Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Blessings!

Dear friends,

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and blessed new year. We pray that God blesses you richly as you serve Him

We are preparing for our first Christmas in our new home in Cornwall, UK. It will be a very different Christmas this year - instead of a Christmas day swim in the open air pool at Dodoma Hotel we will be huddled up keeping warm! We are enjoying the different traditions on the run up to Christmas, at church, at school, and in everyday life.
inTune Choir
Christine has joined a choir called "inTune" choir - very different to Kikuyu Gospel Singers who I miss very much, but a lovely group of ladies and great fun to sing with.The picture shows inTune singing at the Padstow Christmas festival.
Isaac's band
Isaac also did a wonderful job performing with his school choir and his band in the school "winter concert". The picture shows his band with friends, Harry and Bryn.

A huge thank you to all our link churches who have given us a warm welcome as we have travelled around the country visiting you all. It has been hard work with so much travelling but we feel very loved and appreciated.
These three pictures show us ministering at different link churches.

We thank all these churches and all the individuals who have supported us and prayed for us over the years and ask that you continue to support us until the end of January when we will officially finish with CMS. We have a few more churches to visit in January and very much look forward to seeing you.

We are enjoying worshipping at our home church Holy Trinity St. Austell. It is wonderful to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones and to see the work that God is doing in the church and in St. Austell. It is exciting to be part of a process of developing a vision for the church. Paul is part of the development vision team, working with others to shape the future of the church. Daniel and Isaac are loving the youth group at the church and have developed some good friendships there. Christine and Isaac are also involved in leading worship and it is great to see Isaac developing his ministry in that area.

We praise God that Daniel and Isaac have both settled in really well at school and we thank you for all your prayers for them. They have both had a really good first term and got good reports. They both love their music, Daniel really enjoying his new drum kit and lessons.  Please continue to pray for them as they develop academically and in their new friendships.

With Grandma
We are thoroughly enjoying life in Cornwall and the opportunities to walk and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.
Paul's dad's birthday
We spent half term with Christine's mum here in Cornwall and were also able to visit Paul's parents for his dad's 80th birthday celebrations in October. 

Daniel enjoying beautiful Charlestown
Paul is teaching at the local sixth form college one day a week whilst he continues to proceed with the discernment process in preparing for ordination training which he hopes to start next year if he is successful in the selection process. Christine is also looking for employment. Please pray that God opens doors and provides opportunities for us .

Paul is also continuing with assisting CAMS school in Dodoma to search for a new principal and other staff. They are as yet to appoint a principal and we ask for your continued prayers for this.

The Kanungha Family
As we look towards the end of our time with CMS we ask that you consider continuing your support of CMS either as a church or as individuals. If you would like to transfer your support to other mission partners please consider our dear friends Festo and Grace Kanungha who are serving in Kilimatinde, Tanzania together with their boys Zephania and William. Festo is the headmaster of a secondary school in Kilimatinde and Grace manages a nursery school and a new primary school which are a connected to Festo's school. Kilimatinde is the village in which Paul and I served back in 2000-2003 and Paul worked with Festo at the school. Grace is a good friend of ours from St. Austell. Please pray for them and if you would like to transfer your giving to them please contact CMS and they can help you with this.

With much love and blessings
Christine, Paul, Daniel and