Dear Family and Friends
I found a new place to live! Thank you for your prayers in finding a new home in Slough. It took a few weeks of looking for places within my budget and also close enough to the church venue and community, but God is always faithful! I found a flat that is only a 7 minute drive (when I get a car) and 30 minute walk from the church. Also, I didn’t know it at the time that I said yes to the flat, but it is literally a one minute walk to the front door of one of the families in our church! It’s actually the family of one of the teens I am mentoring at the moment, and I have known them for years. God is good!
I won’t be able to move in until 11 August but the packing and moving process has begun. My housemate, (Dina) has also found a place so we will be moving out of our current flat at the end of this month and I will be staying with friends until mine is ready. Please continue to pray for provision for all the costs that are involved in moving and refurnishing, etc. in the coming weeks and months.
Another thing I am celebrating this past month is that I passed my Driving Theory Test! It’s so funny that I have been driving since I was 16 years old in America, and now I have to go through it all over again to be able to drive here in the UK. I’ve never really needed to drive in London because the transportation is so good, but in Slough it’s a necessity. Once I have moved, I will take a few driving lessons and then my practical test.
Finding a new home and passing my driving test were personal wins for me in June but I also continued to do discipleship with people here in Slough and across Europe on a weekly basis which is always exciting for me.
I taught at our Follow 3 Course in Slough for the first time a few weeks ago and I have begun training for our Summer Youth Camp coming up at the beginning of August. As many of you know, youth camp is always a highlight for me every year. I’m really looking forward to being able to build new relationships with our Slough teens on this camp. We had to do camp online last year, but this year we get to do it in person! Because of Covid, the teens themselves have been so limited in even connecting with each other so I’m really trusting that they will not only encounter God on this camp but also build new and strong relationships with each other.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support – you have no idea how valuable it is to me!
Loads of love
Dear Family and Friends
I am continuously blessed by being able to reach the nations here in London! Thank you so much for your faithfulness in praying and supporting me in doing what I do. This is your fruit!
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending another wedding for some of my spiritual children! I mentored Razel throughout her college and university years, which is where Ruffy came into the picture. Razel is now working for our church here in London in our Kids and Youth Department and she and Ruffy also mentor many of our teens.
That same weekend I preached my first sermon in our Slough congregation on What Jesus said about Grief. If you have experienced loss of loved one, a dream, or a big change or trauma of any kind, I hope this sermon will encourage you to embrace grief and allow God to bring you comfort.
This past Saturday I also had the opportunity to speak to some of our Female Campus Missionaries who are
serving in countries across Europe – Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Armenia, France and England. My talk was on facing our realities and embracing grief to be able to go forward in the transitions and changes coming up in this next season.
Thank you again for all that you do!
Lots of love,
Dear Family and Friends
This past month has been an emotional one. It’s had some amazing highs but also some lows.
In my last newsletter I mentioned that I have been leading a group of single ladies across Europe who are carrying a huge weight of leadership in their churches. Last month I started a new group with two ladies in our Cyprus outreach. I’m so excited about what God is doing and how He is connecting me with people in more and more nations. Please continue to pray for me as I walk with these ladies and others across Europe. It has also been such a blessing and encouragement to me!
Also at the beginning of last month I got to take part in the wedding of what I would call one of my spiritual children. Terry and Josh’s wedding had been cancelled twice because of covid restrictions but thankfully on the third try they were successful! They were only allowed 4 people at their wedding and their reception was a small little party in their hotel room with their guests. I had the honour of praying over them and celebrating with them via zoom. I love seeing what God has done in both of them over the past few years and can’t wait to see what He will do with their future!
Another highlight for me in April was having one of the teens I have been walking with becoming a Christian! I’ve loved meeting with these young ladies and seeing what God is doing in their hearts over the last few months – thank you so much for praying.
April was also a month that has brought many tears as we said goodbye to a wonderful man I have grown to love over the past 17 years. Dina’s (my housemate) dad who I have called Tio (uncle) passed away a few weeks ago. He lived in Madeira, Portugal and sadly due to covid restrictions and complications of travel neither Dina nor her siblings could travel there for the funeral. It’s been a tough few weeks but God has been helping all of us through our grief.
Over the next few weeks I will be teaching on our Freedom Day, preaching on Grief and teaching at our Follow Course as well as all of my other discipleship meetings. I would really appreciate your prayers for every area of ministry I am involved in.
Thank you so much for all that you do. Your prayers and support are touching the nations and generations across Europe!
Lots of love,