April Joy

Hello Everyone!

Hope a joyous Easter was had by all.  We were blessed to be able to spend Easter with three of Michael’s cousins in Sturminster Newton.  These are special folks we had visited five years ago when we first started hearing about our calling to come here.  It was especially wonderful to share Easter and our hopes, plans and dreams with them at this time.

Above are some of the Easter treats – The blue bowl holds Michael’s favorite clotted cream! His smile at seeing that was amazing!! Friends and family are truly some of God’s greatest blessings – you are all daily in our prayers!!

We held our Spiritual Mapping /House of Prayer on April 25.  Different people contributed from a historical understanding of Bristol as well as from a spiritual knowledge and Michael gave a good Scriptural reference list of how territory and land are important to God, and we are stewards spiritually as well as physically.   He will be coordinating another meeting in May with people going out to specific areas not only to pray to free the land from past sins, but to pray blessings too.

You may have been reading about the Bristol riots – first on April 22, then another Friday morning, April 29. They began as a protest against a Tesco’s supermarket opening in the area, but ended by being a melee of violence involving about 400 people and 200 police officers on Friday.  This has been happening in an area of the city which is a difficult area due to clubs, drugs and alcohol, and poverty. We have several good friends who live there and they are praying while actively being a positive Christian presence in the midst of it all.

 Quite oddly, a graffiti mural has gone up near our home in Arnos Vale (a neighborhood of the City of Bristol) in March which depicts the Bristol riots of 1831 and shows military on horseback fighting back the people.  It’s quite a large mural, and either it is prophetic or these apparently spontaneous riots have been planned for awhile.

Here’s Michael:

Well England continues to be a very complex mixture of poverty and wealth, great gardens and litter abounding in the streets, royal weddings and spiritual malaise.  In Bristol there is a strong sense that God is working here. There is going to be a movement of God here because it so desperately needs it. There is an overt anti establishment movement.  As we progress with our ministry here we find there is a real need for more  spiritual awakening. The daily prayer walks, the prayer house and other elements of our work here are all  born out of a yearning to see a movement of God increase in this city and then the nation.

Thank you all for your prayers and support – we so much appreciate your love and help.  We will be in New York in June for our daughter’s wedding and in Boston for a job for Michael and a chance to visit with our son and daughter in law who are expecting their first child in June. We look forward to hearing your feedback, comments, and ideas as we join together to bring God’s Kingdom here on earth.

 Love and Prayer, Michael and Christine

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5 thoughts on “April Joy

  1. I love you guys and know you are for sure making mighty marks in Bristol……..I found the Royal Wedding (yes, I got awake for it)…….EXTREMELY prophetic………like William and Kate looked at each other during the vows and ceremony and seemed in love, where his father and Di NEVER looked at each other and were more stiff and formal…………that’s how far I think the Body of Christ has come……I have many more as Jesus gets ready for His bride…………
    I pray revelation for that graffiti and am happy you are where you know you are supposed to be…….I still babysit my grandson fulltime, and know this is my assignment and pray in the home where his parents are living together and aren’t saved (for now) and it’s something I NEVER imagined or desired doing………buthere I am and so have much time with God and am planted in my church where the Pastor is in “the River” but the elders are STILL debating if I qualify to be on the altar team…..it’s funny now……….I’m good enought for Randy, Patricia King, etc, etc, but might mess things up if I fall down here. Which I do in worship but it’s all good and Wally, my husband has grown leaps and bounds since I finished Global……he really is “getting” it and even sowed $$ into a waittress I gave words over which she cried, etc…..I love you both and will see you when my season for taking the nations comes!!

  2. In every update I read of so much hope in the midst of discourageable circumstances and I’m reminded of the promises of God and his love for us. I pray that your faith may never wain, and that your visit in June will prove to be a joyous stay. Happy Easter! Happy May! And I will do my best to see you once you’re back on this side of the pond.

    Myron

  3. Dear Christine and Michael,
    Thank you so much for posting this blog for us to read. It is so helpful to me when I am praying for you and your ministries. The photos of you tell me that you are well and happy and i know that the Lord is please with your work for the Kingdom.
    How wonderful that your family has a wedding and a new baby in the near future!! We will pray many blessing upon both occasions. We have a high school graduation June 25. Our beautiful daughter Meredith will be delivering the valedictory speech that day. We are so proud of all her achievements and what a wonderful young woman of God she has grown to be. She will be attending Fordham University in the Bronx in the fall. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you.
    Not sure if you knew that Randy is now serving as Deacon at church of Our Saviour in Lebanon Springs, NY. Rev. Canon Clint Dugger is our priest. This is the church we started at when we first moved from the city to the Lebanon Valley. So we have come full circle. Randy has just begun a weekly Bible study on Monday evenings and has a parishioner who has turned out to be quite a leader, which is a blessing. He has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which he is managing with diet (still needs to work in the exercise bit).
    I am singing in church most Sunday mornings at the 10 a.m. service with our senior warden. I am thrilled with that and people tell us that we sound great together! I mostly am so happy to be praising the Lord! I have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and am adjusting to sleeping with the CPAP machine. I also had surgery to repair my shoulder rotator cuff which the doc said was shredded. It is a slow recovery, I am probably doing more than I should, but that’s me. I covet your prayers for both myself and Randy, that we will take better care of ourselves. Thank you.
    Our boy Nathanael has just turned 10. He has a few “issues”. We would appreciate your prayers for him as well, the Lord knows what he needs.
    Meanwhile, we continue to pray for both of you and your work in Bristol and elsewhere. I look forward to your next blog posting.
    Many blessings and peace be with you,
    Carol (and Randy)

  4. As always, I love your food and flower photos. And joyful photos of you two! We look forward to a visit and prayer time with you in June. George is slowly getting stronger after long cold (?). Should be ready to praise God with you when you get here! My KO weekend was a bit of heaven. God blessed us all with His loving, healing presence. Thank you for prayers. Remember the walls of Jericho got full of cracks before anyone knew what was going on. We thank God for you and your work in His kingdom. Shalom!
    Love you, Jane and George

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