Well now, that was fast! Here we are with 7 full Dash Away Weekends and a Taste of Dash Away behind us. Seems like we just arrived in this beautiful land with a huge assignment ahead. Now, we stand on the shore of reflection, watching the water move, never fully knowing how far the ripples will go, but certain that God moved powerfully - not just in the ladies to whom we ministered, but in us as well.
Last weekend, we were joined in Greystones, Ireland, just south of Dublin, by 10 beautiful, amazing ladies. Let me tell you, these ladies came to worship! My, oh, my! As a worship leader, you have to be careful not to judge someone's level of engagement by their body language. Often there is much going on beneath the surface of which you may never know. However, when you get a group of ladies who are outwardly expressive, dancing, kneeling and singing loudly - even the songs they're hearing for the first time - it is so much fun!!
For those of you who are continuing to stay engaged with the trip by reading our blogs, we send a HUGE thank you! It really does encourage us!
We just finished up Dash Away #28 in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. Eleven ladies joined us for what was probably the hardest fought weekend as far as enemy push back is concerned. Melinda had some extreme physical challenges leading into the weekend which prevented her from fully engaging. Still, God moved. He doesn't have to come, but He always does. He shows up and changes everything.
We just finished up Dash Away #27 at the YWAM base in West Kilbride, Scotland. It was the 4th of 7, so we are officially “over the hump” and are into the second half of Dash Away’s here. It’s going so fast – which, honestly, makes us sad. We don’t want this to be over!
Each group is different. Some we connect with more than others. Some are more receptive and open than others. Each is unique unto itself. This weekend was initially going to be for a specific group of ladies, however, some things changed and we ended up opening the weekend to whoever wanted to attend. As a result, we had 5 ladies who had been on Dash Away’s before and it was great to reconnect with them. We also met 7 new friends!
Our latest Dash Away was held a mere 20 minutes drive from our host home here in Peterhead. That in itself was glorious! No big travel days! Woohoo!
Our meeting venue, a private home, came complete with the most amazing pastoral setting including baby lambs which we got to hold and bottle feed throughout the weekend, a standard poodle who had her own teddy bear, and a couple of peacocks who entertained us with their courtship. Mr. Darcy was quite the squawker as he strutted his stuff. The Mrs., however, seemed completely uninterested.
A few days before we left for this trip, more than 20 people gathered at our home to pray over and commission us. It was a powerful time. In a conversation later that evening, two very dear friends both heard the word "Sabbath" for us. They encouraged us to be very intentional about resting and having mindless fun between ministering.
The favor we walk in in this land is enormous. We can't explain it. God is using these simple little weekends in profound ways. As we've reconnected here with some of the ladies who have attended previous weekends, we are hearing testimonies of lasting impact. It was not just a weekend event for them. It literally changed their lives. We are so humbled and honored.
As we make final preparations for our 3 month trip overseas, we were thinking about some things we would like you to know before we leave. Here we go:
1. Packing to be away from home for 3 months is not an easy task. We have been preparing for months. We have been stocking up, thinking ahead, making and checking off 'to do' lists, getting dental and health checks, making lunch and dinner appointments with friends and supporters, etc. This past weekend, we started packing our belongings and supplies into one carry on roller bag and 2 backpacks, 2 large checked bags (with meticulous effort to keep the weight below 50 lbs.) as well as putting on a fresh set of strings and getting Cathy's guitar ready for the journey.