Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Back in the UK

Holiday on the Isle of Wight

Preaching at a link church
With Friends at New Wine
We are now back in the UK on 6 months home assignment. We arrived here mid July and spent time visiting family, attending various appointments with CMS , going to the New Wine festival with friends from our church and generally enjoying summer in the UK.

Enjoying Cornwall
We are now settled in St. Austell where we are living in a lovely mobile home owned by friends. We have also begun travelling around the UK visiting our various supporting churches and are grateful for the warm welcomes we have received so far.

We look forward to seeing many more of you over the next few months.

 The boys started school last week at Bishop Bronescombe School, the local C of E Primary School where they are very happy so far.
Ready for school outside our new home
They have also been enjoying the delights of Cornwall with its beaches, gardens, and cycle paths literally on our doorstep!

Computers for the Container
Worship in St. Austell
Whilst in the UK Paul is once gain putting together a container of equipment to send back to the University after the success of the last one sent three years ago. So far it's going quite well with over 12 computers and various bits and bobs collected after just a few weeks of asking around. We are mainly looking for computers (under 8 years old), university level text books and laboratory apparatus. It may be that you know of a school/college/university or business that is having a clear-out at the moment in which case Paul would love to get some contact details. Christine is also after keyboards and guitars and other electronic musical equipment for her projects which we'll hopefully have room for.

Evangelists Training in Kibondo

Although we are enjoying our time in the UK we are also all very much missing our friends and life in Tanzania. Much happened in Tanzania since our last blog, but in our busyness preparing for our journey we didn't have the time to write. Christine held another conference of mission and evangelism co-ordinators in May which was very positive and encouraging for all involved. Also in June she travelled to Kibondo in Western Tanzania to run a training seminar for lay evangelists from 5 dioceses. This was a wonderful event and again a great encouragement to those involved who are passionate evangelists and very active in their local churches but with little or no training.
Mission and Evangelism Co-ordinators
English Choir Graduation
We hope to continue with this work across the whole of Tanzania. Please read more about these activities on the Mission department blog on the link above. Christine was also busy with Kikuyu Gospel Singers and the launch of our DVD which is now available for sale. Please contact me if you would like a copy.

Paul managed to tie up most loose ends at the University before we left but would like your prayers particularly for a young man named Philbert Mushumbusi who is currently producing the university timetable after being trained by Paul over the last year. The university term has now ended with the provisional results just released. Please pray for those preparing to graduate this coming November. Please also pray for the newly appointed Vice Chancellor and the work ahead of him as he guides the university into another chapter of it's history.

Talent Show with the Headmaster

The boys had lots of positive goodbyes at school and bible club but were very sad to leave their friends for these 6 months. They both received good reports at the end of the school year and both got into the finals of the school talent school with their music, at which Isaac was very proud to win the primary section playing his guitar and singing.

With love and blessings,
Christine, Paul, Daniel and Isaac.xxx