Saturday, 28 December 2013

December Doings

Hello,

  For a number of years we have tried to attend a Christmas banquet put on by a church in Manneim, Germany. The banquet is put on for missionaries and our family went for the first time in 2005. It is not every year we can go but when it works out it has always been an enjoyable trip for the family. In conjunction with the trip to the banquet, we have tried to take our children to see some of the sights in Europe. They have been able to see Paris, Brugges, Prague, several castles in Germany as well as numerous other sights on the way there and back. The banquet was a true joy this year as usual and afterwards we decided to just hang out in Germany for a few days. A church near Stuttgart had a missions apartment we could stay in so we stayed there and visited some sights we had not seen before. We especially enjoyed the Christmas markets.  Kent had the privilege of preaching in a military church on the Wednesday eve and we enjoyed the fellowship that we so often miss here in Cornwall. It was good to have some time away as a family but it is always nice to get back home.
Versailles Palace

Christmas Market in Heidelburg

Deidra trying some fried potatoes

Rothenburg
 
 
Then as soon as we got home we had our candy cane handout. This is the 11 straight year we have passed out candy canes with a church invite here in our town of Liskeard. We average around 1,000 candy canes a year and have a good time doing it.
Davis working in front of the Post Office.
 
Several weeks of regular services as well as our special carol service on the eve of the 22nd rounded out the month.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Catch Up

First a few pictures from our booth at the St Matthew's Fayre.


 
Then in November we hosted our annual family Thanksgiving Dinner. As always we went to Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day and did some shopping. Dinner at Pizza Hut was followed by a bit mroe shopping as stores are open past 5:00PM on Thursdays before Christmas. Then on Friday, we host a dinner. This year we had 32 friends join us. A great time was had by all.
 

This is Matthew Brazzier. He lived with us for a few months back in 2010 while he awaited foster care. While he was with us the concept of salvation never became clear to him. We were able to find a Christian home for Matt to go to and as a result, he got saved whilst there. What a blessing it was to hear his testimony. 

Some missionary friends helping out in the kitchen.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Neighborhood cookout
 

Dear Pastor and church,

  The 33rd chapter of Ezekiel speaks of the watchman on the wall and his duty to warn the people. How the people react is not on his account, only his actions which he can control. Many times in these last days we can get discouraged when the people do not heed the warnings but we need to remember God rewards us for our faithfulness and not our results.

  In July, we once again had a booth at the Liskeard Show. It was a good day despite the blistering heat. We hit 83 degrees that day which is just 3 degrees from the all-time high here in Cornwall. We were blessed to have some good conversations. The next week we had a small group from Montana come to Liskeard and help us letterbox for a few days. The day they arrived was also the day our Spanish exchange student arrived as well as the date for our neighborhood bbq at our house.
Winner of the bench at Liskeard Show

  August was youth camp and Kent preached the morning service each day, Andrea was the assistant chef, Davis was the games helper and Deidra just got to be a camper. There were two young campers who trusted Christ on Friday morning for which we praise God. September was the St. Mathews Fayre and our balloon race. Wind and heavy rain made for a low turnout but the gospel was shared with many. We were blessed to have folks come from supporting churches in the States to help with both camp and the balloon race. Always nice to have people come to the mission field to serve.

Kent teaching at camp
 
  Autumn means our Thanksgiving meal outreach, preaching a series on the family at a preacher’s fellowship and starting to buy candy canes for our 10th candy cane handout. 

  We covet your prayers as we cry aloud from the wall!


Saturday, 24 August 2013

Camp Joy

Hello,

  As we approached our first summer in England in 2003, we thought it would be good to find a youth camp to take the children to. That was our first year at Camp Joy. It has been a wonderful journey watching the camp grow and change, seeing the children get saved and make decisions for Christ and to see young people first come as campers and then work as staff at the camp. So many blessings and so many good memories. The Lord has blessed us to have a small part in the camp each year we have been in country.

  This year was no exception. Andrea and I were kitchen assistants and Davis was the assistant games leader. Deidra still gets to be a camper but her time is coming to slave the week away. Kent also took care of the morning chapel session and did his usual mixture of preaching and craziness. The theme of Camp was Creation and so for the morning chapel fun time we explored some possible food items that Adam and Eve may have tried. Such things as donuts with baked beans or tortilla chips with whipped cream. Each day there were new things to try and try them the kids did.

