CONDOLENCES

Our prayers and sympathy are with Audrey Flinders whose husband Alan passed away in October as well as other family members in recent weeks.  

We also remember David Lomas who lost both his parents, Douglas in February & Kath in August. 

Our prayers are with Betty Ball also. Frank Ball passed on Sunday October 28th. A memorial service will be held at Carley on November 15th, 12.15pm. 

 Updates from our uni students 

JOANNA:

Greetings from France :) So this is a just to update you on my year abroad in France! I am sure that most of you have been kept updated by my parents or Facebook. I am also writing a blog where I try to describe some of the more funny aspects of life in Alsace. If you would like to view it the web address is:

http://aventuresenfrance2012.wordpress.com/

I really love the teaching side of this post! I would actually work more than twelve hours if my contract did not stipulate that this is the maximum! God has definitely prepared me for this job and I enjoy going into school each day! The slight downside to working in two schools is having to repeat the same activity 24 times in two weeks!! I feel that I need to do the same activities in each school so as to be fair to each body of students! However as my landlady said (who is also an English teacher at one of my schools) teaching is all about repeating things!  The part that I find difficult is remembering names of students and staff! I think I see about roughly around 200-300 students a week so at the moment I am at the stage of recognizing faces but not names! I also have the problem of rotating schools every week, so by Friday of each week I have just got used to the seeing the staff and students then the following Monday I have to go to the other school and start all over again with a different set of teachers/ students!! I think it is understandable to be slightly confused on my situation! On the whole the students are very well behaved, a little noisy sometimes, especially this week as we played Pictionary!! Some have even said that they don’t want to leave my classes. Normally I have half a class (anywhere from 5-18 students) for half an hour and then they swap with the other half of the class. I have one severely autistic boy in one of my classes and quite a few dyslexic pupils but apart from that the classes are of mixed abilities, such is the tradition of French schooling. However the students are so happy to be in my class and to be taught by a ‘real’ English person that they generally behave! Although I nearly had one student punch another today! It is quite interesting to work with all levels of students, from the youngest at 11 years old who has literally only been learning English for 2 months to the older 15 years olds who have been learning for 4 years. One thing that is special about the region of Alsace is that it is the only region in France where German is taught from Nursery school, hence why they start to learn English at 11. So I have trilingual students in my classes! I do have a few native English speakers, one South African boy and another boy whose parents are Irish. They will sometimes translate for me!

I feel really settled at the moment although I am still living with the teacher. I had hoped to find somewhere to live in the city but God has closed the door to that at the moment. He has clearly told me to stay where I am. I can see His hand of blessing in providing me with this family to live in. Christelle the English teacher is so nice, she has helped me with everything from opening a bank account to explaining traditions of the region and she is in no hurry to throw me out considering our first agreement was that I would stay for two weeks! Another reason why I have peace about where I am living/working is the fact that Christelle told me, she and various other English faculty members personally selected me to work at their school because of the varying experiences I have had in life (camps, youth work, Poland, Sunday school etc.) That for me was God underlining that this is the place for me! I am also starting to make a group of friends at a church in Strasbourg and we went hiking in the mountains in the south last weekend! So all in all it is going great so far, the only thing I have looming over my head is a 5000 word essay in French that I must do for my university back in England. I am not looking forward to coming up with a topic for that!

Thank you all so much for your prayers, I appreciate them so much :) Lots of love xxxx 

EMMA:

Hi everyone, so I hope you all recognise me by now :) I am in my final year at DMU studying Arts and Festivals Management.

I am part of the evangelistic events planning team, mainly responsible for organising evangelistic lunch-time talks on various challenging themes. These events work really well to encourage members of the Christian Union to bring along friends who do not know Christ as their Lord, to ask questions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We usually get around 30 people, so they are quite popular.

Please can I ask for some prayer from my church family - that God would guide me in what He plans for me to do next year. There are several things I could do, but I want to make sure that the decision I make is with God, and as a result of His prompting and guidance.

In Christ, Emma 

CHRIS:

Hi, I'm Chris, I am 20 and a second year student at DMU studying Mechanical Engineering. My parents are from Glasgow, I was born in Maidstone, Kent, live in Suffolk and have lived everywhere else in-between. I am on the exec committee for the Christian Union as the evangelistic and prayer co-ordinator. My main responsibility is to encourage and ensure we are equipped for living and speaking for Jesus.

