Latest News July 2014

Friday 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.

Dear Friends,

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.

With love

Maureen

 

 

News Update

Wednesday 1st January, 2014

CFM’s New Year update

Peter writes: How nice, to have the opportunity to wind down and relax a little after a busy, but wonderfully blessed, period of ministry. The trips to Poland, Romania, the Football Mission and Israel in the last three months, was followed by yet another visit to Poland during the week immediately before Christmas. This was in connection with ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ run by Samaritan’s Purse, and better known to many as the ‘Shoebox’ appeal. I made some calculations and estimate that I was able to share the Gospel message with over 1,000 children together with their families. This was my first ever connection with Samaritan’s Purse and I have to say what a wonderful program it is for reaching needy families, many of whom have no previous connection with the church.

With at least eleven meetings in seven days and four different towns it was a fairly busy programme. However, I was provided with two very accomplished translators, sisters, Marta & Ania. Working with fellowships belonging to the Church of the Free Christians I was able to renew fellowship with friends I have worked with previously and also to make many new friends, particularly in the church in Chorzow, who looked after me very well and left me with an invitation reading, ‘Looking forward to your second coming!’

 I was so grateful for all those who I knew were faithfully praying for me. As I have stated many times, when I see God’s blessing in my ministry I am reminded that I only do the sowing, God does the growing! So thankful to get home at 11pm on 23rd after the plane rock and rolled its way down to the runway in Birmingham together with many other flights diverted from Gatwick & Heathrow etc. We then left at 9 the following morning for Anita’s to celebrate Christmas after we had attended the 6.30 morning prayer meeting!

 

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Pictures of Peter with Magic Trick, some happy kids! plus Ania & Marta

 January & February will be spent in preparation, Police Chaplaincy work, some weekend preaching engagements and a few days away at the beginning of February to celebrate my birthday.

 

Travelling to Romania

Thursday 8th August, 2013

I had a good time visiting Romania with my dear friend Pastor Daniel Bara. My visit enabled me to meet a lot of lovely Christians and have the opportunity to have spiritual and practical input into their lives.

 

On the Sunday morning I had the privilege of speaking at the Golgota Constanta Baptist Church. One Christian worker who was praying about an important move in his ministry and that my message was the confirmation for him. In the afternoon I had the fascinating experience of speaking in the open air to a mixed adult & childrens’ group in the Roma / Gypsy area. In the middle of this meeting the luggage which had been delayed by Lufthansa eventually caught up with us! In the evening I spoke at the Arka church which appeals to quite a large group of young people.

 

On subsequent days I was able to meet with Ben Wells, Assistant Director of the Nightingales Project helping kids liable to be trafficked in the sex trade. He is doing a great work and I hope to have more contact in the future forging links with Police and other organisations involved here in the West Midlands. Other engagemenst included meeting with Christian leaders to explore future cooperation with schools, police etc via the Alfred project; Speaking to a meeting for Pastors on Relevant Methods of Evangelism in Post Modern World and a Training Seminar for Christian workers on Evangelistic outreach.

 

Please pray for future visits to Romania next year, particularly forging links with the Romanian Christian Police Association.