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Barcelona

Peter —  December 8, 2017

Here are the preachers that I got to spend time with!

This week I had the privilege of a quick trip to Barcelona in Spain.  My colleague, Mike, and I, hit the road at 3am on Monday to travel to Barcelona.  We arrived before lunch, which was when our first segment of the visit began.  Mike was participating in a two-day training session to learn how to lead the Bible Teachers Networks more effectively at the European Leadership Forum.  At the same time, I was leading a two-day training session with seven preachers from Poland, Albania, Ukraine, Hungary, and Ireland. (Several were unable to make it to Barcelona and so the group was smaller than it could have been.)

We had a great two days together.  I was able to give instruction on subjects that are harder to convey in our regular webinar format, and they were each able to preach a sermon and receive feedback.  We all felt ministered to by God’s Word.  Speaking of which, I was also responsible for leading morning devotions for the whole gathering (about 80 people) on each of the three mornings we were there.  While our little group were squeezed into a hotel bedroom that had been converted for our course, it was so good to get out and enjoy the beautiful beach (even if the temperature was really cold!)

With Juli and Zef in the Camp Nou!

On the second evening I was able to go with two of the guys to watch Barcelona play a Champions League match.  It was a great experience to be there and to see one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi, up close.  We think the club gave us much better tickets than we paid for because we bought tickets that were very high up at the back of the stadium, but instead found ourselves two rows from the pitch!

After the 48-hours with my group of preachers, Mike and I were then together with a group of network and national leaders for a 24-hour learning community where we sought to make plans for the forthcoming European Leadership Forum.  Again, it was a good time.  Mike and I made it home safely on Thursday evening at 11pm.  Thanks so much for praying for us and please do pray for the men in my preaching group this year – each one is serving faithfully in often challenging circumstances!

A beautiful setting for ministry in December!

Lionel Messi breaking through for a shot on goal (saved!)

I was not successful at being in this group- selfie!

Long Overdue Update!

Peter —  October 2, 2017

Well it has been a busy summer, but that is no excuse for not updating this site since July!  The summer has flown by and it looks like the good weather is probably done for the year.  Homeschool is back in full swing.  Actually, we started in mid-August because we want to finish the school year early next summer before a family trip back to the USA!

Seventy of us gathered in the dining room at the weekend away!

This weekend we had a great time at our church weekend away.  It was our fourth and best.  Two or three families couldn’t make it, but the majority of the church were present and the venue was bursting at the seams.  It was such a great atmosphere.  Honestly it felt not only fuller than previously, but the group of people as a whole just somehow felt more mature and together than in the past.  It is a real privilege to be part of Trinity Chippenham.  The older girls were sharing with other teen girls, Melanie stayed at home overnight with Jessah and then joined us during the days.  I (Peter) shared with Kaylah, Joel, and a good friend with his daughter and son.  It was so cute to see the little ones playing together, and praying together at night.

Sunday morning Kaylah and her friend Lumiana told me that Kaylah had cried on Saturday evening while I was watching the movie with everyone else.  Kaylah told me, “we almost came outside in the rain to get you, but then we prayed together and I was alright.”  So cute.

Today I am going over to Bristol to cover for a good friend who is launching a new Union School of Theology hub there.  While I am not officially involved in this learning hub, I am happy to help, not least because two friends from Trinity Chippenham are studying in it.  I lecture at Union and was on campus for a day of teaching last week, so it is great to see this ministry spreading and growing.

This coming weekend I will be up in Wrexham speaking at the North Wales Men’s Convention.  I’d appreciate prayer for that as I will be speaking twice to the whole group.  Then it is back to Chippenham so that I can continue our Reformation 500 series at Trinity on Sunday.

Kaylah with her friends enjoying a hot chocolate by the camp fire

A successful family-friendly praise and prayer session at the Trinity Chippenham weekend away!

 

Poland and Pox

Peter —  May 29, 2017

Last Thursday I got back from Poland (report coming below).  It was a great time and it was also encouraging to get home and find out that our dentist said Jessah’s teeth do not need to be removed at this time.  He is also confident that her adult teeth should not have been damaged – we are thankful!

This morning we discovered that several of our children have chickenpox.  This is also good news.  We have been trying to get it for years and have finally succeeded.  Nobody is particularly comfortable or happy, but we are trying to care for each other and make it an adventure.

Over 700 participants enjoying John Lennox’s Bible teaching…

So, how was Poland?  I would say it was probably the best European Leadership Forum I have experienced as far as ministry goes.  I have been able to attend the forum eight times, and the last five times I have been leading the Bible Teachers and Preachers Networks.

Every participant in the Forum comes as a guest of one of the 28 networks that run every morning.  Participants from Eastern Europe get a hefty scholarship to make their attendance possible.  My colleague Huw led the foundational network and I focused my energies on the advanced network.  It was the best year yet in lots of ways.  We were so encouraged by the feedback from this year and previous years.

Honestly the only discouragement was the number of people who wanted to be in the network but could not because of a lack of scholarships (if you know a church or wealthy individual who might like to help with this specific project enabling Eastern Europeans to attend this network and the Forum, please put them in touch with me).

The translated food descriptions offer amusement every year (the food is good though!)

As well as the networks the week also involved so much more.  There were the final sessions with last year’s year round mentoring group, followed by the first sessions with the new group for this coming year.  I was able to interview John Lennox again, I gave two workshops which were well attended, and recorded several video interviews which will become available in the coming months.

There were good meals with friends and contacts from across Europe – it is a wonderful event for seeing old friends and making new ones.  I was able to grab some time with the group of Cor Deo guys that went over together (graduates from years 2011, 2013, 2015), and also was able to watch a football match on the final evening before returning home.  What was the highlight of the week?  Honestly I think we would all say it was our friend Mike Reeves on Justification … if you look that up online you will find him speaking on the subject somewhere!

Thank you for praying for us in Poland, and for praying for Melanie and the children at home.  It was a great week and we thank God for the privilege.  Right now thanks for praying for us to have the strength we need to care for the chickenpox clan!