We are so thankful to the Lord for bringing Hannah and Aliyah home safely! Aliyah was in the USA for several weeks sharing about her upcoming year on the Logos Hope and visiting Moody Bible Institute where she hopes to attend after her gap year. She had a really wonderful time and was able to see our USA family and some friends as well – a sweet bonus! Hannah has completed her second year at Corban University and the two of them were able to travel home together last week, along with Hannah’s boyfriend, Noah who will be with us for a few weeks. The three of them were in quarantine here at home up until yesterday and after 3 negative Covid tests (1 more to come!) they are now enjoying their freedom to leave these four walls! We are incredibly thankful to God for these girls and their faithfulness to him and also for His faithfulness to them! It’s been very sweet to be all together again and also great to begin getting to know Noah. God has also graciously provided Hannah with a job back at the nursery where she has worked previously. A specific answer to my prayers – he is good! Hannah will be here til early August and Aliyah will be heading to the Logos Hope at the end of August.
We are keeping very busy with homeschooling and ministry. Yesterday Peter began teaching at the European Leadership Forum (online again this year) and he would greatly appreciate your prayers as he teaches in the preaching network over the course of the next week. He’s also preaching (online) at a church in London this weekend. He finds teaching online more difficult than in person, so you could pray for energy and enthusiasm and true connection with people’s hearts.
Peter also continues preaching most weeks at Trinity Chippenham and we are currently in a series on the book of Acts which has been so challenging and also encouraging. Click here to listen to recordings or here to join our church’s livestream (3:45 pm UK time on Sundays). We are incredibly grateful that we’ve been able to continue using an Anglican church in town for in person church services. We’ve actually had quite a few new people join us (quite a few unsaved). It’s been exciting to see how God has been growing our church even during this lockdown time. We’re also thrilled that our new Christians Against Poverty debt centre is now open for clients! Please pray for us as we seek to continue reaching our community with the good news of Jesus and wisely look to the needs of a growing church. We hope to move back into our former rented facilities (a secondary school) in the next month or two. Please pray this would all go smoothly and Covid restrictions would be fully lifted as planned by the government.
Personally, Peter and I would both value prayer for physical and emotional stamina and that we’d find moments to rest and recharge. We have many things on our plates and many people who we love and care for deeply. We want to remain fully connected to the Vine ourselves so that the life of Jesus may flow through us to others.
**In our last email update we asked if anyone would like to pray with us regularly for some specific situations. If you responded to us, we apologise that we haven’t contacted you yet but we will do so soon. Meanwhile, if someone else would like to join this group in prayer for some specific needs, please let us know and we’ll share the prayer points with you too!