Joel's wife has been in hospital but we are thankful she is doing better. Joyce, one of our team, is also unwell at the moment and appreciates prayer as she undergoes tests this week at a local hospital.
Eunice, from our Nairobi office, has been studying since the beginning of the year and only working in our office one day per week. This hasn't really worked very well and there have been numerous challenges. With a heavy heart the decision was made that her position with us be suspended. We will speak with her when we visit Kenya and discuss the way ahead.
Personnel issues are just some of the day to day dealings we have with our team in Africa. Our team face many challenges in the same way as families here in the UK. Spiritual attacks, money problems, sickness and even personality differences in the ministry. These are just some of the problems they face. We not only reach out to the children of Africa and to those who work amongst them....but we are also missionaries to our own team of workers and as such we need God's help and wisdom as we try to advise, guide and pray for them.
While I am often the one who types the messages, William is much better at thinking through an issue and coming up with possible solutions. He also appreciates your prayers in these days as he deals with many aspects of the ministry; as he plans for some future projects; as he prepares to speak at a children's day service in a few weeks and as he continues to work to provide an income for us. A few evenings ago in our local town we watched a lady try to support a man, we assume was her husband. He was drunk and could hardly walk. He leaned over her and she struggled to walk with his weight upon her. I just turned to William and told him how thankful I was for the godly husband I have....a husband who is also called into the same ministry as I am and we are thankful that we can serve God together.
The work here in the Northern Ireland office varies each day. A few days ago we were communicating regarding boxes and the hire of a lorry as a container of literature from here in the UK arrived in Kenya. Monday usually brings accounts and adding up from the previous week as well as website updates. Today I have also been answering numerous emails and messages....to a Pastor in Uganda who is planning for our visit; to a Prison worker in Albania who is requesting prayer; to a lady in a slum area in Kenya who is trying to teach deaf ladies to sew;.....these are just some of the varied messages we receive.
Also on my desk today I have 7 child protection assignments to mark. These are from students in Africa who are currently taking our online course. We need prayer and wisdom as we help in these very practical areas.
We also appreciate prayer as we make preparation for our next trip to Africa. There are many official hurdles still to cross and we are trusting God to open up the way before us.
If in Kenya, please note that our Nairobi office has now relocated to Ngong Road. Contact us for more details.
Please pray on.