There are a couple of things I have been praying and thinking about recently that I won’t go into detail over here. Now whether you are a believer or not there is that gut feeling sometimes to leave it and wait. For me as a Christian – it’s God; but for non Christians – instinct I guess! Anyway, so this week – I clearly felt God say, “wait a while! I have it sorted” both for me and for some other people I know. And it’s a very weird place to be but that’s okay!
This morning in my daily reading with God – I read this!

Sisters, there is so much work to do. We see need, pain and injustice all around us and our knees quickly buckle under the weight. We long to make our lists and check them twice and fix it all right this second. But we dare not make a move without God. As Ian Hamilton said it, “Beloved, our great and pressing need today is to give ourselves to waiting upon God, because waiting time is never wasted time.”
Nehemiah was an ordinary servant who would do extraordinary things, but he did them by moving with God. Not running ahead but walking beside.
God can use us today. He can use even us. He can do it because it is not about our resources, our resumé or our strength, but it is all about His power, His goodness, His grace.
It is all about Him.”

So I guess it’s time to wait – Nehemiah did!


August has happened (nearly )

Life is crazy at times and this week has seen a definite change in the weather. It seems people are returning to their homes and there are still some like me thinking about a holiday in the future.
The office is getting here, a phone is being installed soon but that’s fine by me. The a/c keeps me cool when I need the refreshment.
What have I been doing recently? A couple of weeks ago I attended the youth camp in the beautiful surroundings of Bobbio Pellice in the mountains in the northern part of Italy. What a privilege to pass some time with the youth of the Command from both Italy & Greece. I had the chance to teach them on subjects of Social justice; including Human Trafficking and Prostitution. The shock and fear and magnitude of the problem here in Italy & Greece became real to them and they are believing that there is a way forward. I keep telling them that I am here because of God’s calling on my life and that they too can be a part of the revolution that God has for them.
As I showed them the remains of my mosquito bites, I reminded them that we can do something in the world even though we are small in number. Please pray because I really believe that this time of change is upon us and that we will see a change in the country. We may be a small Army but God can use us to bring about big change. 

On my return I began to make contacts with different agencies and ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking) responded straightaway. They are really excited about my being here. They are not a Christian organisation but I believe that God can use this connection.
Sunday 29th September is the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking. Although originally (and still) a Salvation Army iniative – join in and get involved by going to Day of Prayer and you will find lots of resources available.
I have made available for The Salvation Army here in Italy some resources for prayer and we will be joining people all over the world praying for change. I am really excited about the future of what God has in store for us as a church.

I am now living in my house and I love it – I have to go and buy a sofa soon, but my camping chairs have served me well.

I will try and write another blog at the end of September.