Prayer Letter January 2011
We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2011.
Our prayers are that God will bless each one of you with His blessings, as we look to Him and trust Him daily serving and worshiping Him within the course of this new year.
I am reminded of a verse found in Proverbs. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
We want to thank you for all the Christmas cards and Christmas gifts that you have sent to us. It was truly a blessing to receive them. Due to the adverse weather that we experienced in November and December, we did not get a prayer letter or even Christmas cards sent out.
The United Kingdom experienced the worst snow and wintery weather for over 30 years, due to this, everything was shut down for weeks. So, we hope that this prayer letter will be a blessing to you.
Unit 3 Youth Ministry
This is a picture of one our Sunday School meetings. In April 2010, we opened up our Unit that happens to be addressed as Unit 3. It was a slow start, but through prayer, the children have come and we have had a great opportunity to share the gospel with these children. In the months that followed, we have had many opportunities to have special meetings with the youth and adults in the Rhayader community. Please pray for us as we continue to use this building for the ministry. Reaching the community of Rhayader for the Lord is our desire and burden. We have a lot of praying and work to do. We thank you for the prayers that have been prayed. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He That goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:5-6.
Ministry Hi - Lites
September Our annual Harvest service was on September 15th. We had Pastor Stuart-Ryce Davies from Cardiff , South Wales, as the main speaker. We had a wonderful evening with over 100 in attendance. We are already planning for next years service.
October We as a family, do not celebrate Halloween, but this year felt the need to plan a “halloween” party to give the local kids something to do instead of trick or treating. We were expecting 16 children, but were amazed to see 34 children and 6 parents! We had fall festival games and told the kids how they were just like pumpkins. How we as people are full of yucky stuff, but God can take all the bad things out and fill us with His light, so we can be a light to others. We still have parents and kids talking about it.
November November started out sadly for the folks at Bethania, as one of the long standing members was laid to rest after a long illness. We all miss Muriel, but rejoice with her as she rests in the arms of her Saviour. We were able to enjoy Thanksgiving with 10 other missionary families! What a joy it is for us to be able to spend a day meant for families, with our “missionary family”. The last of November was also the start of one of the biggest snow falls we’ve seen since we moved to Wales. This snow fall stayed around well into December, making life very complicated.
December December, just like in any country, is ALWAYS a busy time. From school activities, to church activities, to fun family days in the snow, there is always a lot to be done. December 12th, marked the 1 year anniversary of our induction service at Bethania. As we look back over the last year, we are both happy and sad. We are happy with the many things that we have been a part of, as well as saddened by the loss of 2 of our members. This month, Aubrey Evans, a member of Bethania for over 60 years, died. His funeral was held at the chapel on a very cold and snowy day. A lot of our plans for December were cancelled due to the very treacherous conditions on the road. As we write this letter, I am glad to say, there is NO SNOW!
2011 As we begin 2011, we are excited about what great things God is going to do this year. We long to see a thriving, serving church here in the heart of Wales. We thank you for your prayers and support for our ministry. We are praying for your ministry and hope to hear from you of God’s blessings. Thank you again for the cards of encouragement and the Christmas / Birthday cards and the Special Christmas offerings given to our family. “And God is able to make grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things. may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8.