Knowing, Growing and Showing the Love of God

Easter 2012


In this edition of Triangle

The Next Step

Easter Services

News from Abu Dhabi

Greetings from Abu Dhabi "Blessed be the name of the LORD. He gives and takes away. Blessed be his name" 2011 was the honeymoon year for us in Abu Dhabi. We have been coasting along on the wings of your prayers and it has been wonderful.  The first two months of 2012 however, has been decidedly more challenging. The honeymoon is coming to an end. The first shock was when our new fledgling congregation in the desert town of Al Ain were locked out of the chapel where they were meeting on the orders of the local government. I met with local leaders and encountered a wall of resistance. It was discouraging because the church was beginning to grow. The chaplain there had to quickly find a new base and now they meet illegally in a home. Pray that we can find an alternative (and  legal!) place to meet which will allow the church to pick up momentum again.

Another challenge was that promised funding for Church renovations and expansion (nearly a million pounds) is now not assured and this will be a test of faith for the church as we explore all options. The reasons for this are related to the turmoil which is going on in the Arab world at this time. Pray that the LORD will provide for the much needed projects here.

A third issue is a major dispute with another Christian Church. This is a problem I inherited from the previous incumbent and I am seeking to resolve it in a peaceful and  constructive manner without resorting to legal processes. It is frustrating and stressful to deal with decidedly unhelpful attitudes. Pray that there can be a meeting of willing hearts and minds and that the solution will be a win win for everyone.

On the Human Rights side of our ministry I have been invited by the local police to be involved in a committee which will highlight some of the pressing needs of the expat community. There are so many needs. This ranges from human trafficking, debt imprisonment, domestic labour abuses and the criminalisation of absconding workers. Pray that we can make a difference.

On the family front our eldest daughter Rianne is considering returning to the UK to study for her A levels on her own. The UAE do not offer her preferred subjects. Although she loves the UAE and has really settled into her school and has a social life which is really special to her, she feels she needs to invest her time in studying the subjects which will help her find a career which she will enjoy. Some friends of ours have offered their home to Rianne as a base for studying her A levels. Next month Rianne and I will travel to the UK to look at her prospective colleges. Pray that Rianne will have a sense of peace about her choice. Ben and Kathryn are fine and are doing well at school and at home.

At the start of the Lenten season, both Navina and I feel a stirring of desire to see God do more. We are starting a prayer meeting in our home which will be a base for seeking God's presence and to explore more opportunities to allow the Spirit of God to equip us and inspire us in ministry. There is a sense in which we both feel a need to be renewed and refreshed in our faith. Pray that the LORD will meet with us in new and powerful ways. We rejoice in all the opportunities coming our way and as always we ask for your prayers in facing these challenges.

                                                       Yours in Christ,

                                             Andy and Navina Thompson

 

The Way Forward

Pause for Thought

Pantomania

St Michael's Fellowship

26th March

Easter Meeting

16th April

Life Upon the Wicked Stage

Mrs H Game

30th April

Christian Aid Talk

14th May

Library Services

Wendy Haynes

28th May

Quiz

11th June

Wenlock Olympian Society

Mrs H Cromary

25th June

Wombridge Priory

Rev K Evans

9th July

What's My Line?

23rd July

Members' Summer Tea

Dates for the Diary

Sun 25th Mar

11.30am

St Michael's DCC AGM

Sun 1st Apr

11.30am

Sutton Hill Church DCC AGM

Sun 1st Apr

6.30pm

Annual Parochial Church  Meeting and evening service

Sat 6th April

9.30am

 Coalport

Fri 20th Apr

7pm

Evening of Entertainment at The Anstice

Sat 21st Apr

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Sat 5th May

9.30am

 Coalport

Sat 19th May

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Thank you

Thank you to all who have contributed to this edition of  Triangle. The closing date for articles for the next edition will be announced in the church notices. Please e-mail: triangle(at)tf7.org.uk