Since we last wrote at Christmas we have enjoyed a season of travel & ministry. Frances spent 4 weeks in Perth, Australia. Three of those weeks with Kezia, Abigail and our new 1st Great Granddaughter Eva born in November. Lots of opportunity for “girly time” and baby cuddles. It was good to get out and about in Kezia’s Jeep as far as Busselton for 3 days plus local coastlines where we watched the beautiful sunsets. Philip & Michelle, Jake & Ethan spent three weeks with Mike & Lydia Jones in South Africa. Kezia continues to recover from her very serious brain injuries but needs continuing treatment to enable her memory to recover fully. Terry joined the family for the last week and was able to speak in the church where Philip is in leadership. It was also good to spend some time by the pool with temperatures up in the mid 30’s. We were able to fly back on Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and arranged seating in the upper deck of a A380. Although this was in economy class it was really comfortable for the 13 hour flight. The following morning Terry had a new opportunity to speak at the Bexhill United Reformed Church. Their own minister, good friends of Dave & Caroline, were moving on at the end of January leaving them without a pastor. Terry would be keen to have more input but, as yet, no invitation has been received. The Beulah Baptist Church, our current home church, where Dave Lockwood is associate Pastor has now put Terry on their regular preaching rota and is next speaking on the 19th March for both of the 2 Sunday services. The first weekend of February we travelled to Rora and had a very special time with the church taking one of their regular weekend conferences. Having Dave & Caroline living nearby has been such a delight, especially as their third baby, Alana, was born on 19th January. Terry & Brenda (Caroline’s parents) were over from Ireland for a couple of weeks and stayed with us for the second week. Over this last month, we have lost two good friends. Barbara Harrison went to be with the Lord on the 6th January after a very short battle with Pancreatic Cancer first diagnosed in September and Doug Culmer on the 19th January. Both memorial services were packed and the testimony of both their lives was outstanding. Needless to say, we met folk that we had known back to the early 70’s when God first opened up the opportunity for us to be involved in the work of God. We are looking forward to spending a few days with Derrick when we travel to Birmingham for the Leaders Day on the 11th March. Mum Watson continues to do well, in her nursing home where she is bedridden, and celebrated her 99th birthday on the 1st February. Doreen is not doing so well and is having more difficulty walking and seeing. She enjoys her apartment in our home.
We continue to be very thankful for your love & support. Terry & Fran