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WHY FR MARTIN AND I CHOSE GUARD YOUR HEART ON BOOK WEEK

Stocki and Marty Book Week

Fr Martin Magill and I were so excited to be asked to share a book that we both liked on BBC NI's Book Week series Read All About It.

We chose Sue Divin's book Guard Your Heart. 

I need to be honest and say that the real plugger of this book is my friend, and fellow PCI minister, Tony Davidson. I believe that Sue grew up in First Armagh where Tony is the minister. They did an event with Sue at the launch of the book and Tony was very keen to get me to read it.

It was one of my first holiday reads and I immediately felt that Fr Martin should read it. The main reason for that was the focus on the post Good Friday Agreement generation. Martin and I often consider the 18-25 age group and wonder if they are getting to make a contribution in their own future? Have we ignored them and how will that play out?

Sue Divin's book is about that... and a whole lot more besides. 

So, with both of us loving it, when the BBC invited us to contribute to Book Week, it was a no brainer which one we wanted to plug. We hope that it will raise the profile and sell a few books. Delighted that social media suggests that we already are. Then perhaps we can provoke a conversation about when the Aidans and Ionas can decide their own futures instead of us killing their future they way we did our past.

Also... Martin's last line... "it would make a great movie". Oh it would.

WATCH MARTIN AND I DISCUSS GUARD YOUR HEART HERE

 

 


MY 60th BIRTHDAY - WONDERFUL DAY

Stocki 60

Much as I loved the surprise parties thrown for my 40th and 50th birthdays I had my family under strict orders that I didn't want big party for my 60th. 

It wasn't that I wanted to hide the fact that I was 60. Fr Martin Magill and I have heralded our landmark birthdays for a month, trying to raise money for Embrace NI. 

No, I have become more and more introverted through my 50s. I am not sure what to do with crowds pointing at me. Fitzroy singing “Happy Birthday’ before the service was lovely but my heart and brain go mush and I cannot fully appreciate the sentiment! 

I am happier at a good meal with a smaller number rather than short greetings with a couple of hundred.

So it was Holohans Pantry my very favourite restaurant, owned and run by good friends. We even had Eli and Bella as waiter and waitress. The food was amazing. I am a Seafood Boxty fanatic so joined by our good friends David and Rachel Quinney Mee I was in my happy place. I am always so relaxed in the Pantry.

Not that I got away without a surprise. Oh no! Dandering out at the end of the Fitzroy service someone mentioned an Ice Cream Van and I realised that they have done me again. Surprise!

Yet, a surprise that included the entire congregation, at least the 60% back after Covid, was a perfect way to celebrate. To see the children and young people enjoy a big 99 or a double one with lime sauce was a birthday thrill. Even a more mature member admitted to racing to get in line before the kids.

It was a real carnival and of course with an ice cream van and children it was not about me. I loved it. 

The whole day had started on BBC Radio Ulster. Fr Martin and I were rather honoured to have our landmark birthday recognised on Sunday Sequence and the lovely Audrey Carville reflecting on our lives.

It was good to give testimony to what has been a 10:10 ‘life in all its fulness’ and confessing no regrets but that at times I had hurt others. It was good to declare that we weren’t switching off and were getting excited about the future, particularly the 10th Anniversary of The 4 Corners Festival next February.

It was good to give a last plug to our Big 60th Birthday Fundraiser. To realise that we will have raised over £7000 for Embrace NI and the work that they do with refugees and migrants is the best present ever. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so generously! 

An hour after that interview I was standing in Fitzroy. It is my piece of pitch. As Kevin De Bruyne has that midfield space where he can play his genius, passing a football into the path of a team mate, so I have my lectern at the front of Fitzroy.

For twelve years that has been my space. In grief, in illness and in joy that little piece of real estate has been the place where I have found my deepest gladness, my reason to be on this planet.

To be there on 10:10. on the day of my 60th birthday, was a marvellous lining up of the calendar. To share the first communion in 18 months with my congregation was going to be special anyway but even more on this particular day. 

