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This week we finished the second Cor Deo women’s programme.  It was three weeks with a group of six ladies, led by our good friend Gretchen from Portland.  Peter and Mike went in each morning to help with teaching the Bible sessions and the history/theology sessions, but then Gretchen and Anniina (a good friend from our church), led the afternoons.  It was a great time!  Sadly we were hit with coughs, colds, and flu and so different ones struggled at different times.  Peter even missed a day which hasn’t happened too many times over the past years.

It was so special to look at John together, enjoying Christ more each day.  It was good to think through how Christianity has arrived at this point, primarily so we can think about how to discern what is healthy and how to share that with others.  We also got to enjoy some meals together and will miss the ladies that are now travelling to or already home in Portland, Slovenia, Wales, Devon, etc.

Thank you for praying for us during this time.  We are already looking at the schedule to determine when we can run this programme again – please let us know if you might be interested next time!

Smiles from Jessah

Melanie —  February 20, 2017

 

 

Jessah made us all laugh recently . . . . this girl LOVES food – especially anything sweet!  After Aliyah’s birthday meal, we were praying around the table like we often do – this time for Aliyah – and Kaylah and Jessah were coming in and out of the room, playing with each other.  Suddenly Kaylah came and said to me in an intense whisper:  “Jessah is eating cookies!”  I went into the lounge and sure enough, Jessah was sat with a large plate of cookies, munching away! (She’d carried the plate from it’s place in the front bedroom, all the way into the lounge!) She’d taken one bite out of 3 different cookies by the time I arrived!  She looked up at me sweetly and did the sign for “please!”  Oh my goodness, it was hilarious and it slightly interrupted the prayer time next door as everyone dissolved in laughter!  (Hannah and Aliyah didn’t even mind too much that their cookie plate for a party was slightly depleted!) And I bet our heavenly Father didn’t even mind too much that we pressed pause on the prayer time to enjoy the antics of a little person.

And another story from today . . . After six children, you’d think that I would know a 15-month old has no concept of “yesterday!”  Well, I have been reminded of that today.  🙂  I was reading Jessah a story just now before her nap and one page had a car on it.  She LOVES cars and going out in the car and started saying “car, car, car!”  I said, “Yes, yesterday we went in the car to church and saw your friends.”  A minute later I was singing her her bedtime song and she started pointing toward the door.  I laid her in her bed, like I always do and she burst into tears and started saying, “car, car, car!”  Poor girl, yesterday is a hard concept for a little girl!  She obviously thought we were going out right now in the car!  We had another cuddle and I tried to explain.  She calmed down after a while and I think resigned herself to not going out.  Lesson learned – don’t talk to your 15 month old about what happened yesterday!

Maybe we could all take a lesson from Jessah (and the apostle Paul!) . . . Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

If Anyone is in Christ . . .

Melanie —  February 8, 2017

If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation!  These are the words we put on the cake we made Mariah for her baptism.  What an amazing Saviour we have and a beautiful message to share with the world.  When we trust in Jesus as our Saviour, the old is gone and the new has come!  Our hearts are made new and we have God’s Holy Spirit living in our hearts.  As we walk with Him, He transforms us from the inside out.  Baptism is just a physical symbol of a spiritual reality.  We have died with Christ, our sins are paid for and we are now spiritually alive with Him, by the Spirit!

As parents, our greatest wish for our children is that they would trust Jesus as their Saviour and follow Him wholeheartedly and passionately.  We often pray that our children will far surpass us in their love for Jesus.  So it was a special and joyful day on the 29th of January when Mariah was baptised!  She became a Christian a few years ago and we were so thrilled when she decided to publicly share her faith in Christ and get baptised.

We had a great turnout for the baptism – a bigger crowd at Trinity Chippenham than we’d ever had. We were so thankful that many of our friends from our homeschool co-op and other friends and family from near and far were able to come too.  It made it so special to have each one join us.

Mariah’s testimony was videoed beforehand but the video didn’t play so she had to step up and do it live!  Nerve-racking but she did great!  She and the other girl being baptised were presented with a book from the church which had a verse printed in the cover, chosen by their parents.  These are the verses we chose for her:

John 10:27-29

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

This was the first baptism that we had at the leisure centre where we meet each Sunday.  All 100+ people trooped upstairs to the poolside and with lifeguards looking on, we held the baptisms!  A lot of planning and organisation went into making it all happen but it certainly paid off.  Everything went really smoothly safely and no little children fell into the pool! (we have a lot of little ones at Trinity!)

Here is Peter getting ready to baptise Mariah. Edith (the other girl who was baptised) is waiting her turn.

 

I love these photos of Mariah looking up at her Dad.

 

Being buried with Christ . . .

 

And raised with Him to new life!

 

A hug with Dad . . .

We had an open house afterwards for any friends and family not from Trinity (we wish we could have invited all the church people too but our house is too small!) and I think we had over 40 people in our house in the end (including many children!) What a special time.

Here is Jessah enjoying some of the baptism cake with Auntie Elizabeth.

As part of the service, Mariah and Edith were asked for three reasons why they love Jesus.  Mariah’s were:

  1. Because He loved me first.
  2. Because He loved me enough to die for me.
  3. Because He is always there for me.

 

Please pray for Mariah as she continues to walk with Jesus.  Pray that her faith and love will burn red-hot for Him and that her life will be a shining light to the world!