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Oregon Trip

Peter —  October 15, 2016

I (Peter) had a great trip to Portland and Sunriver with my colleague, Mike.  We went primarily to run a Cor Deo Intensive, as well as a one-day seminar, and for me to preach in two churches.  We also thoroughly enjoyed hanging out as I showed Mike my old neighbourhood (it still feels like I’m going home, even though I was the foreigner who married the local!)  We stayed with Melanie’s sister and family, which was great.  We also enjoyed a few chances to eat at some old favourites places, such as the Mongolian Grill I used to eat at fairly regularly when I was living and working in the area (I can’t believe the same guy is still working the grill after all these years!)

The Intensive went extremely well.  We had a full house with 20 of us present, made up mostly of folks from Westside Bible Fellowship (our sending church).  We so appreciated the tone in the room, the eagerness to learn, the openness for God’s Word to challenge, etc.  This was the second Intensive that Mike and I have led together and again it was a very enjoyable few days.

We then had a day to travel down to Central Oregon where we enjoyed a one-day seminar at Community Bible Church in Sunriver on the Saturday, and then being with the church on Sunday morning.  We headed back up to Portland only to discover our flight had been cancelled and we had been rebooked on a flight through Chicago.  This meant two “red-eye” flights on consecutive nights as we flew overnight to Chicago, and then overnight to London.  Thankfully we were able to get a few hours of sleep at the house of some kind friends in Chicago, plus a bonus meal in America, before we got home tired but safe at 7:30 on Tuesday morning.

Thanks for your prayers for this trip – it really was one answered prayer after another, and we thank God for the blessing of this trip.  Now if only I could sleep at the right time!  (Actually it is quite a busy season here at home with visits to Guildford and Union School of Theology, as well as preaching at Trinity Chippenham on Sundays, etc.)

Here are a couple of pictures you might enjoy:

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When we arrived in Portland we took a little driving tour and saw places like Multnomah, where I studied until 2004.

 

Even in October we got to enjoy some stunning weather as we drove down to Central OR

Even in October we got to enjoy some stunning weather as we drove down to Central OR

 

After the one-day seminar in Sunriver we drove out past Mt Batchelor for views like this (is this South Sister, or Broken Top? Not sure!)

After the one-day seminar in Sunriver we drove out past Mt Batchelor for views like this (is this South Sister, or Broken Top? Not sure!)

 

An 11-hour layover in Chicago meant sleep and an opportunity to enjoy the famous Chicago style pizza - a bonus US meal!

An 11-hour layover in Chicago meant sleep and an opportunity to enjoy the famous Chicago style pizza – a bonus US meal!

 

What’s New?

Peter —  April 21, 2016

It’s been a little while since we posted on here.  Let me just share a couple of highlights from the past couple of weeks.  Last Saturday I was genuinely surprised by Melanie, the whole church and lots of family and friends who managed to surprise me three days after my 40th birthday. It was really fun to be altogether, and slightly embarrassing to miss all the clues they were sure I would catch!  In a couple of weeks I will get to enjoy my birthday gift . . . but more about that once it happens.

Church is going well. We had a newcomer’s lunch on Sunday. It is encouraging to see new folks joining the church. We are very aware of our need of strength to do all that needs to be done.  We are two weeks into a series in the book of James. I have preached James before, but never in a series.  If you want to hear the messages, you can find them on www.TrinityChippenham.org – last Sunday we had the fire alarm go off several minutes into the sermon.  Just as I said “fire insurance” the alarm sounded – perfect timing!  It was just a test, so we were able to carry on.

On Monday, and the one before, I was over in Bridgend teaching a preaching course at Union School of Theology. I will be over there again next week recording video lectures that will be used in the Union hubs all around the world.  Union is an exciting development and I am happy to be teaching the preaching courses both on the campus and in the learning hubs via video.

One other ministry related item – I recently sent off the first draft of the book that is the sequel to Pleased to Dwell.  Hopefully it will be released in November, but more info when I have it.

Family wise we are doing relatively well.  We’ve had a little bit of sickness that has made sleep slightly more challenging than we like.  But generally things are going well and the children are enjoying the days of nicer weather as we head into spring.

Thanks for praying for us, and hopefully we will get some pictures on here soon.

Any Day Now

Peter —  October 22, 2015

The family is going into an eerily quiet mode.  Our due date is Sunday and all ministry engagements are now done.  Next thing to happen should be the birth of our baby.  It seems like a long time ago that we miscarried, but at the same time January 2014 seems like yesterday.  We are so thankful that this pregnancy has gone to term and the little one (probably not so little) has been nicely active in recent days.  Still, the anticipation of labour and delivery is not something that can be ignored.

Please pray for Melanie and baby Mead in these next days.  We will let you know once we have news, but we would really value your prayers in the time between now and then.

Needless to say the other children are excited. Kaylah will finally be a big sister, although she is the most oblivious of all that is to come.  Aliyah is hoping to be at the birth, along with Paula, our midwife friend from Portland who delivered Aliyah twelve and a half years ago.  Hannah, Mariah and Joel are ready for things to happen and are trying not to ask Melanie if she is in labour every time she walks into the room.

So, no news yet, but any day now.  Thanks for praying.