Dear <<First Name>>,
Here's the quick run down of what we are including below:
· Family News – New Addition
· Family News – USA Trip
· Church – The Mark Drama
· Cor Deo – Team 2015
· Poland – Coming Up
· Peter’s New Book
Family News – We’ll start with our most exciting news!! We are thankful to be able to announce that we are expecting another baby at the end of October! Melanie has just emerged from the discomfort of the first trimester. This pregnancy has been different from our first five because of the miscarriage last year. Please pray for all to go well, and for us (especially Melanie) not to fear, but to keep our eyes on Christ through all the insecurities. The children are, as you can imagine, thrilled to have another little sibling and are full of name suggestions!
Family News – We have just booked tickets for a summer visit to the USA! We were due to visit last summer, but we delayed for the sake of the church plant. We are now able to squeeze in a visit from mid-July to the end of August, with a brief time in Chicago on our way back from Portland. Please pray for us as we make plans for this time of visiting our supporters. Our children are also very excited about this upcoming trip and are planning away, even down to what they will do in the van on the way to the airport!
Church – We are praising God that there are lots of encouragements at Trinity Chippenham, including a friend of ours coming to faith in Christ. Trinity has been up and running since the start of 2014; we recently moved our Sunday meeting to the afternoon in order to be able to reach more people. Please pray for us as we prepare to perform The Mark Drama on 13/14 June (a 90-minute “theatre-in-the-round” performance of Mark’s Gospel). Peter, Hannah and Aliyah are in the cast.
Cor Deo – Team 2015 are into their final weeks. The next full time course will begin in September 2016, which will be a change from the usual January start date. This gives us just over a year between full-time programmes, but there will be Intensives and ongoing Cor Deo Plus courses. Pray for eternal fruit in the hearts and lives that we touch through Cor Deo.
Poland – At the end of May, Peter will be in Poland for a week at the European Leadership Forum. He will be leading and teaching in the Bible Teachers and Preachers Networks, as well as fulfilling other repsonsibilities. We view ELF as a very strategic opportunity to influence key leaders in Europe so please would you pray especially during May 29 to June 04. Ovi, a Romanian participant in Peter’s ELF mentoring group came to stay in Chippenham for the month of April. Another participant, Marek, from Slovakia, came to the recent Cor Deo intensive week. Our family loved having both of these guys in our home!
Peter’s New Book – In April, Peter’s new book, Galatians: The Life I Now Live, was released by 10Publishing. It is a short study guide / devotional which works through the book of Galatians in 36 days. In the UK you can buy it here: 10ofthose.com (We will have copies with us when we come to the USA). In September Peter’s new book is coming out (USA release in October). It is called Foundations: Four Big Questions We Should Be Asking But Typically Don’t. It is a short book focused on the sermons in the book of Acts, but with a focus on their relevance for us today. We will let you know when it is available for pre-order. Please pray for it to be a blessing to many.
Thanks so much for praying for us. We are so thankful to be part of a team in all that we do. As ever, please let us know how we can be praying for you.
Peter & Melanie