Today’s iCaf was such a joy! We welcomed new refugees and a returning one who gave me some Ukrainian sweets. One of the husbands was over for a visit – the condition of which is returning with medical supplies (so after the iCaf I ended up ordering 42 combat tourniquets to save lives as a […]
On Saturday we had another international food evening organised by The Gateway Church and iCaf. People from twelve nations turned up with an amazing array of food. We then enjoyed some songs performed by Africans, Irish and Ukrainians as well as a belly dance.
We took 32 Ukrainian refugees to Sandringham house and gardens today. It was lovely to walk round the beautiful gardens and then be guided round the house with great insights from the staff, ably transated by some of our confident English speakers!
I’ve teamed up with Helen Mathers who has kindly offered to host coffee mornings. We’re starting off with a coffee morning between 10-12 on 15.7.22 at Helen Mathers house. We’ll offer drinks and cake and Helen will organise a craft activity for those wishing to take part and for those who aren’t crafty come along […]
This week at our iCaf, we had a cooking demonstration for Ukraine’s national dish – Borscht soup. As Luda, Marta and others made the soup, I taught some cooking verbs and nouns, before we tucked into to amazing bowls of soup and black bread with lard and garlic! Cooking and eating something so precious to […]
This weekend Janet and I travelled to the small town of Wilstermarsch, north of Hamburg, to visit the church there. I have been coaching the young eldership team online since the start of Covid lockdowns, so it was wonderful to be finally visiting them. As they wanted to get to know us better, the trip […]
The Gateway iCaf started this morning with guests from two nations – Latvia and the Ukraine. The first person to arrive was a refugee with no English whatsoever so it was a baptism of fire! Then others came with different levels of English from beginner to elementary and some with their UK sponsors. We enjoyed […]
The Pioneer Europe Conference is a highlight of the year for church planting within the family of Relational Mission and New Ground Churches. It gathers church planting pioneers from across Europe for four days of worship, teaching, ministry and fellowship. I’m on the organising team and this week I’ll be putting the finishing touches on […]
Kathleen’s comment on today’s Bible reading from 1 Samuel 23 was that Jonathan took time to visit David to strengthen him in God. We have learned over years that visiting church planters is incredibly important. They are strengthened and feel appreciated, loved and cared for. This weekend Janet and I visited a Relational Mission church […]