After much prayer, consideration and input from a recent trip to London, we are very excited to announce a new chapter on this journey to serve in London. A plan has come together through the Serge sending center and the London team that would allow us to use 50% of our monthly support needs to work part-time for the churches there. The rest of the time during the week would be devoted to starting a music school that would finance the remaining 50% of our support needs on the ground. The money earned through the music school would be in British pounds chichi is beneficial to us because of the transfer rate.
Our conversations in Southall have pointed us to the fact that there is a large demand for basic guitar and drum lessons in the community but few teachers around to provide the lessons. Combine these lessons with pre-school music classes for the young kids (which Temple teaches now) and then add a “School of Rock” for the older kids and we feel there is a great opportunity not only for financial profit but outreach in the community as well.
We will still be serving three different church plants in the London area as planned. We will be serving their worship teams and their communication needs as well. We won’t be able to do as much as we had planned, but we feel that the potential outreach that could come from teaching music in the community and using the church facilities as the location for much of this teaching more than make up for this. It’s a great opportunity for relationship building with our students and their families and with the larger Southall community.
We are now planning on a January 2015 deployment.
That’s right, only four months from now. There will still be some support-raising to do. We still will need approximately $1500 a month more in monthly support. We hope that you would prayerfully consider coming on board as a monthly supporter now and be a part of this journey with us. And if you are a current supporter, please consider increasing your support here at this vital point in the journey.
We are very close, but we still need your help.