“You know who you are with bread and wine in your hand. You are a somebody.” A twist on TV’s Tales of the Unexpected. Who we are. And then… to close… Singing…

 

And all my life You have been faithful (oh)

And all my life You have been so, so good 

With every breath that I am able

Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God (yeah)

 

As we sang I felt a perfect moment. Me and God… aligned. I am thankful, so thankful for reaching 60. For having Janice beside me, throwing surprises. For daughters ploughing their deepest gladness. For an amazingly gifted and generous congregation that allows me to be me. For a wider society that invites me to share with it whether on radio, in newspaper or occasionally TV (Martin and I will be talking about a favourite book in BBC’s Book Week… coming up soon!).

Late evening, with a wee glass, Janice and a TV thriller. In the quiet, looking back. A most wonderful birthday.

60 years. What a 10:10 life. As Van once said, “It’s too late to stop now…” I am kind of glad it is over. The rest of my life starts here! Let’s go!


MARTIN & STEVE'S BIG 60TH BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER - UPDATE!

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photo: Bernie Brown

 

So, a wee recap. Fr Martin Magill was 60 on September 13th. I have no idea what it must be like to be his age but on October 10th I will. 

We decided to exploit the currency of big birthdays to raise some currency for Embrace NI. We set a target of £1000 which we had reached almost before Martin had finished his cake.

We doubled our target to £2000 and last week had to double it again. We are still 12 days from my birthday and we are delighted to say that we have broken through £4000. 

We need to thank everybody who has donated for your generosity. We are thrilled that our birthday's could do such good. 

We have chosen Embrace NI because it is interdenominational and helps us fulfil a clear Biblical mandate to take care of the refugee. Watching the news footage from Afghanistan reminds us that all over the world people are fleeing terrible wars, oppression and poverty to find a better, safer life for their family. We are of course aware that Jesus was a refugee too. 

We see the work Embrace does, not only in its emergency response to refugees but also their role of educating and resourcing the church as being so crucial. 

We set our target again to £5000 and encourage you, if you know Martin or myself, if you have benefitted in any way from our individual ministries or our work together to help us reach that target.

DONATE TO EMBRACE NI FOR MARTIN AND STEVE'S 60th 

READ ABOUT EMBRACE NI FUNDING HERE


MARTIN & STEVE'S BIG 60TH BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER FOR EMBRACE NI

Old Friends black and white

photo: Bernie Brown

 

"Old friends

Sat on a park bench like bookends..." (Paul Simon)

 

My good friend Fr Martin Magill was 60 back on September 13th. I honestly have no idea what it must be like to be his age! In less than three weeks I will. 

We have often found it so interesting, that though not meeting until we were almost 50, our birthdays are so close together. "1961 was a great year", Martin often says.

With such BIG birthdays coming up we thought that it would be a great idea to try and use such landmarks to raise money and profile for a small local NGO.

We chose Embrace NI for its work with refugees and asylum seekers.

We set a target of £1000. We met the target by the time Fr Martin had eaten all of his cake. We doubled our target last week and have passed it again. So today we are doubling it again and announcing a new target of £4000.

So forget sending us tokens and presents. Donate to Embrace NI and check out what they can do for you, your Church and your community.

We have had an amazing decade working together. We have helped create  Belfast’s 4 Corners Festival which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February 2020. 

We pleaded for Jesus concept of grace to be used in peacemaking at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Both of us can be heard regularly on the radio, we have written together for various publications and we shared a Saturday column, for the first year of Coronavirus, in the Belfast Telegraph.

In 2016 we were overwhelmed when we were presented with the Community Relations Council’s Civic Leadership Award.

Martin is involved all kinds of amazing causes, particularly Stop Attacks and we all still remember his prophetic speech at Lyra McKee’s funeral, when I was fist pumping as I watched on TV.

We both feel that God has really blessed us in our friendship, our lives and vocations. We also feel that they are blessed enough with things and so the idea the BIG 60th Birthday Fundraise

We have chosen Embrace NI because it is interdenominational and helps us fulfil a clear Biblical mandate to take care of the refugee. Watching the news footage from Afghanistan reminds us that all over the world people are fleeing terrible wars, oppression and poverty to find a better, safer life for their family. We are of course aware that Jesus was a refugee too. 

We see the work Embrace does, not only in its emergency response to refugees but also their role of educating and resourcing the church as being so crucial. 

We therefore encourage you, if you know Martin, if you have benefitted in any way from our individual ministries or our work together to make a contribution to Embrace NI at the link below.

