After two boats, three busses, and two planes, we made it to Derby, England! Thank you so much for all of your prayers. We are blessed to stay at the YWAM base in Derby, and have felt very welcomed here. It has been awesome getting to work with another YWAM base and such an opportunity to get to know the staff. The first night we were welcomed with a traditional English dish called Daal.
We have already had some incredible ministry opportunities the Lord has blessed us with. Friday we went to the local skate park and hung out with some of the local youth. They were mostly ages around twelve to fifteen, and it was awesome just being able to hang out with them and love on them. It was also entertaining to watch the guys on our team try and learn how to skateboard. Saturday the girls did relational evangelism in the Muslim community, while the guys did street evangelism in the Muslim community. Ramadan started last night, so it is a great time to do ministry in those areas. Sunday we went to a local church, and Teresa and I were blessed with the opportunity to share our testimonies. The encouragement we received from the church was overwhelming and empowering. We then went on a prayer walk to a poor area in Derby called Stockbrook where we will be working frequently this week. We are so excited to spend time there this week. Last night a few of us went to a park with a guitar and brownies, and the Lord opened up doors for awesome conversation. It is incredible to see how the Lord can use free desert and worship music for His glory.
It is very evident why the Lord has called us to Derby. It is disheartening to see the apathy apparent in these people’s eyes. Please be praying for us as we continue to do work in the skate park, Stockbrook, and the Muslim communities. We can’t wait to update you on how the Lord is going to work this week!