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Sat 19 June to Sat 4 Sept

 





 


Day 6 Thursday 24 June

Talking Jesus is what we are out doing! 
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Ross H from W8 writes in with a message of encouragement:

Two similar things from different people in west 8 team - the same message of encouragement.
1. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about “the way”, mentioned in Proverbs and Isaiah, and referenced I think by Jesus when he said “I am the way, the truth and the life”. The Via Beata is the Way of Blessing that we will follow. It is my prayer that we would leave a ‘Trail of Blessing’ behind us, in our wake, as we talk of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Every prayer, every discussion, every blessing on a home, every meal shared, every kind word, every loving word will add to that trail of blessing. Nothing that we do will be inconsequential.
2. Our Church this week prayed for Dan and walk the way at church. A lovely lady cherry had a picture of the ripples in the wake of a boat, the impact of walk the way rippling out behind the walkers across the UK.

 

Overnight news from yesterday with E1.

ringfield hall
We have been at Ringsfield Hall all day, resting after 43 miles in 4 days. The Hall is now being reclaimed as a Christian retreat, school holiday and eco centre and has a renewed vision and new Christian trustees and managers, but is starting again from a very low point. We helped with gardening-Dave mowing a sports lawn on a sit on mower, Peter weeding the front drive, me hacking the weeds in a chapel garden. The Hall needs prayer and new volunteers and friends to reclaim it as place for the Kingdom.

 








Day 5 - Wednesday 23 June

bawdy Farm Church
The W1 team are out in the villages today around St David's.

George Martin entering Bawdy Farm Church.  The ancestors of the family still there today came from the Netherlands in 1542, brought over by Henry VIII to teach locals to weave.











 



Testimonies from 2 W1 team members recorded today.

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E1 walking the Via Beata and passing the Way Station at Ringfield Hall.

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Day 4 - Tuesday 22 June

 
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resting at Whitchurch

Resting by the church wall in Whitchurch after walking from Solva. In Solva on the Quayside we spoke to 10 people about Jesus and gave away 7 KGPs.
 

News from E1 received last night.
3 to 5 miles per day? In our dreams!  30 miles so far, some of it by our choice and some required as Emergency. Great start on Saturday.  After commissioning, we went to the South Pier in Lowestoft and celebrated communion. Within a hundred yards of starting from that point we had our first God blessed encounter with a family from London. Many have followed although there have been some significant distances between some of them.
Saturday night we discovered our equipment was inadequate for the rainfall and on Sunday we sought a local relative with hot showers and a tumble drier. Were offered food and drink AND a lightweight 4 man tent! Dry last night! Ahhh. Tonight (monday) we have been blessed with tea and cake and the offer of the undercroft at Beccles parish church to sleep in. Thank you Lord.

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News from W1 received this morning.
Today we walk to Solva then onto Whitchurch to meet the locals and have lunch on the way.  We are having a late breakfast, 9am, today as we didn't get home till 11.15pm last night.  Great time was had on the beach last night both praying for 3 people and having fun singing and worshiping God. A beautiful mid summers day ending with a glorious sunset.  Thank you for praying, 
Your brothers and sister in Christ,  
Team W1.




Tim Writes:

Sat 19th June was an amazing day for me – this ‘Walk the Way’ has been with me – with us – for two years now. Planning, discussing, wondering, praying  - yet here it is beginning!

And I’m so conscious of God’s timing… Matthew 13:31-35, where the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, growing or like the yeast working in the flour. Thirty years ago, my then colleague and friend Peter Adams declared there should be a Walk mission across the country… and here we are, given that job to do. And during that time, the seed has grown, people have been prepared and are now prompted to join the teams, to work with the teams, to see God’s glory as this Walk advances across the UK!

And so on Saturday I stood with the team at the commissioning service on Whitesands beach – singing ‘In Christ alone’… and recognising the truth of that statement!



Day 3 - Monday 21 June

E1 have reported in that they slept out in the dunes at Lowestoft last night..... and got rather wet!  However, as a consequence someone has given them a tent to use.

They also reported that they were working in Lowestoft and gave a Knowing God Personally booklet (KGP) to and chatted with a man they met.  As they moved off the girlfriend ran after them to say 'Thanks' as she had been specifically praying that he would get a sign from God that day.


Erw Dewi community garden

W1 spent time working at the Erw Dewi (David's Acre) community garden with members of the Groesfan community church and friends.  (bigger image on their Facebook page via this link)







Day 2 - Sunday 20 June

Waiting to hear from the 2 teams to see how they have fared on day 1. We do know that W1 are been wonderfully supported by St David' Cathedral in their Pilgrim Centre but we think that E1 slept out last night.  

