Thank you for another week of your prayers for us and the work of FML. I have just emailed our latest prayer letter. If you would like to receive a copy please contact me. Copies can also be posted if you provide us with your home address.
Please pray for Joyce as she will travel this week to a school we visited when in Uganda. This particular school was the very first to have lessons in that particular country.
Pray for the ongoing financial needs of the work. Donations can be made via the link at the bottom of the home page or by cash, cheque or moneygram. If you are a UK tax payer it may be possible for us to claim Gift Aid on your donation. Please contact us for more details. Thank you to all who do contribute in this way.
We will be having another clothes collection in a few weeks time; so please, if you are in Northern Ireland; consider donating some of your new or used adult or children's clothes, bags, shoes, curtains, bedding etc.
We are always keen to have opportunities to share the work of FML and have bookings into next year. However, availability is limited over the coming months so please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to book us.
By now most of you will be aware of the explosions in Nairobi, Kenya last week which killed 12 people and injured 78 others. The explosions happened in a crowded place in the Eastleigh district of Nairobi. This area is largely populated by Somali people and it is thought that the attacks were the work of the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab .
Please pray so much for the families of those who died and also for all those who were injured and their families also. They will need your prayers in the coming days. Please also pray that the Government will have wisdom in knowing how to deal with the situation.
Warnings earlier in the week prompted some UK tour operators to evacuate those travelling with their companies with flights to Mombasa cancelled until October in some cases. This will obviously have a drastic effect on the tourist industry. Pray that the economy will be protected in these difficult days.
William and I; Pamela: have flights booked for later in the year. At this time we are not too worried about how recent developments will affect our plans. Our flights are into Nairobi and are therefore unaffected. Pray that this will continue to be the case. We also do not have plans to be in the affected areas. Of course, we continue to need God's guidance and wisdom on a daily basis. Pray that all will go ahead.
We are sure that the people of Kenya will really appreciate your prayers in these days.
The following are links to the BBC news report concerning the explosions and also to a local Kenyan paper which is sometimes more accurate that the BBC.
It has been another busy week. Our first week without the market. It certainly felt a little different and we did miss it, but we still have a peace that it was the right decision. Life is still very busy with FML, not to mention organising our next trip...and of course our wedding!
This week we have been dealing with some issues which our workers are facing and considering some changes in one area which we believe will give more opportunities and strengthen the work. We have been making more bookings regarding our next trip and are at the very early stages of planning our programme. We have arranged some clothes collections and we have been communicating with a shopping centre in Northern Ireland regarding the possibility of having a stand there in the coming weeks. Our latest prayer letter has been written and emailed off to the printer. We have started work on a project to help the children in Kenya and Uganda understand some of the more difficult words in the KJV and we have been looking at more work done by the Kenyan artist especially for us. We have also begun to discuss different options for new literature which we would hope to design, print and distribute here over the coming months. The additional day in the office is definitely beneficial.
We have also had a few bookings come in this week for meetings. One of which is in March 2015....so it is never to early to book us.
So there is certainly lots to keep us busy here in Northern Ireland and we know that the team in Kenya and Uganda are equally busy as they visit centres, distribute lessons, mark lessons, teach children etc. Please pray for each one involved in the work, that we will know God's blessing.
Please pray for the students who are studying our email course. Some have been sick and others have faced different issues which have resulted in a delay in some courses being submitted. Pray for one student who lives in Nigeria. I have just emailed her this morning to assure her of our prayers for the country in light of the news of 200 girls being kidnapped. Please remember these young ladies and their families in your prayers.
We have contact with people in numerous countries in addition to Uganda and Kenya. We have mentioned Nigeria. We also ask you to pray for the India, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia. These are just a few of the countries we have contact with and are praying about how to reach them as the Lord tells us to go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel.
On 5th December 2008 an excited, yet nervous team headed off to Portadown market to open the Feed My Lambs Children's Ministry stall for the first time. We planned to be there for 3 weeks but the Lord had different ideas and the work continued. 5 years and 5 months later, on Saturday 3rd May 2014, we packed up our stall for the last time. After much prayerful consideration and looking at many practical and personal circumstances, we felt that the Lord was leading us to mov...e on. We have so many happy memories of our time at the market and have made many good friends which include traders, customers and staff from surrounding shops. A very sincere word of thanks to all who helped us at the stall over the years, in particular our dear friend May who was always there when we needed her and we can never forget the contribution of her husband Billy and my dad...two special men who have already received their reward. Others helped with the stall and deliveries at times and we are so grateful. A very big thank you to many of you who donated and purchased items over the years. Without you, there would have been no stall. Most of all we give thanks to God for His help and guidance and for allowing us to have this ministry. It was all worth it to know of two ladies coming to know Him as their Saviour through the CDs we distributed. One chapter ends and another begins. It wasn't an easy decision but we are excited about what God has in store for us and for the work of Feed My Lambs.
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