April-May Newsletter

Hey Everyone!

It’s that time again, a fabulous update from England! It’s been a great two months since my last newsletter and I hope you enjoy reading all about what God is doing here.

Don’t forget to donate this month if you feel led. You can donate by clicking on the contribute button on the left hand side of my website or by clicking HERE.

Additional prayer request that I forgot to put in!

We’re looking for team members to come and join us in Buckingham,  planting new missional community. We want people passionate about prayer and the lost and committed to radical discipleship lived out in community. If that’s you or someone you know, send me a message at [email protected] or facebook.

Please pray that God would send more workers.

Much love to all of you!

You can download the newsletter here : april-maynewsletter

March Update

Friends,

I realized the other day that is has been way too long since I’ve updated all of you. I may end up putting out updates every other month (with maybe small stories in between) so that there is more to share with you.

The month of February was a bit low key because we went to a week long conference, different members of our team were out of town, and more illness. Not enough going on to put together a newsletter for.

But below is my newsletter for the month of March. Check out all the cool things God has been doing here in Buckingham. Thank you to everyone who has been praying and supporting me these past few months. Much love to all of you!

March Newsletter– click here for .pdf version



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January 2017 Newsletter is here

I’ve officially been here in the UK for one month now! It’s been a wonderful month and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store the coming months. Below is my January Newsletter. Check out what God’s been up to in my life this past month.

Reminder that I am 1/3 of the way towards my goal of $3000 to stay here in the UK. You can donate through my fundraising page HERE or send a check to my mother’s address and she will put any checks into my fundraising account:

1072 Heather Heath Dr. Howell, MI 48843 USA

Thanks for all your prayers and support this past month. Much love and grace to all of you.

Jan2017Newsletter

 

Joyful First Week in England

I am one week into my time in England and loving it! God has been so good and I am surprised by him more and more each day.

I am living in Buckingham, in a cute flat, with two other people: Tim and Tabea. Tim and Tabea are two beautiful, Jesus-loving people from Switzerland who are apart of the team here at the Buckingham corps. We have spent the week getting to know each other, laughing, and sharing our stories of redemption and victory.

My first day here Vanessa and Xander (the officer’s here) took me into Oxford to pick up some documents I needed and toured a few of the old buildings. We had tea and desert in the Eagle and the Child, which is the pub J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis used to frequent. It was amazing.

The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford.

On Sunday morning, I worshiped with the Banbury corps and in the afternoon we had Cottage Pie and worshiped in Buckingham. I’ve met so many lovely people and I’m so excited to get to know everyone more personally. Each corps member has been so welcoming and I am feeling right at home.

I spent Monday-our day off-getting a tour of Buckingham from Tim and Tabea and drinking LOTS of tea. 🙂 On Tuesday, Tabea and I went on a prayer walk and talked about John 10 (His sheep know his voice) and how we can better listen to our shepherd’s voice. We prayed life and joy over Buckingham and also took many photos.

Tabea taking photos of our peaceful landscape.
Prayer walk on the outskirts of Buckingham

Wednesday was a day of planning but we also had a lovely afternoon of worship and listening to Holy Spirit. We felt lead to begin this new season with a few days of 24 hour prayer. As you all know, this is a huge passion of mine and I am so excited to plan and help create this prayer space with the team. The Buckingham corps is 130 years old and their building is this old, glorious structure that is in the long process of being re-constructed. So on Thursday, we cleaned out a space in one of the rooms to be made into a prayer space.

Final sweeping after pulling up old carpet and nails.

Next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we will begin our rhythm of prayer so for the next few day we will be getting the room ready and eagerly awaiting what God has for us in this coming season.

Please pray for everyone that will be listening, worshiping, and praying in our prayer space.

Also, the team is in need of a vehicle so that we can join in with the Banbury corps for worship and mission–please pray that the funds, vehicle, and insurance comes in for this.


I am still 1/3 of the way to my goal of $3000 for the year here in England. If you feel led to donate, you can click HERE and donate online.

Please continue to pray that God will provide funds for me to continue to be here. Also pray that I will stay focused on the mission and calling God has on my life at this time and that I would not be distracted by the lies of the enemy.

