What’s happening with us?

We are sorry it has taken us long to bring you an update on our situation.
Peter has been more regular writing in the blog. (www.thecrawfordblog.blogspot.com) but this update is long overdue.
With regard to Peter’s health, back in December, we already knew that a return to Greece was not going to happen anytime soon, and so we planned a visit to Athens in late January, to close up our apartment there, say goodbye to great friends, and to sell and dispose of our goods. It was a tough time, but God helped in so many ways. Since that time, however, Peter has been experiencing the increased impact of the cancer in his bones, through lower energy levels and heightened levels of pain and discomfort.
We continue to be very thankful for the health care he receives, but on our last visit to the consultant, the message was clear that there is really nothing else that can be done. That is hard news for us to take in, but in a very real sense, there’s comfort in knowing that, our situation is now fully in the hands of a loving and powerful God. A local nursing team is providing good care over his medications, and he is daily experiencing a real sense of God’s healing and upholding him.
We have so appreciated Esther’s wee flat in 29 Atlantic Circle, Portstewart, where we have been able to live for all these months of Peter’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. A perfect location for gentle walks by the sea and quiet reflections on what God is saying to us. Our own house in Coleraine had been rented out with a lease until summer ’22, so we were not sure exactly what to do. We are thankful, however, that with some negotiations our tenants have moved out as of the end of April, and we now have the keys to 15 Somerset Park, Coleraine again! It was strange to walk through the house again, after a 14-year period, during which it has been home for a number of random strangers.
There is much to do before we can move in and we will have to furnish it again. So do please pray for grace and strength for this period. We hope that can happen by the end of June. And give thanks to God for Ken, who is helping us with the planning of much needed repairs and renovations. We are so thankful for all the offers of help of many friends at this time, and, of course, for your continued financial support.
We continue to provide leadership for the ECM Greece team, albeit remotely, and Anna is also providing membercare in a variety of contexts for the Mission. We are so glad how this little team that God has helped us put in place in just one year in Athens, is beginning to take shape. Jonny from N Ireland is right now out on a short-term Bible college placement with the Roma ministry in Athens. Another young family from Belfast, and a single lady from the Portrush area are also in the process of joining.
For Your Prayers
-Moving In – Please pray for the renovation and redecoration needed, that it would happen quickly, so we can soon be settled. Then the furnishing! Between a van load of stuff that came back from Greece, other older stuff that has lain in storage for 12 years(!) and new stuff we need to buy, we will need much wisdom and discernment. Please pray.
– Work in Greece – Please pray for Al and Rachel, Georgis and Luciana, and the new members of our team, that we may grow in love and unity. Regarding Luciana’s Roma ministry, (Petalouda Centre) Quick Note – we are working on a possible short prayer trip to take place possibly in September, and cover this area with prayer. If you are interested in this, please contact us, or Lindsay at ECM Ireland. Opportunities among refugees also continue to develop, even though Greece may no longer hit the headlines as before.

– Work in N Ireland – We continue to think together with others around how a potential ECM immigrant ministry might develop in N Ireland. The family mentioned above now joining the team in Athens, are planning to return to NI later and we believe they could be a key couple for this initiative. Please pray.
– Peter’s Health and Family – we’ve been blessed by wonderful regular visits from our family (all based In London) and please pray that Lord would continue to provide these special opportunities, that His healing power will continue to work in Peter’s body, and that he would find strength and space to develop those creative gifts of writing and painting that have lain dormant for many years.
– Church and Friends – Thank the Lord again for First Coleraine. Together with a wide circle of other friends, our home church has been a wonderful support, visiting, messaging, praying with us, providing meals etc etc.

And a Very Big Thank You

As God continues to watch over us here in this new season of our lives, we want to Thank you from our hearts for your prayers, messages and support. It is so encouraging for us. Here again are our numbers so please get in touch
Anna : 07536398565
Peter: 07727101337
Our you can whatsapp, and do please check out the blog.

From July our permanent address will be

15 Somerset Park
BT51 7LH
N. Ireland