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Saying Goodbye

Melanie —  November 4, 2021

After two months in the USA, we are back home in Chippenham! The last 2 months have been a wonderful blessing to our family.  God provided for us in so many ways and we were able to connect with many, many dear friends and of course my (Melanie’s) family.  We all soaked up the sweet fellowship and also God’s beautiful creation in Oregon (very different than the beauty here in England).  We have many photos to share . . . watch this space for another post coming soon which will be full of photos from our trip!

For now, we’d like to travel back in time a little bit and share some photos from our last few weeks before we left home (August).  No only did we (Peter and I and the 4 youngest kids) leave for the USA at the end of August, our beloved daughter, Aliyah, left home too.  She flew to the Bahamas to meet the OM ship, Logos Hope, where is she now spending a year on board.  She is absolutely loving it and has so far visited the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados and is currently in the middle of a 2-week voyage across the Atlantic to Africa.  We are so thrilled for her to be able to have this experience serving the Lord alongside a crew of people who come from many different nations. (If you aren’t already getting her updates and would like to, please follow this link to sign up.)

Even though we were and are, cheering Aliyah on in her adventure with Jesus, it was pretty tough to say goodbye.  This girl is an integral part of our family and we all love her dearly.  We all shed many tears as we hugged at the airport with aching hearts . . . as we’ve come home to Chippenham, it’s hit us all over again that she’s gone – the house just isn’t the same without her.  We are thankful to the God who holds us all in his hands as are far apart from her (and of course from Hannah too).  Peter and I have always said that we wanted to raise our children to fly, to launch out and change the world for Jesus. She belongs to the Lord, not to us and it’s a joy to watch her following Him.

Here are some photos from a family photo shoot we did (sadly due to us having Covid, we didn’t fit this in before Hannah left so she is missing from the photos!)

 

 

 

Before we left, we were able to have a graduation celebration for Aliyah, as well as a goodbye party.  Thankfully we all recovered from Covid in time to make it fit before we all left! Here are some photos from those events as well as some of her senior pictures (an American tradition). A good friend of ours took the photos when Aliyah was visiting the USA in April.

The group of us that gathered to celebrate Aliyah’s high school graduation.

Friends at her goodbye party






Oh my goodness, we love this girl so much and she will always be close in our hearts no matter where she is in the world.  Please pray for her, for God to be at work in and through her as she serves this year on the Logos Hope.  And please pray for us as we adjust to life at home without her.  Watch this space for more posts soon with a report and photos from our time in the USA!

 

 

 

Good news!  Peter and I both seem to be improving.  Thank you so much if you were praying for us.  In my last post I said Peter was on day 10.  I was mistaken about that, as he’s actually now had Covid for 2 weeks.  I guess the days have all blurred together. We were able to speak to the Covid care team this morning and they are satisfied that Peter’s blood oxygen levels are OK and not of concern. This was really reassuring to hear as we’ve been confused as to what we need to be concerned about. While we are thankful for improvement, we are still very fatigued and not functioning normally yet.  I think Peter is especially feeling discouraged as he has been unwell for so long.  So we’d definitely appreciate your continued prayers to figure out how to pace ourselves as we recover. We realise our experience is being repeated many times over around the world and we are praying for all of our friends who are also suffering from Covid. It’s definitely not an easy road for many.

In other news, we were able to book our tickets to go to the USA in a few weeks.  Please pray for us as we plan our trip to be able to have the energy we need to prepare and then do the travelling.  We will be in touch more about our trip in the next weeks.

It’s not much fun being ill and weak, but we are trusting that in our weakness, God can shine through. I read these verses this morning.

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

Thank you so much everyone for praying for us.  We are so very grateful to you all.  First, the good news, Hannah made it safely to the USA and was able to spend one happy day with Noah yesterday before flying on to Oregon today. We are thanking God she had no issues with the travelling.  Please keep her in your prayers for her to be back to full strength soon.  She starts her 2 weeks of training today for her new resident assistant job on campus.  It was very hard to say goodbye and we all miss her very much. Second piece of good news is that all the Meadlings are recovered now from Covid and out of quarantine.  Pray for them to hold up well as they try to keep the home functioning for our family.

The not so good news is that I did end up getting Covid myself and have been feeling pretty rough. I’m now on day 6 – some symptoms are better but others not great.  Peter is on day 10 and still not improved much, if any.  We are both very exhausted.  Peter’s blood oxygen levels have been concerning at times, including tonight again, so I’m posting this to ask for some more prayer for him.  Please pray God to intervene and to bring a clear improvement in his symptoms.  Also I would appreciate prayer for his encouragement and for him to sense God’s presence with him.