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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!

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!