DONATE TO EMBRACE NI FOR MARTIN AND STEVE'S 60th 

READ ABOUT EMBRACE NI FUNDING HERE


STEVE AND FATHER MARTIN'S 60th BIRTHDAY FUND RAISE FOR EMBRACE NI

Martin and Me bernie

photo: Bernie Brown

 

In a week’s time (September 13th) my dear friend and partner in reconciliation, Fr Martin Magill, will turn 60. For the next month, as many times as I can I will say “I have no idea what it must be like to be your age.” I have a mere 27 days until I will!

We have often found it so interesting, that though not meeting until we were almost 50, our birthdays are so close together. "1961 was a great year", Martin often says.

We have had an amazing decade working together. We have helped create  Belfast’s 4 Corners Festival which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February 2020. 

We pleaded for Jesus concept of grace to be used in peacemaking at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Both of us can be heard regularly on the radio, we have written together for various publications and we shared a Saturday column, for the first year of Coronavirus, in the Belfast Telegraph.

In 2016 we were overwhelmed when we were presented with the Community Relations Council’s Civic Leadership Award.

Martin is involved all kinds of amazing causes, particularly Stop Attacks and we all still remember his prophetic speech at Lyra McKee’s funeral, when I was fist pumping as I watched on TV.

We both feel that God has really blessed us in our friendship, our lives and vocations. We also feel that they are blessed enough with things. So, instead of gifts to celebrate our 60th birthdays we would love it if people would give a donation to Embrace NI.

We have chosen Embrace NI because it is interdenominational and helps us fulfil a clear Biblical mandate to take care of the refugee. Watching the news footage from Afghanistan reminds us that all over the world people are fleeing terrible wars, oppression and poverty to find a better, safer life for their family. We are of course aware that Jesus was a refugee too. 

We see the work Embrace does, not only in its emergency response to refugees but also their role of educating and resourcing the church as being so crucial. 

We therefore encourage you, if you know Mar, if you have benefitted in any way from our individual ministries or our work together to make a contribution to Embrace NI at the link below.

 

DONATE TO EMBRACE NI FOR MARTIN AND STEVE'S 60th 

READ ABOUT EMBRACE NI FUNDING HERE


STOCKMAN ON BBC RADIO 4 SOUL MUSIC - DAVID BOWIE: LIFE ON MARS

Bowie Lfe On Mars

The question mark at the end of David Bowie Life On Mars? I saw it. Right there on that bright orange RCA label of the 7" vinyl single that I bought when I was 11 years old. It was so clear in my mind and answered the debate as to whether my friend Pat wanted Space Oddity or Life On Mars? played at his funeral. His wife Gloria said she was sure it was the one with the question mark. I knew immediately.

So, we played Life On Mars? and the question mark was the heart of my sermon. Questions of life. Questions in the Bible.

Little did I know that it would find me talking about Life On Mars? on Radio 4 this Saturday morning. It is part of the fantastic Soul Music series; a special edition for Bowie's birthday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r33c


THE CARRY FROM THE QUIET WATERS OF VACATION TO THE WHITE WATER RUSH OF VOCATION

Stocki Waves

I can only describe it as the carry of a river. My dad used to talk about the carry. It was up the river from my Granny's thatched cottage in Galgorm village. Every Sunday in my early teens my dad walked our dog up the River Maine to the carry. That carry is now in loads of wedding photos. It is on that part of the river by the luxurious Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort. 

The carry. It is where the river speeds up as it goes down over the rocks to a lower level. It is rushing, gushing, fast moving. It is where I wouldn't like to have found myself the one winter afternoon in 1991 when I decided to take to a canoe with David Stirling, Lyle Creighton and Jason McMahon! It would churn up the smooth flow of a canoe.

It is such a shift in speed and mood that I feel when I am coming out of a sabbatical rest. Post Christmas Day I went into a religious self induced detox from all things work.

I refuse to read things that might spark my preacher's imagination. I close my notebook when I start writing anything but my Best Of the Year lists. I infuriate friend when I refuse to open emails that have anything to do with what I do! 

This has been a necessity. With all out smartphones and lap tops real vacations are very hard work. So I work hard at not working... for as long as I can.

This morning though something gave. I found the joy of music and novels and TV box sets had disappeared. I felt flat. I could have done with another good day's rest but... something was bubbling... it is how the Spirit throws me back into the fray... the carry from quiet waters of vacation to the white waters of vocation. It was time to let go. It was time to go over the edge. Start paddling like a mad thing! What does God's 10:10 life in all its fulness look like for me in the next few weeks.

