UK Ministry Trip

jhm-uk-001After fifteen years of being away I will be making a ministry trip to England. Linda and I first traveled there in October of 1987. We were excited to see what the Lord was going to do and just how He was going to use us. We had no idea that for the next fifteen years we would be making fifteen trips across the Atlantic. We were able to minister to many in churches, outreaches, prisons, and hospitals. We also made many new friends some of who remain great friends to this day. For those many years God gave me a mission to encourage and edify (build up) the church and share the good news of Jesus. This, both Linda and I did, through sharing God’s word and through my songs. We traveled the length and width of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. We visited way too many churches to number. It is still encouraging to get an email or Facebook message from some of the many great people we met. We were blessed.

As it turns out, through a series of Facebook messaging and encouragement from a new friend, and much prayer, I will be making a return trip next month. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t just a little apprehensive about this trip. I will, of course, be making it without my longtime faithful partner and sidekick Linda. I also realize that times are different and I’ve changed over these years. My mind is filled with “what will I say”, “what will I sing”? What will my friends be expecting? The same Jim Heinze that was there fifteen or twenty years ago? Many of my friends have suggested that God is going to do a “new thing” through me. I honestly have no idea what that is at this point. I do know this. I have nothing to prove to anyone, no reputation to make, and no one to impress. I feel somewhat like the Apostle Paul when he said “And this was the way it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I didn’t come with fancy words or human wisdom. I preached to you the truth about God’s love.” God’s love is, after all, all I have to give. If these last two and a half years have taught me anything they’ve taught me that His love remains faithful and that He is good. No matter what circumstances dictate, no matter what our present condition is, His love never fails. It’s by His grace alone that I’m still standing and standing I am.

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