Christmas NewsTuesday 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