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.
It's been an impressive season as around us creation has bloomed with a myriad of different hues and it's been fantastic.
Sadly I have not been as creative with our news and prayer updates, and I do apologise.
Over the last several months we have been heavily involved with assisting the Springwater church community to reach a place where they can seek to create a platform for the future. We have seen many encouragements and special touches of God; thankfully the church can now mull through the various insights gleaned and unpack what the next step could look like. We would ask you to pray for wisdom, clarity and discernment for the whole church community as we plough through in discerning God's will and then in practically implementing the process.
I (Kevin) was intensely involved in this journey and now hope to step back into a more regular work pattern that will include additional focusses. To help this on the 3rd June, I will be visiting California for several days assisting an ex-NYPD officer who works with Oasis India. This visit will, hopefully, raise awareness and much-needed resources for the work amongst the women in Bangalore. Happily, I will also connect with Ben. On the 16th, June Springwater will host an evening communicating the challenges of people affected and trapped by human trafficking. I will support Jessica from Oasis India and will facilitate the evening. If you are anywhere near Peppard Common, we invite you to come along.
On top of working for the church at Springwater Linsey is proceeding with her studies and is looking to have the first draft of her thesis submitted by the end of June.
Charys is re-engaging with the UK after her time in Belgium and currently holding down two jobs as she saves for her university degree, which starts in September.
As Charys looks ahead to starting university, Josh has submitted his end of year dissertation and awaits his final grades. Sadly he will not be able to attend his graduation ceremony as he will be in the USA preparing for Ben's wedding.
Josh leaves the UK on the 1st June to begin a road trip across, or more accurately up and down, America with a friend traversing his way towards San Diego for the wedding at the end of July. He is looking to write about the road trip experience and hopefully use it to further his literary skills. Last year he wrote a book and is currently looking for a literary agent.
The major, huge, wonderful event for us all this summer is the wedding of Ben and Mackenzie.
It's all system go as we seek out flights, cheap hotels and try and organise all the various ingredients that are required when you do not live in the same country as your son.
Praise God we have many friends in California who have offered help, and we are very appreciative. In the joy, fun, tension, pressure and unknown it's wonderful to have friends who are such an encouragement and support.
We are also thankful to our families and UK friends who have been very encouraging and supportive. The Potters in South Wales have been brilliant in helping get Ben's wedding ring which is being made in South Wales. Rosemary and many family members from all sides will be at the wedding but sadly due to its San Diego location, some will not be able to get there. Maybe we can put the wedding online?
Please pray for Ben and Mackenzie as they organise the wedding, work, study and plan for their future. Recently they had a great encouragement as they were able to rent a small studio apartment. It may be small, but it’s not too bad as the beach is only several blocks away. One key need at the moment is that Linsey and I require accommodation in San Diego for the ten days before the wedding.
As I write this missive, I realise that each of the above areas have many nuances and need so much prayer.
Safety, discernment, shalom, comfort, rest, practical resources, supernatural provision, etc.. There are many facets to these adventures.
However, whether it is one item or several prayers we appreciate your intercession as we know it is powerful and effective.
Our prayer for you is that the Lord would lead you as you seek his heart and that the Lord would pour out His kingdom presence, and abundance into your life and into the lives of those you love so that you, your family and your friends would be saturated with His love and presence
May the Lord do more than you could ask or imagine.
Loads of love
Kevin & Linsey