26 Apr 2011

29 Days To Go...

Time has flown but we've now finished our training time at IMC and are in our final month before we fly to South America. It's been a fantastic year - we've really appreciated having the time and opportunity to think, read, learn and reflect on what we're going to be doing and some of the practicalities involved. Most significant, however, has been the chance to spend 9 months living and sharing with a community of like-minded people. We've laughed, cried and grown together and made a lot of good friends. Thank you!

Our flight date has been set for Wednesday 25th May. However, as it seems is often the case with us, we're not doing anything straightforward like flying straight to Peru. Rather, we'll be travelling via Brazil, where we'll be spending a couple of days with a Brazilian pastor and his family in Rio de Janeiro, then going on to the BMS Worker's retreat in Brasilia for a week. We're hoping these will be both be opportunities to meet others with far more experience than us(!), as well as getting to know new colleagues in a more relaxed setting. This means that we won't actually be arriving in Peru until June. Once there, the plan is to spend a couple of weeks in Lima sorting out visas and all the rest of the paperwork we need, before moving to Arequipa to start language school.

As you can imagine, life at the moment is fairly hectic as we try to pack, sort out freight, put things into storage and say goodbye to people. This weekend we'll be at the Baptist Assembly, where we have our official valediction - hopefully see some of you there. However we're also being commissioned at each of our home churches on the days and times below:

Sunday 8th May

Sunday 15th May

All are very welcome at either (or both!) of the services. The service at Beulah will be followed by a lunch at the church - if you'd like to come to this please let us know so we have an idea of numbers.

We'll try and write something again before we fly, but in the meantime Happy Easter and we hope to see as many as possible of you over the next few weeks.

4 Apr 2011

Sunny Llanelli

This weekend we visited Llanelli to visit our seventh link up group. It was a lovely weekend with plenty of sunshine and lots of new friends.

We spent Saturday afternoon at Bethel Baptist Church where a fine tea was laid on for us. Here we introduced ourselves and shared a little of what we hope to do in Peru. Then on Sunday we took part in services at Bethania Baptist Chapel and Emmanuel Baptist Chapel. In the morning we were interviewed by a Dog called Arthur - who helped us explain to the children why we're travelling out to Peru in a few weeks! Later, in the evening members of the three chapels made covenant with us and committed themselves to pray for our work.

BMS produce a covenant agreement for use by link churches and it was great to be able to share in that moment and know that our new friends in Llanelli were committed to standing with us in prayer.

Huge thanks to everyone who made the weekend possible especially Paul, Robyn, Rebekah and Hannah Smethurst. Thanks for your hospitality and your love! And thanks to everybody for making us feel so welcome. We look forward to keeping in touch in the coming months.