. Pray for them, join the team, offer to cook a meal. What about a prayer group, praying while the team are out on the streets?
Wareham Foodbank led by Jule Hawkins, Julie has contact with needy families and is helping by taking food to them. We need to be consistent in bringing in food to share and in praying for her as it is difficult to do this in the middle of a busy life
KLS,  in this last year, the first of Kingdom life we are seeing amazing encounters with people. Most weeks people are receiving prophetic words that are bringing encouragement and hope, people are being saved and some have experienced healing on the streets of Poole. We worship, give free hugs and prophetic words, work closely with cafe owners like NO 34, (where we have a prophetic ‘station’ weekly with some regulars coming in,) we treasure-hunt on the streets of Poole, we change atmospheres on the street by our presence, we receive favour from the local council in doing all of these activities.
LHOPs : local houses of prayer, praying for neighbours has been laying a great groundwork in some areas of The Lighthouse Church. Creating opportunities for great conversations and prayer.
Mission : how are we doing in building relationship and supporting our 3 missionaries?   Bex & Moses (Uganda), Andy Game(Japan) and Sam & Shiela(Philippines)
Adopt one. Find out their needs, challenges and dreams and sow into them
Three guiding principles in Outreach and Mission for me :
Relational- cluster of grapes. John 15 Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Without Him we can do nothing. By abiding in Him we will produce much fruit.
We must stay connected to Jesus and to each other. Do life together and great grace will flow among us. Spend time really getting to know each others heart and challenges and dreams and sow into them in creative ways.
Led by the Holy Spirit.  Acts 13 : out of worship and prayer Paul & Barnabas were sent out on mission. ‘It seemed good to us nd to the Holy Spirit” This is real confirmation. We will not burn out of we are continually directed by Holy Spirit. There will be challenges and pressures, but what He calls forth, He will accomplish with great grace on us.
Acts 16 ( 3x Holy Spirit intervention- two impressions of don’t go and one vision direction into Macedonia and Europe). How I want to know Holy Spirit’s direction so clear on my life. I am grateful for the way He has directed us so far, but in this season as Bryony was saying last week, I want to have Holy Spirit adventures taking me to places He has in mind for me and The lighthouse church.
Activation : see Acts and Paul’s letters : ‘sent out by the Holy Spirit’ Acts 13 the apostles were ‘sent out’. Holy Spirit directed them and they responded by doing as He directed. Throughout His letters, Paul keeps talking about Holy Spirit’s direction. He says how the gospel constrains him to go and preach. So my response is right now. Holy Spirit what are you directing? where should I be taking the gospel today?
Outreach under the radar : We acknowledge that Lighthouse church is up the 7 mountains influencing and changing cultures by being there. There are so many stories to tell, we want to  be telling these stories in various ways through the year. I want us to support and encourage each other by highlighting the wonderful ways people within the church are showing compassion in the community.
Take for example Laura Wood, working with children who are terminally ill, or have life-limiting illnesses. She works with them and their families providing comfort, relief, dignity and compassionate support at Julia’s House.
Or Mike and Jo who have been foster parents for 10 years. Sharing their home and family with complex, emotionally disturbed, love-deprived children and teenagers. Through their love and commitment, through challenging circumstances, some of the most deeply hurting young people in our county have found respite and love. Bringing them to church where they have received love and encouragement from others, has often been a major positive ‘love bomb’ moment in some of their lives.
Or what about Chrissie who works with children who aren’t attending school. She works with hurting children and families bringing hope and relief, solutions and steps forward in often complex family issues. She, like the others expresses the same sentiment. The day I don’t feel compassion for the children is the day I would stop my job’  They are loving in a wonderfully powerful way, reaching out with God’s love within the context of their role and profession.
Asking key questions : making key decisions. Can we decide to be a beautiful cluster of grapes not a bag of marbles. Being connected means that we are relational with each other, praying for Laura, Mike&Jo and Chrissie for example, finding out how they are doing, how we can support them through the challenges of their work.
Where is my Jerusalem? Samaria and ‘ends of the earth’?
World mission : start by adopting a missionary, Bex& Moses, Andy or Sam and Shiela and sow into their lives great support.
My Samaria : steeping intentionally into another culture.  Eg. Avril and Clare, Avril says ‘ I don’t know what I am doing’ but she is loving, being a mum, discipling in a wonderful way.
