As 2020 began, the church turned its attention to a new theme, “Authentic Faith.” Hebrews 11 has been our text and guide as we have looked to some “Heroes of the Faith.” God has used this to teach and strengthen our faith.
In January, we had a funeral for the mother of one of the men in the church. We thank the Lord that she was saved, and at the age of 99, she went to be with the Lord. This was the first funeral we held at the church, and everyone came together to encourage and love this family. The Gospel was preached, so please pray that the seed sown will be fruitful in hearts.
The church surprised me for my 40th birthday in January. A surprise party at the end of the service, with thoughtful and generous gifts, was such a blessing. God has blessed us with a great church that loves the Lord. I thank God for the lives that are being changed by the Gospel here!
In February, a Couples’ Retreat was held in Glasgow, which is about 2½ hours away. It was several days in length and a wonderful time away, learning and growing in marriage through Bible teaching. Pray that God continues to grow this needed ministry. Marriage is becoming easier to end here with recent bills (one is called “No-Fault Divorce”) being proposed in Parliament, and there needs to be a revival of the Word of God here in the UK.
Over 10,000 homes have personally received a John and Roman in Skelmersdale. Over half of the city has been canvassed. Several have contacted the church through this. Pray that souls will be saved.
Holly has been given the opportunity to attend a women’s counseling course for missionary wives this coming October. It is designed to teach her how better to work with women who are arriving on our field from various cultures. Missionary wives are not required to pay, but they ask that she try to help them raise funds for her place. The cost is $550 and includes complete room and board and all course information. The flight is an additional $150. If you would like to sponsor her, please get in touch. Even if you can’t sponsor the whole cost, any donation would help. If you can’t give, she would appreciate your prayers for the funds.
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord.