Dear <<First Name>>,
The last few weeks seem to have flown by! After a great week with the Cor Deo Intensive folks in September (18 people came on this first week-long course, which went so well), Melanie and I had a few days away together in Italy. Melanie's Aunt looked after the children while we enjoyed a break in Tuscany, followed by a quick visit to see friends in the north. It was fantastic to be at the induction of Huw as pastor of the International Church in Turin - Huw was on Cor Deo this year. Since coming back from Italy we have been busy with ministry here in Chippenham, with developing the Pillars Training programme, and teaching in OM, local churches and university settings.
Melanie is coming toward the end of the pregnancy and things seem to be going well. We had a tour of the local birthing centre this week and we're now making decisions about where we'd like to have this baby. The children are really excited to have a new baby in the house and it may be that the parents will need to make appointments to get time with him/her!
We're continuing to pray for the Cor Deo 2012 team to come together for launch in January. More immediately, Peter is speaking at three "World Missions Tour" events in the next few days. These are combined Christian Unions from various universities where Peter is giving the message. The goal is to motivate students to get involved in missionary work. We need to see a new generation of missionaries raised up, so these are very strategic events! I am not travelling overseas at the moment in order to be around at home more, but we have a passion to see God's work built up beyond these borders.
Serving Him together with you,
Peter & Melanie and the family
Thank you for your prayers:
* Melanie is understandably feeling tired as she moves toward the end of the pregnancy. Please pray for Melanie, for the pregnancy, and for the ongoing work of homeschooling and raising the other four.
* Peter will be speaking to Christian university students in the World Missions Tour in Birmingham today (the 10th), to the Stoke group on Saturday 12th, and in Northampton on Tuesday 15th.
* Peter is preparing series to preach before Christmas and in the New Year, please pray for these messages to be effective evangelistically and in building up the believers.
(We pray for friends in our notebook every evening, please let us know how we can be praying for you.)
Our Other Websites
You probably have seen our pouredout.org - family website. Here are three related to our ministry:
BiblicalPreaching.net is Peter's site that recently was honoured with an award.
Pillars-Training.org is the training ministry Peter is helping to lead among Brethren connected churches in the UK.
And www.cordeo.org.uk includes a weekly blog post you might find stimulating!