We hope you all had a joyful Easter, celebrating the truth of the resurrection of Jesus! As some of you will have seen Peter announce on Facebook, my settlement visa has been granted! We were very meticulous in our preparation, not wanting to repeat the visa fiasco of two and a half years ago, but it turned out to be an easy process - they barely looked at half of our inch-high wad of papers! (That is a good thing - it means they were predisposed to give me the visa.) We thank God that although our preparation was not perfect, the outcome was in His hands.
Following the one-day application process, Peter and I had two weeks much-appreciated holiday: first in a beautiful little seaside village in Wales, where we spent a week admiring the icy beauty of Snowdonia - through double-glazed windows, from the safety and warmth of the fireside! We then Easter with Peter’s grandparents and extended family in Kent, which included many uproarious family meals. The last (and first) time I met Peter’s family was the day after I landed in England, so it was wonderful to meet them in a setting other than the miry bogs of Jetlagland.
In other important news, we can now officially announce the first YWAM Cambridge DTS! The Revival & Reformation DTS will be running from September 23rd to June 10th, making it longer than the usual six-month DTS and therefore allowing us to include a greater emphasis on prayer and intercession plus the opportunity to do significant outreach within Cambridge (as well as the necessary overseas outreach). For those of you somewhat familiar with the different YWAM DTSes, it will be something of a cross between the Fire & Fragrance DTS (with its emphasis on prevailing prayer & worship leading to bold evangelism) and the Urban Transformation DTS (an extended DTS with an emphasis on outreach within the host city). Thank you for praying for our team as we made this decision.
Please continue to pray for a site, the right staff, and students. And if you happen to know any Christian teenagers about to finish school and considering a gap year, then do please suggest that they consider doing this DTS! Peter and I are now back in Harpenden, pray for us as we settle back into the rhythm of our work. We are preparing to coordinate outreach for a DTS team from Kona, Hawaii! We will hopefully accompany them on some evangelistic endeavours both here in Harpenden and Luton, and also in Cambridge. Pray that we get all the administrative details sorted. Peter is also continuing to preach regularly at New Covenant Fellowship in Luton. And of course we will be meeting increasingly reguarly with our (growing!) YWAM Cambridge team as we prepare for the launch in the autumn of not only the DTS but also a three-month inductive Chronological Bible Course.
Now may the God of peace, who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Love (Peter &) Taryn