Our home town of Colwyn Bay has become increasingly more on the forefront of our minds. We’ve recently started “Shuffle and Shake” a Youth for Christ project. We had our second test run a couple weeks back and had 6 new young lads come along from off the street. They were a little rough around the edges, but they were precious souls that innocently asked, “Is there something going on here tonight?” Yes, was my reply with a smile on my face. I felt like God had directed them straight to me! Pray for the thousands of other young people like this that are completely un-churched, un-Christian and are looking for answers. We’ve also recently started a Lego club ministry, which had about 50 people attend the first meeting. Several of these were friends from our daughter’s school and it was great to be able to reach out to them and share our faith with them. Lastly, I’ve been given the opportunity to preach and teach more in our local church. It’s been a real encouragement to preach as I feel like we are part of movement…God’s movement of drawing hearts back to Him.
Miriam and I have been making steady progress at learning the Welsh language. I recently started having conversations with a friend of mine who is fluent in Welsh. Interestingly enough, he is originally from Alabama, but his Welsh is impeccable. Although the conversations have been difficult, they have been really encouraging to look back on. I’ve only just started to realise today, that I’ve actually started to become “conversational” in Welsh! Even yesterday in the car, we were playing “I Spy” as a family in Welsh! Certainly, we still have a long way to go, but the real beauty of this is that we are opening new doors for ministry. 20-40% of people in our area speak Welsh and every day I hear someone new speak Welsh on the street.
I’ve recently been asked to write material for British Youth for Christ Church Resources, namely a resource called Lumen, which is aimed at 11-14 year old Christians. This is a huge honour and opportunity as this is a digital resource that potentially anyone in Britain could subscribe to.
We are looking forward to leading two Easter-themed All-in services in April. One in Colwyn Bay and one in Warrington. These are so important as they offer a way of bringing the “missing youth” back into the church service.
Thank you for your prayers and support!