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Europe Trip 2011: Andrew In The Youth Zone

In a zone not his own...Andrew jumps into the craziness of the Youth Zone. (Click to enlarge)The minute Andrew walked in the room he knew he was in trouble. The place was too dark, and decorated with a hodge-podge of party lunacy. The music was pounding with too much bass for his seasoned ears. And a young man with spiky hair came rushing up to him with a clipboard and a plan for him to be on the receiving end of some good natured teasing. They call it the Youth Zone.

It was all in good fun—but you could tell that Andrew was going to be taken places he had never been before. This would be a way for the teenagers at the Grace & Faith Family Camp to feel like they had brought Andrew onto their turf.

Andrew was forced to lead praise and worship singing, Oh, Happy Day. (Click to enlarge)The idea here was to make Andrew paint the spiky-haired guy’s face while blindfolded. (Click to enlarge)Andrew proved that football in America is nothing like football in Europe. And his ever-present cowboy boots did nothing to help his aim. (Click)Here, Andrew was forced to ride piggyback on the spiky-haired guy, whose face he had just painted. (Click to enlarge)David Hardesty triumphs over Andrew in a contest to see who could quote the most scripture with the most marshmallows in his mouth. (Click to enlarge)David beat Andrew in a contest to see who could make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using only a plastic knife held in the mouth. (Click to enlarge)

Standing up under persecution: In this part of the program, it seems that Andrew had the teens in the Youth Zone on his turf. (Click to enlarge)After the fun, things turned more serious. The teens asked Andrew how they could stand up to the persecution they were suffering from their peers. Andrew shared several stories from his life, including his time in military boot camp in the 1960s, where he was made a laughing stock by the drill sergeant. In spite of it, he gave a witness for Christ to every member in his barracks. Later a race riot broke out among the soldiers within the barracks, resulting in the death of two servicemen and the hospitalization of many others—when the mob turned its attention to Andrew, the leader inexplicably protected him. Andrew was the only white man left unharmed. It seems that being a witness for Christ can have unexpected benefits even in the face of persistent persecution.

As the Grace & Faith Family Camp came to an end it was noted that 1500 had attended. Another peak crowd of more than 4,000 had followed on the live stream. Once again, lives were changed and stories of God’s transforming power were begun in the lives of many who attended. Next year the event moves to the Telford Convention Centre. Surely this location will evoke a proper solemnity to the Family Camp, and there will not be a repeat of the Youth Zone insanity. (But don’t count on it.)

For now, we’re on to CBC Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Gospel Truth Seminar.

Filed Thursday, June 2, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.


Europe Trip 2011: A Special New Friend

The introduction. (Click to enlarge)If this is Sunday, then this is the day Andrew makes his annual visit to “Messy Church.” This is a special area where the small children of the Grace & Faith Family Camp are entertained and ministered to by a dedicated group of Charis Bible College students.

This series of pictures capture an encounter between Andrew and a special child. The photos were provided by Charis Bible A prayer observed. (Click to enlarge)College graduate, Joseph Djima, whose keen eye and sensitive spirit are a gift to us all.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then these three are worth thirty thousand. Enough said.

Filed Sunday, May 29, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.A new friend. (Click to enlarge)


Europe Trip 2011: Chips or Crisps?

A lunch to make Gordon Ramsay proud.
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“Would you like crisps, Sir?”

“Uh, I uhhh… yes, thank you.”

Crisps”— that’s the word they use here in England for good old potato chips. These were real hand cooked, sea salt potato chips — er, crisps — to be exact. I was standing at a lunch counter. The sandwich was Gammon Ham with Irish mature cheddar and pickle. (I guess I’m glad they didn’t pick “immature” cheddar — but I’m not sure I would know the difference). And they put some kind of vegetable jelly spread on it instead of mustard and mayo, but that’s not a complaint. It was tasty. You know you’re not in Colorado anymore with a lunch menu like that, right?

As I boarded the flight in Denver, Chef Gordon Ramsay boarded right next to me. Maybe that’s why I’m paying attention to food and flavors today. Who wants something cooked-up in “Hell’s Kitchen?

Aaron Roach, Rory Kyle, John Maunder and Adrian Hills. (Click to enlarge)Anyway, Andrew, Jamie, their grand-daughter Rhiannon, David and Gayle Hardesty and myself (Media Manager, Stephen Bransford), have recently arrived at Stoneleigh Park where we are preparing another Grace and Faith Family Camp. It hardly seems a year has passed since we were last here.

Our European director, Will Graham, and his staff, along with Charis Bible College helpers, have put together another top notch event. Andrew and Jamie continue to express so much gratitude for the many staff and volunteers who work behind the scenes to make this happen. We just couldn’t be reaching out with the almost-too-good-to-be-true news without every one of them.

Rory with John, a representative from the Electro Voice manufacturing plant, inspect the Grace and Faith Family Camp audio setup. (Click to enlarge)Tonight and every night we will be streaming the conference live on, our European website. I’d like to say thank you to some “unsung Heros” who are helping to make this possible. First, Aaron Roach, our European IT director. He is assisted by John Maunder, and a new member of our team, who is a Charis Bible College UK first year student, Rory Kyle. Rory works for Sky TV, the Discovery and History Channels. He has won worldwide recognition and awards for sound design. We are so blessed that he and his wife felt lead to attend Charis Bible College. Now he lends his expertise to this event.

Filed Friday, May 27, 2011 from England by AWM Media Manager, Stephen Bransford.