Many of you know that recently my husband and I took our 25th anniversary trip to England and Wales. I’m going to be sharing pictures and stories from that trip for weeks, maybe months to come, and today is no exception! I’m sharing about another one of those “God-moments” we had on the trip.
My husband looked online for a church that we could visit on the Sunday that we were in Liverpool, England and he found Frontline Church. From what we could tell from the website, it seemed that this church was very much like our own here in the states.
That coming Sunday we headed out on the lovely Liverpool public transit, telling the bus driver what intersection we needed. He kindly let us off at what we thought was the exact intersection. He failed to tell us that the intersection we needed was at least a block or more down the street. So we wandered like two lost sheep for a while, asking passersby if they knew where Frontline Church met. Amazingly, after a few misses, we met one young man who said he was heading that way and would lead us to it. He also introduced us to one of the pastors of the church as soon as we arrived.
Gary mentioned to the pastor that we’d love to join anyone who might be going out for lunch after church. We assumed this would mean heading to a restaurant to eat together with our new Liverpool/Frontline friends. Little did we know that the pastor, John and his wife, Kirsten had prayed that very morning for God to provide an opportunity for them to minister to someone. Kirsten came over to where we were sitting and invited us to their home for dinner. They told us how to get there and realized we had come on the bus, so they gladly gave two complete strangers a ride to their home!
What faith and hospitality they demonstrated!
This sweet couple also has two beautiful sons that were so much fun to watch and talk with. It immediately took me back to the days when our sons were young little lads! And like our sons, the older one continued to pick on the younger one, sending him running to mom for a loving hug/kiss to make it all better! This wonderful couple also encouraged us as we opened up and shared pieces of our lives with these strangers from across the globe …
But the truth is, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, so the unfamiliarities were consumed by the bond and connection we share in Him!
Watch the short video to hear and see what special decision/occasion we were privileged to celebrate with this family. And if you’ve never made that decision and responded to Christ’s invitation, check out this page to find out how to do that.
After all, all it takes is the “faith of a child!” (Luke 18:17)
Here are more photos specifically from our experience with Frontline Church and this lovely pastor’s family in Liverpool. (More pics of London and Wales will be unveiled in posts to come!)
Street view of Frontline Church
Worshiping with Frontline — a very celebrative atmosphere!
Here I am with John, Kirsten and their boys – and “yes” that’s a cast on Soren’s arm — which didn’t slow him down or hinder him a bit from putting his little brother in his place! Lol!
Kirsten prepping the Cracklin (similar to pork rinds). She also is quite the baker and shared an amazing apple cake with us for dessert!
John is a great cook and shared this delicious pork roast with us. And you can see their son, Soren couldn’t wait to dig in!
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What opportunities from God have you responded to like this loving couple did for us?
How have you been ministered to by someone’s generosity and openness to God’s prompting?
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