The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and is roughly 1/3 of the size of Texas. Some may connect it with the Beatles, Shakespeare, Downton Abbey, J.R.R. Tolkien, or the Harry Potter Series. It also is home to 33 million sheep (according to the National Sheep Association) and wooly has been influential in shaping the world around it (Sorry, I couldn’t resist adding a sheep pun).
In addition, United Kingdom has a deeply rich, Christian heritage. It’s the birthplace of Charles Spurgeon, Isaac Watts, John & Charles Wesley, John Bunyan, George Whitfield, the Westminster Standards, the London Baptist Confession and so much more. But looking at the UK now, we see a country that has all but erased that past. By the year 2020, only 5% of the population will be a member of a church of any kind* and only a third of those members will belong to an Evangelical church.
As we have spoken with Pastors and Ministers in the UK, there has been a similar thread in every conversation: “The Harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2). Our desire is to be an answer to that prayer, and to help raise up British workers who can further the work far better than we can.