I am returning home from the Catalyst Festival – 4 days of living and worshipping the Lord amongst 3000+ people for four days. Last year when I travelled home from a similar camp for teenagers I had a discussion with Darby and Jake. I asked them how all these churches came to be. Darby correctly answered “Somebody planted them”. This method is how Christianity has been growing all over the world since A.D. 33. The Catalyst ‘experience’ is the fruit of much unseen love and labour – not just by hundreds of faithful volunteers and church members in the months and weeks beforehand – but also with the blood, sweat and tears of obedient church planters across cities, towns and villages in the UK.
In The Hill we are sowing a seed that will become a strong and healthy oak tree for God. It will take time, and include days of pain and others of pleasure (rather like camping!!) but in the end we will all say it was worth it and it will be a blessing to others.
As we drive home (Hannah is driving, just in case you are wondering!) and I write this post, I just received a text from somebody in the last church. I share the contents of it as an encouragement to US ALL – what we are ALL doing to build the church will make a real difference in people’s lives:
“Hi Robin, just wanted to thank u n Hannah for the personal sacrifices u have made with jobs, finances & family (and continue to make) with church planting. It is because of couples like u that me and my family r so blessed with Gracechurch. Just wanted to encourage u. Praying that God continues to both protect and bless u.”
May we continue to advance the gospel and the planting of local churches across Wales and beyond. It is a privilege to serve God church planting.