A HUGE thank you to all of you who have been praying, giving, encouraging, and loving on me in this time. I feel so loved and encouraged by all of you, so thank you.

I will try to update this blog as much as I can or I may go back to doing monthly newsletters. I’m still thinking about what I am going to do.

In the meantime, keep checking back and thank you again for all  your support.

 

Heading out January 4th!

Friends,

Flights are booked and I am heading to England January 4th and will arrive on the 5th.

Thank you all for your prayers and support, I wouldn’t be this far without you all.

I have not reached my $3000 goal quite yet ($1100 so far!) but I am trusting that God will provide and that one of you will feel led to contribute.  So there is still time to donate, I’ll be keeping my fundraiser page open until I reach $3000 so if you are a bit bogged down by Christmas payments, you can still donate after Christmas (if you feel led).

Check out my fundraising page here.

Please continue to pray for me as I prepare to leave for the year and for the Banbury/ Buckingham corps.

Visa Approved!!

Today I received an email from the UK Government that my visa has been accepted! Hallelujah!

I can now (once some final information from my Territorial Headquarters comes in) book flights and begin this new adventure. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

So far I have been blessed to receive $1000 in donations for this journey! A huge thank you to those who have supported me thus far. We are now 1/3 of the way to the $3000 goal.

I know Christmas is a hard season to donate because we are all busy with various ministries, present buying, and other activities but please pray about supporting this journey. I appreciate any amount.

You can donate online to my fundraising page HERE!

You can also send a check to:

Prezza Duncan

1072 Heather Heath Dr.

Howell, MI 48843 USA

If you want to remain anonymous you can send the check (same address) to my Mom, Prezza Morrison, and she will deposit it into my fundraising account. She has no problem with keeping it a secret from me, it’s more fun for her.  🙂 

If you’re interested in knowing what this money is going towards, rest assured that it is not going towards a Hawaiian vacation. 🙂

I have budgeted out the expenses and daily living. These are the things that I have taken into consideration:

  • Cellphone (roughly £20-30 a month)
  • Food costs
  • Self-care costs (personal hygiene/in case of an emergency/ability to visit a museum, movie, etc. To be able to explore the culture I am immersing myself in)

If you are new to this blog and wondering “What in the world is this all about?”, you can view my blog post about it HERE.

Thank you again to everyone who has contributed, sent encouraging letters, and prayed. I appreciate and treasure all of you.

 

Video Update #1

Hey everyone! I am $650 into my $3000 goal. Thank you to all who have been praying and donating. Check out my recent video update HERE

My sponsorship certificate from The Salvation Army UK has finally arrived! Now I can apply for my visa. Check out my video update for more information about how you can help and to hear more about what I’ll be doing in England.

 

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much love and grace to all of you!

Exciting Update!

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The Salvation Army Central Territory (USA) has approved a budget for me to be a missionary from the Central Territory to England. They will be supporting the finances needed for my visa, airfare, and a small stipend. I’m so grateful the Lord has given me this opportunity to partner with the territory I grew up in!

So the ball is finally rolling forward! Praise the Lord!

Though The Salvation Army is generously providing for my visa, airfare, and a small stipend– it will not be enough to cover all my expenses for while I’m in Banbury serving. It will be my responsibility to raise funds to cover the rest of my budget.

So I am reaching out to all of you for your help. I have been so blessed to be supported by so many people during this last year and I am extremely grateful. It makes me nervous to ask, once again for your help, but I know that I cannot do this on my own.

I have budgeted out for expenses and daily living. These are the things that I have taken into consideration:

  • Cellphone
  • Food costs
  • Self-care costs (in case of an emergency/ability to visit a museum, movie, etc. To be able to explore the culture I am immersing myself in)

I recognize this is a large amount and I honour any donation given because I know, though money isn’t everything, it is necessary to do this work.

Please continue praying and consider supporting my trip.

Click here to donate!

Prezza’s Pilgrimage: The Atlantic Jesus Jump to the UK

Hey everyone! I’m heading back out! Hallelujah!

Click here to donate.

