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Newsletter, January 2006

Dear Friends

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2006, my 50th year. I know you will be surprised at that but it’s true!

A friend of ours sent me a copy of a prayer that was given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session and everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbour's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out angry at the prayer. It made me think, certain aspects of the prayer only apply to America but could they happen here? What do you think? I know I’m nearly fifty because I’ve started to reminisce, to think back how life used to be. Are things better now than they were?

OAC EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

Julie and I leave for Brussels on the 7th February for the conference. We will be there for three days with other European National Directors. Please pray for continued unity as we seek a common strategy for reaching Europe with the gospel and for travelling mercies.

ROMANIA TRIP

From the conference we plan to drive to Romania arriving on the 13th. Pray for the border crossings. At the moment we are not quite sure what we will be doing for the whole month. We need to discuss and pray about a summer programme, we are holding a sketchboard training session for people from an Independent church and we’ll be encouraging team members. I am sure we will find more things that need our attention when we get there! We will return to GB on the 8th March.

TRAIAN, LIDIA & TEAM IN ALBA IULIA

The three children’s clubs are up and running and are very well attended. Please pray for the team, continued enthusiasm, unity and strength. Praise God for His continued provision.

We thank God that Traian and Lidia have now taken possession of their flat. They have already started to knock down some walls (lets hope they don’t knock down too many) and generally make the place liveable. In March they will start preparations for the Easter puppet play.

CRISTI IN CLUJ

From the beginning of February Cristi will be making regular visits to Oradea Bible College. He is in his final year of this round of studies. Pray that God will give him true ideas as he writes on the topic of ‘New Birth’ using the gospel of John.
There are several opportunities for evangelistic meetings in the spring as people again start to attend Church in the evenings.

From the trip to Sighet the two people who came to Jesus are attending the Baptist Church there. Praise God!

VEHICLES

Praise God that we were able to take delivery of the Toyota Hiace on the 12th Jan. It’s very new and very nice!! At the time of writing we are waiting for a quote to get the extra seats and windows fitted. We also have enough money to purchase a Dacia Logan when we get to Romania in February.

FAMILY

Andrew’s new relationship seems to be getting stronger. Her name is Diane and she is very nice!! Please pray for opportunities to share the gospel with her. Rebecca has settled into her new job but says, “It isn’t forever”! She is looking at a teaching career. Julies mum and Paul’s mum continue to suffer poor health. This makes it very difficult for Julie to go to Romania.

Thank you for your prayers for us as a family and the team and ministry. As a friend of ours once said, “I suppose we should be pleased that people’s behaviour seems to be getting worse; this means that Jesus’ return is getting nearer”!

Paul, Julie and the team in Romania<><xxx
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