Archive for March, 2014

Working with children

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

My Sunday today was dedicated to the Sunday School, and more of the Sunday School than usual. As we move towards the end of the school year, we tend to do some activities together for the two older classes, preparing for the transition of some of them to the next class after the summer break. So in the morning there was a lesson for the two classes together, which I did, and in the afternoon we had an outing together. It was supposed to be an afternoon on the snow at the beginning of the month, but it got postponed a couple of times and become the first picnic of the year. Despite the arrival of the Spring weather, I had to do this with a pretty bad cold. Doing the lesson with no voice was no fun (although since I could not speak up the children did have to keep quiet to hear me), and at the park I just collapsed and had to sleep. But after I work up I managed to be a bit more useful and sociable.

After the church service, Pinuccia made an announcement which, she said, greatly excited her. When she came back to Italy from Switzerland 14 years ago, so had a dream and a desire of starting a kids’ club. For various reasons it has not been possible. But in the last few weeks she has been meeting with a handful of other people from the church, to prepare the first church Kids’ Club, which will be held on April 19. She is grateful for this team that has the same desire, and are working together on the same vision. The aim for the future is to start regular meetings of such a club.

This Saturday the family will be going to Croatia for a week, where there will be the biennial conference for ECM. Pray that it will be a helpful time for all four of us, and a time in which we can help other missionaries. We also can count it as a special trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary during the conference – quite appropriate as half our honeymoon was spent at an ECM conference. Although to be honest, Pinuccia does not consider a missionary conference such an appropriate way to celebrate our anniversary.

Prayer for Pakistan

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A couple of prayer points from our church I wanted to share more widely:

1. Today, one of the church members (who pastored a church in Pakistan before have to flee the country) will be speaking at the United Nations at Geneva on religious liberty in Pakistan.

2. Another member of the church, who also had to flee Pakistan leaving his family behind, had his son kidnapped last week.