|The mighty Ben Nevis|
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” (Hab 3:19).
“He who forms the mountains…..and treads the high places of the earth……the Lord Almighty is his name.” (Amos 4:13).
“Praise the Lord….you mountains and all hills…..let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted, His splendour is above the earth and the heavens.” (Psalm 148).
What else has been happening? Our time with AIM officially came to a close at the end of March, although just a few weeks ago, I was able to attend the AIM Fellowship conference, this time as a retired AIM missionary, which still sounds rather strange! Due to complications associated with the wretched Covid bug, the planned Oak Hall trips to Israel and Austria were cancelled, but Ruth and I were able to enjoy a family holiday in the Outer Hebrides, where we cycled through the islands of Lewis and Harris. Apart from the expected saddle-soreness, a few punctures, bike-chain malfunctions, and lost car keys, the trip went without hitch! Lochs and beaches, mountains and moorland, white-tailed eagles, seals and sunsets, picnics and dolphins – an awesome Scottish adventure! I’ve been able to do a bit of gardening work here and there, and we’ve also been able to visit a few RSPB reserves to get our birding fix. We’ve been out running, we’ve read books, and we’ve spent good time with family……and since the middle of May, Ruth has had the pleasure of being back in work and being the chief bread-winner!
Over to Ruth: I’ve been working with Inspired Act since May as Operations Manager. The company specializes in providing professional role play actors for training situations. It’s been a steep learning curve and an interesting insight into a world of which I knew little, but I’m enjoying it.
Our house in Corsham has finally been returned to us, although not without its issues, as I am sure many a landlord has experienced! We hope to be able to move from the ‘mill in Malmesbury’ back into our house towards the end of the year when a few necessary refurbishments have been completed! It will be good to be based in Corsham again and to be able to walk to work!
It’s been so good to attend Corsham Baptist regularly over the last few months and to reconnect with people. I’m looking forward to being more involved in church life, especially as restrictions lift and activities return to being face-to-face rather than online. I’ve already signed up to join the monthly craft group!
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Praise & Prayer Points:
- Thanking God (and Ruth!) for the opportunity I’ve had to take time out. The stomach issues have settled, the head is clearer, the energy and enthusiasm is returning, and the sleep is a bit better than it was!
- Thanking God that Ruth has had employment for the last four months, and for the fact we’ve felt very settled in the old Silk Mill here in Malmesbury. It’s been such an ideal stop-over place whilst waiting for our house in Corsham to be vacated.
- Please pray that I would settle into my role with “The Word for the World” and that, as I continue to preach, “I would fearlessly make known the gospel” and “correctly handle the Word of Truth”.
Thanks for your prayers,
Love, Steve & Ruth
|Bird of the month - the bearded tit. We didn't take|
this picture but we saw them at RSPB Titchwell
on a short break to Norfolk - the fulfillment of
a birding ambition!
|Celebrating Ruth's birthday in August with pizza!|