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We have been fortunate enought to have enjoyed and been challenged by the faith, education, wildlife, work, culture and people we have encountered in the various places around the world that we have lived in. These experiences have moulded our thinking and lifestyle.

Wednesday

December 08 Prayer update:

Thank you very much for all those who gallantly sent Linsey a happy birthday congratulatory email. She was blown away by the response and it was a very encouraging time for her and I cannot thank you enough. Linsey is merrily working her way through each one, and hopefully you will get a response in a little while, if you have not already received one.

Over Thanksgiving Linsey was also able to have an excellent break from various stresses that had built up and is now fully recharged for the upcoming fray. We appreciate your prayers.

Please carry on praying for Joe & Kathy Hart as they journey along the path of their cancer therapy. They are currently tracking through an alternative diet therapy and will make a decision on the surgery later. Pray for IFM as it continues to wade through some significant financial challenges and as God leads, directs and provides for the organisation.
We would also ask you to continue praying for our friends and IFM board members , whose son is continually being impacted by severely intense pain. This is a high level of physical pain that, as we mentioned before, has been with him for several years.

We ask you to continue praying for the folks in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico; also Mumbai and India. We were relieved to know that the various friends of ours in the city of Mumbai are OK but very sad to see the carnage that ensued. Like all of these horrific incidents there is a huge need for ongoing prayer as the ripples from this violence can have many consequences, long after it has fallen from the news headlines. So please pray for the Oasis India team (http://www.oasisindia.org/) and for the churches in the city, especially the gateway network of churches (http://www.gminet.org/) who have churches right across Mumbai and in amongst the area of the terrorist attack. Pray that God would put a hedge around and extinguish any further violent sectarianism that would look to raise its head, and that God would give the government, national leaders and security forces wisdom, discernment and favour.

We are very aware of the violent groups as they try to intimidate and rip apart a city; Ciudad Juarez at times seems like it is about to implode as the local and national Mexico authorities look to meet the huge violent challenges before them.

Joshua and Charys were recently at the House of Cornelius, the IFM base on the border, and in Juarez with Misiones Familiars de Mexico. Josh worked with a short term team and Charys spent some time with her friends whilst on a thanksgiving break from school. In the areas of the city IFM was working there was no violence throughout the whole week they were there. However, during that week in other areas of the city 50+ people were murdered and 28 were killed in one attack on the Friday night.

This is an extremely sad situation and we would also ask you to please pray for a decrease and curtailment of the violence. Extortions are on the rise and it has been reported that school teachers and church leaders are the latest group of the city that are being harassed for protection money.

Pray for the IFM folks on the border and in Juarez. During the week Joshua and Charys were there the IFM team fed and helped over 1200 people through its ongoing Juarez network. The team on the border have just completed an intense season and need to recharge for the coming year. Please pray for strength and provision as the Americans and Mexicans link together to help the poor along the border.

Also please remember all those various communities who are involved with the poor - the educators and church leaders, the city and national authorities, and the security services of both Mexico and the USA as they seek to stem the tide of violence. There is an old African proverb that I like and have probably stated before but it says; “that when the elephants fight it’s the grass that gets trampled”. Today it’s the children, the ordinary people of this wonderful country of Mexico that are being trampled and hit hard.

The Bible puts it another way “A man shall eat well by the fruit of [his] mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.” Elsewhere it says “Evil people are restless unless they're making trouble; they can't get a good night's sleep unless they've made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink, violence their drug of choice.” Please join us and pray against this evil.

A very good in-depth report on the current situation in Mexico can be seen at http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war

As a family we are praying through the next phase of our journey and looking to God to counsel us as we look to the future. We are currently in some discussions with CGi (our sending organisation), and with Oasis USA to ascertain how best we can further develop the kingdom of God amongst the hurting, poor and marginalized communities that we are or have been connected with. We appreciate your prayers.


