I find myself for a third time in the sunny climes of Isle of Wight, one of the highlights of this 131 day tour. However, before I can blink I am confronted with germ warfare. I sing in two venues: Shanklin United Reformed Church and Colwell Baptist in Freshwater, but the moment I stop singing my head feels groggy, my nose leaks and Kurols become my best friend very quickly. Over the next few days the joy of this place is replaced with groggy despair. I confine myself to my room for much of the time as I allow the body to manufacture antibiotics to combat the invasion. These things take time, and I resist the urge to toddle off to the Doc for a top up of the manufactured stuff.
It has been a long tour (they are all now 4mths duration, for better or worse) but I don’t find them arduous (as people assume), I find them invigorating, fulfilling and spiritually rewarding. To see people’s lives impacted with the hope of restoration at the foot of the Cross (the gospel message) is truly uplifting, makes everything worthwhile and gives a sense of a greater calling.
From Shanklin it’s back to the mainland. A Friday evening at East Sheen Baptist in London, and a Saturday night/Sunday morning at Southwick Christian Community Church Brighton. And yes the tour is over, complete, and I am still compos mentis, by the grace of God. I would love to do a list of highlights but really the highlights are always the people. I am not a ‘people person’ (I’m an introvert by nature) but this ministry gives me the opportunity to come out of my shell for a season and become a people-person, for the sake of the Gospel. 2019 will be an Asian Tour Lord willing, but it’s all by His grace and it’s for His glory. I consider my life worth nothing to me, my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20.24
A big thank you to all the wonderful church hosts and accommodation hosts, the prayer supporters and spiritual warriors, my PAs Hannah Fairchild (Germany) and Karen Cullen (NZ), my family, the financial supporters but most of all to God the Father, who sent his son Jesus to die for me, so that I might have life and have it to the full.
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10.10