Ali Crompton – 5 Towns Christian Fellowship
Hebrews 12:1-2 says ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’
Last year I challenged myself to run a total of 1000 miles. I completed a mixture of runs from long ones, short ones, road, trail, wind, rain and baking sun. It required me to be committed to the challenge, to see the end goal and believing that it was possible to complete it. I was delighted that by the end of October I completed the challenged and was able to rest my feet up for a couple of months.
One of the most enjoyable runs was a 24-hour relay run with two other friends of mine. The camaraderie, encouragement and the fact of doing it together spurred me onto run further than I have ever run before.
As the Higher Tour approaches it is easy for us to see it as a short-term mission opportunity but I want to encourage you to see it more as the starting gun for a longer challenge of disciple making across our district.
In that journey there will be moments of challenge, difficulty and self-doubt matched with great moments of joy and celebration as we see the lost saved, blind eyes opened and lives/communities transformed.
We are not alone, we need each other, unity is more important than ever. The church needs to be known for our diversity not division. Let us champion each other on to greater things, cheer each other in the race marked out. But let’s not forget the loudest cheer which is from Heaven. The cheer from those who have gone before us, on whose shoulders we stand. And in light of that let us seek to create a platform for the next generation, that they may see more of the Kingdom on earth than we see already, and that they also would join in the great adventure of following Christ.
The Higher Yorkshire team are hosting five prayer events in the next two weeks and we’d love it if you came to the event nearest you. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
16 January – Leeds & Bradford Higher Launch – Pudsey Parish Church, LS28 8BE – 7:30pm – 9:15pm
17 January – Wakefield Higher Prayer Night – New Life Church, WF1 1DL – 7:30pm – 9pm