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Ghosts Of Christmas Past

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:57
Having posted a picture on Facebook of Joel topping off our Christmas tree with the angel we thought it might be fun to revisit the ceremony from years gone by. Joel was too young to participate in 2004 and Christmas 2005 was a bit of a blur what with Eli's planned arrival, delayed arrival and eventual arrival on the 21st. Also we're missing a pic from 2010 as we were in Blighty with family that year.


It's fascinating seeing how Joel and Eli have grown over the years, in the early pics Joel stood on a chair, steps or was carried to put the angel on. In 2011 Joel had to let Eli do it for the first time and they've shared the duties ever since, though Eli missed this year's because he's away on karate camp.

Here's to many many more Christmases of topping the tree off with the angel!


Local News

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 03:44
Recently our blog was criticised by some fools people who claimed that all we did on here was post snippets from the local press, so today we thought we'd post a snippet from the local press so they could feel justified in their smugness criticisms.

So here's a snippet from our local rag about Joel and his school appeal in which he encouraged his fellow learners to bring in deodorants for the homeless which he's planning to give out over Christmas.

So proud of you Joel!


Thankful Thursdays

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:03
Having launched The Gathering a few weeks ago we've wanted to spend time working on the DNA of church and what it means for us in our daily lives.

So last night we gathered for an amazing time of praise and worship and then we launched our Thankful Thursdays Challenge.

Ask for nothing, 
Give thanks for everything!

It's really very simple. We give Thursdays over to thanking God. No prayer requests, no shopping lists, none of the usual directing God through our prayers. We simply thank God!


The bible is packed with commands, instructions and examples of giving thanks and in 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 18 we read: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". Being thankful is part of God's will for our lives and yet so often we spend time grumbling and complaining when we just shouldn't.

Being thankful to God is a massive part of the DNA of The Gathering!

So here's the challenge...give thanks for all God has done in your life, give thanks for all He's doing in your life, give thanks for the tough stuff. Ask for nothing, no shopping list. We're aiming to make this a new habit in each of our lives, why don't you join us?

"Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything" Ephesians 5:20

Miss You Dad!

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:02
I miss my dad!

My dad died 30 years ago today when I was all of 18. He was only 55 but looked much older as he'd been battling MS for twelve years.

They say it gets easier over time but it doesn't. All you do is put your loved ones out of your mind as much as possible. The hole left in your heart after they depart is never really filled! 

 How many conversations do I wish I could have had with him. How much advice would I like to have asked of him. But more than anything, I wish he'd met Paula and my boys.

I don't have any decent pics of my dad but this is one of my favourites amongst the few that I do have. This was taken in 1953 whilst he was serving his National Service with the RAF at Biggin Hill.


Blessings!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:49
I wasn't going to share this testimony but then I felt God speak to me on Sunday about not denying him, so here goes...

Almost two weeks ago we gave away one of our couches to some friends who were experiencing some difficulties. We had two couches and could survive on one so we were very happy to bless our friends. It was amusing when the boys got home from school and noticed the gap where the couch had been. Eli said in a sullen tone: "I suppose you gave it away.", we could see his little brain thinking about how much we could have sold it for.

We were quite happy with just the one couch but late last week we were blessed with a gift that allowed us to replace the couch. In fact, the gift was so generous and we were blessed with such a great deal that we were able to replace both couches and give our second couch away too.

God is awesome!


Vandalism!

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:00
Twenty three years ago today we'd gone for a quiet day out with some friends and family. The day started brilliantly in church followed by a slap up meal together but then to ruin it all some morons individuals (we know who you are!) vandalised our car.

You can't trust anyone!


Seriously though, that was a great day out and Paula has been a legend for these 23 years, she definitley deserves a medal!

Mr & Mrs Mapanda Return

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:01
I had the joy and privilege of going to Belville to pick Ziggy & Mercy up this morning after their eipc bus ride home from Harare. They set off on Tuesday!

It's great to have them back and we're grateful to our awesome God for making straight paths for them. They belong to us (Tree of Life) and we're delighted to have them home!

Despite having been gone for just a few weeks I had forgotten what it's like chatting to good friends who are grounded in scripture, they truly are a breath of fresh air.


The bus arriving back in Bellville