After 3 years and 3 months of trying, we have finally been granted charitable status here in the UK. We thank God for this and would also like to thank those of you who have been praying. We believe more of our prayer partners have been conscious of this issue in recent days and we believe that God has answered prayer. However, a related issue is a little unclear and brought some disappointment, so we would appreciate your prayers that we would know wisdom in knowing what step to take next.
William has had a busy week cutting firewood for the stall, people will soon start to stock up for the winter. He has put aside his own paid work to spend the week doing this practical task for the Lord's work but we know that God will continue to provide his needs.
Friday and Saturday were exceptionally busy days at our stall and we thank God for this.
Please remember us this week as we send out the first assignment in the new email course. This is another milestone for us. Remember the 19 students who are registered, please pray that this course will help them in their labours for the Lord among children.
Today is the deadline for registering for our first email course. We had been praying for 15 - 20 students and we have been blessed with 19 people who have registered. Pray for them as they begin studying at the beginning of August.
We thank God for His help at the market this past weekend. Typically these last few weeks, Friday has been the busier day and Saturdays have been quieter. This was again repeated this weekend, but Friday was especially busy. We were able to set out a lot of fresh items for sale and this has really helped.
Our latest prayer letter has just been emailed and hard copies will be posted within the next few days. If you are not currently on our mailing list but would like to be, please feel free to contact us.
We are very excited that we have been able to book flights to return to Kenya. Dad, William and myself are really looking forward to our trip in November. As you will be aware, this is later in the year than we originally thought would be the case, however, we know that God is never late and we have a peace that this is the right time to travel.
God has been gracious to us, in that, for the first time we have been able to book with a small deposit and have until the beginning of September to clear the balance. Please pray that there will be no fuel increase in the meantime as this would affect the price we pay...so the sooner the balance is cleared the better.
We have a full programme over the next few months leading up to the trip, so we value your prayers for everything which will take place. Please also remember Pastor Aringo in Kenya who will have the responsibility of overseeing the arrival of the lessons which have been shipped out from Northern Ireland. We are still unsure of exactly when they will arrive, but it will most likely be a number of weeks before we travel. We believe that God will continue to lead concerning these.
Please continue to pray regarding the new email course which will commence at the beginning of August. Places are now very limited and the closing date for registering is in one week on 25th July. Please pray for any who have still to register and pray for me and all of the final preparations for sending out the first assignment in a few weeks time.
God is surely answering prayer and we give Him all of our thanks and praise.
We appreciate your continued prayers for us as we serve the Lord.
The Lord helped at the two training sessions with the group who are travelling to Poland. Please pray for them as they head off this coming weekend to work with children in an orphanage there.
Pray on for the children in Kenya as they study the lessons. We continue to pray that souls will be saved as a result of what they learn. Pray also for the container as it continues on it's journey to Kenya.
Remember the need for Bibles. We would like to purchase more very soon.
The office continues to be an ongoing need. We need much wisdom as the search continues and as we weigh up the possibilities. Remember the urgency in that we need to have storage arranged for the lessons arriving, which could be August/September time.
It now seems that we will not be travelling to Kenya in July as we had hoped, however, God may be opening another door which we will keep you updated about. Whilst we are disppointed, we also accept that this is God's will for this month. His timing is perfect and He knows best.
The market in Portadown will be closed this coming weekend and will reopen the following weekend, 22nd and 23rd July, as normal.
The verse mentioned above has been an encouragement to us. To know that God knows all about our labours for Him and is with us each step of the way.
We are still praying that we will be able to travel this month to Kenya. Flights are still not booked, but we are holding on to God and we have not given up.
Pastor Aringo has viewed so many properties for prospective offices that we have lost count. There are two of particular interest. The one we mentioned last week is still a favourite but another one is a possibility also. Please pray that we will know very direct and specific guidance. Please pray concerning this matter. Please pray that we will have something sorted in time for the lessons arriving.
We have been making plans for a meeting here in Northern Ireland later in the year to give thanks to God for 5 years of FML. The venue is now booked and we hope to share more details with you very soon.
The market was again quiet this weekend, especially on Saturday, as more and more people head off on holiday.
I have a different routine now as schools are off and I am looking after my nephews during the day, with the result that I am spending a few hours most evenings doing some FML work which would normally be done during the day.
This week I will take two training classes for the group who are heading to Poland later in the month. Please pray for them as some are preparing lessons for the class and will have to teach them. Pray for me also as I mark them and give them feedback. The amount of teaching time and the contents of the sessions have been changed a number of times which has challenged me and meant that I have had to spend a lot longer in preparation than originally thought as I have had to redo and replan different aspects as I am notified of the changes, however, we thank God for His help and guidance. I am now completely prepared for the two sessions this week (each around 2 and a half hours long) and have handouts prepared and printed, so hopefully those who attend will benefit and know the help of the Lord.
We continue to be encouraged by the launch of the email course. Our first class is almost full with still a few weeks left for more to enrol. We look forward to sending out the first assignment at the beginning of August.
Please also pray for us as we put together information and budgets for another "Safari Kenya" event. We are praying that we will be successful in securing another property for a longer period of time and ask that the Lord will open up this opportunity over the coming weeks.
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