The AMAZING people in Nigeria have sent us a little DVD of Hillcrest school. We thought you might be interested.
You can also check out their website. http://www.hillcrestschool.net/
We are in the process of arranging a coffee and cake do one afternoon in Jan, keep your ears and eyes open for the invite!
FINALLY I have completed and edited out latest newsletter!
You can find it by clicking on the newsletter page at the top.
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!
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.
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)
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.
The government are still trying to work out why we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the whole of Europe. Fact is our youth have no idea what is right and wrong … and the leaders of our country think THIS is a good idea ….
It cautions: “Discussing your values with your teenagers will help them to form their own.
“Remember though, that trying to convince them of what’s right and wrong may discourage them from being open.”
For more on this read here
Oh yeah right, Dan is only 4.5 right but we spend most of our time trying to help him understand right from wrong, and further from that, be able to decide for himself what is right form wrong. We have to employ all the parting know how we have, naughty steps and (don’t tell the lawyers) smacking. We also use the Bible a lot. Every night we read a story with him, and discuss it with him, and try to ally it to the day we have just had. Dan fully understands there are absolute writes and wrongs.. he just isn’t always quick enough to think it through for himself!
Every now and again, I feel little stingy old scrouge. Thre are SOO many good casues out there, and you can’t give money to them all. Dan’s school had a harvest campaign … raisign soem money to Africa, send a few coppers .. it made the local paper ..
CHILDREN at two south Bucks schools put a twist on their traditional harvest festivals by raising money for charity and donating cash to a school.
I’m quite proud of his wee school, there are only like 45 pupils ..
the company is seeds for africa.
Well it has been a while since I posted, mostly becuase my allocated posting time has been spent redeveloping the blog.
Ali got back to school and soon as she started, she was off on a biology field trip. Somewehre in north-ish Wales at a very well equipped, well run school research site.
Dan is still enjoying school, we aren’t too sure what he gets up to most days, he isn’t very keen to talk about it when he gets home. The most we get is ” I had fruit at break time” or ” we looked at shapes” any more info is sparce!
I had had a somewhat sureal month. Post Soul Survivor has been an intersting time. My job has changed quite a bit. I am no longer responsible fro 13 – 25’s, the 18+ group connect has been moved from under me. The process was quite painful adn frustrating and led to near resignation, near depression. Fortunately God is totally amazing and despite some bad processing some great thigns have come of it. For starters, my need to recognise my focus has been too much on who I am in my job rather than who I am in Christ. Explained why i got frustrated when my job changed without me knowing it was going to. Good thing to be able to re-focus ones life aiming more at God!!
So that left me with half a job that I have spent a coupel years training someone else to do! Not so great for my career path or motivation, give the above need for re-focussing. so after a few hard conversations, I have picked up a coupel other interesting assignments. As well as helping Steve run WYnet, I shall be heading a project team (that i first need to recruit) to re-design and launch the Wycliffe UK prayer strategy. I’ve also been asked to help the Executive Director do some research and develop a strategy to recruit some new trustees who are under 40.
Quite exciting, quite scarey all at the same time. Would appriciate any prayers you can offer!!
Well a new term started, Ali back to school and slightly more scary is Dan starting school. There he is in his uniform, happens to be the very same uniform I wore when I started at that school 23 years ago!
I am also very proud of his grasp of complex theology. I know he is only 4, as far as we can tell he hasn’t understood enough about life sin and Jesus to make a commitment to him yet BUT, as i was putting him to bed tonight something quite profound happened. Every night we share things that have made us happy and sad and then we pray about them. Today’s sad thing was all the rain which meant we couldn’t play outside. So I prayer for some sunshine tomorrow. As soon as we stopped praying, he looked at me and said
“God made the rain and the sun, he can do anything”
As if that wasn’t enough, he then went on to explain that there are three bits but 1 God.
“A mummy and daddy and the holy spirit. “
I said ‘close!’,
“oh yeah, sorry, Father, Jesus and the holy spirit. but they all make God.”
Okay so some of you reading would point out there are fine details of 1+1+1=1 but he is 4. I haven’t ever explained it to him! Maybe it was vegetales?
So Ali and i finally met some of our neighbours! Sad isn’t it, our lives are so busy, and being introverts we have lived in our house for 20 months and we only met 3 out of our 13 sort of neighbours. We were out finally doing some gardening, Dan was out playing on his push car thing and he ran up the road to make some new friends. Next thing, parent number 1(whose name we haven’t as yet gotten out of her) popped round to check ti was okay for Dan to join the rest of the kids in their garden. COOL! 4 minutes later Dan re-appeared with a new Friend also called Dan, about the same age, and ran into our garden. Parent 1 quickly appears checking if we have both Dans. Awesome. The boys run off again and then Tracey who is the other Dan’s mum appears and we chat. Ahh i love the summer sun. (Dan runs back to get his swim trunks. sprinkler in use!) Sooo maybe in the next few months we will be able to chat some more to these folks and get to know them some more!