Trail running the Blue Ridge Mountains

The CEF International Conference was located at the Ridgecrest Christian Conference Centre in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. In between the many meetings, there was opportunity to get out and explore the Tranquillity Trial System - a wonderful network of steep trails rising from 800m - 1100m within and just outside the conference grounds. But it wasn't the terrain that kept the pulse high, it was the knowledge about the local wildlife, particularly bears, copperhead and rattle snakes that kept me fully alert and cautious while running. Another creature which needs to be shown respect here as in other parts of the world is the simple 'tick'! They came in all shapes and sizes and required a thorough check over after each run. Despite the dangers, the scenery was very rewarding.

Looking down on the conference centre

Billy Graham interview when he was 92

Q. If you could do it again, would you do anything differently?
A. I would travel less and read, study and pray more.

Q. Why would you travel less when you have been able to preach all over the world.
A. I would accept less speaking engagements at conferences. Concentrate on the crusades and winning people to Christ.

Q. What advice would you give to young preachers?
A. spend more time in study and prayer

Mission Website - Strengths vs Weaknesses

Mission Website - Strengths vs Weaknesses
The Web is a major part of anyone's search for a mission opportunity. It only makes sense. We do our school research, shopping, photo sharing and relationship building online. So why would we not use the Web when it comes to seeking out how and where we will serve in the Kingdom? But what makes for a good experience when looking for mission opportunities? Explore some of the strengths and weaknesses in this Missiographic.

The challenge of reaching the Unreached

Unapproachable, inaccessible in location or situation, untouched, untouchable, disconnected, unable to be met or out of touch. These are all words and descriptions given for yet another word: Unreached.

Leadership Matters Course at Kilchzimmer

The team of instructors at the 'Leadership Matters Course' in Kilchzimmer. (From back left) David Cummings (former International Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators), Chris Lorimer (OM France), Susana Turnbough (FWBIM), Carlos Diaz (Guatemala), Edward David (OM and LMC coordinator), (front) Rachel Johnson (OM), me and Jeff Turnbough (Director of Field Operations at Free Will Baptist International Missions).
I count it a tremendous privilege to have been able to serve as a trainer at the LMC course for 23 participants who are leaders working with various agencies across the world. I have been able to sharpen my own skills as well as investing in the coaching of other leaders from USA, GB, Ireland, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Austria, Spain, France, Barbados, Czech Republic, Malaysia and several other nations.

Instructor of Teachers Course in Kilchzimmer

Students, instructors, helpers and translators at the IOT 1+2 in Kilchzimmer.
In February the IOT2 and IOT1 were held in Kilchzimmer, Switzerland. We are thankful for the instructors (from Denmark, Finland, Austria, N. Ireland & Germany) and the students who came (from N. Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Holland).

Bootcamp for CMLC teachers

25 people joined us in Kilchzimmer for the CMLC Teachers Boot Camp. Together we looked at how to improve the CMLC which is our main 12-week training course for children's workers. During the five days together we looked at the themes: 'How does it all fit together', 'CMLC Curriculum', 'Student Culture', 'Developing Effective Assignments', 'Self-evaluation', 'Trends to be Aware Of', 'Evaluating and Grading', and 'Life-long Learning'.

Bible Teaching from Czeslaw Bassara

The challenges of getting European missionaries connected!

Those who went for a walk up to the Belchen enjoyed a wonderful view of the Alps.

Serge Varga from the FES school shared with us about 'Kid Culture' and gave us a fresh perspective and new ideas.

Giving in 2013

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19-20, ESV)

The above chart shows the total giving to our ministry in 2013. Each segment represents a donor (individuals or churches). If you are one of those people - THANK YOU!

What does the chart tell us? 

Well about half of the gifts we receive come from 5 or 6 larger donors. However the other half is made up of about 60 individuals/couples who pledge a monthly, quarterly or annual donation. The average gift from this group is around 30 GBP (50$) per month.

What's the message?

In missions, we need both the larger and the smaller donors. Everyone is important and everyone has a part to play – as the supermarket slogan says "every little helps". If you would like to find out more about joining our support team* click here.

We also need people who will support us in prayer. There are 600 people who receive our quarterly prayer letter or monthly update. To join these people in praying for us and the ministry of CEF click here and complete the short form.

*we do need new regular supporters

Mission-net Congress Attracts Almost 3,000 Young Europeans

Italians who attended the CMLC in Kilchzimmer last year were helping us promote "the next" course.

The CEF stand looked very professional and attracted a lot of interest. 

Over 100 mission agencies were represented at 3 main locations.

There was an amazing atmosphere at the New Years Eve party.

A group of Italians came and asked me about CEF. At the same time, Gary (same name but originally from Bolivia and living in Italy) was walking past. I grabbed him and said, "you did the course 2012/13, tell these people all about it - in their own language."