Thank you for your prayers for my operation to rectify my hearing issue before Easter. The operation went well and without complications. I’ve had some great friends looking out for me. This week I’ve been back part-time in my role with Agapé and will try full-time after the bank holiday weekend. I don’t have my hearing back as I expected, but it can also take a few months whilst things settle down. I will have a follow up appointment mid-June.
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Next week I am having surgery for Otosclerosis. It’s basically a procedure under general anaesthetic where the surgeon will remove some small bones behind the ear drum and replace them with an implant. It aims to restore my hearing in my left ear. As you can imagine it’s not very pleasant. Please pray that all goes well and my hearing is restored.
Please also continue to pray for Thad, Jana and the boys as they move to the UK to enable Thad to start as our Operations Director. Everything is in place apart from a home for them to live in! Once they find that it’s all go. Please pray for the right place for them, particularly thinking of a good locality for a school for the boys.
I’m particularly thankful for your prayers over winter. I’ve not been so affected by the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this year, and I’m thankful. In part that has been because I’ve been meeting with a friend for coffee almost every week and we’ve been able to share bits of life together.
I’ve been using a phone app called ‘LikeJesus’. This pops up a bible verse and questions twice a day. It’s really helpful in keeping different scripture in the mind. I recommend it. Pray I can continue to apply what I’m reading.
I had a good and productive time with other Operational Leaders in Paris. It was such a valuable insight into how some other countries (Northern Africa / Middle East areas) which have greater security concerns than ours have to work. Collaborating at this level is such a blessing. The photos show the representatives from Western Europe only.
I mentioned recently that we had appointed a new Operations Director. Thad will join us with his wife, Jana, and their three boys. Thad will start at the end of March. We’ve shared the role among various people for over a year so it’s great to have someone heading up this area again. The Operations team resource and enable this movement to exist, so having someone to head up this area is so vital. Thad will be my immediate line manager and I’ll get with work with him on the technology and other projects I’m tasked with implementing. I’m just a little excited!
In 1966, Kalevi Lehtinen travelled from Finland to the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin. He met with Campus Crusade for Christ (Agapé) founder Bill Bright and expressed his burden for the evangelisation of Europe. At the same time, Bud and Shirley Hinkson were putting together a team of fresh faced American graduates willing to invest three years in building movements internationally. A year later, the University Ambassador Team boarded a ship to England.
A team of 56 arrived in Southampton on the 14th November 1967 and travelled by train to London. They chose leaders and split into six teams. They settled on sending teams to London, Southampton, Reading, Birmingham, Brighton, and one team to Germany. They found accommodation and started to meet students.
This is how Agapé started.
50 years later Agapé is celebrating God’s faithfulness over the years and looking forward to what He has in store for our future. We’re hosting a celebration weekend 3rd to 5th February with tons of workshops and outreach opportunities in partnership with the local churches. It’s an exciting time.
Please pray for this event and for the local churches we’re partnering with. More details are here: http://www.agape.org.uk/50years
Christmas is upon us. Are you ready? On Thursday I’ll be heading to stay with my parents over the Christmas period and will be back in Birmingham for the New Year. What are your plans?
I’ve been mulling over the time when the angel went to Mary and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you”.
Firstly, humorously, I have to get over the replacement phrase ‘most highly flavoured gravy’ often sung with a chuckle in the carol, The Angel Gabriel… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pliqObTHxUQ
I don’t want to expound the Christmas story, but I’ve just been thinking about what the Holy Spirit might be saying to me through the events that Mary experienced. It’s good to let the words sink in that the Lord is with me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139 v 14). How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139 v 17)
I hope that over this Christmas time you will have opportunity to hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit. Whatever you may be experiencing in life right now, in the depths of the sea, or soaring on the wings of eagles, the Lord is close to you. That’s a good thing!
Thanks for your support of me over the last year. I really have appreciated it.
The photo is from our HR/Communication/IT/Finance/Admin teams’ Christmas lunch.