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Worship With The Nations

Serving with the NLMG Worship Team

One of the principle ways that we serve the church in Southall is by working with the New Life Masih Ghar worship team. Each Sunday Temple and I rehearse and perform with a group of folks from India, Pakistan and the US, bringing Asian and English worship tunes to the congregation. Recently we have been asked to actually lead the team, choosing the songs and directing the rehearsal.

This part of our service here is very special to us. It allows us to bring our gifts of music to NLMG. It also allows us a brief glimpse into a vision of Revelation, in which all the people-groups of the world worship together. Sharing in multi-cultural worship with a group of believers from around the world is very powerful and moving for us.

Take a minute and enjoy this video clip of the NLMG worship team in action from a recent Sunday service.


 

Music Tots & Mount Avenue Recording

We would very much appreciate your prayers as two of our business/ministry initiatives get started here in Southall. First, Temple will be starting her first MusicTots class next week. These pre-school music classes allow Temple to serve the community, using her experience and the curriculum from The Music Class. This is the program that Temple worked with in the States. We are very excited to see this program beginning here in Southall.

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Thanks to the help of sound engineer and good friend, Randy Gardner, who generously gave a week of his time to serve with us here in London recently, we are now able to record music at the Mount Ave. Recording Studio. This is a facility owned by NLMG that will be used for recording and producing a Hind and Urdu-spoken worship project in the near future. We still have some finishing touches to add, but the facility is very close to fully functional. This is a very exciting opportunity for us to make and distribute music and we are thrilled to see what God does with this.

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Prayer Requests

This is a very tough season for us right now. We are all struggling with different issues and your prayers would mean the world to us. Here are several specific things that we would ask you to pray for:

1. Aja is battling insomnia. Not sure what’s up but we are guessing it is stress related. This is causing much stress for us and we aren’t exactly sure what to do about it.

2. Please pray for provision. We are struggling getting money flowing here. Business startup is taking longer than planned, due to unforeseen difficulty. We have to get this moving soon or we can’t stay.

3. Pray for Temple and I as parents. We are struggling with guilt over all that this situation is doing to our kids. We are feeling out of our depth with the kids right now. We need wisdom and peace to work through this.

4. Pray for more support from home, financially and emotionally. We have had some slim months on the support front and need to add some more supporters from the States. We are also missing folks from home a lot. It really means a lot when folks reach out to us.

5. Pray that we can truly trust and depend on God. We are trying to do too much ourselves, when we really need to believe and act out what we preach about reliance on God, leaving the outcomes to Him. This is very important for us to begin to live out daily.

 

Thank you for your continued support of family and our ministry in Southall.

 

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Service In Southall

Service In Southall

Glimpses of a typical week here in London

Hello everyone!
We are now almost two months into our time here in Southall. It has been one of the hardest, yet most blessed times we have ever spent as a family. We are still adjusting to life here in many ways. The kids have started school and our house is finally coming together into a real living space. This has taken longer than we had planned so our music school is slow to get the wheels up. We are working hard now to make that a reality.

We wanted to share with you what a typical week of service looks like here in London. Obviously, every week brings it’s own difficulties and opportunities, but this glimpse into our lives here while serving with the team at New Life Masih Ghar should help to paint a picture of some the great things that we are a part of and that the church is doing in this amazing, multi-cultural community.

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This is our busiest day, of course. We arrive at the church around 2 pm to set up the instruments and PA system. We then rehearse until 4, when Sunday School starts. The service starts at 5 pm and usually features several Western worship songs and several Asian worship songs. Temple and I recently led worship and directed the team, which was an exiting opportunity for us. I have been playing drums mostly, but switch to bass or guitar as needed. The service is followed by a fellowship dinner which is open to the community and features some amazing home-cooked Indian food. Our family usually makes it home around 8:30 or 9 pm, tired and  blessed by the busy day and the connection to our church family here.

MONDAY
Monday mornings the team meets at the Mount Ave. studio for it’s weekly team meeting. We debrief on the Sunday service, including going over a list of visitors to reach o
ut to, as well as prayer requests that need to be addressed. This time of prayer and connection is followed by lunch and a “Book Table” set-up, either in Southall or Hounslow. Volunteers hand out tracts about Jesus and talk with interested people about our Christian faith and our beliefs. Many connections have been made through this outreach in the community.
TUESDAY
Tuesday morning features the NLMG Mom & Toddler Group, which Temple has been serving with. This group is attended by local Moms & their kids and gives them a chance to get out of the house and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship. This group is often attended by ladies of Hindu, Sikh & Muslim backgrounds and allows the NLMG team to serve them and their children through fun activities, fellowship and music.

