London Life

February 2016

With Marginalised Women in East London

Releasing slaves

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey...So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Exodus 3: 7-10

These verses really resonated with me in the period of the end of my ministry in Camden, the exploration of Soho and the start of my ministry in East London. I believe the Lord is concerned about the suffering of the women under the harsh slave drivers of addiction, prostitution, shame, guilt, abuse, mental health problems, as well as their own unbelief, poor choices and sin. I believe He is sending us to bring them out of that 'land' into a good and spacious 'land' of salvation, redemption, forgiveness, healing, restoration, transformation, wholeness, peace, joy, meaning and purpose and true servanthood.

I oscillate between the polar opposites of functioning like Moses and asking, "Who am I?" and trying to do it all myself, as if the Lord isn't even there. Meanwhile, although I'm in the 'land' of salvation, I'm still battling my own voluntary slave drivers of unbelief, independence and indwelling sin! And yet, I feel like we're seeing indications that the Lord is about to do something big.

I would love it if you could join me in praying these verses over the ministry. Please also pray that I'd grow in my knowledge and reliance on the Lord being with me, a flawed but redeemed human being who follows a mighty God!

In other news...

Stirling Visit

For those of you in Stirling, I'll be planning a day visit on Easter Sunday. Do let me know if you'd like to meet up.

Please also pray...

  • For M who has a mixture of Islamic and Jehovah's Witness influences and yet knows an amazing amount of truth. Please pray that the Lord would take away her blindness and enable her to see who Jesus really is. She already knows what it is for God to take away her blindness and see in other areas of her life (her words!).

  • That the Lord would protect and extend our freedom to speak about Jesus in the hostel, and specifically for the 'spirituality' discussion group.

  • For A, who is having another really hard time. Please pray for the Lord to rescue her and for her to seek and follow him with whatever strength she has. Please pray also for wisdom in my relationship with her.

  • For this term's biblical counselling module which is on marriage counselling. So far it has been a great blessing and really challenging for all of my relationships! Please pray that I'd have more Jesus-like relationships (especially with my colleague, Lynne and my flatmate, Carla) because my heart is deeply transformed by the Spirit.



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