Posted in newsletter.
David: "And now to you, Angela, for a look at January on location in Paisley."
Angela: "Thank you, David. This month’s top story: Family of 5 survives 31 days of wrestling with God and each other! "
We had a lot of time on our hands, cooped up inside with roller coaster emotions and a lot of questions for God. I don’t even want to think about how much worse it would have been had some of you not been praying for us!
We look back on our first family school and see a lot of positive and a lot of negative. Not bad for a first try, and we are grateful for the 2 families who came and participated as guinea pigs for us. One family wants to come back to help staff the next one. The other did a lot of growing and maturing as a new Christian in a single mom role.
Another American family with the same calling is coming March 1st to come alongside us for the next school, so we are excited about having a bigger team to lighten the load. We also want the next one to look very different in order to reduce as much stress as possible and to do a better job discipling families for a life of missions. Word has gotten around, and we are getting many requests for student applications. Fortunately, the next school is 8 months away, giving us time to recover and better prepare. During this time, the Skaines, our staff teammates, are also committed to see us eventually settled in France, and we are considering another foray over the channel during 40 Days of Fasting and Prayer for France this spring.
"Have any of you connected the Scots with baked beans -like the Irish with corned beef and cabbage?"
"Isn’t that an American food," you ask?
Surprise! Not only is it a major part of the traditional full English breakfast, (complementing your bacon, sausage and eggs) but it is also a popular light supper, spooned over toast with a side of french fries. Go on and have it for lunch as well! Indulge in a convenient frozen pizza with a baked bean topping from your freezer aisle! And start your babies off right with a jar of ‘Baked beans and bacon…’ at 4 months! Baked Beans: Are they part of your unbalanced diet?"
Angela: "Welcome back! We continue with our saga, leaving Stanely House behind and focusing on what goes on behind closed doors at 31 Limecraigs…
And now our greatest struggles, i.e. prayer requests:
We close today’s program with these last two items:
A man with a family worship ministry on the Internet wanted some ideas from his newsletter readers, and I just sent him some ideas that we tried and liked during our school. God continues to give me creative ways to bring families together in worship. Here’s one for some of you to try out and give me feedback on!
Play the ABC word game as family worship: Person #1: "I worship God because He is Amazing." Person #2: "I worship God because He is Amazing and Beautiful!" etc.
I Thess. 1:16 in The Message Version reads: "So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech."
We are standing on this verse – pray it out on our behalf!