The photo above is a favourite of mine – taken just before Hannah went back to the USA after Christmas. I’m so proud of my four teenagers (well, Hannah is no longer a teenager now that she’s turned 20!). Of course, just like us as parents, they aren’t perfect, but they are fantastic people and it’s exciting to see them growing up, pursuing Jesus and becoming our friends as well as our kids. It also warms our hearts to see how they love each other and have fun together.
We’ve been in pretty strict lockdown in the UK most of the year so far, which should mean we’ve had more time to share news. Hmmmm. Funny how it doesn’t work that way. Our lives feel full, though we are feeling increasingly sad about the limits on our lives and ministry. We are pondering and praying about lots of things and asking God to help keep our hearts stirred with passion and perseverance in serving him. I think we aren’t alone in feeling a general sense of discouragement as the lockdown drags on. However, we have had many times of joy and reasons for thankfulness this year already. Here are a few photos which highlight some of the blessings:
We plan to write an email update soon with more ministry news so watch this space. We are also pondering embarking on the project of writing and sending out a paper prayer letter. We often produce the paper letters in conjunction with our trips to the USA to see supporters – please do pray that trip like this may be possible later this year. It has been 3 years now since we’ve been back to the USA as a family. As with many people, we are finding it difficult to plan. In the midst of disappointing and discouraging times, we’d appreciate prayer for closeness to Jesus and that we’d continue to choose truth, joy, faith, community and service. Click here for a fantastic sermon on this topic. Thank you for your faithful prayers for us. We’d love to know how we can pray for you too!