On Tuesday afternoon we take the kids and serve with the Heston Kid’s Club at the church. This after-school activity is for the younger, school-aged kids and features fun activities, such as football, crafts, Legos as well as a Bible lesson. This outreach activity has brought in many kids from different backgrounds and religions. Recently one of the kids attending the group was given his first Bible to take home.

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Although we don’t serve directly on these days, they are still busy days for us. A typical morning during the week means getting up to catch the bus by 8 a.m. to get Aria, Aja and Koa to school. Aria’s commute is 5 minutes by bus, and we sometimes walk it down. Aja & Koa’s school is further away and that means a 15 minute bus ride and a ten-minute walk, including crossing over one of the busier motorways in the area. That trip is repeated every day at 3 pm to get the kids back home. The kids are settling in at their schools, but your prayers are appreciated for all three of them, as this transition has been pretty huge for them. Their schools are very large and mostly Asian. They are the only American kids in their schools, and very much a minority as Christians, being surrounded by mostly Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

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On Friday evening Aria and I attend and serve with the Heston Youth Club. This group is for teenagers and features fun stuff like group activities, pool and table tennis, popcorn, Wii games and a Bible lesson. This outreach activity usually includes 15-20 kids and gives the teenagers a fun thing to do on a Friday night at the church.They are exceptional kids from the community and we are looking into the possibility of starting a music group with some of the folks. This is just another special way in which NLMG is sharing the light of Christ in a tangible way in a community that very much needs to see it.

Hopefully, you now have a better look at what our life is like here in Southall. We are busy most days, either serving with the church or emptying boxes and trying to organize our lives here. There have definitely been struggles and more than a few tears, but the Lord has blessed us in many ways and shown up for us more times than we care to count.

We want to thank all of you for supporting us and allowing us to serve in this wonderful, diverse community!


PRYER REQUESTS
– Please pray for our kids and their adjustments into the schools here. This has been difficult on many levels. Especially for Koa, as he has been home-schooled up to this point. Pray for peace for them in the transition and that they would make some good, close friends soon.

– Please pray for our efforts to start our music school here and generate some income. This is a vital component to our staying here on the ground and it is taking longer than we had originally planned. Please pray that the details come together and that we can start classes soon.

– Please pray for peace for our whole family. This time has been very stressful for all of us in different ways. Pray that God will grant us rest as needed and peace for our family through the adjustments.

– Please pray for the good work being done at New Life Masih Ghar to continue and grow. The church is a beacon of the Light of Christ in a very dark place. Pray that the light will reach people and pull them toward a relationship with Jesus.

PRAISE: A word of praise and thanks for the prayers for Temple. Her jaw problems have almost fully healed and she is able to sleep much better lately. This is a huge thing for us, as it was very painful and distracting for Temple several weeks. God is Good!

 

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A Month on the Field

A Month on the Field

Nobody said it would be easy…

Our family has now been in Southall for a month. This first month has been a lot of things: exciting, rewarding, terrifying, frustrating, affirming and exhausting.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” – Charles Dickens

We all arrived safely the first week of March, including Dolly, our Yorkie. We arrived in Southall to an empty house. The shipping container with our stuff in it would not arrive until three weeks later. So we made do with some air mattresses, yoga mats, a borrowed dining room table and some kitchen goods from the church-run Asha Charity Shops. Basically, camping out in Southall.

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Our house is in a great location, within walking distance to several bus stops and a large Tesco store, which is like a Kroger or Target in the States. Our neighborhood is mostly Asian folks and is home to a Sikh Gurdwaras and a Muslim Mosque, both very near our house. The Southall team here has been truly amazing in helping us get acclimated to our new surroundings. We have become close to a very nice Indian family from the church who have been a real blessing to our family. They have helped show us the ropes in many important ways and saved us a ton of money in pointing out the best places to shop in the community for things that we have needed.

