A lot of people have asked me about my return, so I thought I would write this blog to bring clarity to what’s going on and what I’m doing next…
A very good friend of mine sent me this picture recently and said that they saw this and thought of me. And it is no surprise that I have gained the reputation of having a bohemian lifestyle and that I have been known to go here there and everywhere. I have had the absolute pleasure and privilege of being involved in every Freedom Church plant in some way whether it was being on the ground for weeks or months and I am beyond grateful that I got to be a part of those individual legacies that will continue way past my own existence. For the last 2+ years I have gone from city to city planting and building Church in different locations and it has been without a doubt the best 2 years I have ever had! I have met the most amazing people and have made priceless and irreplaceable friendships with so many. I have grown, changed and learnt an incomprehensible amount thanks to those I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and doing life with over these last 2 years.
But now it is time to lay my roots down in one city, in one campus because even though I have absolutely loved the last 2 years, realistically I cannot build my life on being a Church planting gypsy going from one place to the next. So, I was faced with a hard decision, choosing one place to live, one place to really build my life in. I have never had the privilege of being in such a beautiful dilemma before. To be a part of a Church that has so much opportunity where every option offers an abundance of fruit. But true maturity isn’t choosing between good and bad (that’s common sense) true maturity is choosing between good and great. So, what is the best thing for me right now? Do I live in Siem Reap, Cardiff, Hereford or even somewhere else? It is a hard decision when the best people you know to be alive are split across the world!
Whenever I prayed about it the prospect of moving back to Hereford kept arising, I hadn’t even considered going back to Hereford before now but I couldn’t shake the option of returning to my home city. I listened to my prophecy from 2010 and it said that I had a long leash where I would be able to go out to different cities and different cultures for periods of 6 months (funny that each city I’ve been in has been for 6 months) it said that I would go away for long periods but I would always return because I am leashed to this house. At first I thought the “house” was Freedom as a movement but after hearing it again I realize that the “house” is the hub, the mother ship, Hereford. It talks a lot in my prophecy about being very influential in Freedom movement, not just in a campus and the only way I can do that is by being based in the hub, being based in the heart of things, being at the centre of where all our resources, materials, ideas and vision is birthed and sent out from to impact nations far and wide.
So weird to think that the last time I was based in Hereford it was the only campus. So, in July I am moving back to Hereford. It was a really hard decision to make as I will so so miss Siem Reap and everyone I’ve met here and I flippin’ love Cardiff city and all the incredible friends I have there but I am so content with my decision, I know it is the right thing to do for now.
Although I have to experience that weird juxtaposed feeling all over again of being ridiculously excited and really sad at the same time. Excited to go but sad to leave.
So grateful that Freedom Church is ONE church many locations and that it’s not a full stop or a final goodbye as I still get to be in the same Church and movement as such heroes. Also, very grateful that Cardiff is just up the road, I’ll be ensuring I still see you wonderful people on a regular basis!!
Thank you to everyone who has shaped me, sharpened me and added to my character in an undeniable way, I am now returning to the hub as a different person, I am now returning to the mother ship more dangerous than ever before thanks to you. But for now I am continuing to press into Freedom Siem Reap with all that I’ve got, to see this Church established for a life time, to finish all that I was called to do here before I leave.