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Friday 25th October, 2019

Christian Family Ministries News – October 2019
Peter goes back to Poland, thrilled that Alfred can still
speak English! What a thrill to work with the Polish Police in
Szczecin again. Two full weeks, working together in several
different schools, three a day sometimes. In addition, we spent a fair amount of time brainstorming future events, including making more Alfred movies, coming up with a brilliant and much simpler way of distributing the Alfred Programme’s, on USB stick format, instead of DVD’s! We also decided to produce new ‘give away’ stickers like the one’s West Midlands Police designed for me when we were working in Birmingham schools. Instead of artistic drawings produced by WMP art department, we decided to use real photos this time. Meet the Polish ‘Alfred Programme’ Schools Team on the left. We also have yet another additional item of news to share in connection with our Polish Ministry. Although Alfred returned with me to England, we are now able to introduce you to another member of Alfred’s family, his sister Anya. A dear brother in Open Air Campaigners, Alan Offord, died earlier this year and his widow is selling his vent doll, Charlie, together with some of his other evangelistic materials. Professional vintage vent dolls are very expensive and I felt led to offer £500 for Charlie. I paid almost £1500 for Alfred when he was new, all those years ago. My offer was accepted and I will be picking Alfred’s sister up next month.  We were thrilled when a few days after arriving home from Poland to receive a cheque for CFM for £500 from some very dear friends. Ewa (Eva) is a young woman from the Evangelical Church I work with in Poland. She is keen to be the operator and voice of Anya. I will be training her, and she will be able to appear with Alfred in future films and help to expand the programme in Poland, as there must come a day (hopefully many years in the future) when my Polish ministry will ultimately come to an end. It will also mean that Mariusz Socha, Pastor of the Evangelical Church, who is the Polish Director for my Alfred Programme won’t have to translate for Anya who will already be able to speak Polish!
– – – – A New Ministry – – – –
Some of you are already aware that I have been in touch with Mid Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, USA with a view to teaching one of their Contextualized Leadership Development courses on Discipleship and Evangelism here in Birmingham. You have to be approved by the Seminary and hold the minimum qualification of a Master’s Degree in Theology. It seems that I have been approved as a lecturer and we hope to begin teaching the first Course in the Spring. The Diploma awarded on completion of the course will be accredited by the Seminary. Please pray for the completion of all our preparation and plans.
We lead our next ‘Bible Comes Alive’ Tour with 30 members at the end of this month. Then at the beginning of December, we are having some long awaited work done on our house.
We wish you all every sincere blessing as we prepare for the fast approaching season of Advent. Peter and Maureen

Christmas News

Tuesday 4th December, 2018

Maureen shares our latest news:

Dear Friends, Thank you for your prayers and support over the last few months. It has been a very unsettled time as we still seek the Lord for what He wants us to do next. Pete is still keen to use his Evangelism experience to help others, passing on the baton as he calls it! We have both been speaking at different churches mostly in this area. I have also had a lot of health problems, antibiotics and hospital tests. One long term problem was put right by a trip to the Chiropractor! The strangest thing of all was that I became allergic to my Thyroid tablets! Even I could not believe it! I would wake up feeling fine in the morning, and a couple of hours after taking my medication, I would start to feel ill. I gradually worsened during the day and in the evening suddenly felt well again. For months I tried everything I could think of, then I changed my brand of Thyroxin and now I am well!

In September, we had a lovely holiday in Madeira. The weather was great, a bit too warm to do much, so sitting in the shade in the grounds of our hotel was just what we needed. If you love flowers and plants you would love Madeira.

We were back a few days and then went to ‘dog sit’ for Pepper, Lynzi’s short haired German Pointer. Our grandchildren were at home but both work long hours, Katrina as a Ward Manager in hospital and Jack is an Audi Service Technician. It was really nice to spend time with them. Lynzi & Paul went to Kentucky to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, where they visited a full size replica of Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum. They were very impressed and had loads of photos to show us. It does look amazing. Paul & Lyn are very involved in their church. Paul works with the young people, the men’s ministry, and does some teaching. Lyn is the practical one who cares for people, and beavers away in the background making people welcome.

At the end of October, Pete led another tour to Israel. There were 37 of us, including thirteen lovely people from our own church! Chris, a friend from church, kindly organised a minibus for the 17 people from the Birmingham area to get to Heathrow. At Heathrow, we met up with ‘soon to be friends’ who had booked through our travel agency. But best of all, we were joined by Anita & Rob and Lynzi & Katrina. Our granddaughter was the one who had persuaded Pete to do ‘just one more trip’, so that she could go with him! Our girls had been with us on our first ever trip to Israel about 33 years ago so it was lovely that they came again. They were a real help to us as we led and took care of the people. The group gelled well together and we had fun, but also some moments when the Lord’s presence was so real, those times were very precious. We sang together, ‘Be still and know that I am God,’ in the Church of St Anne, by the pool of Bethesda, only to be joined by a Polish group who sang it in their own language. It was lovely! To our amazement a Polish lady flung her arms around Pete and hugged him. He had preached in her church in Poland several times! The trip was hectic and we were all tired afterwards, but you have to see as much as possible when you are there. Several people heard about the trip and want Pete to do another one next year.

Anita & Rob are both finding their work stressful presently. Both are involved in their church, where Rob is a deputy church warden. Rob is also part of a team that goes out to feed the homeless people of Milton Keynes. Anita leads a Home group and administers Prayer Line. She recently has started to speak at a women’s group and at a local church.

