‘Thank you’ from The Salvation Army Band
A very sincere word of thank you to our friends of Carley Evangelical Baptist Church for inviting us to share in such an enjoyable afternoon on 13-12-2011 there was a warmth of welcome felt from the moment we arrived, as you will appreciate the Band attends numerous functions throughout the Christmas period, sometimes you feel as though you are there for entertainment and occasionally we feel that we are experiencing a time of sharing, without exceptions each Bandsman passed comment what a lovely atmosphere there was and how much they had enjoyed playing for you, we would also say thank you for the wonderful meal you provided.
It goes without saying that we were very appreciative of the collection you donated to us, as you will be aware the work of the Band and the Salvation Army does take a massive amount of funding in the task of supporting and caring for others and therefore such a wonderful donation will assist our work considerably.
We hope that our ministry through the playing of carols brought blessing and hopefully promoted the true meaning of Christmas.
Cliff Goodger, Band Secretary, South Wigston
The Christmas Day offering came to £318.53 which has gone towards the work of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in East Africa.
Join us at the evening service on Sunday 1st April which will be led by Alan Murphy from CWI (Christian Witness to Israel), who will demonstrate the preparation and participation in the Jewish Passover celebration and meal.
These are the Royal Mail’s Christmas 2011 Stamps (used during the Carol Service in December), portraying the nativity story. The illustrations are by Peter Malone, together with reference to verses from Matthew and Luke. The stamps were also marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
Naj and Kirsten are overjoyed at the safe arrival of baby Noah David Mistry on the 6th January, weighing 6.6lbs. "We would like to thank you all for your special prayers and thoughts on the run up to his arrival. We look forward to introducing him to you on a Sunday in the near future." Proud also are Grandmother Damyanti and Aunty Grace!
News from Jeanie and John Fennell
Our last week of December 2011 will never be forgotten. We had a chimney fire on the 26th (thankfully confined to the chimney and stovepipe only and the quick action of the volunteer firemen we are so grateful for), and then on the 31st we were returning from visiting my mom in Calais when we hit black ice, skidding 100ft. then plunging off the road 30ft.down a steep embankment puncturing both driver’s side tyres and all side windows on the passenger side. We are so thankful that trees stopped our descent any further. We climbed out of our totalled car with no injuries. What a blessing from the Lord to have had someone stop to help us in the freezing rain. We are so thankful for God’s protection. We have learned so much about God’s love for us though both incidents. Several stopped to offer help after the chimney fire, and a dear lady in our church offered the use of her car while we search for a replacement vehicle. This coming Saturday another friend is planning on taking us to see a possible car for us. We’ve had our chimney inspected and thoroughly cleaned by a chimney sweep since the fire.
On January 11th, at 9:30am, John had an appointment with the urologist. The trip up to Millinocket took an hour but the view of Mt. Katahdin on the drive north was incredibly beautifuI. It was topped with snow, the sky was blue, and the sun was glistening on the snow on the mountain. Wow! The urologist was very personable. He did an exam, revealing John still has a very enlarged prostate. He sent us home with a flomax type medicine that is designed to shrink the prostate. John is to keep a catheter in for now, though it probably will be changed this Friday by our local doctor, then on the 16thFebruary we will go back to the urologist and he will do a scope to determine whether surgery will be needed or not. Please pray for wisdom for the urologist to know how to help John. Thanks.
Much love to you all, Jeanie (and John) Fennell
Marjorie Bubb, Missionary in Nigeria (1948)
Whilst Marjorie spoke about missions in Nigeria she explains her call from God in the words below.
“As thou goest, step by step I will open up” (Proverbs 4:12)
Child of My love, fear not the unknown morrow,
Dread not the new demand life makes of thee;
Thy ignorance doth hold no cause for sorrow
Since what thou knowest not is known to Me.
Thou canst not see today the hidden meaning
Of My command, but thou the light shalt gain;
Walk in faith, upon My promise leaning,
And as thou goest all shall be made plain.
One step thou seest – then go forward boldly,
One step is far enough for faith to see;
Take that, and thy next duty shall be told thee,
For step by step thy Lord is leading thee.
Stand not in fear thy adversaries counting,
Dare every peril, save to disobey;
Thou shalt march on, all obstacles surmounting,
For I, the Strong, will open up the way.
Wherefore go gladly to the task assigned thee
Having My promise, needing nothing more
Than just to know, where’er the future find thee,
In all thy journeying I go before.
Frank J. Exlry
Thank you Marjorie for helping us all to say “yes” to God’s calling.