My Story

For those of you who are new to my story, for the past year I have been traveling as an itinerant minister to different countries around the world. I’ve been assisting officers (pastors) at various corps (churches) by helping set up prayer rooms, teaching and preaching about prayer and spiritual warfare, leading worship, and by praying and offering encouragement and service to pastors, their family, and their congregations. I have been to Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, and Vancouver, Canada so far.

If you’d like to read more about my year, check out my website here.

Where I’m headed next

I have been invited by Captains Vanessa and Xander Coleman to come and serve at their corps in Banbury and Buckingham, England. Vanessa and Xander lead Banbury Prayer Beacon, which is a corps in north Oxfordshire, UK, which is trying to live out the 24/7 Boiler Room values of Prayer, Creativity, Hospitality, Mission, Mercy and Learning.  They’ve also just taken on responsibility for re-planting a corps in nearby Buckingham, and are drawing together a group of young adults to invest in this new expression of The Salvation Army.

This is a very exciting time for the Colemans, and I am overjoyed at this opportunity to go and serve them. Hoping to engage with their hearts for God, I desire to be valuable and vital in the work God is already doing there. Not only am I blessed with this amazing opportunity to follow Jesus wherever he leads, but I also have the privilege to serve in a country I’ve dreamt of visiting since I was a little girl. The Lord is so good!

How you can help

My sponsorship with the Salvation Army in the UK has been approved so I am ready to apply for my religious worker’s visa to the UK. Once my visa is approved, I will take a flight to England where I will be serving the Banbury and Buckingham corps for up to a year.

During this period I will not be compensated by The Salvation Army in the UK so I am reaching out to all of you for your help. I have been so blessed to be supported by so many people during this last year and I am extremely grateful. It makes me nervous to ask, once again for your help, but I know that I cannot do this on my own.

I have budgeted out for expenses and daily living. These are the things that I have taken into consideration:

  • Fee for Religious Workers Visa
  • Health Care Surcharge (requirement of my visa)
  • Travel costs (flight, transportation etc)
  • Cellphone
  • Food costs
  • Self-care costs (in case of an emergency/ability to visit a museum, movie, etc. To be able to explore the culture I am immersing myself in)

A few of these items are flexible such as flights (depending on when I book) and currency exchange but I have budgeted the amount I will need for the next 6 months to around $2817.92

I recognize this is a large amount and I honour any donation given because I know, though money isn’t everything, it is necessary to do this work.

Any amount helps and I appreciate every bit of it. Though it’s not much, everyone that donates will receive an update postcard when I am in England. If you cannot financially contribute please consider praying for me as I prepare to leave. If you’ve read any of my story, you’ll see how powerful prayer is and I’m grateful for all your prayers.

If you would like to donate monthly, please visit my website for more information. If you are uncomfortable with donating online, you can send a check to my mother. Please email me at [email protected] for an address.

Thank you all for your support!

Waiting

The title of this post pretty much sums up what I’ve been doing lately.  Waiting.

I wanted to update you all a little bit, thought I can’t provide all details until they get approved, so you can get an idea of what is coming up and how you can pray/help.

I’ve been asked by some officers in England to come to their corps and help out with their corps prayer beacon and their re-planting of a new corps (church). I know that sounds pretty vague but I don’t have all the details yet as we are waiting on approval.

Because I will require a religious workers visa for the UK, I have to get approval from the Salvation Army to be sponsored by them. I’ve filled out applications for our International Headquarters  (IHQ) and my Territorial Headquarters  (THQ). There are a few chains the application has to go up to be looked over and approved so it has been a bit of a wait. But I have a lot of hope because not only is this something God has made pretty clear he wants me to continue but The Salvation Army is pretty great at supporting their soldiers in missions.

So I’m waiting. 🙂

While I’m waiting, I’ve applied to help my mom’s corps with driving for Christmas kettles. So I’ll be able to keep a bit busy and save some money in the waiting.

Please keep the prayers coming! Especially for me in the waiting; that I would remain patient and full of hope. I’m not sure if I can share names yet but pray for the officer’s in England that I’ll be partnering with. Pray for perseverance and joy in the busy-ness of pastoring two corps. Please pray for The Salvation Army headquarters as they look over my application; not only that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit but that the Lord would provide for them.

 

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