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May news recap

Dear everyone,

I do hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather as much as we are at the moment. We’ve had some fantastic long weekends as a result of the Belgium public holidays and been able to enjoy some much valued family time at local parks and playing a couple of long drawn out games of monopoly!

Ministry-wise things have been ticking along, with Kevin having his usual meetings with each of the ministry leaders, encouraging and helping them in leadership. He has just started another series of the Greenhouse café on Tuesday evenings. This time the themes are Power and Prayer. Kevin has also been temporarily taking on some of the responsibilities from the National Director, Jan-Piet. We mentioned Jan-Piet and Heddy in our last update following the loss of their daughter Eva-Lianne. Please continue to pray for them as a family as Jan-Piet has since lost his mother after a long battle with cancer. It is of course a very hard time for them.

Kevin had planned to visit Plymouth to finally get the house handed over to us. However, it has proved complicated with the tenant refusing to leave. We have been rather out of the loop as we have leased our house to the council for the last four years so they have been dealing with it all and we were unaware of any problem until a week before we were due to regain possession of the house on Feb 1st Things have been dragging out but we have been assured that the end of this month we should hopefully get it back! We feel that God has the house totally in his hands, we just need to ensure that the trip goes to plan and is God’s perfect timing. After doing any quick repairs/decoration/replacing carpets we are hoping to sell it quickly so please pray with us for this whole process. For all our friends in Plymouth we will let you know as soon as we know the definite dates of the trip.

2008-04-30 April and May (click for more)

I am beginning to wind down my ministry with “Alternatives” and being on the leadership team. I stopped doing the counselling for Alternatives when it became rather obvious I was pregnant. This would not have been appropriate for women to feel free to share how they were really feeling about their pregnancies! However, I have continued with the mothers and babies groups and I have been thrilled with how the women have been so excited by my pregnancy. One lady has just given birth to twin boys. Of course we have been able to talk about our situations together and I am looking forward to visiting the young twins in hospital soon. They were born premature and although they are well, they are very small, and will probably be in hospital for at least another 6 weeks. Our pregnancies are similar but it has been quite humbling to realise how much I have in terms of support, friendship and resources. She lives alone, up three flights of stairs with no lift, very little money (being a refugee) and hardly any clothes or equipment for the young babies. Of course we are trying to do all we can to help her at Alternatives but please pray for her (I have not enclosed her name for obvious reasons). I will be stepping down from the leadership of the mothers and babies groups with only 2 more to go. The fantastic news is that the timing has worked out well as Jo, one of the current Alternatives volunteers, will take on the leadership of the groups from September. After having breaks to look after children some other volunteers are also available in the Autumn which has shown us how much God’s heart is for these women and how He provides in perfect ways. Please pray for Jo has she takes on the leadership.

Currently the whole team are giving the offices a much needed fresh coat of paint, which means the offices are rather chaotic but it is proving good for team building. It will also mean that the place looks a bit better for the open day on June 7th, 2pm-6pm. Please pray for this day (and visit if you are in Brussels!) as it will be a chance to find out more about the ministries. The bookshop will be offering special offers, Alternatives Pregnancy Crisis Centre will be open to wander through and of course the bar will be open for free drinks and entertainment. The team will be manning different displays to talk about the work and we will also have activities for children. Leading up to it the whole team will be visiting different churches to publicise the event, raising the profile of YWAM within the city.

Personally, I am getting bigger, struggling with a sinus infection and back problems. However, I am valuing the Belgium health system and go for physiotherapy twice a week at the local hospital. After doing all the stretching and exercises I get to lie on a special massage bed for 20 minutes where my back is pummelled with strong water jets. I’d recommend it to anyone with back problems!!

Thank you as ever for all your prayers.

With love, Nicki and Kevin

Dates:

  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 3rd June,10th June: Greenhouse cafe meetings
  • 14th-15th: Visit from Stephe Mayers, Western European director
  • 18th: Publicise The open Day at St Paul’s
  • 25th: Publicise The open Day at Christian Centre
  • End of May: Hopefully quick trip to Plymouth for Kev
  • 29th: Mothers and babies meeting
  • 30th-1st June: Kevin and Nicki have special weekend in Brugge!
  • 2nd June: YWAM Belgium board meeting and AGM
  • 7th June: The Open Day (2pm – 6pm)
  • 12th: Mothers and babies PLUS
  • 13th-15th: The Link camping weekend (highlight of the year!)
  • 28th June – 4th July: health and twin permitting, Kev to visit supporters in London and Manchester areas.
  • July-August: time to relax and prepare for the arrival of the twins!

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