So, the notebook opened. The coloured pens started scrawling. The to do list. It is quite exciting, as white water rushes should be:

  • Sunday's Lectionary - Creation and Baptism. All things new!
  • Schedule worship songs for January and February.
  • Who do Janice and I need to phone and connect with pastorally.
  • Start looking ahead at 2021 and how Fitzroy will look in the last weeks of lockdown and then in the opening up again.
  • 4 Corners Festival programme. Writing the introduction.
  • Starting to shape the Evening With Duke Special for 4 Corners Festival. very exciting!
  • Start sketching ideas for BBC Radio 2 Pause For Thoughts.
  • Get back to finishing Pope Francis new book Let Us Dream for a review I have been asked to write. 
  • Write an endorsement for Gary Burnett's book, based on his Paul In ten series in Fitzroy.

Oh it is exciting. I cannot wait to get started in the morning... who am I kidding... the notebook is already opened. Bring on the rush. Let's paddle!

 

 


PERSONAL REVIEW OF 2020 - SECOND, THE BAD NEWS...

Lucia

It is a process that I am not sure if I have fully processed. Three months into Coronavirus lockdown and I found myself in hospital. It was sudden. A painful night between June 3rd and 4th I had put down to heart burn and a very bad choice of film in the family’s Movie A Night In Lockdown. Blame the boredom of Queen Of The Desert.

It was not funny though. What I thought was heartburn was excruciatingly painful. A night of no sleep whatever and Janice had me off to the doctor who sent me to A & E. This was an A & E with seats X-ed out. Social distant queues to get into wards. 24 hours of tests and I was now in a side ward having antibiotics pumped through and the mention of a gallbladder removal, maybe the first gallbladder operation since theatre started opening up again. That was the blessing.

It was a short sharp shock of a process. Yet so much of the year was tied up in those days.

The afternoon before my gallbladder started giving me pain we had sat through the online funeral of our dearest friend Lucia Quinney Mee. Lucia was a gifted and inspirational young woman who left us just a few days before her 21st birthday. Here and her sister Alice were soul mates with our girls. The first half of our year was praying and being touch with Lucia's family. She had had her fourth liver transplant in the last hours of 2019 and we were aware that recovery could be long. 

Janice and Jasmine had gotten in to Kings Hospital to see her at the end of February and I read her dad David’s diaries from the ICU like  daily devotions. Lucia and her family were in prime location to watch Covid-19 take hold. Being the Quinney Mees we sensed them being a vital quiet contribution to that community at a crucial time.

By mid May we sensed that all was not well and were devastated when Lucia made the brave move to not put her weary body through any more. Our grief was only more acute by the distance and not being able to be with them all and that there was no funeral in Ballycastle. Without doubt when we look back at 2020 it will be Lucia and not Coronavirus that will hold our memory. We continue to grieve.

It was Lucia’s father David that I looked to in my own early fears in A & E. His advice about befriending the doctors and nurses and letting them hunt for me was my mantra all the way through. 

There was more. In my first few hours in A & E, as I struggled to stay awake, a text came in from Fr Martin Magill to tell me that our friend Glenn Jordan had passed away. Glenn was younger than me and much fitter. This was a stunning shock. Glenn was a founding member of the 4 Corners Festival and a week before lockdown we had chatted in the street about a coffee after all this was over. Every time I hear the new Springsteen album or watch Leeds United in the Premiership…

As I sat there I realised that as I suffered through the night in pain, Glenn was dying suddenly in bed.  I thought about Glenn’s family now devastated in grief. Mine were worried at home unable to visit but they knew I was in good hands with a solution imminent.

Glenn’s death in June was followed later in the year by Jay Swartzendruber and Derek Hall’s. Both were younger still. Snuffed out suddenly. Jay was a musical loving buddy and Derek and I had worked on various TEAR Fund campaigns. We schemed to bring the Kingdom and laughed a lot as we did. Never mind Coronavirus, 2020 was a bleak year even without it. My own mortality started having conversations with me.

In those few days in hospital I feel I got a snap shot of the medical challenges of 2020. Watching the extra vigilance, commitments and compassion of the staff. Seeing long term patients struggle without the visits of loved ones. One man in my ward had to make a tough decision as to whether to go to a side ward so that he would be isolated enough to see his wife once a week or forsake seeing his wife to have the every day company of the ward.