By reaching out to the homeless community we are seeing them become believers and be discipled, be restored back into local community again. This is costly, but so rewarding to see a precious life, like Claire, take steps towards being restored back into life again.
My Jerusalem : my local community not just church at D22, the people I mix with through the week. Neighbours, friends, an interest group.
The Lighthouse will grow and the prophetic vision will be realised as we fall passionately in love with Jesus and empowered by Holy Spirit we be intentional in what we initiate in our locality.
‘ there will be church in Lytchett’ this is still God’s heart, equally in each of our local clusters
How are people going to be added to the church? Through meetings at D22 only? Or how about intentional gatherings and activities in our neighbour?
What could happen if we are intentionally creating opportunities for people in our Jerusalems to respond to Jesus and the Gospel? By creating opportunities in our local communities we could provide a first base, a first point of contact, a first step for people coming to know Jesus.
This could be a coffee discipleship group in Poole high street, an Alpha in a coffee shop in Wimborne? a pop-up prophetic cafe in Blandford, or a worship and prayer event in a local venue.
These could provide first steps for people to know the Lord and to be added to The Lighthouse. it is a big step for someone to come to D22 from not being connected with us at all. Providing opportunities locally creates steps into community, into a local cluster, into a home group, and then into the church at large in D22. This creates belonging.
Using the analogy of a bag of marbles or a cluster of grapes, we must choose to be the latter.  A bag of marbles is kept together by the bag and when opened each marble will just roll off in every which way direction, not staying connected. Whereas a bunch of grapes is connected by the stem, each grape in relationship to some others, and all grapes connected to the main vine. So let’s not be a bag of marbles where we are held together by the structure of the church’s programme, say for Sundays. We come and are held together for a time, then scatter through the week. Instead we are a wonderful bunch of grapes, clustered and held together; doing life together in our Jerusalems, in our local communities.
The Holy Spirit is fanning ways of doing this into flame, like setting off fireworks for a heaven party whereby people are going to be saved. Declaring the wonder of Jesus in our Jerusalems will result in wonderful creative ways to provide opportunities for people to encounter God’s love. As B Johnson says ‘We owe it to the world to give them an encounter with Jesus’ incredible power and love.
What might Holy Spirit be calling forth now as creative ways to reach out in our communities :
develop prophetic cafes
treasure-hunting for healings, salvations in our local communities
Spirit cafe
pop-up music cafes
random God encounters with people
start-up businesses to fund outreach and mission
Love Wareham
Love Swanage
Pop-up worship events in villages
These are just some of the possibilities God is calling forth right now. So are we committed to building His church? Is this our first priority?
Haggai is a great lesson for us. Over 3 months from the 6th to the 9th month the Jewish community was transformed by reposting positively and wholeheartedly to God’s invitation.
He told them that they were having issues of not prospering because they were not giving His house first priority. They were looking after their own assets and affairs instead of rebuilding His house.
God said if you start to rebuild my House, I will be with you and I covenant to pour out such favour on you, that prosperity will just pour in from the nations. He encourages their positive response with encouraging prophetic words of hope, covenant and identity. He ends by saying I will wear you like a signet ring ! What a wonderful picture. y signet ring stays on my finger and reminds me of my marriage covenant relationship. It says what is yours is mine and vice versa, it speaks of love, intimacy, walking closely, protection and purpose. ‘With my body I honour you, all I have I give to you’ So it is with our covenant relationship.
The key of coming into this is that the whole of the Jewish community responded positively to the word of the Lord, they obeyed and were activated into doing what they could to rectify their priorities, they came together as one to build God’s house.
So what about us? Are we ready as one to give ourselves as first priority to strengthening and building the Lighthouse church through our local communities, through our clusters wherever we live? Are we well-connected as the grapes are to the vine, or are we living like a bag of marbles?
By activating the Word of the Lord, by listening to Holy Spirit, by being whole-heartedly committed to His vision to prosper us as we seek to build His church locally, we will start to see such an outpouring of His Spirit amongst us that will have an incredible impact bringing about the prophetic words spoken over our lighthouse church.
Alistair Goudie

