Walk the Way Blog
A report on the progress of the Walk the Way mission
Sat 19 June to Sat 4 Sept
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
Sending letters and posters to all the churches within a short distance of the path.
Friday 21 May 2021
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'