God bless you & loads of love.
Kevin, Linsey, Ben, Josh & Charys
November Herald

Kevin, Linsey, Ben, Josh & Charys Potter. Fall/Winter 2008

Thank you; Thank you; Thank you......

To say that the last four months since our previous newsletter has been eventful is a bit of an understatement. During this time period:-
· The director of IFM has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer and has been in and out of hospital on numerous occasions.
· The declining economic scenario has significantly affected us and the business of IFM/Grace which is currently going through some very serious cash flow problems.
· The problems in Juarez have intensified with some horrendous murders and kidnappings. Currently the murder rate in the city for this year has topped the 1200 mark.

We would ask you to pray for each of these scenarios. Joe Hart, the director, and his wife are in the process of deciding what their next step is to be, whether they will undertake the whipple operation or embark on an alternative course of therapy. Joe has already had two bouts of septicemia which the doctors caught in time and he slowly gaining strength They would appreciate your prayers.

Grace Coach Lines, which helps to raise funds to offset the costs of IFM’s outreach teams has had a good business year, with business at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. However, as the economic downturn has hit the country, linked with other factors that are specific to Grace, a significant cash flow problem has arisen which puts Grace Coach Lines in financial difficulty. Please pray for all involved in trying to rectify this state of affairs, especially the board of IFM as they grapple with the current situation and seek to develop a pathway through the turbulent economic crisis.

In Ciudad Juarez we have seen a continuation of the violence that has been impacting the city. The various gangs are still warring against each other, more people have been killed and the ordinary populous are being impacted by these crimes and the rise of petty crimes within the city. Please pray for the people of Juarez and those folks working within the city trying to combat the people of violence.


In this scenario the IFM team on the border is deepening its relationships with various organizations in the city and looking at additional networking and/or partnering opportunities. The team runs a weekly dispensa that gives food parcels to over 100 families. As well as the food it offers much more in the way of personal and family relational support and care. Please pray for this venture as the large freezer that is an intricate part of the dispensa has recently broken down.
The team is also a resource centre for the various practical needs of the border community, and meets many needs. A simple example is getting doors and wood paneling for people’s homes. Please pray that opportunities would open up for the team to obtain more food and additional practical resources so that they can continue to share with the people of the border. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 96 billion pounds of food is thrown away in the US and in the UK, The Guardian newspaper, reported that approximately 1/3 of all the food is thrown away. Pray that large superstores and other smaller retailers would be willing to donate their excess products to the team as this would have a huge impact on the frail, poor and hard pressed families on the border.
In Juarez the team, and the folks who work with them, are seeing a desperate need amongst the people of the city and many folks are committing their lives to God and asking Jesus to be their champion in these uncertain times. Prayer is a key characteristic in the city and the people that Misiones Familiars de Mexico is currently working with.





A few of the organisations we network and/or partner with are shown below. Please pray for them as they are integrally involved with meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poor in the city: They and others are heavily involved with those at risk.

Vino, Trigo & Aciete ( Wine, Wheat & Oil): This organization runs teen rehab centres, orphanages, churches, vocational training programs, etc..

Father Zuniga & Margali: Father Zuniga is an Anglican vicar who (with his wife) has developed 12 churches that are heavily involved in their local communities. These centers have a focus on education and meeting the practical resources of their communities.

Brother Rays Feeding Center: Jenny Tapia and her team run a holistic church center that cares for the whole person and is a important support for the people.

Agua Viva: Agua viva helps men overcome their addictions. They also run children’s homes in and around Juarez.





The Family


We want to thank you all for your prayers over these last several months.
For a period of time the prayer emails flew out very frequently and it was heartening to receive the encouragements that came through.

