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With Thanks

It's hard to know where to start, as I've had so many amazing experiences, meeting some really inspiring people over my 13 days in Albania and Macedonia! Before I share any of the stories, I want to give thanks to God for being with us - protecting, helping, enabling us to do all we did with love and grace, and without getting into any trouble or harm!  A song from my past has just come to mind "In Him we live and move and have our being" and so I'm writing this with thanks to God, as it really has all been in God's strength. 
Travelling to eastern european countries?  Speaking to women in different cultures?  Bringing relevant teaching?  Praying for, loving (and hugging!) so many different women?  Doing a TV interview in Albania? Being away from home and all things familiar for a couple of weeks (and keeping positive)?
I'd have never dreamt that I'd be doing such things, or indeed that I'd be able to, but it's not in my own strength and ability, t…
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Zoti bekoft!

There are only a few Albanian words I'm confident saying, "Zoti bekoft" - "God bless you" is probably my most used phrase, closely followed by "Faleminderit " - "Thank you". 

I've been in Albania for a few days now, and we've served at the UNIKE Conference led by Miranda Ajeti. We had a wonderful time - the 400+ women who attended were as friendly as ever, and we were smothered in hugs and numerous kisses! God was so good to us - the women were hungry, and really appreciated the worship and the teaching - it was a privilege for us to serve them. 


Alice has been taking photos and spending time with the teenage girls. Iris has been warmly embraced by the lovely "vintage " ladies - and they were so encouraged and blessed to hear that she and Glyn had consistently prayed, every Thursday for all the Albanian women. 





I've just been interviewed for Albanian Christian television (Media7) by a lovely lady called Enela. All slightl…

It's been a while

So, I've been gone a while....and  I've been wondering about launching a new blog - perhaps a new look,a new blog, a totally new start? In the wondering I've done nothing, so instead, I'm just going to pick it up again, and start writing.... 
So this week I had the privilege of spending time with some Prayer warriors in the Kerith Prayer room. We gathered to pray for the upcoming Mission Trips to Albania and Macedonia.  - They did me such good, as they shared what God had been saying to them in their own prayer times - words of encouragement that He will bring restoration of relationships; He will bring healing ; there will be lots of new people who haven't been to UNIKE before; there'll be a fresh move of the Holy Spirit; somethingnewandmoreis going to happen this year; He is going to take things to another level. You can imagine how excited I was to hear these whispers from God - join me in a moment's prayer right now, that we'll see Him work?
It's …

Discover your Worth, your Strength, your Purpose

Following a successful Kerith launch in the Spring, Sarah Farley and her team are ready to go again,leading their 2nd SHINE course.
SHINE is an eight week self esteem course for women. The evenings are a mixture of Talks and discussion time, with a practical approach to learning. It's a really encouraging environment, and the evenings are a lot of fun. The course starts this Tuesday evening, and there are still some spaces available.Here's your personal invite from Sarah!Shine is about to run again and I'm excited to see what God is going to do this time round. If you haven't already heard, Shine is a course designed for women who want to live their life in abundance, the way God designed them to live it. To recognise all their worth, to grow in self-esteem, to see all their strengths and positives and ultimately live a life of purpose.We've still got a few places left so if you're interested there's more information here on the Kerith website, where you can…

Meeting my Hero

Yesterday, I met one of my heroes!
Bobbie Houston of Hillsong is a beautiful woman! I love her teachings, her godly wisdom, her self deprecating humour. I love the way she leads the whole Colour conference and Sisterhood movement. I listen to her podcasts and read her articles and books. Here at the Global Leadership Summit in Willow Creek,Chicago, her husband Brian gave the most extraordinary, vulnerable and honest responses to Bill Hybel's interview (notes here) He was signing books at the end of the break and as I turned a corner, there she was! Not being mobbed by fans, but just chatting with a couple of people. Not sure if many of you realise this, but I'm actually an introvert, and quite shy. No really, I am! There's no way I would confidently walk up to someone I admire and begin a conversation! So I walked away. But as I was walking, I thought about how much I'd regret not being brave enough to say Hi..or to thank her for her teachings,…

You Make Beautiful Things

On Sunday in Kerith we had the privilege of hearing from Paul Manwaring of Bethel. A brilliant and inspiring message about beauty, wisdom and creativity. He said that he felt that something is birthing in us (Kerith) that is creative,beautiful and wiseHe encouraged us to ask ourselves "What am I passionate about?" As God has put a little piece of Him inside each one of us - we need to discover the piece of beauty that He has given each one of us.
I've Made a start and taken on his challenge! Beauty 1. Your life is a vase that needs to find beauty whatever wild place it can. Ann Voskamp2. 3. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles. Phil 4:14
4. 5. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us....Gungor Why not join in too?

REAL #Courage

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came to REAL , and to everyone who served
and worked so very hard, using their creative gifts to bless us all! Above all, I'm
grateful to God for all His blessings at REAL. He was so present, and so loving
- speaking to each one of us, drawing us towards Him.  He is so
good!  We prayed, we worshipped, we laughed, we cried, we hugged, we
danced, we pushed through and moved forwards in courage. We leant in and opened
our hearts. So many of us were brave and courageous.



Weren't we blessed by
the teaching? It was my privilege to "lay the table" preaching about
courage, and wow, how God spoke to us through both Heather and Priscilla's
words. I was so proud of "our own" Heather, as she shared her heart
with such power and vulnerability - what a challenging preach! Priscilla Reid
was wonderful wasn't she? So kind, natural, funny and wise. How God worked
through her prophetically! We have made a new and good friend in Priscill…