October news

Tuesday 31st October, 2017

Dear Prayer Partners

I am writing to ask for your prayers as I travel to Poland on Thursday. I will be flying from Birmingham to Duesseldorf, then Duesseldorf to Berlin, from where I travel by MiniBus to Szczecin in Poland until November 14th.

My very particular prayer request is for the turnaround in Duesseldorf. I only have one hour between flights! Please pray that I make all my connections.

My dear friend, Mariusz Socha (who I haven’t seen for a couple of years), is organising the programme.

He tells me that the general plan is, that I will be:

1. Preaching at the church meetings:services, home group, youth group.

2. Meetings at the schools with Alfred.

3. Meeting with the Szczecin Police: where I will be able to renew my friendship with Officers Piotr Makuch, the Police Commander, and Andrzej Szrajber the Head of the Department of Prevention, and author of Cyber-Jungle (an anti-cyberbullying programme).

We will be discussing the production of two new Alfred films covering the subjects of ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Dangers of the Internet’ for Primary / Junior School children.

4. Meeting with Witold Dusiñski, Director of Dusinski Media, the Company who make the Alfred films in Poland for us, discussing the production and scheduling for the new films.

5. Apparently, I will also have the joy of renewing fellowship with with families from the church and rebuilding the relationships after the problems and trauma we have endured over the last couple of years. Plus, there may be a little time for some relaxation!

Thank you all for your support and prayers

Blessings, Peter

May 2017 update

Wednesday 17th May, 2017

We wrote to you at the end of February bringing you up to date with some of our news, and expressing once again the ongoing stress we have been experiencing for over a year. We are sorry, that on the advice of our solicitor, we have been unable to share the details with you until now.
For our own protection and peace of mind, however, please forgive us if we do not go into any great detail even now as we rejoice in the great victory our Lord has given us. Suffice to say that back in December 2015, a very serious, although unfounded accusation was made against Peter from a Muslim source, resulting in a prosecution being bought against him. Since that time you will understand how our faith and trust has been greatly challenged. However, God has given us promise after promise. Dr R T Kendall gave us a prophetic word at a conference we attended a few weeks later, he then laid hands on Maureen and I, and prayed for us.
We were then directed to a wonderful Christian solicitor who could not understand why the case was ever taken to Court. We were also led to a Christian Barrister who represented us in Court.
The Court Case took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this last week. I was relying on the promise in Luke 12, verse eleven: ‘when you are brought to trial, don’t worry how you will defend yourself, or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.’ Our main desire was that the Lord may be glorified through the trial. I am told that this definitely happened through my Cross Examination in Court, although I can hardly remember anything, I seemed to be on a different plane. Apparently at the end I lifted the Bible high, and said: ‘In the name of the God I love and serve, and will answer to one day, I have told you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’ The Jury were out for just minutes and came back with a unanimous ‘Not Guilty’ verdict.
Bearing in mind our solicitor’s advice, we would deeply urge you not to share the information contained in this prayer-news with anyone else at all, it is provided just for your ongoing prayer support as we attempt to continue in our ministry and seek to know the Lord’s leading for our future. Blessings, Peter
MAUREEN WRITES: Dear Friends, The last two years have been really tough. We had a bad car crash on the way to visit my poorly Mum, and Pete’s breast bone was broken right through. In the summer, we were told on the same day, in the morning, that Pete had cancer on his head and in the afternoon that Mum had cancer in her lungs, liver and bones. Remember I told you that she shouted, “Yippee!” she wanted to go to the Lord. Mum died in October and we were still coming to terms with all that entailed, when the Police came and arrested Pete. He was held for 8 hours, I had no idea what he was accused of or where he was. I will not go into detail just to say we were in great shock and so was our family. When we heard the charge, we all had no doubt that he was innocent; it seemed to us to be a set up.
One night, soon after his arrest, unable to sleep, I went downstairs and cried to the Lord to speak to me. I did something we are told that we should never do! I opened the Bible and pointed to a verse, one that I had never really noticed before. Psalm 37:33 “I will deliver you from the hands of the wicked, you will not be condemned when you are brought to trial.” Over the next months the Lord bombarded us with precious promises every day. So many in fact I had to say “No more Lord, I can take anymore!” Charles Price notes on Psalm 23 “He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” he said that to have a feast you have to be in a fight,” Boy did we have a feast of Promises, I keep a journal and have pages of them.
When we kept our eyes on Jesus we coped well, but when we looked at all that was going on around us, we would sink down and at times were terrified. The Lord kept every promise. When Pete was being grilled by the Prosecutor, [Persecutor, my brother called him] Jesus took over. He was definitely in that box with Pete, and spoke through Him. We are so glad that there was a unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict. Our daughters and Pete’s sister, my brother and sister-in-law all took time off work and supported us in court. Two Trustees and a retired police Detective Superintendent; spoke for Pete.
Our Church has been very supportive, and although they knew what was going on kept it to themselves. A few friends also prayed for us and supported us. We are so grateful to you all.
For prayer –
 That we and our family may recover from the trauma soon.
 That the Lord will guide us on what we should do next.
 For Pete who has damaged his knee, it is not Arthritis; he has to have an MRI on the 21st of May.
 Keep praising the Lord whatever is happening, He is faithful who promised.
Love from Maureen

