All I Want for Christmas...is Across the Pond

All I Want for Christmas...is Across the Pond

Posted on December 21, 2016

BY JON & HEATHER HUGHES, GRACE ATTENDERS & CHURCH PLANTERS

In February of 2015, God called our family of five to join Grace Church and Nairobi Chapel in planting a church in London, England. 

In the spring of 2016, we joined the 40-Day Prayer Challenge, praying specifically that God would give us a job in London. We asked God to give us that job on or before May 1. On May 1, we were sitting at church, without a job, but excited as our oldest son had decided to be baptized. As the service wrapped up, a friend of ours came to us and said he felt compelled today to pray a vision over us.  

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The vision was one of our family, on a boat. God called us on the boat, asked us to set sail, and now we are in the middle of the ocean. We can’t see where the land we left and we can’t see where we are going, and we are fearful. But God wanted us to know that we are in HIS current, and HIS wind is moving our sails. He then specifically told Heather how God wants her to know she is faithful and has the chance to make people feel known. He told me that God wants me to know that he has a job for us, that it isn’t going to come the way we are expecting, but it will be better than we can imagine. 

This doesn’t happen every day, and it was just what we needed at the time. So we pressed on.

Three months later, we entered the second 40-day prayer challenge, visa-less, job-less, and frustrated. Time has a way of making a promise seem less promising. News came that St. Luke’s church in London wanted to offer Heather a job and a visa to work as a missionary in the family and community ministries! A visa! Doors were opening, but God wasn’t done yet.

On November 28, I decided it was time to tell my current employer that we would be moving. That morning as I drove to work I felt a still small nudge from the spirit to pray Nehemiah 1. From this, I was struck that Nehemiah prayed for favor in the eyes of the king and for kindness to overwhelm his heart. And so I prayed favor and kindness. Next I felt prompted to read Nehemiah 2. Nehemiah was confronted by the king, he was terrified, but he shared the desires of his heart. The king asked him a series of questions, and then showed Nehemiah favor by sending him out on his mission, fully equipped.  

Only by the grace of God can I say that Nehemiah’s story is now mine as well. My employer asked me questions in exactly the same order as the king, and now, my firm is exploring how they can help to continue to employ us. They are working on a path for me to work remotely, equipped to serve the King of Kings but also to continue in my career. 

This journey has been difficult yet beautifully rewarding. God called us onto a boat. And that boat sets sail for London in March of 2017.  

What boat is God calling you to step into? And will you trust him? God is near- so near, sometimes all you need to do is step in to the boat, pray, work like it depends on you, and pray like it depends on Him.

To learn more about the Hughes Family’s call to London and how you can support them, visit staythecurrent.wordpress.com or gracechurch.us/hughes to support their mission.
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Comments

Robb Stohler is my cousin :)

Posted by Ron Stohler on December 22, 2016 @ 8:42 am

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, because you can walk on water when you step out of the boat!

Posted by Robb Stohler on December 22, 2016 @ 8:41 am

Love y'alls story! So excited for you and how God is working in your lives! We will be keeping up on your blogs and praying for you guys...such an inspiration! Much love💙

Posted by Rebekah on December 21, 2016 @ 11:26 pm