As you can gather from the emails life has been eventful. Linsey was working very closely with Kathy Hart and the two of them were doing jobs that really required at least 3 if not 4 people. With Kathy now looking after Joe, Linsey has taken the full load of their responsibilities and for the last several months has been quite pressured. Fortunately, Ronda, a very gifted person, has recently come on board and will help her part-time. This will be a Godsend although IFM will still need to employ several other people in the early part of next year so as to enable a good transition. Linsey will be stepping out of her responsibilities in April 09 as we look towards our move in the summer of 2009. Please pray for Linsey as she carries the weight of this load and supports folks around her.
Ben is steaming through his final year of high school and is currently heavily involved in various music events. He drums for an assortment of youth groups, a school jazz band and is involved with friends in a rock band. This year is a heavy one for him with all the work and study that he needs to put in but he feels it’s better than the pressure of last year.

Joshua is progressing well and is very focused on his studies. Recently we went to an awards ceremony celebrating those students with high academic achievement; and as very aware parents, we did not even know he had attained this grade until the invitation came. Josh loves sport, is conscientious regarding his weight training and has an eye for the girls, which is where his parents do step in. He and Charys will shortly be going down to Juarez, Mexico to work with a short term team down there. Charys will mainly spend her time with friends on the IFM base on the border. Joshua will be part of a junior staff training program that IFM runs for teenagers 14 and above. Please pray for their time on the border and that it will be safe, enriching and full of fun for them and others.

Charys for the most part has had a good transition into her new schools Some difficult situations did arise but she handled them in a very mature and grown up way. The kids are great and keep us on our toes definitely for Linsey as Charys is growing fast and Linsey will soon be the shortest in the family.




In this unusual period Kevin has spent more time looking after the kids and we think they may be getting sick of having meatballs for dinner on so many occasion. However, Kevin has developed various ingenious recipes but they do seem to have meatballs as their core base ingredient.
He would appreciate your prayers for the USA board, during this time of uncertainty, and for the development of the work in Mexico. The folks in Mexico desperately need to cement in place processes that would enable them to develop and raise funds in their country. Please pray for Mark Pryor and Jose Luis and their families as these guys work together mentoring and helping implement the Mexican initiatives.
We realize that there are many needs around the globe and sometimes North America can be overlooked as it is seen as a wealthy place. I would highlight that Mexico and the countries below the US, which are also part of North America, are not as wealthy as the US. The violence and turmoil that is hitting Mexico at the moment is extreme. Mexico has the dubious reputation of currently having more kidnappings than anywhere else on the globe and that includes Iraq. Individuals are being trafficked across the border and in many cases used as transport to carry drugs into the US. The Mexican/US border is a key place for human trafficking routes and a place of trafficking exploitation. The following link is a short video that the Salvation Army put out in 2007 to highlight the issues and they have not improved during 2008. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmb9iUvFa-o.com/watch?v=Vmb9iUvFa-o Add to this the intense violence that is going on, the 1200 murders committed in Juarez in 11 months, more than Mexico City which has 10 times the population, and significantly more than any of the major cities in the US or the UK. That is a city that is in need of prayer and

Friday

Prayer update

Since the last update life for the Hart family over these last few weeks has been quite a roller coaster and we would ask you to continue praying for them.

After the last update various anomolies and difficulties arose and Joe has been in and out of hospital. He had further tests and a fourth ERCP and the doctors now believe, within 95% certainty, that there is cancer present, that it is malignant and it may be in a very early stage (they can't be sure, it just looks like it). The Harts are in discussions with the doctors and surgeons regarding the next stage.

In the process of these tests Joe has also developed pancreatitis and is very weak. He is currently in hospital so please pray for healing, strength and Gods peace for him, Kathy and the family.
During this journey they met with a young ER doctor whose husband also has cancer and the Harts would ask you to pray for them as well. The doctor’s name is Rusty Zosen.

Thanks also for your prayers for Micah Slade as he battles with his intense physical pain. Micah is four weeks through an eight week process that is looking to give some relief to the pain. There have been some positives in this process that have aided him but please pray for a full release from the pain and peace and strength as he travels the remaining four weeks.

October prayer update

Hi again.
Well God certainly keeps us on our toes and supporting each other and by the way God is good, God is very good.

