What a blessed 10 years it has been. There have been good times and hard times, challenges and changes, but through it all God's call has remained and children have been saved. Please make every effort to join us to give thanks to God for all He has done and hear how He has been leading for the future. If you haven't already done so, you can use the RSVP form below to let us know you are intending to come. This would be very much appreciated and of great help to us. (Don't forget to continue reading the blog below the form!)
Please pray for us as we continue to prepare for the anniversary meeting. There is still a lot to do. On that evening, we would like to bring you up to date on the total number of Bibles currently needed. We have already received final numbers from Joyce. Please pray for Eunice in our Nairobi office as she goes through the records once more to confirm her numbers.
Both ladies currently have a lot of marking. In particular, Joyce is very busy at the moment finishing marking lessons. The academic year is coming to a close and many children are moving on to new Schools. It is important that lessons are completed. There are also a number of centres which require a visit from Joyce this month. As yet, she has not been able to travel due to lack of funds for transport. Please pray that God will provide and enable her to travel. This is very important.
Thank you for remembering the AGM with our Kenyan friends. We thank God for friendships we have made and for our involvement. After much prayer, and discussion with William over the past few months, I had felt that I wouldn't be standing for re-election to the committee. I enjoyed meeting up with the group on Saturday; but, in an unexpected turn of events, the Election of Officers was postponed until December. However, I felt that I needed to stand by my original decision and so I have stepped down from the Committee. William and I are still members of the group and look forward to doing our part and all we can to help the organisation in that capacity.
Thank you also for praying for the meeting we were speaking at with a view to a more long term outreach. It went really well and we thank God for His help. We are now just praying over everything and waiting on some more feedback and advice as to the next step. Pray that we will be guided very clearly and know the mind of God in this venture.
Pray for a meeting we are involved in tomorrow evening. William will be leading the service and has organised for a missionary to come and speak. I will be playing the organ and thank God that I can help in this way.
In a few days William and I will be taking a children's meeting in a local Church. Whilst preparation for the anniversary service has advanced this week quicker than we had anticipated; which is good; preparation for the children's meeting has been slower. There is still quite a lot to do and we really would value your prayers that everything falls into place.
Also this week we have our monthly meeting in the Old People's Nursing Home. A message needs to be prepared for that. Also, as of last month, we are now pre-recording our singing and music. This means we have a lot less equipment to bring to the meeting with us. Once all of our music sheets are recorded it will mean less work for us; but, until that time, we have to spend time doing the recordings. We aren't quite sure when this will fit in this week, but we ask you to pray regarding it.
A few years ago we were put in contact with someone here with a view to possible ministry. Due to various circumstances, only a few emails were exchanged and we never actually met. Recently, contact has been renewed and we are looking forward to meeting with him this week to discuss various issues and also to see some of the work he is involved in. If this opens up we will share more with you, but for now, please do pray that God will lead and guide concerning this.
The month of October and the beginning of November are totally booked out. We have had to turn down meetings and other ministry opportunities, simply because the calendar is full. From now until the first week in November we have only 1 evening per week "free". Free as in nothing programmed in as yet but very much full as there is so much preparation to do. There is also a Gospel Mission being held in our Church which we would hope to attend on those "free" evenings, but unfortunately it will be limited due to the number of bookings we had taken before we knew about the mission.
Next task today is to try and get our postal invitations out for the anniversary. Pray that it will be possible to get this completed quickly and efficiently.
Finally, yesterday we submitted our application to the charity commission. Thank you so much for praying for us as we put together the information needed. Please pray that this will all go through without any problem.
While it is hard to miss out on things and to have to say "no" at times.... it is also encouraging and exciting that we have so many opportunities to serve God. Thank you for praying for us. We trust you will continue to stand with us.
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