Bobby and Teresa LaDage - Feb 20, 2019
Looking for a Hacksaw!
Dear Family & Friends,
Where is a Home Depot when you need one? We met a lot of people as we scoured
the city to find something to cut a metal pole (a hacksaw) for hanging coats in our hall
closet. Eventually, Bobby did a great job of attaching the pole as well as fixing other
things to make our apartment more functional. The apartment is small (450 sq.ft.), but
has easy access to the trains in the center of the city and the airport, so we are
content. I’ve attached a couple of pictures of the living room/kitchen/office with our
view of an office building. Unfortunately, one morning I realized an office worker in the
corner of the building could see me putting on my makeup so I quickly closed the
Birming’am, which is the proper way to pronounce it, has the youngest population of
any city in Europe with over 40% under 25 years old. The people are friendly and they
like our southern accents. Even after 26 years of living overseas, our accents still follow
us around. One saleswoman told Bobby he had a movie star voice. Wonder who she
was thinking of?
One of the reasons we were asked to move to Birmingham was to help other cities
start networks as the churches have done here. Last week we attended a meeting
where more than 30 pastors and church planters gathered to encourage one another.
Several years ago they met and agreed to a vision of planting 20 new churches by
2020, and since they have almost reached their goal, they are now making a new goal
of 30 new churches by 2030. Birmingham is also the most diverse city in Europe. We
have visited several churches and are impressed at how they are reaching the different
ethnic groups. In the center of the city, near our apartment is a new church with about
25 attending from different countries.
As we travel to 20 cities in the UK, we pray God opens doors to meeting men and
women who will be interested in starting churches. In March, we will continue our trips
to northern, central, and eastern Europe, meeting with our church planters and helping
start potential networks in each city. We are excited to be a part of this church planting
movement in the UK and Europe. Just like many places in the world, the harvest here is
plentiful, and the workers are few, so please pray for more workers!
Thank you so much for all of your prayers,
Teresa and Bobby LaDage
United World Missions - Birmingham, England