The view from Portstewart –
A Different Perspective
Our “view from” has definitely changed. Instead of a wooded hillside from our balcony in Athens, we are looking out on this vista on the north coast of Ireland. Last Sunday, God graciously added a rainbow to remind us of his faithfulness! Here are some aspects of His goodness :
1. The community of so many people, who in so many places, and in so many ways, have been encouraging and praying and helping us over these last months.
2. Peter has now begun his course of immunotherapy at Belfast City Hospital. (His ‘side road’ as he described it recently in http://www.thecrawfordblog.blogspot.com) There have been a few ups and downs but he is generally doing very well.
3. The flat, 29 Atlantic Circle, Portstewart, so generously provided through a wonderful friend, is ideal for our needs, with space to walk, and enjoy the sea. We are in the process of feeling truly restored.
Anna in Athens
From Sep 28th to Oct 4th I will be visiting Athens, while son Colin comes over to stay with Peter. The purpose of the trip is to connect with our ECM team, now that we have a new family. Al and Rachel, and their two girls, arrived in late August. I also hope to see some of the ministries we had begun to be involved with
“Threads of Hope” where women who have been rescued from trafficking are trained to gain new skills.
“Living Hope Centre” where I was beginning to help through teaching English to Asian men one day a week
“Samaria Training Centre” where we had both also begun an involvement in outreach to Farsi speakers in the city. Please pray:
– for Anna traveling on her own, out through Dublin and back via London.
– for the opportunity to provide support and help to the MacInnes family in these early days in Greece
– that we would be able to maintain our links with these ministries until such time as God brings us back to Athens.
Meanwhile in N Ireland
Since we came here in June, we have been asking the question of God “Why bring us back to N Ireland at this time. Lord, is there something you have for us to do while we are here?”
Right next to Belfast City Hospital where Peter receives his treatment, we believe we have one possible answer to that particular question. It is in an area of Belfast with a growing population of immigrants. Recently, we were able to attend a small Bible study at the International Meeting Point, near the Hospital, with over 20 Farsi speakers, some of whom themselves recent new arrivals from Greece. It was encouraging to see a clear interest in the Word of God. We have also been able to connect with a local Belfast church in the same area that has an active ministry among immigrants.
Making the Connection
So, the Farsi language seems to be making a connection for us between Athens and N Ireland, which is amazing, not least because Peter’s first steps in following Jesus were in Iran over 40 years ago! We don’t speak Farsi, though knowing Urdu helps sometimes.
– Since we left Athens, Anna has been able to facilitate a small zoom prayer meeting for the women in the Samaria Project in Athens. The meeting is in Farsi, so it was great she was able to enlist the help of our friend ‘Sara’ in Lisbon to translate. It has been a lot of fun.
– Peter, has also been asked to continue his participation in the Discipleship School in Athens via zoom. A recent planning meeting for this included teachers from Greece, Turkey, UK and Egypt.
Please pray in particular
For wisdom in knowing what to commit to and not to take on too much, given our current circumstances
For patience, with the process of Peter’s treatment especially when there are interruptions or setbacks
For Gods power, to be at work in the lives of these wonderful new friends, as they study His word