29 Apr

#fe2e popped into to see rehursals for from Eden to eternity

Http://www.eden2eteenity.org. Come check it out!
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27 Apr

Election – Engagement is important.

There is only a week left until the Nation heads to the polls to sort out who is going to responsible for running our country for the next 5 years. I don’t really care what your political persuasion is, but I am bother by people who spend hours moaning about our government, but then refuse to engage in the process of their election. In some ways it is an extremely difficult thing to do, to decide who you want to rule the country, to be honest sometimes I have felt in my constituency that there is no point in voting, it won’t change who will get in! Or that it is simply a case of picking the lesser of 4 evils. I would love if it on the way to the polling station, God would chat to me via a burning bush, or a neon light would be fine too, but reality is, I think he often lets us use our own brains. Prayer fully considering which candidate to vote for reading up on the them, using many of the resource out there, can help us to understand which candidate is the best fit for our moral and spiritual beliefs.

People who do nothing but tell me how bad the others are, quite frankly annoying me. It is quite obvious that if the only thing they can say is bad about others, it is only because they haven’t got anything worth saying for themselves. @kouya on twitter has often ranted “Don’t’ tell me what they aren’t going to do, tell me what you ARE going to do!” That captures my thoughts quite nicely!

A few resources can be found HERE . Some are great some are a little naff in my opinion, but then what do I know!

The Christian Institute have put a lot of work into their stuff, you can find the history of your current MP, see how they voted on what policies.

Westminster 2010 declaration is well worth a read. I think it is a little long winded for my short attention span, but it is quite a blunt honest Biblical Based statement. I am sure it will offend a few people, sorry if that is you, but I found it refreshing amongst the current political climate that involves skirting around so many issues!

25 Apr

Ash stops play, but life continues!

Seems like only last week we wrote a post, but in reality a few weeks have passed and a whole lot has been going on!

Tim – Plans for From Eden to Eternity are progressing, only 2 full working weeks left until the first show on 11th May in Exeter. We are in full publicity push, having made hundreds of phone calls and sent around 200 publicity packs for the first week alone. We are extremely lucky to have a quite a few volunteers helping us to do those things!

Ali – A wonderful if busy break over Easter, then the start of school was somewhat disrupted by all the ash cloud shenanigans! Several members of staff were missing from the department, we were unsure of who was going to be in to teach their lessons and so on. In the end, Ali’s extra contribution was only 1 day of cover teaching, but the whole thing was a bit of a headache for her boss!

Dan
– Enjoyed having more time to do his own thing over the Easter break but was by no means disappointed to be going back to school once it was all over. He went to a holiday club at Long Crendon Baptist Church in the second week and had a whale of a time!

07 Apr

Easter Update

Easter is a fantastic time to remind us of all that God has done for us. In case we forget that Jesus died on the cross, he also rose again, defeating death, sin, Satan, sickness and an abundance of other things. It is in THAT victory, in THAT freedom that we now live.
We’ve had an interesting few months, underlined by a fresh vision and desire to serve God overseas. Having come back from Nigeria, Tim was really stuck by the all the things that God is doing out there both through the ministry of Wycliffe colleagues and many other ministries too. (THIS BLOG POST) was a bit of a review of that trip. This renewed vision has given us cause to begin gingerly investigating if we might be called to go and serve in Nigeria for a spell. We are just at the start of the process of investigating and we are conscious of a few things.

Primarily:
1 – God’s leading (we need to be sure that we are totally open to God’s guidance in every step)
2 – Ali’s healthcare provision (we need to make sure that Ali can get a source for her daily medication and for the blood tests she needs on a fairly regular basis)
3 – Tim’s current health (read about knee & read about depression)
Secondarily:
1 – Job roles (what would be the best use of our skills in Nigeria?)
2 – Finance (we are still quite short on donors)
3 – Dan’s schooling (does it make more sense for him to be home schooled or to go to the mission school in Jos?)
4 – Timing (when should we be looking at going and for how long?)
Prayer for all of those things would be much appreciated, as always if you feel God is saying anything to you for us, please do pass it on!

Tim continues to coordinate the From Eden to eternity tour www.eden2eternity.org . We are heading to 27 locations all over the country, there is quite possibly one close to where you are (if you live in the UK!)! On the 6th of April, we embarked on quite a complex publicity campaign, trying to do the correct bits of publicity the correct amount of time before any given performance. The tour runs in May and June, and then when July hits, Tim will be joining the WYnet team heading out to Togo.
Although Tim moved out of the WYnet job 12 months ago, there were some areas that could not be handed over as Tim’s successor Steve couldn’t get the training or did not have the necessary experience. Leading teams of young people on short term overseas trips was the main area where this was the case. So Tim’s involvement in the trip in July is really about getting Steve up to speed so he can lead teams in the future. Tim is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to go again, he is also pleased to be able to hand over the relationship with the project and get some closure.
The knee saga continues, having seen the surgeon, or at least his registrar, Tim has put in to try and have the ACL replacement surgery in August. Until the letter arrives, we have no idea what dates will be offered, but in the mean time, Tim continues doing physiotherapy to build strength which should aid the recovery process. We will let you know as soon as we receive the date.

Ali is pleased to have finished term, it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was half term but there are only a few teaching weeks after Easter, then exams kick in and Ali’s teaching schedule is dramatically reduced. There is talk of some extra hours from September as there are a couple staff members leaving the department. Ali has said she would be a happy to teach 8 days over two weeks. It doesn’t seem like much but that is a great testament of how well her health and energy levels are doing. Ali has been quite excited and energised by the discussion of a spell in Nigeria, if you don’t know, Ali spent the first 13 years of her life in Ghana and generally considers West Africa as one of her Homes.
We have done some initial investigating into how to get the medicine she takes daily if we head out to Nigeria. It seems that we can easily get hold of them, but at what cost? The solution could be anything from buying them in bulk from the USA to trying to source them in country. Any wisdom or experience welcome! Fortunately her consultant does most of his communicating with Ali via email, and has confirmed he would be happy to continue doing so, if we can get the blood tests done locally. On that theme, it turns out that there is a local hospital that can provide these tests!

Dan is in Year 1 at school, he still enjoys it for which we are hugely thankful! He says his favourite part is doing maths work because it is easy, he also enjoys reading, and is progressing very quickly which is fantastic! He has one term left with the wonderful Mrs Knapman, and then in September he moves class rooms and will be taught by Mrs Anderson, who we know very well (she used to be involved with WYnet when Tim was responsible for it and is also married to Tim’s current line manager!). Mrs Anderson is well practiced teaching Wycliffe Kids that she knows, we are also thankful for her expertise with wriggly little boys!
We’re trying to involved Dan in the discussions about Nigeria, we do find that as it is all in such vague terms at the moment he doesn’t quite grasp what it all means. Please do pray for wisdom as we look at what the move will mean for Dan, not only schooling, but change of environment, new friends and probably a whole lot more!

Well this has been a bit of a mammoth update, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend, meeting up with lots of people, yet managing to complete a good number of jobs around the house too! Thank you all for your prayers and support, and HAPPY EASTER!

Tim & Ali & Dan.

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