Joe and Kathy have recently received the results of the biopsy and they are negative. PRAISE GOD.
If you recall Joe initially had various tests which concerned the doctors and indicated that he had cancer or a tumor and they were looking at pancreatic cancer. CT scans further showed a tumor in this region. He had been severely jaundiced for several weeks, had lost weight and was getting weaker. The doctors have been equally amazed that no tumor was found during the recent investigation and that the biopsies taken of the area have proved negative.
God is awesome, as they say here, and we would ask you to continue to pray for complete restoration and healing. Pray that he can sleep through the night, starts to eat and gains his strength. The stents that were put in are slowly relieving the jaundice and improvement will gather pace over the next two to three weeks.
Just before Joe and Kathy had the results come through, Joe had a dream that God was holding him in His hands and then releasing him to go and get well. When he woke up the biopsy results were given to him. This is the short version - we will get Joe to write it up and circulate the details soon. This intervention is a huge answer to prayer and last night in a small prayer gathering specifically for Joe and Micah we were able to praise God and intercede for further healing.

Please carry on praying for Micah, Kathy and Walt Slade , especially seeing Gods intervention that has taken place for Joe Hart. Last night Micah had an allergic reaction to his medication and had to be rushed to ER. Please pray that God would restore health to Micah, relieve the pain and propel him into quality and pain free teenage years. In our prayer gathering last night we were again challenged about the physical and spiritual battle that we are in. Thank you for all the encouragement and words of insight, I will pass them on.

Linsey & I have also been encouraged by friends and colleagues to share with you some specific detail of our current situation.We were a little unsure whether to, although, recently we were challenged by 2 Corinthians 4:2 which talks about setting forth things as they are. Our situation is that our financial support from the UK has been diminished due to the low rate of exchange and our support in the US has also diminished. There may be many reasons for this and we are praying to find God’s wisdom and find out what troughs we need to dig to be ready for the Fathers provision. It has , however, resulted in a shortfall and we are trusting God and also looking at ways we can help offset it. One problem is that due to our visa status we are restricted and can not get part time jobs as that would be against the law.
As friends and colleagues have reminded us, folks would like to know the specific details for prayer and action and so we lay it before you. We gratefully appreciate your prayers and also understand that today many others are being challenged by the financial situation around us.
If you would like to support us through this time you can either contact Christian Growth International in the UK at info@christiangrowthinternational.org or International family Missions in the US at outreach@ifmus.org or if you prefer you can email directly to us at kevin@potterabout.com.

We appreciate your support and prayers. God is very good.
God bless you.
Kevin & Linsey

Sunday

Prayer update 28th September

In our last email we asked folks to pray regarding Joe and Kathy Hart. Initially it was thought that Joe may have had pancreatic cancer but after additional tests he has been diagnosed with a tumour. Below is a comment from Kathy Hart regarding the next phase of the journey. Please pray.

Hi everyone. We have our appointment now for Joe's endoscopic ultrasound. It's Monday and we'll arrive at 2:30 and we'll go home by 6:00 Lord willing.

They will be able to tell us a great deal at the end of that time - without having to wait days for reports, etc. Of course they'll biopsy whatever is there (unless the Lord has swooshed it out with His Living Water by then...) and that will take some time to know probably.

Our specific prayer requests are:
The Lord will clear his bile duct with His Living Water
Joe would be sustained daily until the Lord heals him or he gets a stent. He is feeling worse every day as his system gets more and more poisoned with the bilirubin. He also still can't sleep more than a few hours at a time at most and that's really getting to him.
God will provide for our needs in whatever creative way He chooses. Our bills are mounting and they told us to bring in a $2000 deposit when we come on Monday. They told us that we can make financial arrangements AFTER the deposit is made.
We will have God's wisdom and direction each step of the way - and that He will sovereignly carry us the direction He chooses for us.
We will honor God with our lives and mouths.