What a year

A year ago I was preparing to sit my A level exams, with a place to study music at Chichester University on the cards. If someone had said to me then, ‘Actually, university isn’t for you. You’re going to take a year going deeper with God, being thrown out of your comfort zone and making some crazy new friends’, I would’ve probably laughed. But that’s how the year panned out.

Proverbs 16:9 ‘We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps’.

I had planned to do the one week KLS to give me a grounding before heading off to uni, but of course God had other ideas. The week was amazing, I went into it crying out to God to experience Him in a tangible way and the Holy Spirit hit me like a train. On the last day we were challenged to do something out of our comfort zone, but throughout the week I’d already moved out of my comfort zone, praying and sharing testimony in front of everybody. At the time they were very big things for me to do. Looking back, that was God just setting the tone for my year.

The week after I went off to university, but I got that feeling in my stomach where God is trying to tell you something, I knew I wasn’t meant to be there. Within a couple of days I had deferred my place and was back at home, without really knowing what I was going to do instead. Phil and Heather invited me to a meeting and offered me a trial week on the one year KLS, I wasn’t sure but accepted and turned up on the Thursday evening. The moment I stepped into the hall that evening I knew that this was exactly where I should be. God knew all along where I was meant to be, and planned some awesome adventures for me.

The first topics on the one year KLS were Identity and Father’s Heart. Growing up within the church I had heard quite a bit about the heart of the Father, but I’d never actually taken it on board. As I learned and studied my whole outlook on life changed, I’m a Son of God and a co-heir with Christ. I am entitled to peace instead of anxiety, confidence instead of nerves and joy instead of sadness. I know the God-given authority I have and I walk in that on a daily basis. Learning who I really am allowed me to step out with more confidence doing what God had planned, although it’s still pretty nerve-wracking.

As we started outreach in Poole I was nervous about seeing people I know. Whenever I explain to my mates what KLS is and what I’m doing they often have a look of confusion on their faces, so I didn’t really want them to see me shouting ‘Free Hugs’ at the top of my lungs, wearing a fluorescent yellow ‘Free Hugs’ tabard. But of course, this happened. I was on the gazebo team doing free hugs and shouting in my best market trader voice. I turned to my right and locked eyes with a mate from school who was about 25m away. He started to sprint straight towards me and almost knocked me off my feet as we hugged. He started asking what we were doing so I was able to explain how we were bringing God’s love to the streets of Poole and we had a really good chat. God showed me that outreach isn’t as hard as it looks and He is in every single interaction.

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One of the best bits of KLS was the mission trips, I was so blessed to be on team Holland when the snow came at the start of March. If someone had said to me a year ago ‘you’re going to be going to Holland on a mission trip, speaking and being translated in front of a church of 500, prophesying and having your 19th birthday out there’, there is no way I would’ve believed them. Again, God threw me out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad that He did. There are so many incredible stories I could tell, but this is my favourite. After the first Sunday morning service a young lad came up to me with his mum and asked me to pray for his nut allergy. So of course we prayed but as I was praying some pictures came into my head and I shared them with him. His name was Joshua and I saw him as a leader among his classmates and friends, someone who they really look up to, a role model. I also saw the red sea parting and I felt that he was going to see God do some unbelievable things, and God was going to use him to do unbelievable things. Later that day we were doing prophetic booths and his mum was sitting in with my group to watch how we did it. We introduced ourselves and she said ‘your prophesies for Joshua were spot on, we had an American preacher come and talk to the youth a few weeks ago, he stopped halfway through pointed out Joshua and prophesied over him, you prophesied the exact same things’. After she said this I was totally overwhelmed that God would use me like that.

After the snow had come and gone and the 3 other trips had been rearranged, I was again so blessed to be asked to go on 2 more trips to Shaftesbury and Burnham. On both trips God managed to push me out of my comfort zone again, despite after every week of KLS the boundary being pushed further and further. In Shaftesbury we did some prophetic booths after the Sunday service and I was paired with a young intern from their church. It suddenly struck me as we sat down to start ‘I’m the leader in this situation’. I led as best I could but left God in control as He gave us both amazing words that really resonated with people, and I left amazed again at the ways in which God moves and uses me.

In Burnham I thought I’d got away without really being pushed out of my newest comfort zone, but God left it until the last evening. One of the pastors of the church that we were visiting started the open mic night with a few jokes, God said to me ‘Why don’t you tell a few?’ From what I’ve learned this year, when God tells you to do something it’s probably best you do it. So I got up and told a few and quickly sat back down again. When I sat down there was a guy with Asperger’s talking to some of the team, I hadn’t really seen him come out of his shell all weekend but as I sat back down he did. He started telling me some jokes and we went back and forth telling jokes for about 5 minutes and he really came alive, before going back into his shell. God showed me that you don’t always see the impact of His plans, even if they may seem silly to you, like telling jokes.

Now onto next year and I know exactly where God wants me to be. I’ve been accepted onto year 2 and I’m ready for another year of delving deeper into God, pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone further and having fun doing it every week.

Jake Wood

What? It’s Over?

What? It’s over? It’s hard to believe that we have already come to the end of the KLS year. We have had a plethora of goodies during this time and to name a “best moment” is nigh on impossible.

Maybe it could be the look of relief on the face of the lady who said of a free hug, “I needed that, I haven’t had one for years!” The smiles on people’s faces as they received the word of encouragement, or the tears being fought back as God yet again hits the mark, also has to come high on the list. The sense of privilege of being included in what God is doing is tangible when we went out onto the streets to “Love Poole” on a Friday afternoon.

