From Andy and Tammy Fleming last week:
Dear Seattle and Northwest disciples,
July 16-30, the Birmingham church will be hosting our annual UK Summer Internship. We would love to see some of the young people from the NW family of churches come over and share this experience with us. The internship experience is a group of international students and local teens from the United Kingdom dedicating two weeks of their summer to the ministry of Jesus. The program includes Bible classes each morning from Evangelist and Teacher Andy Fleming, living with a host family, serving the needy in the community, learning to share your faith more effectively, team building, and exercising leadership skills. The cost is approximately $500 (we can help you with fundraising ideas-just email me). Over the last few years, this injection of spiritually zealous young people from youth corps and summer internships has totally changed our church, beginning with our campus ministry at the University of Birmingham, now up to 20 wonderful members. If you are interested, apply now by sending a paragraph stating why you’d like to be selected to email@example.com. The application deadline is June 15 and spaces are limited.
As you may know, the UK churches have historically been a fountain of leadership and strength for churches all around the far-flung former British Commonwealth (e.g., India, Singapore, Southeast Asia, and part of Africa). Current members and leaders of many mission teams in various parts of the world became disciples right here in England. As the UK continues to re-strengthen and rebuild, I believe with all my heart the UK will continue to play this vital, long-term role in world evangelism.
Let me say again how grateful we are for your partnership. This is such a miracle and we will be praying for your June 3 Miracle for Missions Day. All of you and your decision are a clear answer to our specific, desperate prayers. We will be joining you, as well, in this effort. Each year, Birmingham does take up a missions contribution to help support the AIDS Home of HOPE in Chennai, India, and to help support the church in Kolkata India. Thought we are a small church, we are growing and sacrificing with you in spirit and truth.
Again, we feel so grateful and inspired about what lies ahead for the Northwest US, and the Northwest UK!
Andy and Tammy