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New Venue, Sleep and Wolves

Peter —  January 16, 2014

The last couple of weeks have been exciting to live through.  After three years of using our last venue for Cor Deo (for which we are so thankful, it was a great facility generously offered to us), we have had to find a new venue at short notice.  The agents we spoke to said it would take at least six weeks to get into a commercial property, perhaps up to three or four months.  Somehow, despite people not working over Christmas and the New Year, we have been able to view about 10 potential new venues for Cor Deo.  None of them fit the bill, until the last one.  The last one we saw just ten days before the Intensive began this Monday.

So does it fit the bill and when can we get in?  It fits the bill wonderfully.  Lots of floor space divided up perfectly into the rooms we need.  And amazingly, we were able to take possession of the keys six days after first seeing it!  Unbelievable.  What’s more, we were able to get a friend in to decorate before we were officially in, another friend has finished off a thirty-foot partition with an expert plastering job, and we’ve been able to find the furniture we needed to buy within a few days, plus a photocopier, etc.

So on Monday we welcomed the first group of Cor Deo participants to our new home and the Intensive has been going wonderfully.  We are so thankful for God’s provision in this new venue.  It feels like the ministry has been blessed with a wonderful step forward.  Next week the full-time programme begins and we are very excited to get the nine of us together and dive into the season of growth that lies before us.  Please pray for Ron, David, Mike (team administrator) and I, as well as the team for this year: Paul, Jake, Phil, Brian and Charlie.

Melanie’s Health – we continue to value prayer for Melanie’s health.  She has had back-to-back viruses that have completely wiped her out, and this has been exacerbated by (or has exacerbated) sleeplessness over the past few weeks.  She has had a couple of better nights this week, but she is running on a very empty tank.  Please pray for her to be able to sleep, to fight off the throat/sinus problem and be able to build up her strength.

Joel’s Quote – Hannah was asking if she could walk over to the Searights after dinner.  They live in our neighbourhood but it’s still a little walk to get there.  Peter said, “No, it’s too dark.  A girl shouldn’t be out walking alone in the dark.”

Joel said, “Yeah, well, boys can do it though, from about age seven and up . . .  because wolves like to eat girls better than boys.”

Glad he’s figured out the main threat in our neighbourhood!

Reunion Weekend

Melanie —  March 14, 2013

We would appreciate prayer for this coming weekend.  We are expecting a wonderful time with former Cor Deo participants (from the full-time programme from the past two years) plus the current team members and their families.  Please pray for safe travels for everyone, encouraging times of fellowship and building one another up in Christ.  It will be really special to see these people who are really in our hearts.  Peter is preaching on Sunday so he is trying to prepare for that, plus finish his notes for the European Leadership Forum (which will take place in May but the notes deadline is now!).  Please pray for strength for him and focus and that he would be able to preach and encourage others this weekend out of a heart full with the love of Christ.  The children and I have had a cold/flu virus and I am still feeling pretty wiped out so pray for stamina for me as we host people in our home this weekend and seek to serve and bless our friends.Continue Reading Reunion Weekend

April Showers

Melanie —  April 21, 2012

It’s been a strange April day – sun mixed with rain and even a hail shower.  The kids are out riding their bikes now but, looking out the window I can see it’s starting to rain again!  I guess it’s true that April is often a showery month, especially in England, but hopefully we’ll get some May flowers as a result.

I’ve been busy today catching up on administrative things – emails, things I’ve needed to read and print, documents to review.  Administrative work is just one of the aspects of my “job” as wife and mom.  My aunt sent me an email recently and ended it with these words that made me smile . . . “Enjoy your day being wife, mother, teacher, listener, cook, washer lady, guide, nurse, etc. No wonder you are tired at the end of the day!”

Every day in our house there is something humorous said to keep me smiling.  Joel wins the prize for yesterday.  We watched a couple videos yesterday as several of the kids are battling a virus.  While we were watching a video about wildlife in Britain, Joel said,  “I wish humans had beaks.  Then we could dive down in the water and catch fish, like salmon.”  Later on, after we watched part of a video on “Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution,” he said, “Mom, you know one fact from that movie:  If I was a chicken, I would hatch out of an egg.  If I wasn’t a chicken, I wouldn’t hatch out of an egg.”  Well-spoken, son. 🙂  And one more . . . Peter has been going through the book of Jude with the children.  While Joel and Hannah were playfully wrestling, Joel suddenly grabbed Hannah’s ankle, sat up and said, “May the Lord rebuke you!”  At least he’s been taking in the message of the book of Jude!

Here are some photos from the past few weeks.  Peter had a two week break from Cor Deo so it was nice to be able to spend a little more time with him.  We took a partial break from school studies to coincide with the Easter break the children in schools had.  Now we have just 6 more weeks left til we are done for the summer!  We’ll be done just in time to prepare to leave for our USA trip on June 25th. Please pray that we’ll find good accommodation for while we are in Oregon.

OK, here are the photos . . .

We got to spend a lovely day at Bowood with Peter's sister's family. Here are all the cousins together.


Sweet baby Kaylah slept most of the time we were there.


Joel continues to love dressing up and Hannah loves to create costumes. Here he is as a Native American.


He's a knight this time, I think. The past few days he's been an Allied soldier, a policeman and a football player.


Sometimes I make a dish called "Kusherie" which is an Egyptian meal of rice and lentils. Hannah decided to dress Mariah up as an Egyptian for the meal. The result was pretty impressive!


A different kind of dressing up for Kaylah . . . the girls and I had fun putting this sweet outift on her for Easter.


One day during the holidays we went to the STEAM Museum in Swindon (museum of the Great Western Railway). It was lots of fun!


Four Meadlings in a ticket booth!


One morning, Peter invented a game, similar to bowls, that involved rolling tennis balls across the floor. He and the kids had great fun playing in the living room.


The trophies were pillows, including my nursing pillow!


This is us outside the US Embassy in London where we took care of our passport paperwork that needed to be done. We got up at 4:30am that morning so we may all look a little bleary-eyed. (When we arrived 3 hrs. earlier, Peter was the recipient of a pigeon deposit on his head. Unfortunately, I was laughing too hard to take a photo!)


After the embassy business was taken care of, we had just enough energy left to do some brief sight-seeing. Here's Peter and Joel outside Big Ben.


We got engaged in Westminster Abbey 14 years ago! Here is us replicating a photo we had taken back then, showing off my engagement ring.


Couldn't resist posting a few more photos of Kaylah . . .


Look at my chubby cheeks! (Wouldn't be a Mead baby without the cheeks!)


What a happy girl!


All the older children just love to hold Kaylah. Mariah probably asks me most often if she can hold her.


And Joel is learning to multi-task already . . . doing reading practice while holding his baby sister. (Note: the white vest is his "bullet-proof" vest. :-))


We could not do what we do without prayer support from so many people.  We sense our weakness and need of protection in the spiritual battle we are in.  Peter has 2 more weeks of preaching morning and evening at Ladyfield (on Acts) and has a Cor Deo conference in London next Saturday.  Thank you for standing behind us in the battle.