June update

Thursday 19th July, 2018

Dear Praying Friends
We last wrote to you at the end of March with reference to a proposal Peter had received from Dr Ron
George, Director of the Eurasia Education Foundation. Among the points Ron proposed were:
That Peter and Maureen partner as members of EEF whilst not making any changes with their own
present charity setup including being answerable to their own board.
That EEF introduces Peter’s valuable ministry in training Sunday school teachers and evangelistic
ministers in Divitia Gratiae University and their graduates in Central Asia. (Turkish and Persian
cultures).
That Peter is available to teach at the annual Camp held in Moldova and any other DGU linked churches
in Central Asia.
With this in mind, our CFM Trustees met on the 16th March and made the decision that Peter should
travel to Moldova in June, taking up an invitation to visit the Summer school, where a camp for
children is running concurrently. They would like to have evening meetings and ask me to speak and
lead many of those. This will give me the chance to assess the opportunities for ministry there, and
then report back to the Trustees when I return (This will take place on Thursday next week, please
pray for our meeting). Here follows an account of my visit:
I travelled to Chisinau in Moldova on Saturday July 16th, via Frankfurt in Germany. Were it not for the
assistance of a Russian lady also travelling to Chisinau I would never have made my connection. Never
have I seen such a large number of people waiting to pass through security in Frankfurt. I estimate
well over 300 in my group, plus an equal number from the opposite direction. The lady said, follow me
and keep up! She forced her way through the crowds crying, ‘our plane is leaving, our plane is leaving!’
The lines parted like the Red Sea. A customs officer then noticed that my International Police
Association wallet in the tray had fallen open revealing my badge, he said, ‘Police?’ and passed me
through giving me specific directions as to where to go for my flight. The Russian lady in white pushed
me ahead up the steps onto the plane saying, ‘I’ll follow you.’ That was the last I saw of her, I couldn’t
see her anywhere on the plane, or at Chisinau when I arrived! Was she a Russian angel?
On arriving at the University was greeted by Mihai Malancea, the Principal, and related to him the
details of my journey. When he heard the details he asked to see my badge and said that there was a
meeting of the Christian Police Association of Moldova that week. I told him that I was a member of
the CPA too, at which point he said, ‘wait!’ pulled out his phone, and spoke to someone (in Romanian)
for a couple of minutes, before informing me that he’d been talking to a senior Police Officer (a
member of his church), who was the secretary to the Christian Police Association of Moldova and that
I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Conference!
The following day we went to the Summer School Conference at the Christian Camp in Vatici (about
45km from Chisinau) where the training sessions for the Pastors and Christian Workers would be
held. I had only been allotted an hour each evening for my sessions, meaning that I had spent many
hours preparing materials which were never used. The time was somewhat redeemed by the
opportunity to speak at a couple of camps for around 20 minutes each morning, one for children and
the other for teens, which were held at the same as the conference. I was also pulled aside quite a few
times during the two weeks by a few of the conference delegates who were eager to learn more. I have
also received some very encouraging emails of thanks from a couple of the delegates from Russian
republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus.
Half way through the training Conference, Mihai took me to the other Conference for the Christian
Police Association. He told me that the Baptists were the largest Christian groups comprising around
20%, the others were members of the Orthodox Church, and so there would probably be a large
number of delegates who needed to hear the Gospel preached. You never have to tell an Evangelist
something like that twice! So, in addition to sharing my past experiences of working with the Police I
was able to use some of my Illusions to share a short Gospel message. My contribution was very well
received and will probably result in further work with the Police, and the Alfred Films that we made
being dubbed into Romanian for use in schools with the Police in Moldova!
Please keep us in your prayers during the coming days.
Every sincere blessing
Peter

