|Phil Dale,Anna Dale,Mum and Dad Rachel and Tom Dale, Kim youngest daughter and youngest son Chris Dale.|
What is the Dales' story?
Well you could study it at some length, especially currently.
But they are a Spirit prototype in the sense that here was a whole family picked up out of the heart of Anglican England, swirled through a brief Elim pentecostal Hors D'oeuvre
before being plunged as a family into the "new" thing that God was revealing in the 70s
the "vision" of the Church.
They are an early example of how you have to be baptised by God Himself into this reality....it isn't just waking up in the morning and deciding to go to a different church....although outwardly I guess this is what it may have looked like.
For those that don't know they were at the very heart of the 1978 influx brought about entirely by the Spirit. Young believers (mostly....Waughmans excluded) grabbed by the Spirit and plonked in an unlikely manner in the one Argentinian based church in Emsworth, ready for experiencing the Falklands War in 81 under one roof in the UK.
At one point, so many were upping sticks and actually moving into Emsworth, the rest of the Portsmouth believers were labelling us as a cult that thought Jesus would return in Emsworth.
Phil Dale is a lesson to all those now in YWAM. You see YWAM never really deconstructed Phil as did Bible House. The poor guy, like all of us, didn't really know what was happening to him. Whether YWAM's DTS is just too short or whether they just don't move at the same realm in the Spirit.....but like the Canadian Teacher who found himself living with the nins in Darmstadt, when I met him....
it felt like being in a washing machine on a no 3 wash. You didn't know which way was up!!! Quite literally.
If you remember ,among my friends here on FB and blogreaders, Jean Darnall and Harry Greenwood and a third person all propesied in 70 or 71 or so that Emsworth was to be a "teaching church" where young people were to be sent in, and they were to be teachable and then sent out all over the world while retaining their friendships and unity. As with most Words of God nothing of the sort happened for about 6 years, and indeed apart from some tiny church young ones, there WERE NO YOUNG PEOPLE. Then as usual and right on time God does what He says and WHOOMPF....tons descend on the church.
But back to the Dales.
They are a prototype of a natural family in a new Covenant church.
The Holy Spirit put them all individually into a washing machine. The processes were all totally real. What usually happenes is one or two family members relate to God and the others tag along. But everybody, from Tom (the Lt Commander of Nelsons Flagship HMS Victory at the time) Rachel his wife down to all the kids, were all being Sovereignly brought into the Spirit processes of God. Truly stunning to watch. And here in the a Britain that usually has dysfuntional familes who can barely tolerate each other when the sun is out!!!
The last point I want to highlight is that the Holy Spirit honoured them as a UNIT. With many of us brought into Emsworth as individuals, He was highlighting things individually and maturing us individually. Emsworth had no agendas...well mostly. They were a forerunner of churches run entirely in the Melchizedek Order. And the Holy Spirit would care for and highlight certain individuals or groups of individuals in some of the meetings. I have often shared about how God met my friend Marcus Roberts in a particular meeting which really changed the whole infrastructure of his life. Similar things happened to us all....I also think of Paul Ellis NOT THIS ONE but the Emsworth one, who went in one meeting with the apsotleJorge Pradas Montse Pradas , Nuria Pradas from being jobless, single and in Brighton,
to being married,employed and having his own house. (Where I arrived incidentally)
BUT WITH THE DALES GOD SPOKE TO THEM AS A HOUSE.
The odd meeting that centered around them centered around them as a family unit.
What does this mean?
Well these are secondlevel prototype events that sign or signal how God is going to treat familes as thirdlevel churches get established.
because most of us are still living the scriptures....Unless a person hate his father and mother and family....etc
speaking of how we "hate" the independent self spirit in other family members in order to stick with what the Holy Spirit is doing in us....
because this rather individual experience still remains the norm we forget the rest of the verses and promise that Jesus said....
ONCE WE HAVE CIRCUMCISED RELATIONSHIPS GOD
ADDS TO US a hundredfold
families houses nations and so on.....
And so YES.....GOD IS INDEED ABLE TO TAKE WHOLE FAMILIES THROUGH AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE....
AND THE DALES ARE SOMETHING TO LOOK AT AND SAY
BRING IT ON!!!!!