Monday, 29 January 2018

End of an Era

Dear friends,

As of 21st January we have officially finished our service with CMS. We are sad to finish what has been a wonderful journey with CMS over the last 17 years and look back with very fond memories, but we also look with excitement towards the future and exploring what God has in store for us on the next stage of our journey.

With the Mission Committee at Hart Plain Church
We thank you for your continued support both financially and prayerfully. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we look to the future, search for work, try to discern what God's call on our lives will be, and continue with the long process of readapting to life here in the UK.

Isaac with the worship group at Hart Plain Church
Walks with Molly
A big thank you to all our link churches. We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting you all and thank you for your hospitality. The pictures show our final visit just last week to Hart Plain Church in Portsmouth.

Once again if you feel moved to continue your support of CMS, as a church or an individual, we would encourage you to consider our good friends, Festo and Grace Kanungha. (more details on the last blog)

Shortly before Christmas we welcomed a new member of the family, Molly, a lovely little cockapoo who needed rehoming quickly. We have had great fun getting to know her and taking her for walks in the beautiful countryside here in Cornwall. She is very loving and fun.

We had a lovely Christmas, just on our own, enjoying family time and time with our church family. We were able to host a wonderful Christmas party, continuing a long tradition of Christmas parties in Tanzania. It is lovely to be able to continue our own traditions with our friends here in St. Austell.

Christmas Dinner
It was great to welcome Christine's sister, Linda and her family who came to visit after Christmas, and also to have a day visiting Paul's mum and dad in Cardiff at New Year.
Carols by Candlelight in St. Austell
Christine also had a lovely few days up North with her mum and a chance to meet up with old friends.

With Linda and family
Paul is continuing to explore the possibility of ordination with Truro diocese, and God willing hopes to begin training in September.
With Rachel
For the time being he is doing some part time teaching work at St. Austell college and supply teaching around the area. Christine has been applying for a few jobs. Some exciting opportunities have come up but we are waiting for responses. Please pray that God provides the right role for her.

More walks with Molly
We are thankful to God that Daniel and Isaac continue to enjoy and do well at school, and have made some good friends. They also love church and their youth group which is a huge blessing to them, and continue to enjoy their music.

Christmas laser light display at the Eden Project
We still miss and are very much in touch with friends and colleagues back in Tanzania. We praise God that before Christmas the Amani FM radio project was granted a "building permit". This gives them a year to build and set up the radio project before final inspection and assessment to decide whether they can be granted a broadcasting licence. Please continue to pray for this project, especially for God's provision as we search for funds for the building. Paul is continuing to work together with CAMS school in recruitment although a principal has yet to be found. Please continue to pray for God's hand in this process.

God's blessings on you all in 2018.

With love

Christine, Paul, Daniel and