For me there was added stress in my awareness of the virus. I knew there was an added risk to having the operation. Tougher was that isolation from family. I had a minor operation in 2019 and Janice was the rock before it and right there after the operation to see me out of it. This time it was a solo run and dependence on face time, phone calls, texts and social media. All such communications of course found a little more respect in 2020. 

I believe that the sickness and grief is where Coronavirus hit us hardest. What are always tough times in life suddenly were made even tougher. Not being able to be beside loved ones in their sickness or even as they pass away and not having support there as you grieve loved ones. That is the real hurt of this virus.

Into such I have attempted to suggest one word. Emmanuel. Praying for friends and Fitzroy that they would know in those moments when isolated kept people apart a God who is always there. Emmanuel - God with us. And with those we loved and love.


PERSONAL REVIEW OF 2020 - FIRST THE GOOD NEWS...

Stocki and Gary Lightbody

(my review of 2020... there is good news and bad news... first the good...)

 

2020 started well. The 4 Corners Festival was a good one. I got to interview both Ken Haddock and Gary Lightbody to full houses in Fitzroy. Both were powerful evenings. I am not quick to give myself positive reviews but I was so pleased with the interview with Gary. We had never met. We were quickly at ease. My respect for him as human being grew even more. It went exactly as I dreamed it would and people seemed to enjoy it.

This is what I had wanted to do in my teens. Journalism but not just the written kind. I wanted to be Bob Harris, John Peel and Lester Bangs all rolled into one.

I guess in a strange way I got to be all three and added pastor as well. Of course the pastor is the main bit. The others are just hobbies though I am vocationally thrilled that those hobbies have fed into the main roll.

Yes, this year I got to do all my regular journalistic stuff and more. I still feel blessed to be doing regular Pause For Thoughts with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2 and Thought For The Days on BBC Radio Ulster. I also loved contributions to Radio Ulster about Van Morrison and John Lennon and a soon to be aired contribution on BBC Radio 4 about David Bowie.

As well as all the radio stuff I got to do some writing this year. There was the poem in the 4 Corners Festival poetry book Building A City Of Grace as well as an article in Freckle magazine. Since  Coronavirus started Fr Martin Magill and I have been writing a Christian weekly column in the Belfast Telegraph.

Best of all was the publishing, at long last, of the book I have been privileged to be involved in for the past three years. 2020 was all about meticulous editing and cover design. It is now wonderful to know that people are reading Trevor Stevenson’s memoir, From Killing Fields to Fields of Life, about founding Fields Of Life. Some are even saying nice things!

All of this happened around a year when my journalistic leanings became an actual part of my ministry. Oh I have always felt that my vocation was wider than being a preacher and pastor but this year more than ever my journalism narrowed into the preaching.

Coronavirus sent church life on its head. Suddenly we were not able to gather as a congregation and very soon we related that this wasn’t just for a week or two. Congregational services had to go on line. We had to do what could not be done but get as close to it as we could - keeping a community together while they watched in their homes alone. 

I realised that if ever the Biblical text had to caress and collide with the contemporary context it was 2020. I was constantly seeking God for what I call “grace and imagination”. The services in worship, prayers, songs, sermons and other additions had to build resilience and give hope, as well as the challenge of being disciples through tis unique time. 

This is where God had pre-blessed me with all my previous journalism experience. Radio shows, Melvyn Bragg panel shows on the South Bank, live Sky News interviews about U2, U2 documentaries, putting together radio shows. All of that gave me experience that I needed to get to work with. How to relate to a camera and what worked a screen as opposed to a building.

I was even more blessed to have a techie team in Fitzroy who had the skills but also quickly work out the equipment needed, the programmes needed and the deep gladness to do it.

Add to this musical families who could record worship songs from their own homes as well as prayers and readers in abundance and we were in a very fortunate place to deal with the Coronavirus challenge.

As well as reaching Fitzroy we were able to stretch out across the world and find regulars from north west Canada to Australia and so many places in between. We were able to add video work and original songs ( I got to write a few with Jonny Fitch and Gareth Black) and a brilliant series on the apostle Paul by Gary Burnett called Paul In Ten. Gary’s series will be published as a book in 2021. 

