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Chris and Carol Hatton

HattonsChris (Canadian) is a skilled carpenter and Carol (English) a qualified teacher. Having married in 2007 they lived in Australia working in their respective professions and having two delightful children, Phoebe and Jethro.

In 2013 they felt called to re-join Youth With A Mission with whom they had both trained and worked before. They spent some time in further training – as Christian counsellors - and at the end of 2013 they moved to the UK to work at the YWAM base in Harpenden, England.

It has taken some time to adjust to life in England - Carol had not lived here for 15 years. Now they are happily settled in their new roles in this country.

They write:

“I [Chris] have been leading a few of the YWAM morning meeting times. Together, Carol and I lead a small group for people interested in local ministry. This team meets to discuss and support each other in local opportunities including the YWAM Skate Park, youth gigs, Seniors lunches and schools outreach.

“I am also heavily involved in the maintenance of the amazing facility in Harpenden, and I have young staff members who work alongside me in this area who I mentor. I have also been able to meet regularly with some guys with more specific pastoral needs.

I am also involved with the launch of a new ministry that will serve elderly people in the area with free handyman type services. We want to honour the elderly with a helping hand when they need it, anything form painting/decorating to moving furniture or putting up a shelf etc. 

“I [Carol] - Well, each day is different for us both. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday evenings we have worship and prayer times as a YWAM community all together (about 100 people). Then for the morning I work in the Personnel Office answering email enquiries from people who want to come and serve with YWAM for short periods of time. Once these people come I’m responsible for them and their work schedules. I’m on the review team that looks at long term staff applications too. Probably the thing I have been enjoying the most is my afternoon role debriefing people who have been working overseas for short term outreaches and counselling different individuals in my more pastoral care role. I’ve also just been asked to join the National YWAM Safeguarding Children Team

“Phoebe and Jethro too have been stepping out. Both are really enjoying their schools….Both have made great friendships with other children here in YWAM and have been spending most after school times playing hard.

“As a family we have been excited to have friends visit us from all over the world. Each one who has come has done so at a significant time for them as they seek God regarding decisions/future etc. We have been privileged to host these people, and would like to continue to extend the invite to anyone else who wants to come visit us. This is a great place to relax and hear form God.”

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