There is a joy to be found in finding “treasure “, regardless of the outcome. God gives us His clues and we get to follow them. There is a sense of family and support from fellow team members. One’s success means everyone’s success. We are just a small cog in a much bigger wheel and we shared together our “good news” stories often.

It’s not always been easy, I have to admit, in fact I’ve crossed so many “ chicken lines”, but I have now decided to rename them as “adventure lines” because they can often turn into the most unexpected encounters.

Our times of studying have been enriching and empowering and I, for one, am truly grateful for the high level of teaching that we have received this year. The journeying deeper into understanding Father and my identity as his daughter has been truly revealing. How to position yourself correctly for God’s blessings has been enlightening, and how these same blessings, in turn, enable us to bless others.

I have personally been accessing deeper levels of faith and trust as my understanding of God and myself have been expanded. The worship has been outstanding and rarely in the same format, as we were often encouraged to try out new expressions. In fact, we were told so many times to try something new, I’m not sure what the “old” was!

It has been a joy to be part of passionate, lion-hearted, worshippers, who push beyond the limits, in relentless pursuit of the only One who can truly satisfy our hungry hearts. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey and I think I will still be unpacking these “gems” I have collected along the way, for some time yet.

And the future…..? ….why, KLS2, of course, can’t wait!

Linda Wallis

So that was KLS…

So…..that was KLS!

I am usually a planner, I mean I REALLY like a plan.  However, nine months ago, as the summer drew to a close, with no plan in place, and no sense of what might be next for me I decided to apply for the week long Kingdom Life School in September.  If I am honest this was more an act of desperation than faith, but seeking God for a week, I mean what’s the worst that could happen?

What did happen was a week where I went further with God in 5 days than in the previous 5 years.  A week where God’s presence was something tangible.  A week of profound and glorious worship.  Someone had mentioned to me halfway thought the week about the year long KLS, to which I politely, but firmly, explained, ‘no I won’t be doing that.’  I mean, I lived over an hours drive from Poole, I worked full time, and the big one; I was waiting for God to direct me to what I was meant to do next, I can’t spend a year on some course!!! It’s always amusing when you look back and you can almost see God with his head in his hands.

Fast track to the end of the week, when driving home with some amazing prophetic words ringing in my ears about how God may be moving me to Poole, and to go where I felt God, the penny finally dropped, and the decision to embark on the year long course was born. Ah ha a plan!

Three days later, Monday morning, I went into work, asked if I could reduce my hours and have every Friday off, to which surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) they quickly agreed, even offering to allow me to leave early on Thursday’s so I could travel up to Poole after work. A church family put me up every Thursday evening, and I would travel back home after school on the Friday.

What followed has been the best 9 months in my walk with God.  I have made some amazing friends. But more than friends, these people are my tribe.  They’ve encouraged and supported me, and oh we’ve shared so much laughter together.

I have been challenged and changed.  Heck I’ve even walked up Poole high street at Christmas dressed as a star!!!   I mean voluntarily!!

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I’ve shared words of knowledge with people who told me they didn’t believe in God, only to sit staring at me a few minutes later asking me how I could possibly know that about them!!!  Well maybe it’s because not only God is real, and alive, but because his love for those we meet refuses to be kept in, if we’re only prepared to cross a few ‘chicken lines’ and share him.  Chicken lines are something you’ll cross a lot of on this course, but I’ll just encourage you here, guess what, every time I crossed one God showed up.  Yeah I know, crazy right!!!

One of my highlights was my mission trip to Amsterdam.  (the over achiever in me got to also go on two further mission trips!) While the UK was hit by the ‘Beast from the East’ a small band of intrepid explorers with their thermal undies and gloves left behind the snow to spend a weekend away in sub zero temperatures (I vote for a mission trip to the Maldives next year!), praying, prophesying and giving out ‘gratis knuffles’ on the streets of Haarlem.  That’s free hugs to those who don’t speak Dutch.  Often you don’t know what you’re capable of until you give it a go, and this definitely had the feeling of jumping off a 50ft cliff into a deep lake when I’ve only just learned how to put my armbands on.  However, God definitely showed up to allow us to bless and speak into so many lives.  It was truly a privilege to be part of this.

So, here I am at the end of the first year, and what’s next?  Well for me I am signed up and accepted for Year 2.  I guess I finally figured out that I was exactly where I was supposed to be, doing exactly what I was meant to be doing at this time.

My advice for anyone thinking of doing KLS would be that if you don’t want to make friends, go deeper with God, figure out and walk into your calling, don’t want to be challenged, changed and grown, if you don’t want to experience excitement and impact in your life, and others then I would say this course probably isn’t for you.  But really, who wants to live like that!! Not me.

 

Elizabeth Bugg