Dear <<First Name>>,
It is hard to believe that it is almost Easter already! The past few months have been full-on for us, both ministry-wise and as a family. Birthday season has come and gone (the four Mead girls had their birthdays all within 4 weeks!), the first half of Cor Deo is over and we are now enjoying a slight easing of the busy schedule during the Easter holidays.
Cor Deo is at the halfway stage and we are very much enjoying the team of men God has brought together for our third season. Just over a week ago we enjoyed a very special reunion with the current participants, plus those from the last two years, along with their spouses, coming back to fellowship together. It was so encouraging to hear how God is using these dear friends in various settings (three who couldn’t make it are serving the Lord overseas). It is a thrill to hear how ministry that shares God’s heart is being multiplied. For instance, Mark, who is now pastoring a church in SW England, was telling us of the appetite for Bible "dig-ins" at his church. He just started these recently on a weekday morning, and numbers have grown for every gathering. Mark is applying what he learned at Cor Deo and we are cheering him on!
Next week Peter will drive Hannah and Aliyah up to Scotland so that they can participate in a Christian horse camp (not that we know where the horses stand on these matters, of course!). Peter will take the opportunity to spend a few days in the area, trying to make some progress on some writing projects. In the busy schedule of Cor Deo, church and everything else, writing projects tend to get squeezed out. Please pray for some of these projects to get published in the next months.
This winter has not been an easy one for us as a family and we will be happy to welcome the spring when it finally comes! We have endured a stomach virus, scarlet fever, and an extended cold virus. At this point we are all well except for Kaylah who can’t seem to shake her cold, combined with teething for added misery! But we are so thankful. We know of many families facing serious illness and bereavement and realize our struggles have been mild by comparison. In the midst of the minor inconveniences of coughs and colds Melanie is pressing on with homeschooling, and connecting with various ladies in the church. We always value prayer for times of interpersonal ministry. We often can’t share details, but we need God’s wisdom and clarity to help point people to Christ.
We are in the process of updating our website. So keep your eye out for new and updated content. Among other things, we hope to add a homeschooling FAQ section and regularly share books and other resources that have blessed us.
Thank you for praying for us! Peter wrote this week's Cor Deo Easter blog, you might like to take a look - Crucifixion Billboard.
With our love, Peter & Melanie for us all
Some birthday girl pics . . .
First, Kaylah turned one
Then Aliyah turned ten
Then Mariah turned eight
And Hannah turned twelve
*For healing for Kaylah from her cold virus.
*Safety for Peter and Hannah and Aliyah as they travel up to Scotland and back (April 1-6)
*For Peter to make progress on his writing projects.
*For energy and joy for us as we start the second half of Cor Deo (April 9)
*For us to be close to the Lord and close as a family.