Today’s service was led by the Hyde siblings. We were blessed to have Jonny, Jacob and Eleanor all in one place given all of the calls and commitments on their time. Eleanor brought us one the BMS videos and preached around Galatians 4:19.
Paul talks about labouring for Christ . Eleanor shared that the Action team taught her to be flexible and to labour and persevere for Christ. What surprised her and her friends in the Action teams was the return to the UK rather than the overseas elements. Travelling around and living with strangers and out of suitcases. She pointed out that in the last year she has now lived in 3 countries. Guinea England and Scotland. She gave as a small example the constant adventure of trying explore new kitchen cupboards in every host home on her travels.
She outlined the 3 constants, their team, their shared mission and God.
Their friend Tom taught them the Better in your courts song that we tried today in church. Jesus is our home is a key message in the song. Paul talks about it being really hard to tell people about Jesus, and his suffering is hard but nothing compares to Jesus .
Eleanor had gained a real insight into how tough and challenging it is for BMS families. She now realised how difficult it is to grow up as missionary kids. The annual pack up and tour around the UK is a real challenge.
One constant is that we go where we are called to go wherever he may send us.
A lot of American charities won’t go to North Korea but BMS have sent even more people to take God’s word there.
Eleanor also shared the BMS video Life’s First Cry showing how workers were helping to meet a fundamentally basic need for babies to born safely. In Afghan BMS workers have brought hope to fearful women.
We have an amazing privelege to share Jesus with people. We are blessed to have a church full of healthy, lively children who come to our safe place and join in our worship. Any of the Afghan parents, having lost all their children in child birth or infancy, would rejoice with us in the lives of our own young people.