Welcome to a window into our world.
We have been fortunate enought to have lived in various places around the world and have enjoyed and been challenged by the faith, education, wildlife, work, culture and people we have encountered. These experiences have also moulded us in our thinking and contemplation. Some insights we have shared below.

Saturday

April Prayer

Thank you for your prayers.
There has been some encouraging developments, and we have been through our first tangible Californian earthquake.

After a bit of a journey with the tax situation we have been able to clarify with a CPA, here in Pasadena, that our tax submissions over these last five years have been correct and we do not owe a substantial sum of money after all. Praise God and thank you for your prayers.

Ben finished his time in India. It was hard for him saying goodbye, although he was able to move onto the UK and see God provide for him. He will be coming back to the US on Sunday and we cannot wait to meet up again.
When he comes back we will then be exploring further the options for his future and we would appreciate your prayers for this next phase. He will need to get a work permit and thrash through the issues of further education.

Charys had a grand birthday and we took her to a restaurant called "The Cheesecake Factory" were we had her " rites” of passage" meal. A tradition within the Potter family is that when the kids get to thirteen Linsey and I take just them out for a nice meal and we spend the evening together chatting. She is busy practicing for an end of year school musical extravaganza and is very busy.

Linsey finished the last quarter with more peace and less intensity than had previously been experienced. She started again on Monday after a very short break and would appreciate your prayers for this coming quarter. We are awaiting news as to wether we have been successful in our scholarship applications for 2010/11. Please pray for this as it would be of tremendous assistance.

Josh has done very well in his track and field events winning his high jump, 400, 4x400 and the 200 which has recharged the batteries for him a little bit. The financial situation in the Californian school is a major pressure but Josh is pushing forward.
Pasadena, LA and California are in some very dire financial straits and in our area teachers are being laid off, libraries are being closed, after school activities are being stopped and a whole slew of other cuts are being implemented due to the financial problems.

Please continue to pray for the folks in our wider family who need healing and strength.
We have recently heard from some very close friends in Colorado who need prayer. This couple, who are very special people ("Top Drawer" as a friend of ours in the UK would say) are undergoing tests to check out about a suspicious cyst in the wife's pancreas. Please pray that the tests would be done well and come back negative and she would find healing and restoration over these next few months.

OasisUSA is still facing some major financial challenges and prayers for resources and key contacts would be appreciated. As would prayer for wisdom as the organization looks to strengthen its current initiatives. There is a desperate need in LA for safe accommodation for people who have been rescued from slavery. Women, youth and children are being raped, abused and thrown away like some used up merchandise. Oasis is exploring, with a housing company, an opportunity that could help in this need and we would appreciate your prayers. The abuse and oppression that girls are experiencing through the vicious business of slavery is horrendous and there is so much that needs to be done and christians need to be at the forefront.

Regarding the earth tremor, it was of a magnitude of 4.4 and hit us at 4am in the morning. It was like a train was rattling through our apartment: everything shook and we all woke up. Well, everyone means Linsey, Charys and I, Josh slept through the whole thing, although, he did say that in his dreams he noticed that everything started shake for several seconds.
California normally averages multiple earthquakes per week and in the week of the recent quake there were over 400 tremors but we only felt that specific large one as the others were very small.

God has been meeting with me on a very personal level over these last few months and has been encouraging us as to His past provision and to the trust that we can have for the future.

This encouragement is sorely needed as recently we checked out some local resources on our quest to get an insight on the type of influences that are around us. Within a 25 mile radius there are several thousand members of various occult, pagan and black magic groups that actively engage in the practice of their "art". A couple are even focussed on vampirism and make the point that they are not groups that read the various vampire books or meet to watch the films but that they are actively engaged in the practice of vampirism.

This is not surprising as there was a guy called Jack Parsons who lived in Pasadena and was called the father of the American space age. The other thing that he was involved in was trying to bring the gods of babylon into Pasadena and the USA. He did this by trying to use practical and magical methods. Check him out on wikipedia.


As I mentioned in our last email our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the various powers and principalities that would seek to bring deceit, deception and destruction into our lives and the lives of our friends and community that we are part of.


Thanks again for your prayers and concern.
May God give you strength, peace, joy and influence as you live through the various life experiences within your community. We also hope that the love of Christ sustains and enriches you on the journey.