If I look across 2020 and look for a sense of vocational satisfaction, there are many places to find joy. The best one though came around Christmas time from a member of the congregation. It read, “Ironically this was a year when we could have been most disconnected as a church family and yet I feel the opposite”. 

Whatever Janice and I attempted to do in this bizarre year that was our aim. I am sure we didn’t hold everyone in but the response suggests we did alright. Now we need to ask how to reach deeper and higher and wider in 2021.


MY FOREWORD FOR FROM KILLING FIELDS TO FIELDS OF LIFE

Me and Trevor

(This is my foreword from Trevor Stevenson's memoir that I have co-written with him. This gives you a flavour of why I was excited to be involved in the project.)

 

It was a hot day, under a blue African sky. I was attempting to find shade beneath the canvas of a gazebo, a bottle of water in my hand. All Ugandan protocol was being observed.

It was my turn to speak. I looked across the grounds of Onialeku Primary School on the edge of the town of Arua, on the edge of north west Uganda. Out beyond the mango tree was a brand new shiny building that would soon house the school that had started in the church to the other side of me and makeshift building behind me. I was speaking at the opening ceremony.

It was soul tingling. Oh, it was just a building but it was so much more than a building. It was the possibility of changed lives. It had the potential to transform a community. It was the building of hope, tangibly before my eyes.

Fitzroy Church, where I am minister, had taken a decision to tithe the funding for our Church Halls project. Of course, tithing the cost of a building means raising ten percent extra as the builders are never best pleased when you take ten percent off their bill and send it to Africa. A process was carried out that linked us with Onialeku Primary School. With that tithe, we funded a new primary school building in two blocks.

Fitzroy had sent a team of young people, led by my wife Janice and I, to meet the children, staff and parents of Onialeku Primary School and to be at the school opening ceremony. We had fallen in love. Within a short space of time Fitzroy members would be sponsoring over 60 of the children sitting in front of me now. We would be travelling back with teams for years to come, sharing mutual poverty and wealth, finding God’s presence in the mingling. 

I was elated to be here. I had Bishop Isaac beside me. One Sunday in church, as he watched all the children running around his feet, he had asked God what he could do for them. “Education”, he sensed God reply. So they started a makeshift school. It grew and when a fit for purpose building was needed, he connected with Fields of Life in Kampala. The Northern Ireland and Kampala offices of Fields of Life had bonded the two communities of Fitzroy and Onialeku.

To eventually be in Arua was incredibly emotional. I cried as we entered the town, I cried when I got off the bus in the school, I cried when I walked through the doors of the new building. I cried as I made my speech at the opening.

In the speech I unpacked the Biblical basis for what Fields of Life does. They have three aims in their branding. Changing people. I spoke of the cross and how Jesus redeems us. Transforming communities. I spoke of the incarnation and how the Word of God, in Jesus, becomes flesh and moves into our neighbourhoods. I spoke of the hope of resurrection. It seemed that personal change, community transformation and hope were all around me.

I had moved on to my “thanks yous” when I said it. I am not sure if it was in my notes or not but I said something like, “Today I would like to thank Trevor Stevenson. Trevor came over to Uganda in the 90s and somehow God led him to begin Fields of Life and build over 100 schools like this one. I would love to get to know that story better.”

Looking back, it was as if God was listening in and turned to some of his angels and said, “Let’s make that happen. Our story with Trevor needs told. If Stockman really wants to know that story, let’s get him to help write it.”

So, for the last two years I have read, listened, edited and done some of the writing of Trevor’s story. What a privilege it has been. What a blessing. On sabbatical in 2018 I travelled around Uganda with Trevor visiting some of the important sites in this book. I then got to spend some weeks in Kampala and Arua, editing and writing.

I learned about Uganda, the geography, people and customs. I learned about Fields of Life, its development and impact not only in East African but in churches, like mine, whose mission was transformed by missional partnerships.  

Most of all I learned what it is to follow Jesus one step at a time. I came to respect Trevor’s openness to the leading of God and his courage to take the next step. Just the next step. Trevor had no grand plan or vision in 1993. Schools were not even on his radar. This memoir is a remarkable story of God’s leading and a disciple listening and being courageous enough to follow. 

Spending so much time in Trevor’s life was like bring on a discipleship retreat, every page inspiring me to believe what God could to do with a seemingly most ordinary person if he or she or I would take just the next step. 

I am definitely glad I asked to hear the story!

 

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