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Our Dear friends, Loving Christian greetings from Exeter!
The time has come to communicate with you once again with our annual letter and itinerary for 2013. Firstly, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a very blessed 2013.
Sending out one letter a year certainly cuts the postal costs but, never gives a true picture of our itinerary as extra meetings are added. As soon as this letter is received people realise that they have not booked us and the phone starts ringing or emails come through. We console ourselves with the fact that many people pray for us daily whether or not we have meetings! What a blessing to have such friends. These people are not fully aware as to how much we value and depend upon their prayers.
2012 started off wonderfully well, and busy, with very good meetings and then, at the end of February we both had viral infections and mine attacked my vocal cords. I was unable to speak for nine weeks and preach for six Months. It was a very difficult and frustrating time as I had to miss a lot of meetings, including a Month at the Seaside Gospel Chapel on the Island of Great Guana Cay, Abaco. My Consultant told me to go but, no preaching or singing. It turned out to be a very blessed time as we visited friends on Abaco and especially in Nassau where we were able to stay with very kind friends just a few minute’s walk from Matthew, Wendy, Benjamin, Naomi and Gideon which was really special. They are keeping well, as are Rachel, Tristan, William and Holly in Ferndown, Dorset.
After a course of speech therapy I was able to resume preaching at the beginning of September and singing in October! In early September I was able to rearrange some meetings allowing us to return to Nassau and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Calvary Bible Church where in the 70s we spent six years. The church kindly paid our fare and again we stayed a few minute’s away from our family. What a joyful experience those 10 days were!
Coming home we got stuck into our ministries and have been enjoying a spell of good health and, some wonderful times of blessing, one of which was being camp parents at the Devon Christian Youth Camps Girls camp at Strete, South Devon. Our main ministry being Prayer. Each day we prayer walked and at each tent prayed for the girls individually and their leaders. Then there was the Christian Endeavour gathering at the Park Hotel, Paignton where I had the privilege of ministering to a wonderful group of people from around the country. Another memorable occasion was the men’s breakfast at Martock Christian Fellowship where our dear friend Chris Spracklen is pastor.
Again, we are so grateful to the many churches who invite us to minister – such a variety of events, Ladies meetings, Luncheon clubs, Men’s breakfasts, Family services, Bible studies, Children’s meetings, Senior homes, Hospital visiting as well as Services, Weddings and Funerals. No, life is certainly not dull! Then there is the Monthly “Good News” paper with up to 2,500 copies to count and get to their distributers and then the office work in connection with Global Outreach Mission plus the Monthly Prayer Fellowship and lunch.
You now see, how grateful we are to have family and friends such as you!
We have run out of space and so we bid you farewell! May God bless you and meet you at your point of need.
In His grip
David and Kathryn.
Dr and Mrs Matthew/Wendy and Benjamin Cole,