By Esther Price
It has been around three months since I moved to Liverpool, which for a country bumpkin like me, has been quite unexpected. I have lost count of the times I have said ‘I will never move to a city, unless God says’ and I had completely forgotten about a prophetic word that I received 17 years ago that I would one day move to Liverpool. So, I moved here assured that I am in the right place at the right time.
During these first few months of beginning our work here, I found it interesting that I was recently able to go back to Evesham to help Water From The Rock move from the building we used to rent for BTBAB, thus finalising that last chapter of our ministry. In a bizarre way it reminds me of the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes who in 1519 burned his ships after he arrived in Mexico, to prevent the crew from abandoning him and going back to the comfortable life they once lived!
So, what has been happening in the last three months? I have been making new contacts in different ministries and churches, working with asylum seekers, and getting involved in interchurch prayer meetings. I have been doing a lot of prayer walks, initially before I moved to the city (along with the team from Water From the Rock) and regularly since then. I have been focusing on linking in with student ministries and interestingly I have ‘found’ myself on the planning committee of a new student ministry that we recently launched at All Nations Church! We are also continuing to pray for the new base and for God to open the doors to see that come to pass.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how we have been received and one chap even said to me ‘I wish I had known about your ministry when I first started going on mission trips’. From my first observations, Liverpool seems to be the city that many people move to for ministry, but I am yet to find a ministry located here that sends out people into the mission field. I am looking forward to what awaits us in 2023!