  Holiday in Tanzania 

We spent 17 days travelling across Tanzania. Our visit was purely holiday, sight-seeing, and finishing with a few days of rest on the coast of Zanzibar. On our trip we included 4 safari parts which was quite hectic and a lot of travelling in search of the big 5 [Lions, Leopards, 

 buffalos, rhinos and of course the elephants]. Did we find them all? It was a great joy that we did especially the rhino with a young one and the leopard with a baby in the trees. I (Mohan) thought of God’s greatness when looking at the powerful elephants and the rhino. As the rhino was approaching our safari jeeps [about 20 jeeps] it walked not only 

cautiously but made sure the young one was protected by the parent being in between us and their little one. God is always around to protect us and stands in between us and the danger. We just have to trust him. The leopard in the tree with the kill it had made will have fed her young one.

Provision made for the cub. God provides our needs. Some of the places we stayed at our rooms were a distance from the main complex so we had to be escorted by the Masai (local warriors). The reason is the wild animals come close to the lodges we were staying in and we would need to be protected. The Masai are well known for their warrior prowess and we were made to feel safe. When we are under the wings of the living God it is a place of safety 

 While in Dar-Es-Salaam we had opportunity to visit a Lutheran church for Sunday service. We were looking for somewhere to go and as we were walking we heard this beautiful singing. Though we did not understand the message as it was in Swahili we really enjoyed being there and we felt welcomed. One of the members explained some of the things that were happening. A week before we went to Tanzania there had been some problems and 2 churches had been burnt.

 This was due to what it seems to have been an argument between 2 young people [one a Christian and the other from Muslim background]. The leaders of churches met to see how they can help to rebuild the affected churches. The church showed concern for their fellow brothers and sisters. This to me was showing practical love. Also the church we were at are raising finances to build a spiritual centre which has dual purpose. The first is to teach the word of God and secondly to have a community and health centre to provide the needs of the poor. They have a vision. Pray for them.

 Finally we went to Zanzibar. Most of us will know this place as one with beautiful beaches. But Zanzibar has a sad history. It was a place where slaves were taken to and held in small rooms before being sold. Many died from starvation and lack of water. This was done on purpose to see who will be strong enough to survive and they were the ones that would be sold. The place which is called the slave market is now a church and they have taken the responsibility to keep the memories of what happened to be remembered. Today Zanzibar is made up of 90% Muslims and the rest either of Christians or of other religions. We only saw one church building but not sure how active it is. Again much prayer is needed for Christian witness on that island. 

We really enjoyed our stay on the island just to relax before flying back home. At Zanzibar airport when we were checking in the lady officer checking our passports was interested which place we lived in the UK. I said it was a place she may not have heard of. When we told her it was Leicester she informed us she had lived there for 3 years. She lived on St Matthew’s! I told her our church is on the estate. World is shrinking.

Mohan and Annette.

 

 Leicester Open Air Mission

The team is made up of around 10 believers from churches in and around Leicester including Carley, Little Hill Church, Melbourne Hall, Bethel EC, Birstall Independent Baptist Church, Knighton EC, Glencroft Church, Countesthorpe Baptist Church and Rugby Evangelical Church. The outreach is usually held opposite M&S or Boots on Gallowtree Gate, on Wednesday’s from 12:45-2.45pm.

Sharp Arrows: Unbelievers are armed. They are covered in the armour of their objections to the Gospel. They are clad in atheism, religiosity or humanism. What can penetrate through such armour and pierce their heart? What can slay their pride and humble them before God? Only the arrows of Jesus Christ. Only His Word. Psalm 45:5 tells us that ‘Your arrows are sharp in the heart if the King’s enemies; the people fall under you’. Each tract, each booklet, each word which we preach is an arrow. It can pierce the heart of hardest sinner when the Holy Spirit is pleased to deliver it there. When we share the Gospel, the temptation is to aim for men’s heads. After all, a pleasant debate about the philosophy of God’s existence offends no one. But our task is to declare the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. We must aim for their hearts. Please pray that as the Gospel is preached on a Wednesday, it would penetrate the hearts of those who hear and bring them to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

General prayer points:

- Conductive weather for the Open Air (i.e.no rain!)- Greater dependence of the team on the Holy Spirit to work through his Word

- Give thanks for some very long conversations with seekers in recent weeks

- For the Lord to use that 300-400 tracts that are distributed each week,

For more information or if you would like to join the team please contact either Joe Bailey  joebailey9@msn.com or Barrie Cooke barrieandjoy@tiscali.co.uk

(Taken from ‘Sounding Forth’ prayer letter. oamission.com)

 

 

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