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