Another area were we asked for your prayers was in relation to the folks living in Ciudad Juarez amongst the violence. (The city has just crossed the infamous barrier of having 1000 people killed there since Jan 1 of this year).
Below is part of an email from Sara Piaz the director of Vino, Trigo y Aceite (Wine, Wheat & Oil), a ministry working with the poor in Juarez. Please pray for them.

Thanks for keeping in touch. I'm born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and US naturalized, as you may remember. I love both countries. I'm living with the every-day issues here in Juarez, Mexico. It's hard. However, I see hope. I must see hope. Although crime has grown lots, we see churches growing as well; I see people getting killed, but I see more people looking for God in the mist of their pain; I see poverty and unemployment raising in our city, and I see more people crying to renew their relationship with God, looking for refuge in His sweet hands... My eyes see pain, suffering, poverty, un-justice, but my heart knows that God is watching over us, providing love, justice, peace and renewing His covenant of love with us. I realize that the work we do is difficult and maybe dangerous, but I know with certainty that God said we should do it, so I will need to trust in Him all of my fears. Of course I'm extremely careful in regards to places, people, times, etc., but: how can we go back? How can we stop helping? How can we say, did we make a mistake on doing what we do..? No! I just went to a pastoral meeting in a convention center in Juarez where 100 plus pastors and city leaders met, looking for a solution for this problem. I'm very happy to inform you that the Christian community is praying, fasting, and looking for God's answers in enemy land. We got to recover what belongs to God; we can not give up! We’ll not give up! I see hope! I see more people coming to the feet of our Lord than people turning their backs on Him. Keep us in your prayers! In love and hope,Sara :)

If you would like to get in contact with Kathy, Joe or Sara to encourage and support them or to become part of their network, please email me at the above address and I can direct the information on.

As you all well know there are many needs and opportunities surrounding us all and the Potters would ask for your prayers so that we may a) overcome this current economic meltdown that is occurring and effecting us all and b) continue to be resourcing channels to the hurting, poor and marginalised communities and individuals that God puts us in contact with.

God bless you, we appreciate your practical and prayer support.
Kevin, Linsey, Ben, Josh & Charys

September prayer requests

Dear Friends

Linsey and I want to thank you for your prayers. There seems to be so much to pray about and lay before God for his supernatural intervention.

We understand that so many of you have various contacts and networks that you are linked in prayer with so we really do appreciate your time.

Situated here on the North American continent there are a huge spectrum of issues that we are linked with and that lay before us. Mexico is still in the war with the drug cartels and it’s impacting some of the work that is being undertaken by Christians. The murders are still going on and sadly another cartel has joined in the violence trying to gain control of Ciudad Juarez. August was one of the deadliest months in the city. Recently in a Christian drug rehab project gunmen burst into the facility and sprayed the room with bullets killing several people. The pastor was amongst the dead as were a number of guys who had been trying to go through the program. This is one incident amongst many. Please pray for the church community in Ciudad Juarez, the leaders, youth and families as they seek to live out the ministering life of Christ. Please continue to pray for the Torres family who lead IFM's sister organisation, Misiones Familiars’ de Mexico, and that God would raise up peacemakers in the city.

Thank you for your prayers with regards to Hurricane Ike. It smashed through the Caribbean and rolled into Texas. Many people along its path were killed and others are now trying to pull their lives back together. Many lived hand to mouth before the hurricane hit and that includes some of those in Texas as well. Some also live by weekly pay checks and now they also have nothing left; the link http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2008/09/15/vo.gilchrist.cnn?iref=videosearch
will show an aspect of the obliteration that occurred when the hurricane hit Texas. After living in Asia, Europe and now North America I am challenged that all the poor on all these continents get smashed by these devastating disasters and God's heart goes out to all of them unconditionally because He desires a personal rather than a statistical relationship and has a heart for all. Jer 22:16 says 'He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the Lord.' Please pray for those affected by the disasters as each needs the holistic touch of Christ in their lives and we all need to know God more.