The best thing about camp was the two young men who trusted Christ as their Saviour on Friday morning after the service.


  Camp is a good week that allows the kids to have some Christian fellowship and for us to spend some time with great friends from all over the country.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

July

Hello,

  July has been a busy month. We had our annual neighborhood 4th of July bbq rescheduled due to a funeral so we set the date for two weeks later on the 18th. The date was free and nothing was scheduled. By the end of the next day we had three things set for that day. Another missionary in England had a church group coming over on a trip and offered to bring them down to help us for a few days. He said they would be down on the 18th. Each summer we sponsor a student from Spain for a month. Some of you met Jose when he traveled with us the last time we were in the States. Jose has moved on but we have Ana with us. She arrived on the 18th. So we had our neighborhhod bbq with some extra visitors from Montana as well as Ana from Bilbao in Spain.


After we fed the group from Montana we put them to work letterboxing. They put out over 1000 tracts/leaflets in their time here.

 
No trip to the Gossmeyers would be complete without a trip to Polperro.


 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Too Hot

Hello,

  July can only mean one thing.......the Liskeard Show. This is our 6th or 7th year and we have had sun, rain, wind, cold, warm and that was just one of the years. This year it was actually too hot. In a climate where a 70 degree day is considered quite warm, an day of 82 degrees is exceptional. You could see the crowd start to dwindle.
 
 
  Despite this we had a good day. We were able to hand out several hundred church leaflets and had a few interesting conversations. As always there were a few disagreeable people as well as some downright grumps but they always make for good stories.
 
  We always look forward to the show for the food as well. There are the usual vendors but each year there are local folks trying out new things.
 
 


Monday, 27 May 2013

Enjoying the blessings of others

Hello,

  This past Monday an F5 tornado devastated a portion of Moore, OK. Watching the live coverage of the storm from afar was a helpless feeling but we were blessed that no one that we knew personally was killed. There were many that we knew that sustained damage to their homes and a few lost everything.

  Back in 1999 when another huge tornado swept through the area and destroyed the building of our home church, we were still there and were able to see personally the blessings of God. We were able to serve during that time and we saw God work. Being away this time it has been a joy to see God work again. Through the medium of the Internet and Facebook, we have been able to follow and keep up with the developments. Despite feeling detached from the whole episode, we have enjoyed seeing people step up to serve and to be a blessing. 

  Many times when we have a blessing time in our churches people only count what God has done for them as a blessing but we should be able to count it a blessing to have seen God work and supply in others lives as well.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Spring Handout

Spring Handout
 
 


  Spring is coming and with the warmer (relative) weather our thoughts turn to getting back out and hitting the doors in Liskeard and surrounding villages. We ordered 5,000 which should cover most of the area.  March is the goal for these and then in April we will start on the neighbouring town with a different flyer..

Friday, 25 January 2013

December

Hello,

  First Saturday in December can only mean one thing..........CANDY CANES!!!!


This is the 10th year we have handed out candy canes with church info on them. You would be amazed how many English people will refuse free candy but most are quite surprised and grateful. This year we had a lady come visit because of receiving the info.



We had our carol service in the evening service on the 16th and had a really nice service. Attendance was down but we had a few visitors.

Christmas was a blessing and very quiet. Things tend to shut down for the week between Christmas and New Years and while it was frustrating when we first arrived here we have adjusted and just lay low with everyone else.


The day after Christmas is Boxing Day. Originally a day off for the servants it is a national holiday. We like to go out to the Jamaica Inn  at Bolventor and watch the hunt go off.

November

Hello,


  We spent the first part of November with the group from Beth Haven and were blessed to have our son, Ben and a friend of Andrea's stay for an extra week with us. It is good to have company!








We hosted our annual Thanksgiving Dinner as well. Our tradition here is to go into Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day and we have dinner at Pizza Hut. We then hang around and shop because the stores are open late on Thursdays (9:00). We then have our traditional dinner on Friday evening. This allows friends to drive in from other parts of England as well.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Autumn

In October, our home church sent a group over to help us conduct our first Holiday bible Club. We converted the Girl Guide Hall into a jungle for Jungle Trek, passed out hundred of fliers and waited anxiously on the first day to see if one or one hundred would show up. We had 12 on the first day and 22 different kids over the three days. Quite exciting. We are planning to use these kids to start a Children's Minstry on Sunday afternoons.
  The group did great and we were able to show them a bit of Cornwall each afternoon and London before they flew out.