Dear Family and Friends


I hope that you had a wonderful September! Mid-September and the beginning of October are always a “new season” for us in every area of our church because schools and universities start a new academic year. This also means that many of our kids and youth also experience a change in groups at church because they move up in classes in kids church or graduate from kids to youth or even graduate from being in youth group to being a part of our university student ministry! It’s all change!


We also started up our Connect Groups again in September as well as our Courses such as the Follow Course and Engage Course. Even though we have still not been able to meet in person as a church, all of the above has continued to happen as our church is determined to remain community focused as much as possible.


I also have a “new season” that I would like to share with you this month!


For quite some time, I have been feeling like God is going to send me out from our Every Nation London congregation. It’s actually been stirring for a few years now so I have been communicating and praying with our pastors here about next steps and God’s perfect timing. It’s been a long and sometimes confusing process but God has been so gracious through it all and now I can look back and see that He was lining things up all this time. About 2 months ago my senior pastor here mentioned the couple who pastor our church in Slough. For those of you who don’t know, Slough is one of our churches that we planted that is just outside of London. It is a congregation now of about 150 people and is growing! Their staff members are the Senior Pastors Greg and Suzanne and Anna the children’s pastor.


When my pastor mentioned Greg and Suzanne something dropped in my heart to start praying about Slough. Slough had never crossed my mind until then. In August I joined the online Youth Camp and the Slough teens joined us for the first time on camp. As I chatted to some of them and heard some of their stories my heart was broken for them. I also got to work with Suzanne on the camp and I must say, this sealed the deal – I knew at that point God was going to move me to Slough! The words he spoke to me were Discipleship, Youth and Missions – The 3 words I later found out were what God had given Greg and Suzanne for the coming season.


I will be helping them to grow their discipleship in the church in all areas, working alongside Suzanne in Youth and Greg and I will be stirring up missions across Europe for all of our Every Nation Churches!


All that said, I will be transitioning to the Slough Congregation near the beginning of next year and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!


It is a MASSIVE move for me because so much will change. I will not only be leaving my church family at Every Nation London (West Kensington) but I will eventually have to move physically to Slough which is about an hour away.


It also means that I will need to raise A LOT more support because Slough is not in a financial position, (at the moment) to partner with me like Every Nation London is.


Just to give you an idea of where it is:

I am so thankful for all of you and the love, prayer, encouragement and support you have given me for so many years! Thank you for believing in the call that God has on my life and thank you for being a part of everything that He does in and through me!


Will you please pray for me as our church seeks God on how to transition everything smoothly? Also, please pray for my support. That more people would partner with me financially over the next few months and join me on this new adventure in Slough.


Thank you so much for all that you do!

Loads of Love

Traci


Dear Family and Friends

Wow, can you believe we are already in September? August flew by so fast! August was a big month for us because we launched our first ever Online Youth Camp! Because of Covid restrictions, we are still unable to meet together but our teens were still keen to have camp.

Our Youth Leaders worked hard to organise everything and train all the volunteer leaders on how to lead online. The week finally arrived and we had 41 teens and 23 leaders for 4 days of online camp! As you know – I love being a part of youth camp.

Here are a few pictures of my amazing small group that I met with throughout the week.

Even though we were online, the teens participated in games, as well as deep discussions on faith and the challenges they are facing in their schools and personal lives. On the last evening of camp our main speaker spoke on God’s grace and mercy and what Jesus did for us on the cross. At the end of his talk he asked the teens different questions about committing their lives to Jesus whether it was the first time, re-commitment or just to go even deeper in their relationship with Him. We asked them to put their responses in the zoom chat if they wanted to and we were overwhelmed by their responses!

In my last Newsletter I mentioned that Dina’s dad (who I call Tio) was not doing well and the doctors thought that he might pass away. Dina flew to Madeira last month to be with him and two weeks ago I also flew to Madeira to help her. Thank you so much for all of your prayers! He has made an incredible recovery and has now been out of hospital and is doing so well that Dina and I will be heading back to London on Wednesday.

Even though I have been in Madeira I have still been working and gearing up for our new season of Connect Groups to start. We have 29 groups starting this term. Out of those groups 7 of them actually started during lockdown! As lockdown slowly eases up, we are trusting that we will continue to see an increase in people not only joining groups but also more salvations and a deepening in their relationships with God.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

Loads of Love

Traci

Dear Family and Friends

If you are in or around London I hope that you are enjoying the weather as much as I am! For those of you in America, we are actually having the same weather you are – which is a rare thing. The only difference is most of us here in the UK or Europe don’t have air conditioning in their houses so some people are melting….

In the midst of everything we have been going through over the last 5 months I think many of us have felt like the heat has been turned up in our lives and maybe some even feel like they can’t take much more. Like, nothing good is going to come out of it except being completely burned up or out! I want to encourage you to hang on! Trust in God and His faithfulness.

I was able to get away for a few days this past week and I visited a garden full of fruit trees. You would think that in the heat we have been having that the trees would be dried up, struggling or even dying. The amazing thing though, was every tree was exploding with fruit and even the flowers were flourishing! I know that some fruit trees are made for hot weather but let’s face it, you can’t always depend on that in England, and with weather that can swing between extremes at any moment I really believe that it boils down to the roots and where they are planted that keeps these trees and flowers going.

Jeremiah 17 says: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the

water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its

leaves are always green. It has no worries in

a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

The Lord is our living water and as we stay rooted in Him, He will bring life and healing. Dig deep, hang on, keep trusting and expect fruit! He is faithful!

Have a wonderful rest of the month and please email me if you have any prayer requests.

Please pray for my housemate’s dad who I call “Tio.” The doctors have said he is on his last days. His wife passed away in January. You might remember that I wrote about her in my newsletter. Dina flew to Madeira this morning and I am hoping to fly out in the next day or so to be with the family.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

Loads of Love

Traci

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