Sunday, 14 February 2016

February 2016

Dear Pastor and Church,

  One constant we Christians can always rely on is the faithfulness of God in providing for His children. In reviewing our year- end support statement and comparing it to previous years we were blessed to see just how good God has been to us. In 2015, we had 19 fewer supporting churches than in 2006 but our support for the year was $2,000 more than in 2006. Isn’t God good? Just an example of God working through faithful churches like yours and for that we are grateful.

  In October, our home church brought a group over to help us kick start our Canvas Cornwall project. It is our plan to letterbox every town in Cornwall over the next few years and offer Bible studies in view of starting preaching points in various towns. In time we plan for these to develop into works and then churches. It is a daunting task as there are approximately 300,000 homes in Cornwall and there is just us. We have three missions groups scheduled in 2016 to help with the project and always welcome more.

  It is our plan at this point to take a furlough in 2017. There are a number of churches that we have not been with since deputation and we hope to visit with each of them. We also want to report to any others that would like for us to come by.  Just get in touch and we will get you scheduled for 2017.

  We would ask for prayer this month as we prepare to send our son, Davis back to the States. This is our fourth child to move back to the US and unfortunately, it does not get any easier. Davis moved to England when he was 5 so it will be like moving to a new country to him despite his being “American”.

  Your faithfulness to the Great Commission is a blessing and an encouragement to us.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

January Prayer Letter

Dear Pastor and Church,

  How can it be 2015 already? It seems like yesterday we were watching the 1999 New Year’s Eve London fireworks from Oklahoma and dreaming about the day we would be able to move to England. We are grateful for another year God has given us to be here to spread the Gospel and we are blessed to have so many faithful churches like yours that help us stay here on the field. We realize that for a number of churches it has been 14 or 15 years since we have been with you. When we came to England we decided that if the Lord allowed we were going to stay on the field as much as possible and keep lengthy furloughs to a minimum. Because of your faithful support as well as some increases in our support by some, we have been able to maintain our foothold here and not spend time the States raising additional finances. It is our intention to eventually take a longer furlough and visit those whom we have not seen in so long.

  Our annual balloon race at the St Mathew’s Fayre in Liskeard went well. Good weather, good numbers of tracts given out and our winning balloon made it almost 300 miles. We had over 40 people come to our Thanksgiving Dinner we host each year. We treat it as more of a family dinner and not a service but we still find ways to get the message through. This was our 12th year of handing candy canes out in the town centre before Christmas. Over 1,000 candy canes with a church invite went out in just under an hour.  We even had some helpers from a family that has been visiting the church.

  We would ask for prayer for Kent’s eye. The retina in his right eye started to detach the first week of October. He had emergency surgery and was restricted to doing nothing for three weeks. The procedure seems to have worked despite his non-compliance with doctors orders as he still conducted church services albeit sitting down, having others read Scripture for him and avoiding talking to loud and getting excited. He still has another procedure in the next few months and we covet your prayers all will go well and he can get back to normal or at least what we consider to be normal. 

  The gifts and cards that we received for Christmas were a blessing and quite honestly, a spirit booster. It means a lot to be remembered and prayed for.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Where Does The Time Go????


  November was a good month. We awarded the prize for the balloon contest and it even made the local paper.

After our annual Thanksgiving Day meal at Pizza Hut we hosted 40 for a more traditional meal on Friday evening.

 We had some help come to Cornwall for the Thanksgiving weekend so we put them to work on the next project which was candy canes. This was our 12th year to hand out candy canes on the streets of our town for Christmas. Just over 1,200 candy canes took an hour to hand out.

Kent continues to recover from his eye surgery and is still on limited duty. He has been cleared to drive and has not stopped since. He goes back in a week and will know more about how succesful the procedure was.

Monday, 27 October 2014

UP, Up & AWAY!!!


  It has always been our plan to have 4 major outreach events each year. We do the candy canes at Christmas, the booth at the Liskeard Show in July and the balloon race at the St. Mathews Fayre in September. If you have any good ideas for spring, please share.

  So September it is and time for the balloon race. This is our 7th or 8th year and we had a great weather day. As always we had encouraged our church folks to come and help reach their own people and once again it was just our family. Just part of missions. We had well over 100 families sign their kids up and receive our information we were handing out. We also had several good conversations with "christians" who stopped by to straighten us out :) .  In years past we have had balloon tags come back from as far away as SW France and some years no tags come back. The wind this year was from the south and we have had 9 balloon tags come back. The farthest looks to be from around 400 miles away. We will award the prize to the winner the first week of November.