Some folks have also expressed their concern regarding the ongoing events in India and the following link http://www.persecution.in/, forwarded by a good friend in India, gives an Indian organisation's insight into the violence and persecution that is occurring. I have friends and old colleagues living in many places in India including Orissa. Pray for them and please use caution while viewing the video as some of the images are quite graphic.

I get some of my global current events from the BBC web and radio services and it looks like Europe is being hit hard by the weather and the current economic mess. North America is also being bashed by what looks like poor and often greedy decisions taken by major financial institutions trying to amass their personal or corporate wealth. God has some strong words to say about greed and the injustice given to the poor if I recall and this mess is hugely affecting millions of poor here. A single mom who cannot access health care or obtain resources to assist her in getting a job. Families that cannot obtain healthcare due to spiraling costs, people who have to shop around to try and get cheap medical care exactly at the moment when they need immediate help. There are elderly people who have worked all thier lives and seen their pension just disappear. People have committed suicide as their homes have been forclosed. We have also been hit by the significant drop in the exchange rate and with less support generated here but we can truly say God is our provider. However, as an advocate in North America I would ask for your prayers for the poor of this continent, for them it’s the other end of the spectrum from the glitzy media presentations that are seen on the TV or in the movies. Pray specifically for those we are linked with in our small local ‘refuge’ community http://www.therefugeonline.org/ many just trying to survive each day.

I would ask you to pray for some other very close friends who live in Colorado and are supporting and caring for their son who is undertaking a specialized treatment to try and relieve extreme levels of high intensity pain that have been affecting him for the last several years.
Please pray that God would bring relief and restoration to him and peace to the family and that they would be surrounded by the protection of the kingdom of God.
Also would you pray for the directors of IFM, Joe and Kathy Hart. Joe is currently undergoing tests and investigations regarding some serious anomalies with his liver. He has been significantly juandiced for several weeks. Health care in America is expensive and Joe and Kathy do not have any resources to meet these needs, please pray.

For ourselves, Josh just turned 16 and Charys is enjoying her new school. Please pray for Ben as he and we navigate the last year of his high school. Not knowing the system can be overwhelming. Sometimes the future at this age can look frightening and overpowering. Please pray that God would provide the resources he and we need and the wisdom to pick which colleges are the right ones to apply to bearing in mind our visas expire next year and we will be relocating. At the moment Ben is thinking of taking a GAP year before he looks to continue studying percussion in some form or another. We appreciate your prayers.


God bless you and loads of love.
Kevin, Linsey, Ben, Josh & Charys.

Tuesday

THE HERALD Aug 08 ---- Kevin, Linsey, Ben, Josh & Charys Potter.

Pray 4 the children.
This little girl is being lovingly cared for in an orphanage in Juarez.
Pray for the all children of Juarez that they would know peace and that God would bless their future and they would experience His love.

IFM

IFM has recently been privileged to have a new family (the Pryors) relocate on the US/Mexican border and into the IFM campus at ‘The House of Cornelius’. Mark & Candi have become directors of IFM South and are encompassing all that it entails to fulfill this role. Please pray for them and their children (they have 8 from 7 – 24!) as they become part of that border community and grow into the responsibilities of the role. Would you also pray for wisdom and provision as they develop the vision of IFM and the vision that God has put on their hearts. Pray also for Jose Luis and Cristina Torres as they lead Misiones Familiares de Mexico, the IFM sister organization in Mexico. Pray for both families, for their protection and that they would be filled with strength and joy.

Juarez Prayer


Please pray for Ciudad Juarez. In the Bible Prov 11:11 says that ‘through the blessings of the upright a city is exalted’. This city and the people in it need help. They need people to be advocates for them and to cry to God that God would bless them. This year in the city alone over 700 people have been murdered through drug gang violence. As reported by the El Paso Times “this surpasses the total number of homicides in Mexico City and that of most major United States cities last year”. In Mexico alone over the last several years over 4500 people have been killed through this violence.
Pray for the churches and ministries in Ciudad Juarez who are working with the children and families of the city. Pray for the governments of both Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. Pray for the police and border guards of both nations as they battle the evil and anarchy that is trying to infect the whole region. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7562537.stm and www.elpasotimes.com/juarez for more details.

