Northumberland Coast

"A National Treasure." This describes Lindisfarne quite accurately. A beautiful castle built to help withstand Viking raids on the Northumberland coast, this tiny little castle really is beautiful. We enjoyed a day of hiking around it and wondering at some priory ruins almost 800 years old. This is only accessible once a day or so due to the tides swallowing up the lone road out to it.


Group Picture
(Bob & Sue Mole, our wonderful and gracious drivers and guides, on the far left).

On the approach to the castle.

Lily, I'm king of the world!!!

Group pic from inside the kiln.
Olivia Dupree enjoying the garden.
Olivia Wall...having been stung by a nettle...

Another group pic inside the ruins.

A picture of the old priory destroyed by Henry VIII.

Lunch

Bamburgh (pronounced bam-bruh). This was truly amazing. I wish my pictures could do it justice.

We are just a few hours away from being loaded onto a plane for Seattle. God has shown Himself amazingly gracious this last week. This morning we were thrilled to see several kids, and their family, attend Sunday morning service. Leo gave a sermon on Luke 18:9-14. We were reminded that our righteousness before God is not based on comparing ourselves with others but on relying on Jesus Christ as our substitute who's taken our "red card" (soccer term) for us.

Last night we spent some time together as a team debriefing on our experiences. From cultural differences, to gospel questions, to applications we'll take home with us back to the States. What I saw in my young brothers and sisters this week was a willingness to dig into the gospel and be challenged with the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

What we were confronted with this week, along with many other things, was the therapeutic culture of our faith. Our English brothers and sisters, have a incredibly powerful witness about them because of their deep and abiding understanding of Jesus' kingship. This is something we tend to shy away from in Spokane; at least it seems to me we do. We like warm, fuzzy thoughts about Jesus as our friend.

But as we were reminded this week. Jesus is not just our friend, He is our Lord and King. He commands us and has saved us from hell with His righteousness. Therefore we have no fear of the judgment to come.

The other thing that stuck out to our team was the earnestness and length of prayer that surrounded the sport camp this week. Oh saints in Washington! If only we would be convinced of the necessity of prayer in our ministry. Your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters in the Lord, will be coming back to challenge you on this point.

Dare we rush into ministry without prayer? The apostle Paul would say something about this.

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.

Ephesians 1:15-19


May we be a people who learn to pray as our brothers and sisters in Durham do.


Prayerfully yours,

Loren