Monday, 15 April 2013

Give thanks... and a prayer request

We give thanks that Simon is continuing to do well in his recuperation.  He has started flying again and is enjoying his "office time in the sky".  He is still not doing the long days to Sudan but that will come in time.  It is so good seeing him back in the cockpit again and enjoying what God has called Him to for this time.  Thank you for your continued prayers for him.

Please pray for Simon's Mum.  She has started chemotherapy again for cancer.  It has not been easy for her but we pray for God's sustaining hand during these days.  Pray for the side effects to be minimal and that the chemo would do its job and stop the cancer from spreading further.  We are glad that we will be home in Switzerland this year for furlough as it will be good to spend some time with Simon's parents.   Thank you for your prayers.

New and continuing adventures in the area of teaching the Bible and Church involvement

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would co-teach, with a friend, a session on "Hearing God's voice through Scripture" at a Church retreat.  This is not our home church but an International church in Kampala.  It was a bit daunting at the first thought of it but I agreed to do it.  The event will happen this coming Saturday.  They are having a weekend long retreat but I will just go on the Saturday.  Please pray for this event that God would challenge the ladies in their spiritual lives and that they would be encouraged through what is shared.  Pray for Marieke and I as we lead this specific session that God would give us what we need to communicate well and be an encouragement to those that attend.  There will be around 60 ladies in attendance so not just a wee Bible study group :)

Another friend contacted me today to say that the Scripture Union club that we are offering to teach again this term is already full with children.  There is more children signing up than we can cater for.  Pray for each of the children who have signed up that they would get to know Jesus through what is taught and shared.  May their lives be changed forever by hearing the truth of God's Word.  Pray for JulieAnne and I as we teach that we would communicate well and be an clear channel for the Lord.  This is so exciting to see so many children enthused by this club.  It is definitely an answer to prayer!

As many of you know I have been teaching three Bible studies for a while now.  Unfortuntately one of my teammates is returning to her home country.  That is the downside of living overseas; good friends come and go :(  So, because of this, I needed someone to replace her but I had no idea who it could be.  I did approach one friend who is going to let me know in about a months time when her schedule is more sure.  However, I did need someone to team teach with the Thursday one.  I just had confirmation today that a friend and also a colleague is happy to join the team.  This is a huge answer to prayer and I look forward to where God will take us in all of this.  The whole team (4 of us at the moment) will be meeting tomorrow to plan for September and also for the one on Thursday that starts a new session in two weeks..  Pray that God will lead us clearly as we look at how to take these groups forward.  We need an additional person gifted in music to join us.  Pray that God will work that out.

In the last couple of weeks the Church leadership at Freedom Kampala (our home church in Uganda) asked if I would get involved in a response team.  This involves praying with people who respond in Church services or who need further assistance.  Just yesterday they asked if I would lead one of the teams.  This is all in the beginning stages so how it all looks in reality I am not sure yet.   Simon has also been asked to head the production team in some way, however, this is still unclear as to how it all looks also as he has not started yet. We are enjoying being part of this church and look forward to helping where we can.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Yes we still have children......

It has been a while since I have posted any photos of Joshua and Zara of which I have no real excuse except I need to get my camera out more :)  Below are some photos we took in Jinja last week when we escaped from Kampala for a couple of nights.  Excuse the quality of them as we left without our camera and had to use our phones....maybe it was the excitement of being able to get away for a couple of nights that made us absent minded.  Anyway you can get an idea of some of the things we enjoyed together.

Looking forward to getting in the pool 

Joshua and Zara were so happy that Simon could go swimming again with them.  They laughed and laughed.
Taking a water break by the lake before zooming through the villages again

Joshua looks like a "boda boda" (motorbike taxi) driver in Kampala taking a nap on his motorbike

Family picture of us all with the River Nile behind.  I had an issue with my helmet lying squint and my suit being too big.....but so worth it :)

It is difficult to see in this photo unless you blow it up a bit but Simon and Zara are mud splattered.  Zara loves going on with Simon because she knows he will zoom through the puddles and get them both very dirty.  At one point all I could hear was her giggling and laughing behind me....she loved every minute of it.  It was a joy to hear.

One of the many puddles Simon and Zara enjoyed!

I think the expression and action says it all

What do you think of Zara's shiny gold boots...quite the outfit

J and Z - best pals walking back from the coffee shop where we had dinner.

Some furry friends came to visit whilst eating of the monkeys was just above our heads and Simon creeped up on it and gave it the fright of its life....we didn't see that one again :)