I was informed this morning that yesterdays Lectionary reading in the Anglican Church was Matt 6: 24-27'

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

We bring before our wonderful God the 2 teams for all His care and sustaining strength.



Day 1 - Saturday 19 June

The W1 team at Whitesands Bay.  Not sure who came up with the idea but both west and east teams are collecting water from the respective seas to carry, passing from team to team to meet on Sat 4 Sept at Redhill Christian Centre.
 

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Early morning at St David's  The W1 team seem to be blessed with accommodation for the week as needed by the Cathedral.  Praise God for His provision.
 

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The East 1 team gather at the first  in Via Beata way station in Lowestoft with Steve and Gill from the Via Beata project.
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The Glory of God Gives It Light, Kirkley Rectory, Lowestoft.

The words on this art-work come from The Revelation of John chapter 21 v 23.
John was a prisoner on the Island of Patmos, where he was shown an amazing vision of Heavenly things. His record of what he saw makes up the last book of the Bible.  Towards the end of this book, John is given a glimpse of the “Heavenly City”. It is so wonderful that he struggles to find suitable words to describe it. 
Here he tries to explain the nature of the supernatural light in the place, and how it touches the nations of the world.  Our prayer is that something of this heavenly light will infuse the town of Lowestoft, bringing blessing to everyone.
 



Ness Point
The E1 team gather at Ness Point for the Commissioning Service.
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Friday 18 June

Travelling day for the teams in the first week.  Here is a video from George Martin who is leading W1.
 

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Thursday 17 June

David Baslington writes:
As I write there is less than 2 days to go before the mission officially starts.  Tim and Georgina are traveling to Monmouth today to prepare for another mission there later in the year before then going to St David's to welcome in the Week 1 West Team (Dan will be welcoming E1 in Lowestoft).  Team members themselves are probably preparing to travel tomorrow, Friday, to be there in time for their mission start.

For myself, there are 8 days to go before Dan Holland and I travel a week Friday for the start of West 2 with our fellow team member, George Gorniak.  This will be the beginning of 2 weeks for me as I am also serving on W3.

Although I work for TFM, many will know that I am a reluctant team member!  Indeed, when it became clear that God was calling me to serve on W3 as well (at a recent staff meeting) I held my head in my hands, elbows resting on the table, almost pleading with Him to let this moment pass!  But I knew I couldn't say no.

I've just read again Ch 6 of God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew which we have been given to reproduce and share with all those involved in Walk the Way (if you haven't read the book then I do recommend it to you and perhaps especially this section).  The chapter, entitled 'The Game of the Royal Way, describes Andrew's journey through training and the covenant he made with God to 'provide' as he went about His work.  Very appropriate as all the teams step out on this mission.

Strangely, I don't particularly find myself worried about the provision for needs; food and accommodation!  No, my concerns are 'What do I say?', 'Will I miss an opportunity?', 'Will I disappoint either God and/or the Team?'.  Lots of 'I's'; me focussed.

At that meeting where I signed up for W3, Tim shared a passage from Mark 10:32:

‘They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him’ .

He went to share this thought:
 

And there it is in a sentence – all the pre-mission nerves, anxiety and stress. All those reasons not to go on mission, everything that happens to throw us off course and make us think of quitting… But here is the thing:
Jesus Leads, the disciples are Astonished (that he is going there, that he is doing this?) and His followers were Afraid (of what? Of what might happen to them? Or to Jesus?) ..  And yet they followed.
They followed Jesus.


That was when I knew I couldn't say no!

As we ALL go out, please pray that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit to those we need to meet. And that, regardless of words or actions, whether confident or fumbling and nervous, we will share Christ with them.  Tell them how much they are loved.



Thursday 26 May 2021

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Sending letters and posters to all the churches within a short distance of the path.coming soon poster 200pxwide


Friday 21 May 2021
 

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With just over 28 days to go, we are well on the way with the planning for this mission.  Tomorrow, Saturday 22nd May is our penultimate training session (Barnsley) and will be led by our Evangelist, Dan Holland.  (Note the next training is in Wolston on 10 July.  There is another in Torbay on 7 Aug but that's only applicable for WtW for the last 3 weeks and really for the Torbay mission which runs 18 - 26 Sept 2021).

Still time to sign up and be involved as a team member and or Prayer Warrior (see here for details).  Although the early weeks are full now, there are still places on week 5, 17 July, onward.  Please do get in touch.

David Baslington writes, 'I'm practicing carrying a rucksack, starting low (5kg currently) and will build up to my week which is Wk 2 West starting June 26'.