Trailer Park Prayer

Please pray for Ardent Faith Ministries, http://www.ardentfaith.org/, (Kevin is a member of the board) as it develops in Huntersville NC, outworking a ministry of reconciliation in the city and reaching out holistically into a local trailer park in the town. North Carolina is a wonderfully green and fertile southern state with a charged yet majestic history. Kevin was recently there spending time with the folks at Ardent faith brainstorming on some strategic thought processes. The trailer park thrust that is being worked out has some similar flavors of the work that was undertaken by The Mustard Tree foundation in Reading, England. Jeff and Julie, the leaders of Ardent faith have a wonderful vision and heart for community transformation in the area. Please pray for them.

Uganda Prayer

Uganda:
Please pray for The children and team in Uganda. Recently there has been signs of witchcraft activity focused against the children and the team. Pray that everyone who lives on, works or is connected with Cherish Uganda and the Akaloosa village would be covered by the power and presence of God. That they would be empowered to face and overcome this resistance and that more freedom and healing would come to the village.

Check out the updated Cherish web site www.cherishuganda.org which gives the story of Akaloosa, a children’s village on the shores of Lake Victoria serving children who are impacted and infected with HIV. An updated newsletter has been recently posted and illustrates how God’s grace and love just keeps being poured out. If you visit YouTube and search for ‘Cherish a Life’ or follow the link http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8pOV8ieRQic you will see a great DVD showing the grace of God in the children’s lives.

Please pray for the children, staff and families involved. The village needs people, churches, families, trusts and businesses to walk with them in prayer and with finance, especially during these early years as they develop towards self-sustainability. The children need people who will be advocates for their future as well as folks who will simply share their stories with others over the simplicity of a meal table or a coffee cup. To get involved or to find out more contact the folks at Cherish or the Potters at the address shown on the end of this newsletter.

CGi Resources helping to build globally

http://www.christiangrowthinternational.org/

Check out the new CGi web site. It has lots of resources for and tools for community and personal development.
The excellent materials can be simply downloaded and if you buy anything through the store a percentage of the costs help CGi resource the local church and Cherish Uganda, which is one of its significant ministries.

Community

Our local church community, The Refuge, is journeying on and in October will be helping facilitate a gathering in Denver with folks from ‘Off the Map’,
see http://www.therefugeonline.org/. Please pray for the community of people linked or connected with The Refuge as we develop a different style and paradigm of church, and one powered by the simple love and grace of Jesus. We would also ask for your prayer as we (Kevin & Linsey) have been invited to share our insights with several Christian communities and would like to hone up & develop these thoughts further.

Family Prayers

Ben, Josh & Charys are getting ready for the new school term. Charys moves into a new school, Josh carries on doing IB in high school and Ben looks to complete his IB senior year before graduating next summer.
Please pray for them as they get back into the school routine and especially for Chary & Ben.
Charys is starting at middle school so will be developing new friends and also has to become one of the young ones again in a new school. Ben is in the process of deciding what he wants to do next year so we all need wisdom about college applications and he needs quite a bit of entrepreneurial skill in developing an individual drum program that will be helpful for his musical development. Josh as always is full of life and ideas, he has been very diligent with his fitness training and there is not an ounce of fat on him. Pray that he would have fun this year at school and grow in his creativity and joy.

