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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!

 

 

 

Easter Baptisms

Peter —  April 6, 2018

The month of March disappeared in a flash!  It started with snow, then two weeks later we had another snowfall that meant we cancelled church.  Two weeks later was Easter Sunday and again there were forecasts for snow.  Thankfully Easter Sunday was a beautiful sunny day and so we had no problems holding church on that day.  It was extra special because we were able to see four of our friends at church baptised.  What a great day to be baptised!  We are so thankful for all God is doing in the church community here.  As a church we have settled into our new venue now and are loving it.  If you are ever passing Chippenham on a Sunday afternoon, we would love to welcome you to Trinity Chippenham!  Here are a few pictures:

The girls enjoying the snow (first half decent snow in 6 years!)

A fairly normal Sunday at our new venue – come and visit us any Sunday afternoon!

Here is our good friend Danny getting baptised!

And our good friend, Clare!

February Fun!

Melanie —  March 3, 2018

February begins our birthday season, with four girls’ birthdays in four weeks.  We’ve made some special memories!  In the middle of all the festivities, Hannah and I took at trip to Oregon so she could check out two universities she is interested in applying to attend.  Wow, I can’t believe this season in our lives has arrived!  My family and Hannah’s close friend, Anne, had no clue we were coming; it was super fun to surprise them all!

Also, this month, we are running a parenting course in our church life groups, Peter has been preaching on Sundays through the life of Joseph (Where is God in This?) and Cor Deo has held a one-week women’s course.  The last day was sadly cancelled due to snow, but they covered some of the last day’s material on the fourth day and they’ll have an evening next week to finish off for anyone able to attend.  From all accounts it’s been an impactful week in these ladies’ lives.  We have another women’s Cor Deo week coming up in Devon the week after next.  We are so grateful for your continued prayers for us as we serve at church and beyond.  Our hearts are full of gratitude to God for his blessings, including a much waited for mini-snow storm over the past few days which provided hours of fun for the children (and yes, Peter and I too!)

Here are some photos for you.  (Also, check out my “Currently Reading” page which I just updated. And if you haven’t explored the rest of the website recently,  we have done a long overdue update to all the pages!)

On the 1st of Feb, Kaylah turned 6! She requested a “donut” cake.

 

A party is always so exciting! (Even if it’s just a family one.)

 

Wiggle scooter!

 

We did outings with Mom and Dad this year instead of big parties with friends. Kaylah asked to go ice skating. Peter and I had a lot of fun with her!

 

Next up was Aliyah – she turned 15!

 

Lunch at Costco!

 

We thank God for Aliyah!

 

Next up was Mariah – she joined her sisters in the teenage world – 13 years old!

 

Our 3 lovely teenagers!

 

We (and all our relatives) surprised her with a bike for her birthday. We took her into the store blindfolded. Jessah said, “Bike!” just before we took the blindfold off. 🙂

 

 

Fun at the climbing centre!

 

Just before her birthday, Mariah became the 4th person in our family to earn her blackbelt.

 

As I have done with her older sisters, I took her away for a night for her 13th – we had fun playing bananagrams (such an addictive game!), watching War Room, eating and shopping.

 

Here’s Hannah and me on the plane getting ready to fly to Oregon. It was a memorable trip for both of us.

 

Hannah and my Dad – we surprised the family and showed up at his birthday party!

 

Hannah and her friend (after sneaking up on her in the library and surprising her!)

 

Hannah and I drove by the Hillsboro apartment building Peter and I lived in during his time in seminary. Ours was the upstairs one on the left. We have so many memories here, especially of Hannah and Aliyah as babies!

 

It was super special to spend time with my sister . .

 

. . . and my nieces and nephews.

 

Amy and I with our Mom.

 

Hannah and her friend Anne at Corban University.

 

And here we are at Multnomah with dear friend, Carley Wecks (we ran into her in the salad line in the cafeteria!). What a joy to reconnect!

 

Please pray for Hannah as she prays about her future and prepares for it. She really liked both universities so she’ll probably apply to both and keep praying.

 

Yesterday was Hannah’s 17th birthday! We were snowed in so it was one she won’t soon forget!

 

Even though we had to postpone her cinema trip and birthday dinner til tonight, we had so much fun in the beautiful snow!

 

Au revoir for now . . .

 

Thanks so much for praying for us!