March UpdateMonday 5th March, 2018
Dear Prayer Partners:
We sent our last news just after my return from Poland at the end of November. Last week I was in Poland again, preaching and filming two new Alfred Programmes covering the subjects of ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Dangers of the Internet’ for Primary / Junior School children. Two of the Police Officers (Monica & Michael) mentioned in our previous email, were starring in the film. Together with Alfred of course!
This trip was very sad for me. Alfred accompanied me on the outward leg, but he has now emigrated to Poland and I returned alone. This of course is a result of the Muslim allegations against me which have made it impossible for me to continue working in the Birmingham schools. The Evangelical Church of Poland in Szczecin under the direction of Pastor Mariusz Socha are now taking over the Programme and are very prayerfully seeking to find one of their members to be the new operator of Alfred’s actions, voice and personality. Please pray with them. I was to include a small slot with Alfred in the morning service last Sunday but unfortunately found tears coming to my eyes and decided to leave him in his ‘Polski-Dom’ Polish Home Suitcase! Please would you also pray for the finances in setting up the new charity; website; and payments for the new films we made last week.
As for the Lord’s guiding for my future ministry, I did ask you to pray about this matter, but didn’t ask you to suggest what you thought the Lord might want us to do. However, in our replies we have had several friends who have used the phrase ‘creative teaching’ as an area of ministry in which they feel I am equipped. One other praying friend felt a particular phrase recurring in her thoughts and wrote, ‘Proclaim the King.’
In addition, my own thoughts have returned very often to a seminar I used to teach quite a few years ago, entitled: The TIME Seminar. ‘Training in Motivational Evangelism.’ In an endeavour pass on to others, the many gifts, materials, and ideas which the Lord has given me to use in sharing the Good News, I feel inspired to up-date all these materials and aids, and offer them to Churches and Groups who feel a need / call to share their faith with others, but feel a lack motivation, skills, and gifting to put into practice. I love the idea of creatively teaching groups to Proclaim the King. I believe He’s coming soon, and we want to help people to be ready!
I finished my Doctoral Thesis at the end of last year and the faculty of the College thought that it would be nice to travel from the most northerly part of England to have the graduation service as part of our morning service at George Road on the 11th of this month. Should you live close by you are very welcome to attend.
Before concluding, I should say that I am very privileged to lead another tour (I’ve lost count how many), to Israel at the end of October, beginning of November this year. We still have a few places left and I can send full details to you if you make contact. I will take the liberty of attaching a little brochure in pdf format if you want to get an idea of what’s included.
Maureen writes: Dear Friends: It is the 1st March and I’m writing this while watching the snow come down and being blown about by the very strong winds and freezing temperatures that are a precursor of storm Emma. I’m so grateful to be indoors and warm.
I had an eye test this week and was told that I have a precursor of a cataract. It probably won’t develop by my next eye test in two years, but maybe in about five years. I was pondering the word ‘Precursor’, and thinking about some of the terrible things that are happening in our world today and I believe they are a precursor of the return of our Lord Jesus. Of course we don’t know the time or the date of His return, but Scripture says, “When you see these things happening, look up because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28. Just as I am watching the storm from the safety and warmth of my home, I’d like to stay safe in my salvation. However, Jesus calls us to go out and tell others of His love for them, His death and resurrection. This is a challenge for us as we ponder what the Lord has in
mind for us to do now. Several things have come to an end and we are looking to Jesus to show us what lies ahead.
At our Church things are changing too. Alan Pike has faithfully served as our Pastor for sixteen years but will shortly be retiring. He has also served as a trustee of CFM for many of those years. We are truly grateful for the support that Alan, together with his wife Marjory have given us, especially as they stood with us at a really difficult time in our lives. We thank the Lord that we have a new Pastor who will be taking over the reins of our church in May. His name is Daniel Bara and our congregation have come to know and support him over time. He originally came from Romania, where the Lord called him to step out in faith and start ten Romanian Churches in Britain. Daniel did this with the help of others and now feels the next step for him is to pastor our Church. Watch this space!
Peter, finally, after several years of research, has finished his thesis on how Christianity came to Britain (within seven years of the resurrection, it is really interesting), and he has been awarded his Ph.D degree. His graduation is at our church on Sunday 11th March. Our girls and some of their family are coming here for the service, which will be lovely. Our family are all OK, very much as they were the last time I wrote to you. We pray that the Lord will surround you and those you love with His peace and protection.
Thank you for your support and prayers,
Maureen & Peter