Linsey is currently having some significant neck and shoulder pain although God has wonderfully provided a friend who gives massage treatment and a local chiropractor who is helping correct various anomalies in her neck – both of these people charge nothing. Over this next year she & IFM will be looking to develop a team of people who will fill her pivotal organizational role and be able to partner with Kathy Hart in coordinating the teams in Mexico. Pray for Kevin as amongst his various commitments, he is looking to further develop his extremely small Spanish language skills. Wherever we move on to next, the Spanish language will be useful as it is a global language and it needs to be honed in all of us. The children are learning it at school, so Linsey and Kevin need help in catching up. This next year is going to be critical for all of us so please pray that we will finish well over these next 12 months with IFM and as we move on from family, friends and our community in Colorado.
We have recently had some interesting insights shared with us, by a non US based friend, that need to be meshed into our gleaning process. Pray for wisdom and freedom that during this final year in Colorado we would have favor as we explore the future possibilities. Plus that we would obtain the myriad of resources that we need to move into the next phase of our family’s journey!

Family Holidays


Thank you to all of you who supported and prayed for our family holiday. We had a superb time. We were able to get away and just totally relax. Even sleeping five to a room was fun as we spent most of the days on the beach.
Travelling to the west coast was fantastic but hot. There were awesome canyons in Utah and we hit Las Vegas, at about 8.00pm where the temperatures were still above 100C. Las Vegas was a city of lights and glitz but not a lot of substance. The razzmatazz was constant; the lights and activity relentless. But through it all there was a sense of deep sadness about the city. Charys, who is very sensitive, was very glad to get out of it and travel onto LA and the beach.

Whilst in LA we met up with folks from Oasis USA who are based in Pasadena and especially Jerry Johnson and his team who were wonderful. They put us up for a few days before we got to the coast and their hospitality was lavish.
Ben & Josh enjoyed the LA beaches but their highlight was the fact that later in our stay a group of 9 girls from Bristol, UK visited Oasis and on our last day at the beach both boys were surrounded by attractive 15 year olds who liked their accents. As you can guess it was quite hard to peel them away. As this was the only time we could go God was very good to us. We were told that this time of year is usually the ‘down time!’ on the west coast and folks had warned us about the cold and grey weather we could expect, known as June gloom. While we were there the temperatures were unusually high which gave us virtually constant sunshine and quite deserted beaches (apart from the last Saturday where the whole of California came to our beach to escape the heat!)
Eventually we moved on to the more cultured tourism of the Grand Canyon and then up through Mesa Verde, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people, and back home. We were very stressed before we went and could not remember the last proper family holiday we had been able to undertake. But this couple of weeks of family time was really superb and recharged all our batteries.

Loma Blanca; Abel & Erica


Loma Blanca, which means white wall, is a dry, dusty colonia (slum neighborhood) on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez. It is a place that is full of fear. Earlier in the summer three headless bodies were found nearby with messages pinned on them warning other drug gangs to stay clear of the city.

Abel and Erica are the leaders of a small church that meets in this colonia and we partnered with them in reaching out to the folks in and around the area. The couple had come to this colonia sensing the leading of God and leaving a green fertile part of Mexico to care for the needs of people in this part of the city.

Their church is very small and it was wonderful to see, during our time with them, over 300 people coming and linking together. Abel was constantly moving through the throng of people, very encouraged and taking pictures with his camera phone. At one point a family who had recently moved to the area expressed that they had been waiting fifteen years to hear the message of Jesus.

There were groups of women and men praying for each other and we were able to share meals together running out of food just as we finished. Young gang members who were initially reluctant to get involved looked in and ended up playing and relating to kids of their own age but from totally different cultures. It was very encouraging for the church. Since then the remnants of a hurricane has hit them and dumped inches of rain and virtually flooded them out. However, our son Josh was on a team with other families from IFM USA in partnership with Misiones Familiares de Mexico, (IFM Mexico) who linked again with Abel and Erica. Josh said they had a great time and we know that the little community is going strong and impacting its neighborhood in an increasing manner.
We would ask you to pray for Abel, Erica & family as Abel was recently in hospital with diabetes and has to go in again for checks on a tumor that has been discovered in his stomach. We have prayed for healing and would ask you to join with us. Medical care is expensive in Mexico especially for a family working with the poor and marginalized in the colonies of Juarez.