The Tumaini team has been very busy preparing for and running the two-week Restore intensive counselling programme for missionaries who were struggling to keep going for one reason or another.
I was struck by the reports of the programme just after it finished. Roger Brown, a long-standing psychiatrist on the team who was responsible for much of the organisation, wrote:
Praise God for his work accomplished in the lives of the participants and their families and for His grace in sustaining us through: long days, short nights; lost luggage … arriving before the end of the retreat; stolen and broken computers yet other provisions working out; flight delay & rerouting & cancelations yet everyone arriving; the rush of getting the kitchen addition completed; repainting of mongoose stained walls; the mystery huge water leak which required bucket flushing and pitchers for hand washing …; breaking in new kitchen support staff and incredible challenges the first day, yet (our team) managing to put on great meals 3 times a day throughout the retreat; monkey invasions, power circuit overloads, various food shortages in the shops, car breakdowns, … yet God enabled us to carry on and work well together, trusting Him even in the midst of those challenges. What a reminder that it isn’t our work but His and we need to keep our eyes on Him even when Satan wants to discourage or distract us.
Meanwhile the evaluation feedback from the participants was extremely positive and used phrases like:
- “Totally awesome; I feel completely refreshed and ready to continue serving”
- “This has restored hope in my usefulness to God”
- “I’m really thankful for the Tumaini counselling staff, and the way they listened, empathised, and spoke wisdom into the unique situations I have been facing on the field”
- “We are SO thankful, this was incredible”
- “Unable to sustain the current level of stress and demands, we came to Restore looking for clarity and peace. We found so much more.”
Personally, I spend much of my time doing emails and Skype from the UK in support of the Tumaini teams in Nairobi and Kampala, but at times like this I am reminded what it is all for. It is wonderful to see how God uses Tumaini to restore his people who are weary and heavy-laden, and through them to bring the Good News to others in Africa.
In June we were blessed to be able to have a week’s holiday on a 30ft cruiser on some local rivers. We went with Andrew our son, as he also needed a holiday, and we had a relaxing week with great weather.
Barbara’s mother had a number of falls in mid-June and ended up in hospital. Medics were clear that she needed more care now than could be provided in her own home, and it was fortunate that a room in a home providing nursing care was available – and it isn’t far from her own house.
She recognises that she cannot live at home any longer, but (very understandably!) feels that this new place is not the same as being in her own home, and is finding it hard to accept her new situation. We knew this time would come, and we are again wearing ruts in the road between Cambridge and Reading to visit and help her settle.
We hope to be able to move back into our own home in the coming weeks or months, but we are not sure of the exact timescale due to a complex set of circumstances.
Meanwhile we continue to lead a home-group in our home church, and are looking forward to spending 4 days next week near Nottingham with other members of Africa Inland Mission who are in the UK at present.
Items to pray about
Please give thanks and pray with us for:
- God’s faithfulness to the Tumaini team and the participants of the recent Restore retreat, and that God would continue to use them to reach many others with his Good News
- A great holiday
- A suitable nursing home for Barbara’s mother, and that she would be able to settle there
- The housing complications to be resolved, so that we can move back to our own home soon
- To remember that “it isn’t our work but His and we need to keep our eyes on Him even when Satan wants to discourage or distract us”.
And finally, our bug of the month
Snapped while on holiday, some kind of dragonfly. (All pictures can be seen larger if you click on them.)