We arrived safely in the UK bright and early Thursday morning. And let me just say that the jet lag is an absolute BEAR to deal with. I have never been so tired in my life. I'm sure it would've helped if I had slept on the plane, but that just wasn't happening. We were forced to stay up all day on Thursday, and as soon as my head hit the pillow that evening, I was out. The past couple of days have been better, but today (Sunday) was a little bit more difficult. Thank goodness for power naps!
England is absolutely lovely, and so are the people. There is an incredible move of the Holy Spirit sweeping through this country and the churches. England (and especially London) is in a lot of turmoil with racial issues and various things, but the Christians are completely on fire and wanting to reach their community, city, and the world beyond. Very encouraging!
We had our first concert last night at the Hornchurch Methodist Church, which is on the south edge of London. Small but appreciative and very receptive crowd. I also took part at their Sunday morning service today, and the crowd was very cool. They had a special guest praise band in, Re-Gen, and the leader was American! LOL But the theme was about worship and laying ourselves down to be used by God to go out into the world. That when the question is asked by God, "Whom shall I send?", our reply should be that of Isaiah, "Here I am Lord. Send me!"
I did my first solo concert this evening at Pembry Baptist Church, and it was amazing!! Great group of people in a cafe style setting, and we just had an amazing time worshiping. They were very receptive to the songs and the message. They want to have me back the next time we come to the UK! (Looks like that may be sometime next year!)
We have a few days off now before the next whirlwind of events. Tomorrow we are headed to downtown London to do some sight seeing, and meet up with my baby sister, Bethany, who is living in London for the fall semester. FREE tour guide!!
Thank you again for your prayers! God is doing a great work! Please continue to keep us all in prayer: me, Kyle, and Mike Rayson (the artist we manage from Australia). Especially keep Mike in your prayers as he acts as our tour guide and chauffeur while he is also preaching and performing. And pray for my parents, Bert & Joan, as they head over here to meet up with us later this week!