We have tried to jump in to serving on the team in several ways. During a normal week, we are serving on Tuesdays with the Mom & Toddler Group and the Kids Group in the afternoon. On Friday nights we serve with the Heston Youth Club, which is a cool group of teenagers from around the community that meet at the church for fun, games and Bible study. On Sundays we serve on the New Life Masih Ghar worship team, which has been a real blast. The worship sets usually contain Western worship tunes as well as Asian worship songs. This is a great opportunity for us to push our musical boundaries.

house_clutterLast weekend our shipping container arrived which was a huge blessing. Our amazing friends on the NLMG team showed up to help us unload it all. The house is now full of boxes as we try to put everything in order in a smaller space than we left in Franklin. It is a work in progress for sure. Prayers appreciated…

We have had some really good times here so far, including great fellowship, amazing food and a trip to the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour with the kids. But this has also been the hardest month of our lives. The sadness of leaving, combined with the “country shock” of trying to adapt into this new UK environment have taken our stress levels to surprising levels. (Having to take a bus everywhere we want to go is a unique and unusual challenge!) We knew this would not be easy, but we are really seeing now how hard it is to move your family to another country and culture. We are affirmed in our call to serve here daily in many ways, but we also struggle daily on many fronts.

We are blessed to be here, no doubt. The Lord is with us and showing up in powerful ways in our lives. We are here because of the shared vision and generosity of many people and we very much appreciate your support. Please keep our family in your prayers as we adjust to new surroundings and work in this amazing, vibrant and many-cultured community.

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PRAYER REQUESTS:

– Please pray for peace for our family. This is a hard time for everyone and we need the supernatural touch of the Lord to bring us peace during this time.

– Please pray for discernment as we try to integrate into the Southall community. We have some important choices and decisions ahead of us concerning the kids’ school, our house, our jobs and our lives here in the UK. Pray that the Lord will lead us into the best choices along the path.

– Please pray for Temple’s health right now. She has been grinding her teeth a lot at night because of all the stress and it is causing great discomfort in her mouth and jaw. We have been to a dentist already, but they weren’t really able to help. She now has a mouth guard which we hope will help. This is really painful and really tough for her on top of everything else that we have to deal with.

– Please pray for our kids as they move into their schools in the next couple of weeks. We decided to go ahead and enroll them in local schools rather than home school. This was not an easy decision but we feel it will be good for them. They are a little scared, as we are, about this new world of UK schools. Pray for understanding teachers and good kids to come around them.

– Please pray for our music efforts, both in the school startup and our professional ventures. We really need to start generating some income on the ground here, but that is a slow process which is being help up by our effort to set up our home and family. Pray that doors will open up and opportunities will become available for work for Temple and I.

– Please pray for New Life Masih Ghar and the work that they are doing in this community. It is important work in this area of so many Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. They are trying to shine the light of Jesus love in a dark place. Pray that we may add something to this team that will help the great things they are doing.

 

 

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Dollywood to Bollywood 2015 – Dinner, Concert & Silent Auction

Dollywood To Bollywood 2015
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Christ Community Church
1215 Hillsboro Rd. Franklin TN

Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
Concert – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of Indian food and live music as we host one final big event before heading to Toronto to train in late February, then on to London to serve the first of March.

Dinner is at 6:00 pm and will include some amazing Indian cuisine. Concert starts at 7:00 and will feature Temple & Brent and some VERY special surprise musical guests.

Admission is FREE and there will be a love offering taken during the show, with all proceeds going to the our missionary support fund. There will also be a silent auction with some awesome goodies to pick up while supporting our efforts to serve in Sothall, London.

This looks to be a very special night for our family and we hope that you will join us. It will be one last chance to support the family and to celebrate with us this new chapter unfolding in our lives. Everyone is welcome, all ages, to this fun family-friendly night of music and food.

Hosted by the World Music Mission and Christ Community Church in Franklin.

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London Update – IT’S ON!!

Moving Toward London

Plans are coming together for getting on the ground!

Hello everyone!
We have been holding off sending our latest correspondence for some things to line up and now we are able to share with you some very exciting news:

We are currently making plans for actual deployment to Southall for the first week of March!

The time has come and the wheels are in motion for the next chapter in our journey to begin. The plan as we know it now is to travel with the family to Toronto for our pre-field mission training the last two weeks of February. Following that, we would go on to London the first week of March. We are working toward getting out of our apartment in Franklin by the end of January, which would allow us to spend a couple of weeks with our family in East TN before going on to training.

