Welcome to our Summer Update
Its been over three months since we updated our news on this website. We have been thrilled to have been released from the legal requirements of lockdown rules but have decided that we will continue to wear our masks in shops and public transport to ensure that both ourselves and others are protected from infection. Today we learned that Covid19 infection rates have been reduced in half which I guess is very encouraging for those who have to govern our country. We are reminded in scripture 1Timothy 2:1-2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. In our Easter update (see below) we mention some serious medical issues which required follow up via our GP with some consultants at the local hospital. Terry can report our new young GP has resolved some of these issues by changing his medication and is much better. Frances has had a lot of scans, MRI's, investigations & phone conversations, and we hope she will be allowed to drive again in a couple of weeks when all the reports are reviewed.
Because of these issues, we were not able to fly to Menorca in June having rebooked it from the previous year so were able to spend 10 days in Norfolk spending 4 days at a friend’s flat in Sheringham and the rest of the time in Great Yarmouth. We spent most days walking in the mornings and resting in the afternoons. Except Wednesday June 9th which was Terry's birthday when we sat on the beach.
We have successfully finished painting the kitchen cupboards and having been working on getting the garden in order. We can say that we have finished all the conversion work in the home.
We continue to enjoy a variety of meetings via YouTube on Sundays and lead a couple of Bible Study groups during the week. One at the Beulah Baptist Church where our niece Caroline and her husband David is the senior pastor and one in the home of an older couple who live in Fairlight. We continue to enjoy speaking each month on New Life Radio and are looking forward to recommencing travelling to various churches now that the Covid restrictions have finished. Terry has now appointed a trustee of the Eltham Green Fellowship Trust which as its missionary arm supports the work of Ameva Farm in Zimbabwe. This work continues to grow and have a great impact upon the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. If you do not receive their weekly newsletter, please do so by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org you will find a link to the latest DVD by following this link. https://youtu.be/qr0XCPgON0s
All our family are doing well in Perth, Australia, Helsinki, Finland and Eltham, London and Doreen Cooke who lives with us continues to enjoy her regular meetings at St Ethelburga the church which is situated on our road.
We are looking forward to contacting you all again whether it be here or where you are but you all remain very much part of us.
Love to all Terry & Fran
Welcome to our Easter update
Its been over three months since we wrote our last news page. Due to lockdown, we have restricted most of our contacting either to the telephone or to emails. One of the most common introductions when receiving both is" Trust you are both well". In fact, we are both doing ok but unfortunately do come short of the "being well" phrase. Trouble is we are at the age now when things start not to work, and they need attention. Terry has developed the common old men’s problem, an enlarged prostate. Which disturbs a good night’s sleep. Terry has for many years enjoyed his usual 8 hours sleep at night. He now finds lots of things to do mostly between midnight or two in the morning. He tends to wake up a few times. Catching up on emails is good therapy. Frances continues to try to get to the bottom of her eating and obvious "through" problems. They think the muscles are on strike and slow everything down. She finds eating a challenge and the outworking more difficult. She had a Colonoscopy last week, not a pleasant experience, and they are still checking her after her tia last year. Still waiting for the outcome of both. That means she is not driving now.
Having said that, we do continue to enjoy lockdown life. Now we are painting the kitchen cabinets. As there are about 25 doors and 18 draws and all the pillars, unit edges, shelves etc around so it has proven quite a challenge. When we bought the house in 2014 some of the units around the sink had water damage. We were unable to replace them as the units had been discontinued, to replace all the kitchen units was out of the question, but after being sanded and painted green they now look very good. Terry takes them off, takes all the handles off and Frances paints them two coats and then Terry rebuilds & refits them. We are very pleased with the job.
We have cleaned up our decking, put back all the chairs and tables from storage, tidied the garden and now are awaiting the warm weather. We had started to visit folk outside and have visitors in our garden but that is currently on hold due to the cold weather returning. We have 3 overseas cancelled trips to rebook, numerous cancelled preaching engagements to fulfil and some visits to us to re-schedule going back over a year now.
Monday does see the start of wider visiting with an outside pub garden invitation to Lewes to meet up with a couple from Worthing. Our average monthly driving has increased from the 80 miles in January & February to well over double that during March. Last 12 months we have done just over 3000 miles at least 10000 miles short of our normal programme. Terry continues to avoid Zoom as far as ministry is concerned but really enjoys his monthly Sunday evening slot on New Life Radio. We are speaking next Sunday night the 18th April on the text "Let us go on to perfection " We are really looking forward to getting back to the physical pulpit.
Doreen is doing well and she and Terry log on to All Souls Langham Place on Sunday morning while Frances visits Eltham. If the ministry is on YouTube we are able to visit a variety of other churches. Doreen joined the local Anglican church last year which restarts again on the 25th April. We are looking forward to logging on to the next series of Fellowship Gatherings at the end of this month. The three boys are all doing well scattered around the world. We haven't met up with any of them since before Christmas.
Three times a week we seek to walk along the coast or through the country parks. We have developed several different planned walks between three & nine miles long. Flat seaside strolls or walks over and around the Hastings castle. There are 220 steps up to reach the top of the hill as well as steep paths and steps down. Not for the faint hearted. During the warmer & dryer months we shall continue walks through the Combe Valley Country Park flooded during the winter but this is a bit to long for Frances.
We do hope to see you personally again soon.
Much love Terry and Fran