7th February 2019
Several months ago, I walked into the kitchen and suggested to Deb we do something different for Valentine’s Day this year: ‘How about going to Mexico?’ I said. Now, I must confess Deb knew we were planning to go to Mexico and the USA early in 2019, but as I’d been looking at possible dates, I’d realised we would need to leave on February 14th. The obvious answer was to present the trip itself as a Valentine’s date – I always like to find a win/win in any situation!
Despite leaving on Valentine’s Day, we are very much looking forward to our two-week visit to Mexico and the USA, when we will have the privilege of spending time with friends from within our Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship. We begin with a long weekend visiting Lee and Stacey Yarborough in Léon, Mexico. I last visited this nation twenty years ago, when I was fortunate enough to travel with Terry Virgo. Deb is also looking forward to visiting again. She has family in Mexico City and last went there when she was seventeen (so also about twenty years ago!).
From Mexico, we fly to California to visit Travis Aicklen at Radiant Church, Visalia. This is a growing church and we will spend a day with their leaders before flying on to Missouri to be with Bryan Mowrey and his wife Rachel. Bryan leads Jubilee Church in St Louis as well as the Confluence family of churches, who are part of the Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship. Bryan and Rachel are good friends of ours, and we are looking forward to spending time with their local church and apostolic team. While we are there, I will be speaking at a three-day conference involving about 30 church leadership teams. We also hope to catch up with John and Linda Lanferman.
This trip is part of the outworking of King’s call to be a resource to many other churches. Please pray that Deb and I will be a great encouragement to the people we visit.
So, I don’t know what your plans are for Valentine’s Day, but I now need to find a table for two at Terminal Three in Heathrow.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.