Sunday, October 10, 2010

Temporarily to be found drinking English Tea...

My English adventure has begun!! I arrived in London on Tuesday and have had a VERY full week prior to arriving at my ministry course today.

I was able to visit our CBN office in Hereford and meet our staff there, spend an afternoon in Oxford and then 2 days in London with my dear friend Jenny. I've been to England a couple of times before, but I just adore this country (apart from the effect it has on my wallet)! I have been enjoying the long walks through the various parts of London, hearing the English language all around me without needing to focus on what is being said, beautiful buildings, Starbucks coffee, shopping, and the multiple tea times per day!  I think I'm going to like it here...


My friend Jenny and I on a walk along the river...

I arrived in Farnham this afternoon, which is where I'll be for the next three months as I take part in stage one of the NETS course offered at Ellel Ministries Pierrepont.   Farnham is a small town about an hour south of London by train.

It is like a breath of fresh air out here in the English countryside and upon pulling up to this beautiful old English manor (pictured here) I felt an overwhelming sense of blessing as I stood back and took in the fact that this will be my home till Christmas time!

The vision of Ellel ministries is to bring healing and discipleship to the body of Christ and to do so through teaching on a wide range of subjects and offering prayer ministry in order to bring people into freedom and wholeness.  The ministry is based on Luke 9:11 in which Jesus welcomed the people, spoke to them about the kingdom of heaven and healed those who needed healing.  I'm not only excited for how this time will be used in my own personal life, but also how God will use it in my ministry with orphans in Ukraine.

There are 58 people in my stage of the course...from 25 different nations.  The age range is amazing too- we have people ranging from 18-65 in the course. I love the fact that I'll be studying among people of all ages and walks of life and it is truly a group full of so much life experience and wisdom.  It was amazing to sit through the introductions this evening and just hear a bit about where people are from and how God brought them to this time of study here at Ellel. I'm sharing a room with 8 women who are from 8 nations! Canada, Australia, Norway, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Malaysia and Sierra Leone!  I think I'm in for a cultural education! :)

As many staff members and previous students shared tonight, they all said the same thing, "You'll never be the same after taking this course."   I can't say I have come here with a lot of expectations-- and change can always be a little scary-- but that statement which was spoken over and over again has left me very challenged and intrigued. I'm very excited to be here and see what the Lord has to show me and teach me-- and I know that change will ultimately come as I enter into a refining process.

I'm excited for this new journey.


7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Yea! So cool! As I read this post, I got this picture of an onion. There are so many layers. Each time you peel one back, there is another, and another. I felt like that was what this experience would be like for you with the Lord. He will give you a continual new revelation of Himself during this time. Get excited! Love you friend!

Donna said...

Love the discription of the onion that Stephanie gave...so true! It sounds like you are in a beautiful part of the country and on an amazing adventure of lilfe that will be very meaningful! Blessings!!

Heidi and Felix said...

So happy to read your update! I cannot wait to hear more!

Anonymous said...

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Обнимаю, моя КЕРЕН!

Твоя Ленка

The Houghtons said...

So glad you're off to a great start, and from the sound of things you're really in for a treat. I hope God reveals more of Himself to you and that you are refreshed and renewed!

Beverly said...

Karen,
Your description makes me thirsty! Do they accept married middle aged couples?
Lots of health issues going on with us but trusting God to bring us through. We are planning a weekend in the mountains with the Q's for rest.
Love you,
Beverly

Beverly said...

Karen,
Your description makes me thirsty! Do they accept married middle aged couples?
Lots of health issues going on with us but trusting God to bring us through. We are planning a weekend in the mountains with the Q's for rest.
Love you,
Beverly