Hello! I hope you are well. I pray that God is working in many wonderful ways in your life. Michelle and I are having a wonderful time allowing God to prepare us for the future at hand. I want to share with you the journey God is laying out in front of our lives. For years, Michelle and I have felt an immense burden for the church in the UK. A place that at one time was a strong hold of faith and wise believers. In the past half decade that has changed. While America has seen an immense change in the church, the Church in the UK has remained largely the same. Because of this the evangelic temperature has fallen, and to young persons in the UK, the church has largely become a "thing of the past." However; In recent years, many bold church planters have stood against this. They have fought from the ground up to make Church as relevant as the Gospel they deliver. Because of this we are seeing an underground blossom of the modern church. Churches finally standing up for the faith that made them and sharing the a Gospel of love to a people who desperately need it. This is a pivotal time for the Gospel in the UK. With new growth, many churches are left short of the "man power" needed to continue growing. Michelle and I have been blessed with an amazing opportunity to serve a church in Hereford, UK that is taking the Gospel to a people who desperately need it. The church is called Freedom Church. In the last several years Freedom has seen amazing response to the Gospel. With the help of Newspring Church and Perry Noble, Freedom have been able to plant campuses in Bristol, Cardiff, Brugge, Kampala Uganda, as well as maintain their main campus in Hereford. Michelle and I will be working with the church in many different ways. From working to add structure to the creative process for music and arts to cleaning bathrooms if it need be. We will also be using this time as a chance to study ministry in the UK and sit under leaders who have been successful in introducing people to the Gospel there.
Because of the immense need for outreach and streamlined focus for the funds most employees at Freedom Church are not able to be paid full time. In order to maintain that funds be used to directly impact the community, Michelle and I will continue to work in our individual fields as well as serve at the church. Because of visa restrictions our ability to work in the country will be heavily limited. We will be limited to working 20 hours a week outside of the Church itself and only in a "Charity" or "Non-Profit" organization. As I write this letter the USD to BPS (British Pounds Sterling) is 1=.6505. Meaning that as soon as we are settled into the UK, $20,000 becomes £13009.82. Because we will largely be earning money in USD and spending money in BPS our lifestyle will be taking quite a shift. Because our church will be helping us remain a stable lifestyle when we arrive in the UK, Michelle and I have felt the need to raise support for the actual move to Britain, and then maintain our own finances. The current average price for a one way ticket to England is approximately $1400 each. Along with that we will be paying heavy amounts of fees due to the amount of bags we will be taking over. (music gear, and clothing). Michelle and I feel we need to raise approximately $5000 over the next month for our move. If you feel that you would like to share in our journey and support us financially, please visit www.gofundme.com/mikemichelleparker. If you would first like to hear more about our journey please contact us at 704-578-3524 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to support us financially we ask that you find time to pray for Freedom Church and our ministry there as we share the Gospel. Thanks so much for your time.
Mike & Michelle