February 2017 update

Friday 24th February, 2017

Greetings from Peter and Maureen. We are sorry that we have taken so long to send you our latest news. As you may remember, we shared in our last update that our CFM Trustees had suggested that due to the stress of the previous twelve months, we could take a six month sabbatical break. We decided to follow their advice and during that time Peter worked on his PhD thesis, which is going well. At the same time we also told you about some other pressures, which we believe are ‘Spiritual attacks’ on us and our work. On the advice of a Christian Solicitor friend, we are unable to share the details with any of our prayer partners until matters are resolved, this is unlikely to happen until next April. With this in view we would dearly value your continuing prayer until we see God bring us through the difficulties we face. We have had so many encouraging Words from The Lord and answers to prayer, and great support from our Church family .

With reference to the further biopsy on my head for another suspected Squamous Cell Carcinoma, the results were good! It was not cancerous and the hospital said they do not want to see me for another six months!

We also included a further matter for your prayers in relation to our grandson, Peter, who was due to fly to Uganda with a group from his church, led by their vicar. We asked you to pray for safety, and success in the Mission. Peter was going to give two talks as part of the week which would be the first ministry opportunities he ever experienced. He did really well, and the Lord gave him just the right message for the occasion. He is now training as a Surveyor, doing really well and travelling around the world surveying airports! Our three other grandchildren all have jobs, Katrina is a Midwife, Jack a car mechanic for Audi, and Joe is a trainee youth worker just completing his degree. Anita and Rob and Lyn and Paul have responsible jobs and all have the pressure of too much work and not enough time!
During this time of Sabbatical, I have come to realise that I do not have the stamina that I once had, and I believe that God has been speaking about a change in the direction of my ministry in the coming days. I am excited at what the Lord has been saying, and share my conclusions: Should our Lord delay in His return then the ministry of evangelism and the spread of the Gospel must continue at the same or a greater rate! My task, therefore, is to share with as many others as possible, everything the Lord has taught me. If you are interested in learning any of the following methods and techniques please let me know:
The various methods of evangelism; communicating Truth in the Digital Age. How to make and use Visual Aids (including Illusions); Share the Gospel with children, both in the open air and in schools; Reaching people in Night Clubs; Factories; Building Sites etc; How to prepare talks, and the use of illustration; The right way to prepare and share your Testimony; Counselling Adult and Child enquirers.
All this and much more, which I did start to teach some years ago in the ‘TIME SEMINAR’ but which I laid to one side deciding that it was more important to ‘carry’ rather than ‘pass on’ the baton at that time! Your continuing prayers and support will be a wonderful encouragement in this continuation of our ministry. We trialled the first session: ‘Successfully Sharing your Saviour’ here in Birmingham last weekend with very favourable results and very positive comments from people wanting to be involved in further sessions in the coming days.
Here are some upcoming dates for your prayers:
March 10th. Evangelism at St James Church, Bentley Heath, Solihull
March 12th. Providence Mission
March 19th. St John’s, Walmley – Our Christian Heritage
March 24th. St John’s, Walmley – Speaking to Messianic Jewish Group
April 5th. George Rd. Baptist Church – Passover demonstration Meal
April 8th. Perry Beeches Baptist Church – Passover demonstration Meal
April 13-16th. Easter Weekend with Appleton Independent Methodist Church, Appleton.
Thank you for your faithful support and prayers
Peter & Maureen