October 2019

‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”’ Psalm 91:1-2

The words of Psalm 91 have been a source of great peace and encouragement to me giving me hope, joy and comfort. I hope you draw comfort from these words too as you reflect on God's goodness and grace.

We have been studying Philippians both with the girls in our mid-week bible studies and with the youth on Friday evenings. It has been a great encouragement to dig deeper into God’s word and to see how what we're learning impacts our everyday lives – ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain' (Philippians 1:21). Please pray for our teenagers that they would live for Jesus wholeheartedly and become more like him. Please also pray for the youth worker who has recently taken a step back in order to get better and manage a number of health problems. In the meantime, another Crosslinks volunteer, Adam Tomalin, has stepped up to oversee the youth team and teenagers. Please pray for Adam as he steps into this role, that he would be godly and wise in all that he does.

We moved our ‘Tea and Tots’ from Thursday to Friday afternoons to make it more accessible to families with their little ones. Since then, we have begun to see people come back and some new families - praise God! Please pray that non-believers would hear about Jesus and that this group would be a safe space for mothers and carers to share and be cared for. Pray that as a team we would display Jesus’ love in this way.

Praise God that he has been bringing new people to church on Sundays. He has also provided the people and resources (e.g. the welcome team and the church band) to keep aspects of church running. We have been working through a series on race, the book of Proverbs and Acts. It has been a joy to see people engage with God's word and how it affects our lives - how we live, the decisions we make and how we act towards one another. Please pray for continued engagement with God's word on Sundays and throughout the week.

Please pray especially for our current morning series ‘#EnoughIsEnough’ seeking to address the recent events in the country in relation to violence against women, children and foreigners. Amidst all this please be praying for those in power within the government and the various awareness campaigns. Pray in particular for Christians to engage in conversations, stand up against injustice and care for those affected by the evil and brokenness in this world. Pray that we would point one another to the Lord Jesus and that people’s hearts would be transformed by the gospel. Pray for peace, harmony and reconciliation. We look forward to the final day when Jesus will return and we will be with him.

The lovely family I’m staying with recently had a new baby girl 'Eleanor Tsing-Yan (meaning Quiet-Grace) Roberts'. Give thanks for this new addition to the family. Pray for the parents Justin and Carmen and the church family to bring up baby Ellie, big brother Teddy and sister Bethany in the love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus!

Praise God my volunteer visa has recently been approved for another year - it’s very exciting and a big relief! I’ll continue to serve in similar ways, focussing on the youth and children’s ministries in particular. I’ll continue to reach out to people in different ways and disciple them so we grow in our knowledge and obedience to Christ, in the Lord’s power and strength.