THE TRANSITION UPDATE 17TH JUNE 2015
In the early part of July 2015, we, the Potter family, will once again journey through a period of major upheaval.
After 11 years we will be leaving the USA and moving back to the United Kingdom. Joshua has already been a vanguard for this as he is living in London.
Charys will be going to University in the UK but for Linsey and myself, we have a growing discernment that we are to connect with others in Wales who are working to see the reality of the Kingdom of God impact local communities. Wales is currently facing many challenges. Our hope is to be part of creating an interrelated community that is able to live out the teachings of Jesus Christ and practically empower the whole community. This initiative could be either through developing a new integrated church community or by assisting an existing community that wants to cultivate a similar idea.
Various friends have asked how they can directly support us through this transition and quest. To this end we have developed “Transitions”.
This web page is a place where people can underpin our upcoming move and where we can disseminate information to those directly cheerleading this venture.
Raising a minimum of $5,500 between now and the early part of July would help undergird this transatlantic transition.
# CURRENT UPDATE:
Various wonderful friends have donated on Indiegogo Life & in the UK, plus we have gifts that have come through Oasis USA from the month of May.
All together with all the donations we now only have $2320 to go
Our journey has taken us to various countries around the world where, as a family, we have endeavored to live out the practical reality of the kingdom of God within the diverse cultural settings we have found ourselves.
It all began in the United Kingdom in the early 90's when Linsey & I quit our jobs, went to college, worked in an urban church plant and subsequently relocated to India.
We both had history with India and it became our home for over seven years. Initially we worked with others primarily using our professional skills and spiritual gifts as well as sharing our family life with orphans &amp; young people in South India. Subsequently we partnered with women and children infected or affected by HIV in Mumbai. Ben &amp; Josh were very young during this period, and Charys was born in Mumbai, India.
In the eighth year of the sojourn, we and others sensed that God wanted us to bring our time to an end and move to the Thames Valley in England. Initially, this was not a happy prospect although after wise counsel we understood it to be a correct path to take. In England I, Kevin, started and became the founding director of The Mustard Tree Foundation(Reading), an organization that helped the local church and local city government work together to meet the needs of people in urban deprived communities. Linsey worked as a music/worship director in a local church and taught music at a local school. At the end of our time in England we both became ordained ministers.
After four years and once the ministry was up and running, we were invited to move to Boulder Valley in North America and assist the church in the USA &amp; Mexico in supporting ongoing ministry within the city of Ciudad Juarez in the Rio Grande Valley. Initially, Linsey and the kids loved the idea and agreed, but I didn't. However, As God provided leaders and resources for the development of The Mustard Tree Foundation I saw that I needed to follow the rest of the family and that it was correct to pass the mantle across to others. In the autumn of 2004 we all moved to America.
In the USA we worked with many people. We helped start a church community in Colorado with some wonderful Christ centred people and worked with the American &amp; Mexican church in Ciudad Juarez. We also watched as the city of Ciudad Juarez became a center for gang violence and became impacted by the border drug wars that significantly affected the local church. The church in Juarez was filled with wonderful Godly people who were under intense pressure and needed major support. We learned a lot from these humble, colorful, charismatic people.
When the Lord brought this endeavor to an end, it looked like we would be heading back to the United Kingdom. Quite amazingly six months before we were due to leave Colorado our direction changed and turned 180 degrees. I was invited to work with Oasis USA in California and help the local and global church fight human trafficking through advocacy, community action, and victim support. This west coast period also enabled Linsey to undertake a course of studies at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena that added considerable expertise to what we were doing and what we hope to achieve in the future. Interestingly the name Pasadena means “of the Valley”.
As you will note our journey, which we had not planned, involved partnering with many people who living in valley settings.
Wonderfully during our Californian chapter, our children blossomed into adulthood and started their individual adventures.
So now after 11 years in the USA it is time to relocate back to the United Kingdom and we have an emerging comprehension that it will be connected with Wales.
During our journey we have been given many encouragements and words that press in on this decision, some that date back to our time in India. We believe the key ones are:
- Ezekiel 37 - Valley of the dry bones coming to life, which was given to us in our early years in India.
- Luke 4:18,19 – Preaching good news to the poor and proclaiming the year of the Lords favor
- Matthew 22:36-40 – Loving your neighbor as yourself
- Ephesians 4:10-12 – Equipping people for the works God has prepared for them
Our hope is to join with others in Wales who are working to see the Kingdom of God further impact the country. It is a small nation within the United Kingdom and is currently facing many challenges. (Click here for further information) Our desire is to live out the words shown above, with others, in an interrelated community. This could be through a new integrated church community or by assisting an existing local community.
We would ask for your prayers and you can support this vision by:
• for our last couple of months in the USA
• for our children and our looming transition back to the UK.
• for Wales
In the last 23 years, we have only lived in the UK for 4 of them and none of these as a family in Wales.
Thankfully we have already been offered a house where we can live for the latter part of 2015. During these months, we will use the time to connect back into the UK, finish research, write, meet with friends and supporters and rest. We will also connect with various wise individuals; seek further discernment; and pray for the possible future opportunities available in Wales before launching into the next tasks that God has prepared for us.
We will send out updates and add you to our community of prayer
HELP US TRANSITION WELL AND SUPPORT OUR GOAL OF LIVING OUT HOPE, LIFE, AND SHALOM INTO the BRITAIN & WALES.
Thank you all very much indeed.