CANFORD MAGNA CHURCHES - MISSION TO ROMANIA
So soon after the last issue you say! Well, there’s been a lot going on and a couple of forthcoming events to promote.
Eleven days ago Mervyn and his team arrived back safely after a busy week with Phoneo in Reghin. They were blessed with good weather, except on the last day and managed to complete rather more of the new school building than we’d dare hope. Phoneo greatly enjoyed having the team with them and said they were a blessing both in their work and in the times they were able to spend together – “It was amazing for us to see the walls of this building we’ve dreamt of for so long, finally being raised!”.
As well as building, some of the team enjoyed taking part in a prayer walk around one of the Roma communities and another highlight was the Sunday morning service - variously described as:
· Worth the trip in itself – a tremendously exciting experience
· Great preach by Ronald and full of uplifting stuff
· Found Phoneo team really friendly and enjoyed the church service
· Attending the Sunday service and the prayer walk were both great additional experiences.
During the following week a Dutch team have continued with the school walls and are now up to first floor level. It’s really good that Phoneo are getting others involved as well as ourselves.
Next Saturday [26 Sept] Walter Meyer and three others will be flying out and whilst the team is smaller than we’d hoped, Phoneo are not unduly concerned for in their words - “every help is welcome and we’ll make it work”. It could have been worse for one of the original four had to drop out fairly late in the day but God answered our prayers and a willing replacement came along just last week.
Thank you again to all those who’ve given clothing and footwear to help the Roma people through the coming winter when temperatures often drop below -20C – and we complain about our weather!.
There are two social events in the autumn for you to enjoy and hear more about exactly what we’ve been up to this year:
· On the afternoon of Sunday 8 November [2-30pm], Jill Searle and Peter Miller will again be giving a musical recital. Those of you who’ve heard them before will not want to miss this opportunity – tell your friends about it so we can fill the Lantern Hub to over-flowing and have a really good time together. This a free event and hot drinks and cakes will be available during the interval
· Another of our very popular quiz evenings hosted by Graham Dunn is being held on 14 November at St Barnabas 7pm for 7-30pm start. Tickets @ £7-50 which include a ploughman’s supper, soft drinks and prizes, will be available from each church office from early October. You can make up your own team or, if not, just come along but do please get your ticket[s] well in advance as we need to know for catering purposes.