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Abbotsham Baptist Sunday Newsletter – 13.06.2021
And it shall come to pass come to pass afterward, that I will pour out me Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. Joel 2:28-29

Dear Members and Friends of Abbotsham Baptist Church

The Sunday Talk – A mini sermon recorded especially for Abbotsham Baptist Church.
Playing NOW over on our Sermons Page
Title – Even now, return to me.
The reading this week – Joel 21-17.
Speaker – David Hopwood.

Wednesday midweek Zoom Session @ 8.00 pm on June 9th.

We had an excellent session meeting last week with a really informative and excellently presented video followed by discussion and prayer. This weeks login details are below. If you think you might have problems logging in, I open the meeting from 7.45 so I recommend trying to login early and then telephoning me if you are having problems. You can always go and make a cup of tea afterwards while waiting for the meeting to start. My telephone is 07450636996.

Topic: Alpha film video
Time: Jun 16, 2021 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88535341950?pwd=ZjFESEdEUlVkYTRwcTJZZGpKZXdaUT09

Meeting ID: 885 3534 1950
Passcode: 400382

Laura-Lee Lovering news
You can find Laura’s June prayer letter at https://www.bmsworldmission.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/0621-Lovering.pdf

Laura is currently staying with her family in Wales having gone through her 10 days quarantine. She is planning to meet either over Zoom or physically partner supporters she has not had the opportunity prior to this home assignment. Laura returns to Peru at the end of July.

Laura has been encouraged by how the work is continuing in Nauta especially the radio based training which has been taken on by the local church leadership. Laura will be returning to Piura, a city on the North West coast of Peru in her new role as Creation Stewardship Coordinator. Creation stewardship is a new initiative by BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) as a whole.

News and Prayer requests from Ivan and Debbie Fawzi.

Also a looming threat that electricity will be rationed even more than before. Basic food items for those have tripled in price and may still go up.

On a positive note … our church finally re-opened and we have resumed services. Our young adults ministry has been putting an event every evening for the last 3 weeks. More than 100 new people have come in and the plan is to follow up with them. Also many new refugee families have been supported with food packages etc. and again the plan is to get them involved in Life groups.
Our Online ministry is slowly taking off.. we are running 2 Online Al Massira groups and 3 online Life groups.. and we are planning to offer our main “membership” Pathway of Discipleship course as soon as the videos are ready.
Debbie is busy as ever with the Grow project and supporting the partnership and communication department and dealing with the admin and needs of people that are persecuted for their faith.

Amaal finished her AS exams this week, Lev and Seb will finish their exams next week. They are all very relieved that this school year is ending!

It’s a bit mad to think about this now but, next year we will be heading back to the UK permanently after almost 10 years.

For our visit this summer we are coming as a family for just over 6 weeks. I (Ivan) will arrive on 11th July — a week before the rest, will stay with his dad and hopefully get a speedy PCR test on the 5th day so he can pick up the rest of the family when they arrive on 18th July.. then we will head to Devon to be with Debbie’s mother for 2 weeks.
So thankful for our friends that are lending us their car again, it makes such a difference to us.

We ask your prayers from now that when Ivan arrives, the results of the 5th day PCR test will be sent to him in 24 hours (as all the test providers say)… so we don’t have any complication with him still stuck in self isolation and the others going to Devon.
We are hoping that this time Ivan will not get COVID on the way… its only two and half months since he was cleared of Covid just before returning to Lebanon. Also he finally took his first vaccination (AstraZeneca) yesterday.

We will be in London around 12th August as we plan to visit other family members before that. Hopefully we will be able to catch up with many (restrictions permitting) before heading back to Beirut on 2nd September.

This coming year will be quite an emotional one as we prepare for our return to the UK, we will send you more detailed prayer points in the coming months.. We really value you standing with us in prayer, as we seek the LORD’s guidance and direction in terms of
Where we should live?
Work and ministry?
Church
How are we going to care for our parents?
Where is the right place for Amaal to go to university
Where is the right place for Lev as he starts A Levels
The right school for Seb

Thanks again for your friendship, love, and for your ongoing support
Dear Friends

Just a quick update to let you know what has been happening and our plans for the summer..
Life in Lebanon continues to deteriorate. This past week was all about lack of petrol. Queues are getting longer everyday at petrol stations. This is causing a lot of traffic congestion and frustration. Also a looming threat that electricity will be rationed even more than before. Basic food items for those have tripled in price and may still go up.
On a positive note … our church finally re-opened and we have resumed services. Our young adults ministry has been putting an event every evening for the last 3 weeks. More than 100 new people have come in and the plan is to follow up with them. Also many new refugee families have been supported with food packages etc. and again the plan is to get them involved in Life groups.
Our Online ministry is slowly taking off.. we are running 2 Online Al Massira groups and 3 online Life groups.. and we are planning to offer our main “membership” Pathway of Discipleship course as soon as the videos are ready.
Debbie is busy as ever with the Grow project and supporting the partnership and communication department and dealing with the admin and needs of people that are persecuted for their faith.
Amaal finished her AS exams this week, Lev and Seb will finish their exams next week. They are all very relieved that this school year is ending!
It’s a bit mad to think about this now but, next year we will be heading back to the UK permanently after almost 10 years.
For our visit this summer we are coming as a family for just over 6 weeks. I (Ivan) will arrive on 11th July — a week before the rest, will stay with his dad and hopefully get a speedy PCR test on the 5th day so he can pick up the rest of the family when they arrive on 18th July. Then we will head to Devon to be with Debbie’s mother for 2 weeks.
So thankful for our friends that are lending us their car again, it makes such a difference to us.
We ask your prayers from now that when Ivan arrives, the results of the 5th day PCR test will be sent to him in 24 hours (as all the test providers say)… so we don’t have any complication with him still stuck in self isolation and the others going to Devon.
We are hoping that this time Ivan will not get COVID on the way… its only two and half months since he was cleared of Covid just before returning to Lebanon. Also he finally took his first vaccination (AstraZeneca) yesterday.
We will be in London around 12th August as we plan to visit other family members before that. Hopefully we will be able to catch up with many (restrictions permitting) before heading back to Beirut on 2nd September.
This coming year will be quite an emotional one as we prepare for our return to the UK, we will send you more detailed prayer points in the coming months.. We really value you standing with us in prayer, as we seek the LORD’s guidance and direction in terms of
Work and ministry?
Church
How are we going to care for our parents?
Where is the right place for Amaal to go to university
Where is the right place for Lev as he starts A Levels
The right school for Seb
Thanks again for your friendship, love, and for your ongoing support