March Update

Monday 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

November Update

Monday 5th March, 2018

Dear Prayer Partners
On the 30th of October I wrote asking you to pray for my trip to Poland, with a particular request for the very short turnaround in Düsseldorf, where I only had one hour between flights! Thank you; due to special assistance I received I enjoyed the smoothest trip for years!
Working with my dear friend, Pastor Mariusz Socha I enjoyed a very blessed and successful time. During that time, I spoke at two main Sunday services; a meeting at a children’s home near Szczecin to the children together with some of the parents and staff; also a meeting with the church youth group; and two house groups, one in Poland, the other in East Germany. During the latter, one of the ladies present gave testimony at the end to the effect that she was praying about three problems she was experiencing while driving to the meeting and that each of the three points in my message spoke to each of her three problems! I later received a lovely message from another lady present saying that the Lord had used me in a special way for the second time in her life! What a blessing to ‘know’ and not just ‘believe’ that the Lord is working through your ministry.
Additionally, we were able to spend time with a Professor of Literature who had been one of the speakers at a series of meetings in Szczecin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Although he is a Buddhist, he is also an expert on the literature of the Reformation. He seems to be seeking, and had accepted an invitation from Mariusz to meet at his house. He came together with his wife and spent several hours there when he also gratefully received a copy of the new Polish Bible translated by my dear friend, Piotr Zaremba. Please pray for him and his wife (Piotr & Malgorza).
While there we were also able to conduct (I think it was eight) different school classes with the assistance of three Officers from the local Szczecin Police Force. One of them, Michael, had been training for the Priesthood, but had left because he wanted a wife and family! We were able to share good spiritual conversations with him and pray for a future work of the Lord within his life and the possibility of further conversations during future cooperation. Please pray for him, together with Thomas, and Monica a Police woman who accepted my offer of prayer for a problem she is experiencing, and so I prayed outside the school as we departed and she left with tears in her eyes.
We were also able to enjoy a good meeting with Piotr Makuch, the chief of police and his deputy discussing future areas of cooperation. We also met with Andrzej Szrajber the Head of the Department of Prevention, an expert in the area of Internet dangers and the problems of cyber-bullying. He will be involved in our next Polish project at the end of February, the production of two new Alfred films covering the subjects of ‘Domestic Violence’ and ‘Dangers of the Internet’ for Primary / Junior School children.
We also met with Witold Dusiñski, Director of Dusinski Media, the Company who will make the Alfred films in Poland for us, discussing the production, scheduling and the need for some script changes.
I’m sure that’s enough from me and Poland, please read on for our family news from Maureen!
Every sincere blessing for a wonderful Christmas season this year
Peter
Dear Friends,
Our children are ok; they all are involved in their churches, house groups and Alpha courses etc. They
have the stresses and strains of working lives that most people experience these days, life is never
easy!
The grandchildren are doing well; Katrina is a midwife, Jack an Audi mechanic, Peter has finally got a
job that he loves; in an airport, and Joe who graduated a month ago, is in Norway. He believes he is
called by God to work there and is exploring the possibilities’, more news when things become clear.
We are so grateful to the Lord for our family.
Pete and I have a heavy cold, both at the same time! Synchronised coughing and groaning! I hope we
are better by the weekend as it is our Church 150th anniversary. The church started in the caretaker’s
home, in Witton Cemetery. That was definitely from death to life!
Peter after years of study and about two years of writing finished his
PhD thesis. The title is, “The early Christianization and Conversation of
Britain”. It is interesting to know that Christianity was in Britain within
7 years of the Resurrection, and that Paul knew several Britons in Rome,
and that he mentions some of them in his letters, Britons that brought
the Gospel here. Yesterday we intended taking the Thesis to Cranmer
College, but neither of us felt up to going, and breathing this cold on
friends we were going to visit as well was not acceptable.
In these uncertain days, how wonderful to know and love the Lord who knows everything that is
going on. To know that He is the WAY to God, the way to live, the way to get through our problems or
to know his enabling to cope with ongoing trials. That He is the TRUTH, when so many lies surround
us in the world and society today. When things are taught that are contrary to God’s word, and unless
we know the truth we ourselves can be deceived. That He is the LIFE, of everyone Christian or non
Christian, of plants and animals, while He gives us life we are meant to be here, He has a purpose for
each one of us. Most of all He wants to have a relationship with Him that will last for Eternity.
We pray that you and your family will know the Presence of the Lord this Christmas time and that He
will bless and guide you in the New Year.
With love from Maureen
Casts an eye over our family news, and writes: Peter was in Poland when I had my
birthday, but I didn’t mind I was thoroughly spoiled by our daughters, including a GF
cream team in a crocodile farm, as you do!