Saturday, 25 September 2010

Permanent Visa


In order to live for an extended period in a country foreign to you, it is normally required to obtain permission from the government. Most countries will allow you to visit for up to 6 months but require approval (visa) to stay longer. The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) requires you to have a temporary visa to enter the country if you intend to stay. After a period of 5 years, you can apply for a permanent visa which entitles you to all the rights of citizenship except voting. We applied after 5 years and were refused on a technicality. So now we have been back in country 5 continuous years we can reapply. We sent our application in on Tuesday and on Thursday, they hit our credit card for the $2,100 fee. That sounds good but they charge the fee whether you are approved or not. We should receive word in a week or two.
Many have asked what happens if we are refused. That depends on the govt. They can ask you to be in country for another set of qualifying years or they can just request you leave. We are just trusting God that His will be done.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Prayer Letter

Dear Pastor and church,

We appreciate all the emails we received letting us know you are praying for our oldest son, Austin, during his transition to living in the States. Many view a missionary child returning to the States as a homecoming and yet for the majority of them, it is a rude awakening to a culture they are vaguely familiar with. Austin has started school and seems to be adjusting. We continue to covet your prayers for him.
We had a busy summer with several outreach events. The annual Liskeard show in July went well and we were able to hand out several hundred tracts. In August, we once again helped with a youth camp up near London. About 12 churches were represented and there were anywhere from 90-125 people on site depending on the day. Kent preached the evening services and he and Andrea were the camp cooks this year. One lad made a profession and there were a number of other decisions as well. Each year the camp grows and it is a blessing to see God use it to change lives. Pictures and further reports of these events and more can be found on our blog .

Work continues on the Olympic project. In just two years, an estimated 2 million people will join the 7 million that already live in London for the Summer Olympics. We want to be there to give them the gospel and we need your help. Please pray about partnering with us in this endeavor and perhaps even spending a week in London helping us distribute the material.

We would also ask for your prayer concerning our permanent visa application. By the time you read this it should be in the decision makers’ hands and we are praying we will be approved this time.

The time has come for us to take a furlough. In the last 8 years we have been in the States 6 months. We would delay this one as well but there are several things that need to be taken care of. We are planning to arrive in the States in December and after a bit of adjustment, start reporting to all those who wish for us to come by. We are blessed to be associated with you folks and look forward to seeing you again. Please let us know if you are interested in having us come by.

Monday, 13 September 2010

New Ground


We have entered new territory in our lives. We have taken a young man into our home for a period of time. We have known him for a few years when he would come over to play with the boys but were unaware of the major problems in his home life until recently. We found out he was shuffling from place to place as no one had room or seemingly the time to take care of him. We had a place so we contacted him and he moved in today.Not sure the authorities will leave him with us as we are not "approved" by their agency but we can give him a home atmosphere while he is with us. He was told he would experience the responsibilities and benefits of being a part of our family. He is not saved but has been to church with us a few times. We would ask you to pray for this young man during this difficult time in his life.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Wife Ministry


Many times in an effort to win people to Christ on their given field, a missionary can lose sight of the first ministry that God has entrusted him with, his family. It is just as important to minister to your family as it is to others. This is especially important with your wife. Often overlooked is her contribution to the ministry and seldom does she get to fellowship or converse with other Christian woman.

Despite Kent taking Andrea camping for 4 nights while at youth camp and her only having to cook for 100 people three times a day, Andrea did not consider that an adequate anniversary trip. So, Kent took her to France for a few days. Now that sounds pretty wow but France is only 14 miles from England at Dover and about 100 miles across the channel from Plymouth. There is a car ferry that runs back and forth so we caught one Sunday night after church. We spent a few days just wandering about seeing what Brittany had to offer. It was good to hear her laugh and relax a bit. This year was our 24th anniversary.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Out Of Breath!

It has been a crazy but good week. The fellowship on Monday was very good and an encouragement. We heard a Welsh, English and Irish speaker. The folks that went with us were quite excited to here British men preaching the same things they hear from us each week. There were about 120 in attendance and Bro Stuart and his folks did a nice job hosting. Then it was a rush back to the house for our holiday bbq with LBC. Had about 15 there and it was nice to have the Dudleys make it. Tuesday, Kent was privileged to be on the presbytery for a man from Nepal. He got saved while in England as a student and has gone back to his country to preach the Gospel. What a blessing to see such a soft surrendered heart. Spent the night there in Poole and then drove back (3 hours) to take James to an appointment. Services Wed night and then Kent and Ben left early Thursday to the London area. There were some chairs to deliver and Kent was wanting to take some Olympic related pictures. They were able to eat at the only non-military Taco Bell in the UK and sat there awhile savoring the flavor of fire sauce. Friday, they took the tube into London and spent the day walking around taking pics. Back late Friday night for what is hoped to be a quiet, pedestrian Saturday.