For the last 10 years or so we’ve been engaged with Pioneer Mission Church planting here in Somerset and across Britain. It’s been an amazing journey so far with lots of joys and challenges. There has been much to thank God for but also in the last year or so much to ponder as we’ve sensed the Lord asking us to consider the long term sustainability of what we are doing.
As you probably know (although it’s not something we’ve really communicated!) for the last 11 years we have been ‘living by faith’. We’ve learned how to be thankful whether we’ve had a lot or nothing. As we’re not employed or receiving a wage for the Church planting work we are doing we often don’t know how our financial needs will be met. Sometimes through a generous gift we might have enough for a few weeks and at other times we haven’t known where our next meal is coming from. Through it all though we can testify to God’s great and at times surprising provision. It’s with this same trust in God that we are now moving into a new season.
As our own family is growing and as the work we are involved in is growing we have sensed God leading us to consider a more planned approach to our fund raising efforts which will allow us to plan ahead more and meet the growing financial needs we face.
Communicating our financial needs to others is not something we are familiar with so we are definitely going forward with God’s help and grace in it all. We do believe that there are people who would like to support us in this way though so are putting the word out to people like you who know us and may be prompted by God to do so.
If you have any questions or would like more information about how to support us through a regular monthly gift then please get in touch through our contact page
1000 “Acorn Churches” across Somerset in the next 5 years
I was looking back through some old blog posts and came across this little PDF that we put together called “The Acorn Vision” – you can download it here http://benandcatherine.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Acorn-Vision.pdf It explains a bit more about why we’re working to see 1000 Acorn Churches planted across Somerset in the next 5 years…
If you’d like to join the Pioneer Team in Somerset, want to start a simple community/church in your home, workplace or in a pub/cafe or want to connect then email us or connect with us on facebook
We recently shared about the work we’re doing in Somerset and how we are working with others across the UK through Newforms and MissionBritain. Check out this video from Elim Church, Yeovil. If you’re interested in, or exploring mission, disciple making and church planting then we’d love to hear from you. Contact Us Here
One of our friends here in Somerset asked if he could share his story through my blog…so here it is!
I gave up alcohol and cannabis through the power of Jesus. One day my fellow followers of Jesus visited me and said that they would pray for me and it worked! I asked Jesus to help me give up alcohol and cannabis and He heard me and gave me the strength to succeed. I haven’t smoked cannabis or drunk alcohol for 6 months.
So let us all hear the Good News – There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain! May everyone be liberated from suffering in the name of the Lord”