Latest News - A different kind of season
We’ve realised that our lifestyle is a little odd, to say the least. It’s not just because we’re missionaries but it’s our specific area of ministry which means that our lives are never dull. There are often unexpected things that crop up and we’ve learned to be flexible and adaptable. Often it means pushing things on our calendar to another day (and sometimes another week) and making room for people to come and have some time away to heal. This is something that we feel honoured to be able to do, it’s a true privilege to have people’s trust and be able to invest time in them. We love seeing the Holy Spirit at work as He highlights the things that He wants them to know and gives them the power to change. We provide safe ears and a safe place to process.
We’ve seen an increase in couples contacting us through word of mouth and have had the fun task of bringing them through marriage preparation. This has varied from, ‘we’re getting married in three weeks can you help us’ to ‘we don’t have a date set yet but we want to be prepared’. Skype has been a great tool to make this happen but we’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to do this locally too. Strengthening a couple’s foundation before they get married is really fulfilling.
This season has been very different from previous years. Usually, at around this time, it is silly season for us when our schedule goes berserk and we find ourselves trotting around the globe from family camp to family camp and church to church. Unfortunately, because of illness, we have to stop all travel for this season. This hasn’t meant that we have come to a full stop but rather local and online ministry has shifted up a gear.
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Regarding the illness, Lainey has been experiencing abdominal pain (and some other unpleasant symptoms) and has had to take strict control of her diet. Doing this has been relatively successful in managing symptoms but has, of course, meant that travelling has had to be put on hold. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make! Lainey has had medical tests but so far no conclusive reason for the pain has been identified. She is now waiting for further tests with a Gastroenterologist but her appointment isn’t until the 11th of January. Please pray for an earlier appointment so that we can find out the reason for her discomfort and that healing is straightforward so that her diet can return to normal and we can get back on the road.
For those of you who are interested, we’ve included the list of foods Lainey has to avoid. This might help you understand why travelling is tricky: Casein, cow’s milk, egg white, egg yolk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, mussels, scallops, barley, wheat, aloe vera, chamomile, red kidney beans, peas, agar, cola nut and yeast, black, red pepper or chili powder, mustard seed and nutmeg, highly seasoned, high-fat meats, such as sausage, salami, bacon, ham, and cold cuts (basically anything that is part of a normal Hungarian diet), no red meat. Tomato products, such as tomato paste, tomato sauce, or tomato juice, gravies, oils including coconut oil are also a no-no. Any beverage with caffeine (yup she’s missing coffee), peppermint and spearmint tea, green and black tea, with or without caffeine (she’s also missing Tetley), orange and grapefruit juices and last but not least chocolate (she’s in mourning).
Being at home more has however allowed us to get back to grips with writing. We very much believe that part of our ministry is making what we know available for others to use and we felt God speak to us very clearly earlier in the year about the material He wanted us to develop.
The other aspects of our ministry haven’t been adversely affected by being at home. Again we feel incredibly privileged to be able to draw alongside those serving God in foreign mission fields and this season for us is also a reminder that we need to practice what we preach. In addition to regular touching base with missionaries on the field, we loved teaching at the Missions Academy in May and getting a chance to meet an amazing group of people getting ready for their calling. We are also delighted to have a Missionary Apprentice to mentor this year.
We often have people come and stay with us for a time of ministry. While here they read our copies of books we recommend for them. We would like to grow our resources so that couples can take a copy with them when they leave. I guess it is all part of our vision for a ministry and resourcing retreat centre. If you have any marriage and relationship books or DVDs that you no longer need, please get in contact with us.
Please pray for:
Lainey’s health to be fully restored and for us to be able to fulfil all of the elements of our calling.
A productive season with a focus on developing materials for multiplication and reproducibility.
Provision for the calling. We’re in a healthier position than we were earlier in the year but we aren’t as close to our target as we should be. We still need more people to partner with us so we can see relationships revolutionised, are you interested in becoming a partner?
Roy and Lainey
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