I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have helped me during the time I have been in hospital as well as the rather long time it seems to be taking on the road to recovery. While in hospital I did meet several other Christians, which did a lot to help to cheer me up. It was a surprise to see Albertina on the ward caring and helping those who were unwell, including myself. My thanks to so many.

John Wheeler



Joshua Taylor’s visit to Great Ormond Street, London


On Monday 20th October we went to London for Joshua’s 6 monthly check-up. The consultant there continued to be pleased with Joshua’s progress which was great. He did not want to change anything during the winter months but at our next appointment in April will review the amount of drugs Joshua is on with a view to weaning him off some of them. We can also continue to expand his diet. However we are finding it is not so much a case of what Joshua can’t eat, more what he won’t eat. We were reassured that this is quite common in children who have had such issues with health problems relating to food. There are specialists that we can see to help us with this. He will contact the consultant at Leicester in relation to that.

Thank you for all those who continue to pray for Joshua. Sometimes it can feel that although day to day not much is changing, when we consider how far we have come we are very thankful.

The Taylor Family



We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support regarding Daniel.

Daniel was seen by a paediatrician in mid-November for further investigation. The paediatrician would like to see Daniel a couple more times before confirming the diagnosis of Autism. She would like to see how he will progress with his various therapies and see where

he fits on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is a lifelong development disability that affects social and communication skills. People with Autism may behave in unpredictable ways and have sensory issues and repetitive behaviours (to name a few) as a result of their difficulty in understanding language and social situations.

In the meantime Daniel will be seeing a specialist speech therapist (2nd Dec) to deal with his communication and food issues. An Educational Psychologist is due to see him at the end of November, whereas his occupational therapy should begin early next year.

On the 4th of December Daniel will be having an Auditory Brain Response Test at the LRI under General Anaesthetic. Please pray that everything will go as smoothly as possible.

If you would like to know more information about ASD and/or dates of Appointments please come and see me.

Thank you for praying!

Bina Geyer



Thank you all so much for your prayers for us over the past couple of months, we have really appreciated them.

God has blessed us immensely in our move with no major problems with the move itself and very little damage to our belongings that were flown or shipped across. All in all, it has been a very smooth transition.

Many people have asked us what we think of Peoria and is it different from England? There are, naturally, many differences and some similarities! Driving on the wrong side of the road has been easy to adjust to, assisted by no roundabouts and automatic cars! The price of petrol is much cheaper here than in England although the cars are less economical. One frustrating thing is supermarket shopping because so many food items are called different things, food shopping is never quick! Many of the Americans have difficulty understanding us too and I was told yesterday that my speech is almost like another language! We are settling into Bethany Baptist Church very well and are encouraged by the faithful teaching and fellowship opportunities. It is a church which has a large membership and has within the past few months planted two new churches, it is so exciting to see God at work in a very real way. On 6th December, the three churches join together to put on a Carol Service which by all accounts is very good. We have invited our neighbours and pray they will be able to come. 


On a more personal note, you will perhaps be aware that my sister Emily has been diagnosed with more tumours, this time on her oesophagus. This is naturally awful news to receive so soon after her last major operation and the whole family would appreciate your prayers. Please thank God that we will all be together in the UK for Christmas, DV.


All being well, we hope to come and see you all in December and do thank you again for all your prayers and support.

Steve and Sophie Herd



FOSSIL’ – Friends of Over-Seas Students in Leicester


International students from the University of Leicester are encouraged by their academic departments to learn more about British culture, traditions and family life and to improve their confidence in speaking English in social situations. Sadly though, many international students leave the UK without ever having visited a British home or even making a single British friend. However, a scheme called ‘FOSSIL’, a Leicester based Christian organisation, provides a unique opportunity for international students to see another part of Britain, meet local people and experience the British way of life. FOSSIL matches international students with hosts who will invite them to their home for, typically, Sunday lunch and a time of sharing with one another. Hopefully then, friendships can develop so they will meet again on other occasions over the course of the academic year and even continue on after the students have returned home. The hosts are members of local churches, but international students of all faiths and none, are equally welcome.

If you would be interested in becoming a host, please see Grace Mistry for further information.



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