Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Summer & Fall

What we were up to this summer

Eden went to Germany
Teen Street is a week long Christian camp/conference in Germany for teenagers to come, enjoy and connect with like minded peers and be encouraged and strengthen their walk with God.  Eden was invited to go and be part of KIDS STREET which runs alongside the youth event for staff kids.  Her 2 cousins Lily & Iona invited her to spend time with them as their parents worked, Grandma Lawler was their to watch them all. They all had lots of fun!!
Caleb went to MTO in the Netherlands
MTO is Missionary Teens Only.  It is a camp for OM Kids. The idea is to help them develop friendships with others who deal with the same kind of issues that they have living outside of their parents home culture and on an OM team.  Caleb had a great time and made some wonderful friends.  He is already looking forward to going again next year. 
Nathan stayed home
Well, when your 8 years old there aren’t a lot of options.  Nathan had a great time staying at home and he seemed to really enjoy some alone time with each of his siblings!  He missed each of them while they were gone and can’t seem to wait until he is old enough to!

A lot has happened this year...

Well, it is shocking to think that Christmas is almost here again.  In less than two weeks it will be Thanksgiving and then another year will have come and gone.
Caleb will be 13 in January and in his second year of high school. Eden is now 10 in year 6 and will be starting high school in September. This is a big step! Nathan is 9 and in year 4. They are all enjoying being at school, spending time with their friends and moving along as expected.

This year we have also had unexpected growth in our family.  It turns out their will be another little one running around at some point in early 2012. This was a complete shock but we are getting use to the idea, as we remember that Children are a blessing from God.  The kids are excited and looking forward to having another little brother or sister.  Nathan is most excited as this will allow him to lose the tittle of ‘Baby of the family’. 

in light of this news we will not be sending out a new family photo until the new year, we trust you understand. 

on going discipleship
As many of you will know I have been living life with and a long side two Somali guys for a while now, Simon for about 3.5yrs and Moses for about 1.5yrs. Early this year I started also meeting regularly with Adam the nephew of some Iranian friends.
It’s great to see how God works in each of our lives and the journey he is on with us all.  Our Wednesday Bible study has now turned in to a preparing for baptism class with Caleb my son also attending. The last few weeks all of the guys have been giving their testimony and are taking the time to write them out.  It has been great to hear but also great for them to look back at all that God has done in their lives and all the people and situations He has used so far in their journey with Him. Once they are all written out I would be happy to send anyone a copy who would like one. We are also looking forward to the upcoming baptisms.
Last night I went to spend time with my former boss who is in his mid to late 80’s.  We have always got on well and I do pray that even now in his later years he would find a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Maintenance projects
I would really appreciate your prayers for the closing of a land deal I have been working on and off for about four years with the developers of the land next door to the Ministry Centre.  Please also pray for the situation with the local government who i will need to get approval from to get the 2nd vehicle access to the street for parking (in London that is always so needed). 
The finishing of the Mens Toilets/shower rooms and extra office room also took place this year at the centre.
Can you imagine that on Sept 18th 2011 it had been 10 years since the purchase of the Trinity Centre..... where does the time go?

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