Elizabeth and I have just returned from an excellent week in Sweden. We taught on a get-together for Swedish YWAM workers from Turkey, Jordan, Thailand and Cambodia. This was led by Chris and Asa Duff, former students from All Nations. We then had a lovely weekend with a group of old friends from when we used to teach in Orebro every year until about 1995. We so enjoyed meeting them all again, seeing the beauty of their homes in forest clearings by a beautiful lake. On the Saturday we also had a gathering together where we shared a little of what we have seen of the Lord’s work in the Muslim world and in China. Then on the Sunday I preached in their church.
It is in this context that I have been reading John 10 where Jesus declares that he is the gate through whom we find salvation. Then he wonderfully teaches that the consequence of that gift of salvation is that we shall “come in and go out, and find pasture” (10.9). In this happy situation we “have life, and have it to the full” (10.10). How wonderfully true! We enjoy the fullness of life and “pasture” both when we go out to Sweden etc. and when we come home to the peaceful comfort of life here. Coffees and meals on the patio are such a delight. We feel that we have all and abound. But we also richly appreciate our times of ministry both here in Britain and in other countries. The Lord is so good to us.