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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.

 

 

Birthday Month

Peter —  February 19, 2019

Not even three weeks into February and we have had three birthdays already.  Today was Mariah’s (after Kaylah’s and Aliyah’s).  Kaylah enjoyed snow on her birthday, but that seems like a long time ago now.  That snow and ice caused our church venue to be cancelled, but we were able to arrange an alternative at short notice.

Hannah has her good friend from Oregon visiting, which adds another girl into the mix!  Later this month we have a women’s Cor Deo Intensive and there are still spaces available – do you know anyone who could join us in Chippenham for next week?  Please get in touch!  We also have a four-day John Feast in March where we will study John’s Gospel right through for four days.  This is a trial run of this new format, but it should be exciting (all are
welcome to this Intensive).

Thanks for praying for us.  Birthday season is a happy time, but obviously it is a lot of extra activity on top of the normal load of schooling and ministry.  Right now we are in the process of helping Hannah figure out how her desire to study English & Bible at university in Oregon can work out practically.  We’ve had a conversation with one of the universities to talk about financial aid with them.  Thanks for praying for us: for ministry, for family, for these precious daughters who are celebrating birthdays, etc.

(We will get some birthday pictures on here soon!)