  The week after the fayre we were visited by our pastor bringing a missionary over to England for a survey trip. The Grissoms were here in England and had to leave due to no fault of there own. They are now looking to return and are coming close to us in Plymouth. It was a good visit and we look forward to having them back as soon as they finish deputation.

 While the visitors were here Kent was diagnosed with a tear in his retina. This is a fairly serious condition which can easily lead to blindness in the affected eye. He had emergency surgery the next day and is in recovery. Three weeks of no physical activity and sleeping sitting up the doctors orders and so far all looks good, God is good all the time.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Summertime Sunshine


  We trust you have had a great summer. We have certainly seen God bless in a great number of ways.This has been the best summer we have seen weather wise since we moved here 12 years ago. Lots of sun and not as much rain has made for a pleasant few months.

  We had a family start visiting the church back in the spring and they have been faithful ever since. They have 7 children and it is such a blessing to see them come in each and every Sunday. The sound of children is a wonderful thing and kids are always full of surprises. They have chipped in to help and have been an encouragement to us.

  Kent was asked to preach a youth camp in Washington state and so he flew out for two weeks in July. The most difficult thing for us to is find someone to cover the pulpit when we need to be away. There just are not many "spare" sound preachers around this island. God graciously provided men for both Sundays Kent was gone. One is a young, English man training for the ministry here in England who was able to preach for us and the other was a pastor/friend from the States who was doing a study course at Oxford University this summer and he was able to sneak away for the weekend and help us out. What a blessing these two were!!

  We hosted a Spanish student again this year for a month and that went well. Always glad to open our home and tell people about the Gospel. Finishing school, Andrea finished leading another year of Girl Guides, Kent doing a triathlon and a half-marathon, Deidra growing a few more inches and Davis working construction part time and we have had a bust but great time this summer.

  Our balloon race is coming up in September as well as a visit from a missionary who is coming to work with us here in England. The Grissom family is starting deputation to return to England and we are excited to see God working in their life.

  We are looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store this autumn.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Dear Pastor and Church,

  We have several good things to report on in this letter. God has always been good to us but we need to do better in giving Him credit for all He does for us. Just the grace He has extended to allow us to minister here for the last 11 ½ years is too much to comprehend. We are grateful He has provided for us in such a bountiful manner and as always have no complaints about how Gods has treated us.

  We hosted a missionary retreat earlier this spring and it went very well. We had invited a small number of missionaries for this initial event in order to give it a test run. The consensus was this should be an annual event and we are already making plans for 2015 and to invite a lot more missionary families. It is good to get away once in a while and have a time of fellowship. Perhaps there is a pastor out there that would like to come and preach the retreat one of these years?????
Snowtubing at the retreat
  In March we had something take place that had never before happened in our time here. We had a complete family from our area come visit our services. We have had single visitors, just one adult or one adult and a few kids but never a husband, wife and children. What a blessing and an encouragement!!!  Did they come as a result of our letterboxing? Our candy canes? Our booths at the various community events?  No, they came as a result of meeting Andrea and the kids at a homeschool event about 5 years ago and remembered their testimony. They recently moved to our town, remembered our family and decided to visit the church. They have been faithful in every service since and we are pleased to see folks interested in not just coming to church but being involved in church.

  We were able to sneak back to the States for a few weeks in April to celebrate
 Andrea’s parents 50th wedding anniversary. It was good to spend some time with family and honor her parents for their years of faithfulness. God supplied a former missionary to England to come and watch the work here in Liskeard and all was well when we returned.


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Missionary Retreat


One of our speakers

The Ice Luge
  Some good things are happening and we are thanking God for his presence in our ministry. We have always had a burden for missionary families on the field. There are some many pressures on them that many start to fracture and need to leave the field to mend. Seldom do they return. Winter is a tough time in Northern Europe. The days are short, grey and it sure does rain alot. By the time February rolls around it seems like you have been confined inside for months. We were talking in January that someone should organize a fellowship and then decided it should be us. We decided to host the retreat in Manchester so it would be centrally located on the island. Having never been to Manchester posed no problem as Andrea and I took a short scouting trip to make arrangements. We had 20 turn out with another 14 unable to come due to last minutes issues of life. We only invited a small number of missionaries since this was a test run but look forward to expanding it next year to many more.

We have also had some visitors to services lately.
What a blessing and encouragement that is. Recently we hadf a local family come to visit. In the 12 years we have been here that was the first time a complete family from our area has come to visit the church. Little by little seems to be the key.