November UpdateMonday 5th March, 2018
Dear Prayer Partners
On the 30th of October I wrote asking you to pray for my trip to Poland, with a particular request for the very short turnaround in Düsseldorf, where I only had one hour between flights! Thank you; due to special assistance I received I enjoyed the smoothest trip for years!
Working with my dear friend, Pastor Mariusz Socha I enjoyed a very blessed and successful time. During that time, I spoke at two main Sunday services; a meeting at a children’s home near Szczecin to the children together with some of the parents and staff; also a meeting with the church youth group; and two house groups, one in Poland, the other in East Germany. During the latter, one of the ladies present gave testimony at the end to the effect that she was praying about three problems she was experiencing while driving to the meeting and that each of the three points in my message spoke to each of her three problems! I later received a lovely message from another lady present saying that the Lord had used me in a special way for the second time in her life! What a blessing to ‘know’ and not just ‘believe’ that the Lord is working through your ministry.
Additionally, we were able to spend time with a Professor of Literature who had been one of the speakers at a series of meetings in Szczecin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Although he is a Buddhist, he is also an expert on the literature of the Reformation. He seems to be seeking, and had accepted an invitation from Mariusz to meet at his house. He came together with his wife and spent several hours there when he also gratefully received a copy of the new Polish Bible translated by my dear friend, Piotr Zaremba. Please pray for him and his wife (Piotr & Malgorza).
While there we were also able to conduct (I think it was eight) different school classes with the assistance of three Officers from the local Szczecin Police Force. One of them, Michael, had been training for the Priesthood, but had left because he wanted a wife and family! We were able to share good spiritual conversations with him and pray for a future work of the Lord within his life and the possibility of further conversations during future cooperation. Please pray for him, together with Thomas, and Monica a Police woman who accepted my offer of prayer for a problem she is experiencing, and so I prayed outside the school as we departed and she left with tears in her eyes.
We were also able to enjoy a good meeting with Piotr Makuch, the chief of police and his deputy discussing future areas of cooperation. We also met with Andrzej Szrajber the Head of the Department of Prevention, an expert in the area of Internet dangers and the problems of cyber-bullying. He will be involved in our next Polish project at the end of February, the production of two new Alfred films covering the subjects of ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Dangers of the Internet’ for Primary / Junior School children.
We also met with Witold Dusiñski, Director of Dusinski Media, the Company who will make the Alfred films in Poland for us, discussing the production, scheduling and the need for some script changes.
I’m sure that’s enough from me and Poland, please read on for our family news from Maureen!
Every sincere blessing for a wonderful Christmas season this year
Our children are ok; they all are involved in their churches, house groups and Alpha courses etc. They
have the stresses and strains of working lives that most people experience these days, life is never
The grandchildren are doing well; Katrina is a midwife, Jack an Audi mechanic, Peter has finally got a
job that he loves; in an airport, and Joe who graduated a month ago, is in Norway. He believes he is
called by God to work there and is exploring the possibilities’, more news when things become clear.
We are so grateful to the Lord for our family.
Pete and I have a heavy cold, both at the same time! Synchronised coughing and groaning! I hope we
are better by the weekend as it is our Church 150th anniversary. The church started in the caretaker’s
home, in Witton Cemetery. That was definitely from death to life!
Peter after years of study and about two years of writing finished his
PhD thesis. The title is, “The early Christianization and Conversation of
Britain”. It is interesting to know that Christianity was in Britain within
7 years of the Resurrection, and that Paul knew several Britons in Rome,
and that he mentions some of them in his letters, Britons that brought
the Gospel here. Yesterday we intended taking the Thesis to Cranmer
College, but neither of us felt up to going, and breathing this cold on
friends we were going to visit as well was not acceptable.
In these uncertain days, how wonderful to know and love the Lord who knows everything that is
going on. To know that He is the WAY to God, the way to live, the way to get through our problems or
to know his enabling to cope with ongoing trials. That He is the TRUTH, when so many lies surround
us in the world and society today. When things are taught that are contrary to God’s word, and unless
we know the truth we ourselves can be deceived. That He is the LIFE, of everyone Christian or non
Christian, of plants and animals, while He gives us life we are meant to be here, He has a purpose for
each one of us. Most of all He wants to have a relationship with Him that will last for Eternity.
We pray that you and your family will know the Presence of the Lord this Christmas time and that He
will bless and guide you in the New Year.
With love from Maureen
Casts an eye over our family news, and writes: Peter was in Poland when I had my
birthday, but I didn’t mind I was thoroughly spoiled by our daughters, including a GF
cream team in a crocodile farm, as you do!