Our plans for tent-making through a community music school have been well-recieved on all fronts. We are very exited about the potential for this business/outreach opportunity on the ground in Southall. This timetable allows for us to get the wheels up on the classes in the spring, hopefully leading to a influx of students on summer break.

We still have around $1000 a month of support to shore up before we leave, so we are actively seeking new monthly partners at every level who would like to jump on board with us now that departure for the field is near. If you are interested at all, please click the link below and sign up for a monthly or yearly tax-deductible donation through our sending agency, Serge.

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We will be hosting a “Dollywood To Bollywood” Dinner and Concert fund-raiser on January 13 at Christ Community Church in Franklin TN. There are some very special musical guests that are planning to stop by, so it should a great night of music and Indian food. Please mark your calendars and come join us for this very special night for our family as we prepare to deploy.

We covet your prayers for the coming months in our lives. There will be much grieving and stress for us as we make this titanic shift in the lives’ of many people in and around our family. Please pray for peace for everyone involved, especially our children, Aria, Aja & Koa. It feels like we have reached the top of the roller coaster and it is more than a little scary up here as we begin to realize just how steep that next bit is going to be. But God is good and He has made His presence known to us through this process. We know He is with us as we move ahead.

Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity. It is because of your generosity that we are able to finally see what God has in store for our family as we step out to serve His Kingdom through Southall, London and the world.

We will keep you posted as all of this begins to go into motion.
Blessings and thanks to all of you!
Brent, Temple, Aria, Aja & Koa Cundall

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Crunch Time

As we wind down another school year and look toward summer, our family finds itself in a critical season for our ministry. Thanks so much for your continued support of our family in our efforts to deploy to the mission field in Southall, London. We have a very important prayer request that we would like to share concerning our ministry.

Our sending agency, World Harvest/SERGE, has informed us that we will need to raise our monthly support levels to 60% by the end of May, or we will not be able to continue on the path to full-time missional service in London. They want to see us make it, but they also don’t want to see us spending the rest of our lives raising support if God has a different plan for us than full-time service in London.

We are currently at about 45%, so we need to raise around $1500 a month worth of new support in the next three weeks. Specifically, we very much need more recurring monthly and yearly support to come in. This means we need new partners to sign up and current partners to consider increasing their giving levels.

This is serious crunch time for us.

But God has shown Himself often to us in this walk and we have no reason to think He isn’t with us now.

It’s a very daunting goal. But God has shown Himself often to us in this walk and we have no reason to think He isn’t with us now. We have put our noses to the grindstone in order to do everything we can to make this work. Letters, emails and phone calls are going out all the time in hopes of getting time with folks to share our mission and our need. Your help in spreading the word about the situation would be greatly appreciated. And, of course, your prayers.

Please pray for connections to be made with the right people. Please pray for people to step up in new and generous ways. Please pray for God to show Himself in this, however it all works out. Please pray for discernment for us in how to move in these waters. And Please pray for peace for us in the process.

Feel free to contact us directly about any of this. There is a contact form at the top of this page. We are currently booking lunches, coffees, dinners, house concerts, anything just to get in front of people to share what we are doing. If you have any ideas for us at all, we are open to anything.

Click here to support our ministry online.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated and mean the world to our family. Thanks again for your continued support!

Blessings!

The Cundall Family

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An Exciting New Chapter

Hey everyone!

Temple and I and our family are very excited to be starting a new chapter of our missional journey to Southall. As of October, we are now working full-time to raise the support needed to get us to London in 2014.

Because of the generosity of our current ministry partners, we have accumulated enough money and have enough recurring support coming in to allow us to take a full-time salary as “musicianaries” with World Harvest. This allowed me to quit my design job and focus entirely on getting our family onto the mission field.

This was an answered prayer for us on several levels and came out of the blue, during a time that we were struggling. We feel so very blessed to be able to focus our time and resources to reach our goal of 60% of our monthly needs be the end of February 2014. If we can meet that goal we will be on track to deploy to London in the Fall of 2014. We are currently at 27% and rising.

Be sure to come to the “Venture To Serve” event at Christ Community Church at 11:00 am on Sunday November 24th, where we will be speaking and showing a video about Southall and our ministry there.

Thank you all so much for your support of our family through this journey.

We are blessed by the generosity and care that we receive from all of our ministry partners.

Blessings!

Brent, Temple, Aria, Aja & Koa Cundall