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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!

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!

Catching Up!

Melanie —  January 26, 2017

Wow, we have been seriously neglectful in writing on our blog.  We will try to do better in 2017! To help you catch up with us a bit,  I will share some photos which will hopefully give you a taste of what we have been up to over the past couple of months.  There have been plenty of challenges but also many joys and we have much to thank our loving Father for!

Coming up in family life, we have four birthdays to celebrate and are so excited that Mariah is getting baptised on Sunday!  Please pray for her as she takes this important step.  Peter will be preaching at the service and he is a bit under the weather with a cold/flu so please pray he is well for Sunday and for the Holy Spirit to speak through him as there will be quite a few visitors including those who don’t know Jesus yet.  My aunt Carol is arriving from the USA tomorrow and will join us for all the festivities, starting with Kaylah’s 5th birthday party on Saturday.

On the ministry front, we have been busy with many things. . . . a few highlights:  this week has been a special week of prayer at church and it has been a very encouraging time.  Peter was in Germany last week, speaking at the OM entry conference for a couple of days.  The women’s Cor Deo programme is starting Feb. 6th and we are excited about that.  Those are just a few highlights . .  as always we value your prayers very much.  Apart from Him we can do nothing!

Now for the photos . . .

 

There have been ups . . .

 

. . . and downs 🙂
(literally and figuratively!)

 

Mariah decided to donate her hair to a charity. It took her a few days to get used to it but she’s really happy she did it. We all think it looks great!

 

Our Christmas season was very busy (I still haven’t learned how to make it not crazy!) but we had lots of fun moments. Here the Meadlings are eating gummy sushi – part of a lovely Christmas gift box from some friends.

 

Here they are on Christmas morning with their stockings (it’s getting harder to all fit on Dad and Mum’s bed!)

 

Don’t think sleepy Jessah had a clue what was going on but she had a smile for us!

 

Dad made star shaped eggs for Christmas breakfast!

 

It’s also getting harder to take an “in front of the Christmas tree” photo! (maybe we need a bigger tree!)

 

Kaylah is loving her new rollerblades!

 

Opening gifts was an activity in itself for Jessah! Here she is opening the doll that Kaylah picked out for her.

 

Checking it out . . .

 

We love playing games with Grandma and Grandpa. This one is GRandpa’s favourite – Halma.

 

And fun with cousins . . .

 

Dad and Aliyah

 

We took a frosty December walk a few days after Christmas.

 

Jessah exploring a tree . . .

 

Aliyah likes to wear Jessah in the baby carrier . . .

 

Hannah took some amazing photos . ..

 

 

 

Miss Jessah took off with her walking a few days before Christmas . . .

 

Watch out world – here I come! 🙂

 

Taking a moment to chill out . . .

 

This girl is full of energy and smiles.

 

Can you tell she likes hats?

 

She wants to do everything that the big kids do!  They are very patient with her.

 

Can I help?!

 

Couldn’t resist sharing just one more photo of her!

 

We had a very special celebration on Saturday. Kaylah finished her 100 Reading Lessons. Dad made her a special certificate.

 

Here we are counting out 100 chocolate chips to put on her cake.

 

Reading the last few lines of the 100th lesson!

 

Good job Kaylah! Welcome to the world of books! 🙂

 

Thank you for your prayers for our family.  We love you all and thank God for your partnership with us.