Christmas is getting closer. People are becoming increasingly busy as they prepare for the holiday season. Our offices are closing on various dates, but by the end of next week all will be closed for the holidays. Pray for Joyce in Uganda, Eunice in Nairobi and ourselves in UK as we wrap things up for the year.
We all seem to have quite a bit to do before the doors close so do please pray for each worker. One children's worker has just contacted Eunice requesting a large amount of lessons. This is just one example of how things keep moving day by day and right to the last minute even at Christmas.
Some things in our office in Nairobi are being packed in anticipation of our move. We are still a little uncertain as to what exactly is happening but hope for an update quite soon from our landlord. Pray for Eunice as she oversees this transition.
Pray for Joyce and her family as they prepare for Christmas also. We have been trying to call Joyce, but the phone network has been poor, so pray that we will soon reach her. Most likely this will be a busy time for her husband as he is a Pastor in a Church and for Joyce as his wife. Do pray for all they have to do in the Lord's work over the past few weeks. Pray also that they will have time together as a family.
Eunice and Joyce work very hard for FML and we would like to give them an additional gift at Christmas.
Eunice is a single girl who lives with her family. As is common in Africa, she is very responsible for her household and contributes to it. We pay her a minimal allowance and she works other jobs washing clothes; by hand; in order to meet their needs. We would love it if you could give her and her family a little extra for food this Christmas.
Joyce is married and her husband is a Pastor in a small Church. They have two children, Blessing aged 4 and Joseph aged 2. I am sure, like you with children in your family; they would like to give these children something for Christmas. Also, they will probably wish to travel to their extended families for Christmas as there have been bereavements in recent months. Although Joyce oversees the work in all of Uganda for FML, we pay her a very small amount each month and only if it is there. Please consider helping Joyce and her husband to give their children a lovely Christmas.
If you would like to contribute to this, please click on the donation button below in order to make a donation via paypal or, if you don't have a paypal account, it is possible to simply enter your debit card details. The donation amount is set at just £5 and any donations received will be split equally between Joyce and Eunice. Even this small amount can make a difference. If you wish to donate more than £5, you can simply donate numerous times, or you can use the donate button on our home page as you will be able to enter the donation amount yourself. Thank you in anticipation of your gift.
In other areas across Kenya and Uganda, children will continue to use our lessons over the coming weeks. However, as schools close for the holidays this will be mainly in Churches. Many children and their families will travel to rural areas for the holidays. Pray for safety.
This Saturday is a holiday in Kenya and we had been asked to celebrate along with Kenyan friends here in Northern Ireland. However, due to other commitments it is looking like we will be unable to attend. We trust all will have a good day.
William has had quite a bit of work on these past few weeks and there are no signs of it stopping over the next week or so. We are looking forward to him having some time off over Christmas and enjoying a well earned rest. He has quite a tricky assignment to complete for this Thursday for his Bible College course. Pray that he will know the Lord's help as he finishes this off.
I (Pamela) have some letters to write, forms to fill, accounts to work on and website profiles to prepare before closing the FML doors for Christmas. As a wife my head is starting to fill with thoughts of Christmas. Most gifts are purchased and my mind is now fleeting towards food shopping and turkey shopping!!
Of course, in the midst of these busy days, it is so important that we take time to focus on the Lord and to remember the birth of our Saviour. Jesus really is the reason for the season and sometimes we need to take a step back and focus on Him.
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