Saturday, June 23, 2007

Dream Team World Tour

One week to go...

The Dream Team, Bec, Sue, Johnny and me head of on our long awaited world tour. This time next Saturday we will be sitting in the departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 waiting to board our first flight of 8! Our itinerary looks like this, London to Hong Kong (3 nights), HK to Sydney (5 nights), SDY to Auckland (5 nights) AKL to Fiji (5 nights) Fiji to Los Angeles (3 nights) and then home.

I am so excited. My summer normally involves missions teams and evangelism. This summer is gonna be all about adventure, making memories and taking in as much of the globe as I can in three and a half weeks. My wee Granny died about a year ago and she kindly left me a few thousand pounds to do something special with. This trip is that something special. Here are some of things I am really looking forward to...

* A helicopter tour of Hong Kong and trying proper chinese food

*Going to the Tri-nations game between Australia and South Africa at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney and popping along to the Hillsongs Conference

* Learning to Ski in New Zealand, visiting Devenport and doing a bungee jump

*In Fiji I plan to learn to wind-surf and possibly some Scuba diving

*Then experiencing LA, Holywood, great beaches, and possibly some shopping.

I am hoping, God willing, that this summer is going to be an amazing time of rest, renewal, fun, friendship, life and adventure. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Stevie & Steve

On Sunday, Stevie P and I were preaching (tag team) at Ballydown Presbyterian in Banbridge. It was a great day. In the morning Stevie spoke at the churches Kids Day Service and then I preached at the Youth Service in the evening. We were supported brilliantly by Pete and the Sebomai (Dromore YFC) worship band and Imagine (Dromore YFC) drama team. The sense of community and life in Ballydown was inspiring. It is a church driven towards relevance, engagement and mission. It was a blessing for us to be there. We had a fab day and even had some great craic hanging out in my garden in the sun in the afternoon. At YFCNI we have been blessed with a team of great communicators, preachers and teachers and yet one of the things I have realised as I have taken the helm at leadership is that these guys don't get themselves out into the local churches to preach God's word. So if you would like any of our team to come and preach at your church, yf, whatever...just let us know.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Loudinderry (Mannafest, Londonderry)

Had the privilege of preaching at Loudinderry on Saturday night. It was a great night, lots of young people, great music from Crave and BlueTree, exciting stories from Strong Words Ministry and then a good dose of the Word from me. It was an exciting event with a real sense of God. Looking forward to more opportunities in ministering in the West and North West of the province.

Here are a few pics from the event
This is me on stage doing the Hammer Test with Strong Words

This is BlueTree rocking out, leading an army of worshippers

Visited Belfast City Vineyard on Sunday morning with friends who worship there. It was really good. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Bible teaching and authenticity of the gathering. Would recommend a visit to this church.