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Last week Peter, the four older Meads, and five other Trinity Chippenham youth headed out to a campground in Wales for a week of youth camp run by Grace Church Bristol. They had a fantastic time! There were lots of laughs, good food, games and activities, and times of worship and teaching. All the kids and Peter came back full of stories and thankfulness for an encouraging week.  In the midst of the week, Mariah had her appendix out! Not exactly what we were expecting to happen during camp week . . . but we did know she had a “grumbling” appendix and made sure there was a hospital near to the campground.  She went into hospital Wednesday night, had the appendectomy Thursday night and came back to camp Friday night.  I wasn’t so sure that was a great idea (mother worrying from a distance!) but Peter was there with her and someone gave up a bed in a house on the site for Mariah so she didn’t have to sleep in a tent for the last night.  Needless to say, I was glad to see everyone (especially Mariah!) when they came home on Saturday.

Some of her friends from camp came to visit her in hospital.

Meanwhile, back in Chippenham, Kaylah and Jessah and I had a very special week.  We went to Bowood, read stories, went to McDonalds (or “Old McDonalds” as Jessah calls it!) and had some time with friends. It was a precious time and I think they both really benefitted from the focused attention they got from me. It was a very quiet house!! When it was only just the 3 of us, it made me realise just how complicated it is to run a household of 8 (and hopefully I will be a bit gentler on myself when I have my moments of finding it a little overwhelming!)

 

Picnic at Bowood!

 

So cute to see the girls starting to read books quietly together. (“read” in Jessah’s case!)

In other events this month, we had a wonderful family “staycation” the week before camp.  We played games, did some biking, had a picnic, played pool (we’ve got a table in our newly cleaned garage now!), and enjoyed a read aloud (Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot). It was so nice to have that downtime together. Oh, I also took Kaylah and Joel to a climbing place one afternoon.  They loved it!

 

Kaylah got more and more confident as the afternoon went on!

 

Joel must have done this wall 25 times, trying to beat his speed record!

Jessah listening to some music!

Speaking of listening, Peter has been doing a series at Trinity on “Ears to Hear” – preaching through Jesus’ parables.  Its’ been excellent (in this wife’s opinion!), Click here to listen.

 

Watch this space soon for some photos from our USA trip (finally!). I had some major issues getting photos from my phone to my computer but I have now fixed the problem . . . hope to post some photos soon!

We Are Home!

Peter —  July 23, 2018

This is just a short post to say that we are home and will be posting a report from our USA trip in the next few days.

Seven weeks passed by in a flash, but we are so thankful for the time we had.  We got to visit with family and friends in Oregon, a quick weekend trip to California (first visit in 10 years!), and a couple of weeks in Chicago.  It was so good to see family and old friends, as well as making new friends along the way too.  We are so thankful for the time we had with each person and only wish we could have had longer.  The children had a wonderful adventure and coped really well with lots of living out of bags, lots of travel, etc.  We visited twelve churches, including three that we had never been to before.  We were blessed with wonderful kindness as people hosted us in their homes, fed us great meals, etc.  In a sense we would be delighted to do the whole trip again, but in another sense we are so happy to be home and not be living out of bags … it is great to be back with our church community at Trinity Chippenham, and so perhaps we would prefer to be here for a while before we do a huge and busy trip again!

Hopefully in the next few days we will be able to give a better report, with some pictures, etc.

April – Albania

Melanie —  April 28, 2018

 

Last week, Peter had the privilege of going to a country he’d never been to before – Albania.  He spent a day doing preaching training with a small group of men.  Peter was invited by a British missionary that he met at the European Leadership Forum (ELF) where he teaches every year.  Peter thoroughly enjoyed his time in Albania and is looking forward to mentoring these men throughout the coming year via webinars.  He’ll go back to Albania this time next year to conclude the training.  Speaking of ELF, Peter will be back teaching again at this strategic conference in less than a month.  We’ll post more about that trip as it approaches.  For now, here are some photos from his time Albania:

 

 

 

There is a historic castle up on this hill.

 

Peter has also been continuing to preach at Trinity Chippenham (listen here to our recent “Heart of our Faith” series) and we continue to be delighted as we watch God transform lives. Please pray for those precious people in our church who are hurting or who need God to help them grow in particular areas. And for those who don’t yet know Jesus.  Our enemy is always on the prowl, looking to take our eyes away from Jesus.  Please pray for protection for Peter and I, our family and our brothers and sisters at Trinity Chippenham. For me, the attacks come in the form of discouragement, health issues or just plain exhaustion and being overwhelmed at all there is to do.  We are in a marathon, not a sprint – pray that we’ll run with endurance by faith, not by stress!

 

The children and I have been hard at work trying to tie a bow on our school year.  We have nine official school days left! The reason we planned to finish so early is due to our planned trip to the USA where we’ll be meeting with prayer partners and supporting churches.  There is LOTS to do to get ready for our trip, so please pray we can be productive and also filled with God’s peace (not stress!) as we prepare.  Peter will be doing a significant amount of teaching so please pray for him as he prepares.  If you would like an itinerary with prayer points for our USA trip, please email us and we’ll send it to you when it’s finalised.

Hannah will be taking the SAT a week from today (5th May) so please pray she can do her very best.  She has been working hard now for the last few months to get herself ready.  She has also been preparing to take a CLEP exam when we get to Oregon at the end of May.

Thanks so much for your prayers.  Here are a few photos of the little girls . . . such a joy to us every day!

Spring has sprung and Kaylah found a worm!

 

We love playing outdoors on scooters and on the trampoline. The weather has been very unpredictable. But when the sun comes out, we soak it up!