TODAY I am in NEWCASTLE and tomorrow in SUNDERLAND – PLEASE PRAY FOR ME
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THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD AND HEART
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I woke up with my iPad on my mind. No subconscious emerging had revealed its whereabouts but hopefully Nero’s Wi Fi together with Apple’s Software Locating program would. Meanwhile, I caught up on some journaling, loaded up the car and headed off for Nero’s but the golden arches caught my eye. Breakfast and coffee and free Wi Fi at Maccy D’s in Asda!
I logged on to the find my bloomin’s iPad program but the locate facility said that it could not locate the device. What a waste of time. However, I did send a message to my iPad and instructed it to sound an alarm for two minutes. It was now gone 9:00am and so I phoned the Lord Provost’s office and explained to his PA about where my iPad might be. She went to investigate and was soon back holding a screaming black cased iPad “Ooooh, how do you turn it off?” Apparantly she was about to give up the hunt when it started the loud beeping as the message was delivered “This is MY iPad, if you donlt give it back I’ll breakm your legs!” No, not really. It said “I have lost my iPad, the thing you are now holding, can you please call me on 07975804323. Thanks!” So now I was in speedy bomb disposal mode with a panicking PA holding a very noisy iPad and the Lord Provists office. “OK don’t panic, slide your finger across the screen from left to right, now input the number 1289” The beeping stopped and 15 minutes later, me and my iPad were heading to Dundee.
I still had no clue what I was going to do today or where I was going to preach. Zecheriah is yet another tough book. So along the road to Dundee (which is beautiful by the way) I stopped at yet another Maccy D’s in Forfar, got myself a coffee and began my networking routine.
John Lonsdale had already texted me with a number and address for a bed for the night. Thank you Jesus.
- I rang the Lord’s provost office. They would get back to me.
- I contacted two newly weds who had worked on the 66Cities project in the beginning and they invited me for luncb and offered me a bed.
- I rang the local Dundee radio (Wave 102 )a nd they interviewed me on the spot and I got a chance to put my telephone number my story and my request for help out on local radio. Nice.
- I tried to contact the biggest church in the area. Great website, no phone number, just a horrible email contact form. This is like coming up against Port Cullis which says, “Please put a note under the door and a person you donlt really want to speak to just might get back to you long after you have lost interest.” Get a warm body with a cell phone! Its NOT rocket science.
- I rang Gate international church and spoke with the associate Pastor. He had a cell group meeting tonight and wold let me come along., He needed to speak to the senior Pastor and would get back to me.
The Lord Provost’s office called and offered me a 3:00pm appointment over tea. 3pm is always tea time for Civic officials.
I contacted the local Christian bookshop who gave me the name on another large church. I rang. And rang. And rang……….and rang. Sigh. We are so rubbish at this simple stuff.
I quickly uploaded three blogs which I was behind on. No pictures, just video and then got back on the road to Dundee. I had a lunch appointment, a 3pm appointment with the Lord Provost, and the associate Pastor had got back to tell me that I could speak tonight at the Cell group meeting at church. There would be quite a few there. I had already decided to speak on Zecheriah 9:9, and add to it 9 things I had learnt on my journey. I called my message “What you get when you Dial 999”
9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 NKJV
I arrived at Andy and Elle’s flat, stuck a couple of quid in the meter and sat down to Curried Turkey and spicy noodles. And no sooner had I ate and interviewed them but my hour was up on the very expensive Parking meter down below. It was time to go and find the Lord Provost’s office. I had already asked his PA if there was anywhere to park the car and sure enough, there was an underground car park and they would be informed of my arrival. Sure enough, they were and I had been booked in for the rest of the day, I could park as long as I wanted.
Dundee’s Lord Provost did not greet me in his finery, and there was no photo opportunity, but he did have the tea and biscuits ready and he insisted I call him John. John looked and sounded like my father, now long since departed, and had been a union activist in the shipyards which accounted no doubt for his down to earth and very approachable manner. Now don’t get me wrong, this is no way detracted from his duties, this Lord Provost was still as sharp as a pin and as a proud as Punch to be doing what he was doing. I know I keep saying it, but I am constantly amazed at the genuine and consistant hard working approach of these folk that love their city. They are an example to us all.
Interestingly, the Lord Provost told me that he was a protestant who converted to Catolicism to be able to marry his now departed wife of two years, who has made arrangement himself to have his funeral service in the Episcopal St Pauls and that part of his duties involves visiting many faith environments. Even so, he counted himself a Christian and the Bible as his book.
I had a great time with the Lord Provost of Dundee and I thanked him for his exceptionally kind welcome. I hope you like the video.
As the Car was safely parked underground I went and found me a Café Neros and settled down to attend to some correspondence. On the way I called into a shop to buy some mints but my Irish currency was causing some concern.
“This is not legal tender. I will take it but many shops around here will not”
“Well of course its legal tender” says I, “This is the United Kingdom, its still valid here”
“Oh no it as a problem this is Irish” Honestly, I can’t be bothered arguing so I just reply “Well listen mate, you’ll have to take it up with the Queen.” and then get my mints and go. Santander won’t change my Irish leper notes into the real thing because I am not a customer. The Clydesdale bank don’t even ask if I am a customer and change it on the sport with a smile for Scottish notes, even the English wouldn’t dare question the validity of these.
Another Chai Latte (I was getting addicted to these) and got down to preparing for this evenings message from Zecharaiah and 5:30pm came quickly and at the 6:30pm meeting beckoned. I got the car, inputted the address into the Sat Nav and away I went.
The church meeting room was great and there was about 20-30 mostly young men and Paul greeted me, prayed for me and away we went. I had a fantastic time there and was blessed to find such a positive response the 30 minute message (I think I went over) which was mostly young professional men. After the message Paul called on the guys to pray and prophecy over me. Now this was interesting and you know it was a real blessing. Interesting because these folks were not there just to socialise and hang out. These folks were there to learn and be disciple and they had BEEN discilped to such an extent that they were gifted and confident to speak out what was on their heart. This was impressive and the years of input were now coming out. Young men, having Christ formed in them, loving the Word and walking in it. It was a real pleasure to be there. I loved it.
It was dark outside and I had to make my way to my hosts. I put in the address to the Sat Nav and then somehow, the roadworks put me in the wrong labe for a detour right across the Tay Bridge. Sigh. Dundee is also a working Port and the river had Oil Rigs in it all being repaired and refitted and lit up like the mother ship form Close encounters of the third Kind. It is great to see working rivers, there is something wonderful hopeful about it all.
I arrived to a hot roast meal five star accomodation and an ensuite bathroom. Thank you Jesus. After chatting for not too long, the good people of the house were not at all offended at my early departure for bath, bed and beyond.
I plugged in my devices for recharge. Qued up my videos for upload brushed my teeth climbed into bed as the following text came in..
“Hey Robert just wanted to say thanks. I really appreciated you coming to teach tonight. Love your passion backed up with action. Have a great sleep and adventure”
NICE. I wondered what tomorrow would bring.
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