February 2021

This is a shorter than usual prayer letter as we’re also asking you to read more about our major fundraising project for Woluwe Church. You can do that by clicking here where you’ll see a short video and then a link to two other documents: 

  1. A short brochure setting out the essentials of the project.
  2. A letter explaining the project in more detail.
Current church building

If you’re able to read those, please pray in the light of them, send them to others who might be in a position to help, and consider giving yourselves – we’d be very grateful indeed. 

The new building

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What a year, n’est-ce pas? Belgium, as you’ll know, has had pretty high COVID rates and so has had a pretty constant, strict lockdown, which we’re still currently in, even though rates are looking a little better. 

It has been a challenge, of course, and Woluwe church has had a number of people affected and family members who have died. Our major ministry concern is the long-term effect of virtual church: people have adapted to the new normal of ‘attending’ church without having to serve or to speak to others, to reach out, to welcome, to pray with others, to offer hospitality, etc. 

Pre-COVID, our building was often packed – post-COVID, it’s hard to imagine us squeezed up like sardines with no masks. In October we met in a cinema briefly and we imagine that we might need to go back there once things start opening up a little more (post-Easter, we hope, but as we write we really don’t know). 

But, praise the Lord, this past year has not been without its encouragements. An online presence has seen people find out about the faith and the church. We’ve produced a couple of evangelistic videos that you can find on our YouTube channel. It’s also seen a greater commitment to prayer and has enabled a greater number of people to join us for mid-week bible studies. A recent Colossians bible study for beginners series brought together a group of 30 people for whom regular bible study was new.

We’ve been greatly blessed by an encouraging team and we’re grateful to God that Ben Eggen, our assistant pastor, has agreed in principle to work with us beyond January 2022. Adrian Price has also joined us with his wife Fiona and it has been a privilege for the church to benefit from his teaching and music ministry.

Launch Sunday at the Louvain-la-Neuve church plant

Despite a massively challenging starting context, it’s terrific to see the plant in Louvain-la-Neuve making solid steps in establishing the church there and in reaching a good number of students. Do pray on for that important work. 

So there is plenty to give thanks for and pray for:

  • Our next online evangelistic event is on Friday 26 February. 
  • Jemima, our eldest, is now one month into a five-month stint in Colombia. She is learning Spanish, helping a church with its social outreach programmes and teaching English and French. She and a close friend are living together with the pastor and his family and are well looked after. Come September 2021, she hopes to go to university in the UK – one offer received to date! 
  • Please pray for our building project. Pray that we’d be able to make an offer to purchase a new church building – it’s big and ambitious and involves significant fundraising. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the church so please pray with us that it might be realised. (Proverbs 19.21: ‘Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.’)

With much love and thanks for your partnership with us in Christ Jesus. Hang in there wherever you are. Zoom calls are always welcome! 

Stephen & Dawn
Jemima (18), Max (16), Zeb (14) and Nelly (13)
 

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