Latest News July 2014Friday 18th July, 2014
The months of January & February were spent mainly in preparation of new materials plus, plus a very profitable ‘Football Mission’ with Smethwick Gospel Hall which included speaking to a group of young teens [90% Muslim] every day.
It was also around this time that I was presented with an award from West Midlands Police in recognition of the Chaplaincy work I carry out. The citation read:
We are committed to recognising the good work, which is regularly undertaken within our Department, and by others, in support of our aims.
The HR Recognition and Appreciation panel independently considered many nominations from colleagues in support of their peers this year. The nomination made for you impressed the panel as an outstanding contribution and they unanimously agreed that you should receive some formal acknowledgement of your achievements.
Your empathetic and patient support for colleagues and members of the community is much admired and respected by us all. Please do extend our appreciation to the whole Chaplaincy Team.
On behalf of the HR Department Senior Leadership Team and the HR Recognition and Appreciation Panel, I would like to thank you for your huge efforts, technical knowledge and patience. You are setting standards to which we all aspire.
In March, I enjoyed another rewarding trip to Poland. I spoke at a youth conference: ‘Walka’ – The Fight! Praise God for around 20 young people who responded to an invitation for commitment to Christian service! In addition, because of this visit, in conversation with folk from the church that organised the conference – we are planning my next Israel Tour! March next year – from Poland!
A further source of ministry this year has been my involvement with the ‘Emmaus’ Romanian Church here in Erdington, where I have been preaching at least once every month.
Pete has asked me to write a note, what to write I am not sure. Today is our 48th Wedding Anniversary; we do thank the Lord for these years that seem to have passed so quickly. His faithfulness in both the good and the difficult times is the thing that has sustained us. We celebrated by Pete having his books audited by a dear friend from Church, having a new fence erected in the garden, clearing up the mess, taking a trip to the tip, and popped into The Harvester for lunch. We know how to celebrate!
I still visit people who are unwell, run errands for others, speak at some ladies meetings. I am hoping to visit my mum in Minehead a bit more, as she is not quite as well as she was. I also have an Uncle who lives near Melksham, he is now a widower and would like some visits. We are going to be doing some more marriage seminars after several years break from them, so I have to update the material. One weekend in October, we will be doing them in Poland and then staying on for a holiday in lovely apartment nearby.
Both of our daughters celebrate their Silver Weddings this year, Anita and Rob’s was in June and they had a holiday in Italy to celebrate, they loved it. Lynzi and Paul celebrate theirs in August and are having a holiday in the USA.
Katrina graduates this year and is looking for midwifery work. Peter James finished college with distinction and is looking for work in an airport while still working part time at B&Q. He hopes to work for MAF one day. Jack has done almost one year of his apprenticeship; he works very hard and long hours. Joe is working for the Church and does some days in a Doctor’s surgery, filing etc.
Lynzi is not so well sometimes and has steroid injections when she needs them to help her cope with the Lupus. Paul finishes at RAF Cosford this year, and as yet, they do not know where his next job will be. It would be wonderful if he could be at home more than he is now.
Anita is still at the same school, and getting very tired as they get close to the end of term. She has been called for jury service right in the middle of the holiday so she is not very impressed. Rob is still very busy, mostly working from home but commuting to London once or twice a week. They have just had a nice conservatory built and are very pleased with it.
I am ok, noticeably getting older some days! However, remembering “as your days so shall your strength be.” I pray that you will the Lord know the smile of the Lord upon you all. Numbers 6:24 -26.