The original article can be found at http://ics-uk.org/life-changing-ministry-in-leuven/
In the Old Testament when God spoke to someone in a startling manner they would mark it by building a pile up stones, building a ‘Cairn’. ICS has helped support the ministry of Jack McDonald in Leuven over the last few years.
I had heard much about it but never visited. This weekend I got the opportunity to join them. Leuven is a university town, desperately damaged in both world wars, now it bustles with students and bars.
What is striking as I watched people prepare for church was the amount of volunteers. Setting up, preparing the music, sorting out the practicalities, there was a quiet air of joy as people went about their tasks. They seemed happy to be together!
The church is made up mainly of students, this week there was a guest preacher, speaking about mental health, drawing on the encounter of the woman with the issue of blood from Mark 5 and her own experience. This is not a group of people who shy away from hard questions!
The quality of the music and the small choir were amazing. There are some seriously gifted people in this congregation. Blending Dutch and English throughout the liturgy, there was a sense that this church is a deep place, a place where people can contribute and be formed and prepared for where God may lead them next.
Sat amongst this group of 20 somethings, I suspect that Jack, Jane and others who lead this congregation will only ever get a glimpse of its impact. The constant turnover of students means it is always starting again. But for those young people who have been nourished here, it is life changing and as they look back, I believe, they will see it as a Cairn: somewhere God was near, where he spoke and they were changed.