Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Missionary Spotlight ~ Tim & Sarah Horn, England

Both Tim and Sarah have served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church. Tim served as the Director of Student Ministries and Discipleship from 1996 until 1999. Sarah was women's coordinator in the Student Ministries Department from 1989-1991.

In 1998, the Horns were called to minister in England, a land with a rich spiritual heritage, but a heritage that is largely lost on the population of England. Less than 10% of the people of England actually attend church of any kind.

The Horns have been living and ministering in England as MTW missionaries since 2001. They were invited by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) to plant churches in the United Kingdom and to help strengthen this young denomination. They moved to Cheltenham, England in August of 2001 and began a church plant there in the southwest midlands of England. In December of 2004, the Cheltenham Presbyterian Mission became a particular church of the EPCEW. Cheltenham Evangelical Presbyterian Church (cheltenhampres.org.uk) has continued to grow and make greater efforts to engage English culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The church now has a growing ministry to its local university, the University of Gloucestershire. Currently, two interns lead this ministry under Tim's supervision, but they are looking forward to the arrival of a full-time ordained minister (MTW missionaries, Steve & Kelly Marusich) to take over this ministry in January.

Tim is currently the Assistant Team Leader for Team Britain, MTW's team
working with the EPCEW. He also serves on the Church Planting Committee of
the denomination. Since beginning their association with the EPCEW, this young denomination has grown from 5 churches to 9 churches, with a desire to see many more churches planted.

The Horns have four children: Katherine (15), Winston (12), Harrison (9), and Virginia (7).

Please pray for Cheltenham Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) that there would be both spiritual and numerical growth.

Please pray for the conversion of the Horns' non-Christian friends. Several of them are currently considering Christianity.

Please pray for their marriage and family life; especially for the children who have few, if any, Christian friends.

Please pray for more people to join their financial support team. There is a great need for more pledged support to meet their monthly budget needs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found the remark 'a heritage that is largely lost on the population, where less than 10% actually attend church' quite offensive in its condescension.

Frequency of church going can surely not be an indicator of true spirituality or cultural awareness. To condemn a whole population of a country as being 'largely lost' to its spiritual cultural heritage smacks of hubris inappropriate to such a mission.