Next May, we have a family wedding! Peter (our eldest grandson) is marrying the lovely Larissa, at St Mary’s Church, Bletchley. They are both keen Christians and would appreciate prayer for the wedding and all the preparations. They have asked Peter (granddad) to give the message at their marriage service. Peter (grandson) is working as a Flight Operations Controller, for 206 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, so they will be looking for somewhere to live in that area and would appreciate prayer for that too. His brother Joe is back in England after several months in Norway. Joe is desperate to go back and work for the Lord but because of the language barrier, he has not been able to secure a job there. Currently, he is employed in social care but is seeking new opportunities and would appreciate prayer also.

We have a new Pastor at our church. He is a great preacher/teacher and has big ideas for the church. I really feel that there will be exciting weeks ahead. It is good to be a part of it.
Peter writes: As I expected, Maureen has not left me much room! However, that shouldn’t matter too much as she’s shared almost everything. I’m particularly blessed when I see the Lord working in people’s hearts and being able to lead them to Christ. I think of two in particular after preaching at a service yesterday, in addition to four young teenage girls who came to Christ at the end of another service just a few weeks ago. Please find a place for them in your prayers, that they may grow in the love, grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Maureen also mentions another Israel trip next year. We have decided to proceed with this and are working with our Jewish Tour Company to plan flights and itineraries etc. We have decided to ‘take on board’ the suggestions made by this year’s tour members and will make some changes to next year’s itinerary. These will include removing two or three sites from the tour, which members felt could be, replaced with other more interesting ones, and also giving more time for private exploration and contemplation. For example, a little longer on the shore of the Sea of Galilee paddling and reflecting on Jesus ministry along that same shore! We will send more information and post details on our website: (www.cfmtrust.org) when they are available.
May we take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and a New Year full of spiritual blessing.
Love from Peter & Maureen

June update

Thursday 19th July, 2018

Dear Praying Friends
We last wrote to you at the end of March with reference to a proposal Peter had received from Dr Ron
George, Director of the Eurasia Education Foundation. Among the points Ron proposed were:
That Peter and Maureen partner as members of EEF whilst not making any changes with their own
present charity setup including being answerable to their own board.
That EEF introduces Peter’s valuable ministry in training Sunday school teachers and evangelistic
ministers in Divitia Gratiae University and their graduates in Central Asia. (Turkish and Persian
cultures).
That Peter is available to teach at the annual Camp held in Moldova and any other DGU linked churches
in Central Asia.
With this in mind, our CFM Trustees met on the 16th March and made the decision that Peter should
travel to Moldova in June, taking up an invitation to visit the Summer school, where a camp for
children is running concurrently. They would like to have evening meetings and ask me to speak and
lead many of those. This will give me the chance to assess the opportunities for ministry there, and
then report back to the Trustees when I return (This will take place on Thursday next week, please
pray for our meeting). Here follows an account of my visit:
I travelled to Chisinau in Moldova on Saturday July 16th, via Frankfurt in Germany. Were it not for the
assistance of a Russian lady also travelling to Chisinau I would never have made my connection. Never
have I seen such a large number of people waiting to pass through security in Frankfurt. I estimate
well over 300 in my group, plus an equal number from the opposite direction. The lady said, follow me
and keep up! She forced her way through the crowds crying, ‘our plane is leaving, our plane is leaving!’
The lines parted like the Red Sea. A customs officer then noticed that my International Police
Association wallet in the tray had fallen open revealing my badge, he said, ‘Police?’ and passed me
through giving me specific directions as to where to go for my flight. The Russian lady in white pushed
me ahead up the steps onto the plane saying, ‘I’ll follow you.’ That was the last I saw of her, I couldn’t
see her anywhere on the plane, or at Chisinau when I arrived! Was she a Russian angel?
On arriving at the University was greeted by Mihai Malancea, the Principal, and related to him the
details of my journey. When he heard the details he asked to see my badge and said that there was a
meeting of the Christian Police Association of Moldova that week. I told him that I was a member of
the CPA too, at which point he said, ‘wait!’ pulled out his phone, and spoke to someone (in Romanian)
for a couple of minutes, before informing me that he’d been talking to a senior Police Officer (a
member of his church), who was the secretary to the Christian Police Association of Moldova and that
I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Conference!
The following day we went to the Summer School Conference at the Christian Camp in Vatici (about
45km from Chisinau) where the training sessions for the Pastors and Christian Workers would be
held. I had only been allotted an hour each evening for my sessions, meaning that I had spent many
hours preparing materials which were never used. The time was somewhat redeemed by the
opportunity to speak at a couple of camps for around 20 minutes each morning, one for children and
the other for teens, which were held at the same as the conference. I was also pulled aside quite a few
times during the two weeks by a few of the conference delegates who were eager to learn more. I have
also received some very encouraging emails of thanks from a couple of the delegates from Russian
republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus.
Half way through the training Conference, Mihai took me to the other Conference for the Christian
Police Association. He told me that the Baptists were the largest Christian groups comprising around
20%, the others were members of the Orthodox Church, and so there would probably be a large
number of delegates who needed to hear the Gospel preached. You never have to tell an Evangelist
something like that twice! So, in addition to sharing my past experiences of working with the Police I
was able to use some of my Illusions to share a short Gospel message. My contribution was very well
received and will probably result in further work with the Police, and the Alfred Films that we made
being dubbed into Romanian for use in schools with the Police in Moldova!
Please keep us in your prayers during the coming days.
Every sincere blessing
Peter