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New Year, New Ministry…

Peter —  January 7, 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020’s!!  It is amazing how time flies so fast. This picture was taken at the Junior Parkrun on one of Hannah’s last days visiting home this Christmas.  It was fun to run with or cheer on the little two!

Melanie will post a Christmas/December update on here soon I am sure, but let me just take the chance to flag a couple of ministry plans coming up in the next weeks…

At Trinity we are into the new year with a new series called “Incline Your Heart” and on Sunday I preached from Joshua 24:23 to introduce the series.  This coming Sunday I am speaking in Feltham, London in the morning (at the church where my Grandfather was pastor until he was promoted to glory in 1973).

Next week we have a Preacher’s Intensive with Cor Deo, here in Chippenham.  We did one of these about three years ago and it went very well, so we are looking forward to this new format edition next week.  Our focus will be in 2 Timothy as we think about all aspects of preaching together.  Prayer appreciated as participants come from all over the UK and also one from Hungary.

The following week I have a quick flying visit to Germany for the OM New Recruits Conference (GO Conference).  I will be there just over a day, speaking twice and connecting with new recruits.

We are also in the final stage of preparing for the next book to come out, hopefully in May.  Please pray for the right endorsements to come in, and then for the book to be ready for launching at the European Leadership Forum in May.  I will tell you more about this little book soon!

Thank you for praying for us in these weeks.  There is a lot going on and we want to be walking closely with Jesus through it all.

PS I wrote a post to welcome in the new year called New Year, New You – you might enjoy that.

December Ministry

Peter —  December 5, 2019

Since the last update on here we have had several weeks of ministry including a very encouraging mini-Intensive with Cor Deo.  Right now I am in Barcelona where I have spent two days with this year’s group of preachers on the Year Round Mentoring program through European Leadership Forum.  It has been such a good time with a group from Poland, England, Slovakia, Jamaica (not European, I know), Albania, and Hungary.  We spent time thinking about effective delivery, about how to preach for changed lives, about how our theology shapes our preaching ministry, and they all preached a sermon and received feedback.  Plus we enjoyed meals together, long conversations over food, etc.  It has been a genuinely worthwhile and enjoyable time.  I fly home tomorrow.

On Saturday we have our church’s big event of the winter – The First Christmas, an immersive nativity drama experience.  Lots of work has gone in to this from the creative and hardworking people of Trinity Chippenham.  The costumes are ready, lines are learned, refreshments are being prepared, the farm is clean (as much as a farm can be), and all the tickets are gone!  There will be three performances for about 100 people each time.  I will be a village elder leading the persecution of Mary, played by Aliyah.  Mariah and Joel are also involved in the Herod’s palace scene, and Melanie will be bringing neighbours to a couple of the performances.  Saturday will be a huge day, but we know that apart from God we can do nothing.  Please pray for the weather, for the cast, for the logistics of the event, and most of all, for the guests to really hear the gospel clearly presented and feel drawn toward Christ as a result.

Once we get past Saturday the rest of the month looks fairly calm.  Normal Sunday preaching on the 8th and 22nd, a little bit of marking for my Union School of Theology preaching class, but otherwise fairly quiet.  Actually, it is good because Hannah will be coming home on the 15th and we all want to spend lots of time with her over Christmas!

Thank you for praying for us.

 

Well, it’s been an eventful few weeks! Hannah graduated from high school on the 6th of July.  We had a super special day celebrating with family and friends.  Peter and I can’t believe we are the parents of a high school graduate!  Where did all those years go? Our hearts are full of gratitude and praise to God for all he’s done in Hannah’s life.  She loves Him and wants to serve Him and we can’t wait to see what God is going to do in her life as she launches out into the world

High school graduations are not really a thing here in England.  But we wanted to take some time to celebrate God’s faithfulness and mark this milestone in her life – and ours too! With his grace and strength, we’ve managed to raise and educate a child – all glory goes to him! As I said in my speech at the graduation, there were so many days that I felt like a failure as a homeschooling mother and felt like I had no idea what I was doing! I hung onto Galatians 6:9 (I’ve always called it my “mummy verse”) -” Let us not grow weary in doing good, for a the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” We have an amazing God, that takes us as we are, with our weakness and failures and does beautiful things through us.

Here are some photos from the day.  We had a programme that included speeches from Peter and I and all Hannah’s siblings, a photo slideshow of Hannah’s life so far, and video messages from those who were far away and couldn’t come to the graduation.  At the end Hannah played her guitar and we all (30+ people packed into our living room!) sang Here is Love together.  Such a precious time.

 

The food table with photo bunting above (one photo for every school year)

 

Here’s Peter presenting her diploma.

 

A big hug from Dad . . .

 

And one from Mom . . .

 

Hannah playing Here is Love . . .

 

All the guests!

 

Hannah and her younger friends (and sisters!)

 

And the Meadling ladies

 

Hannah is a very loved big sister!

 

 

 

The teens stayed afterwards for curries and dessert.

 

I’m so thankful to God for loaning us this precious girl for the last 18 years. It’s a joy to be her mum/mom and most of all to know that she belongs to the King of Kings.

 

After the graduation, Hannah’s been keeping very busy with a mission trip to Ireland, working at her holiday club job and more recently, packing and organising to get ready to leave for university. We had a goodbye open house for her last Saturday which was a very full and happy house! I am so blessed to be travelling with Hannah to Oregon on Monday (yay for frequent flyer tickets!).  She starts at Corban University on the 25th where she’ll be studying English and Bible. Please pray for her to stay close to Jesus, make some good friends and grow SO much through her formal studies and the university of LIFE!  Personally I would also appreciate prayer for good health and strength during the travelling (it’s a 24+ hour journey door to door)) and during the time when I am in Oregon.  I do struggle with being anxious about these trips as I don’t know I will be health-wise.  I really want to be a blessing to Hannah while I’m there and the rest of my family too, who I don’t often get to see.  And as the Mead family, we’d appreciate prayer for this time of transition which includes lots of mixed emotions for everyone!

Peter and the kids arrive home tomorrow from a week of youth camp.  We’ve been praying for real life change in the kids who went from Trinity Chippenham.  We value your prayers so much for our family and ministry. We are in a battle for sure.  Hannah and I have been reading the Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis) over the past couple of weeks.  It’s been such an insightful read.  How much we need Jesus – without him we can do nothing.

PS If you would like the links to the photo slideshow we did for Hannah or the audio of the speeches, let us know and we’ll be happy to share them.