A month of firsts...

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Mon, 11 Oct 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

For the last 3 weeks it has seemed like everything we have done, has been for the first time. So we are constantly excited, challenged and very nervous!

On 20th Sept we started Belfast Bible College for our 3 month certificate. Ths has been a wonderful experience and we have both been so blessed by the welcoming atmosphere at the college and it’s aim to equip people in serving Christ. We have loved our classes (we are studing Bibical Story, Mission in the Bible, History & Today, and Preaching in Christian Ministry) and all our lecturers really inspire and provoke us. Unfortunately, we also have 9 assignments to complete before Christmas so that is really going test these mature students who haven’t studied for 10 years!

Equally as testing, we took part in our first deputation 2 weeks ago at Derrylin Parish. Terrified about giving our first ever “from the pulpit address”, we were delighted by the welcome we received from Andrew & Joanne Quill and the rest of the parishioners. Paul was even gifted with a traditional African shirt which we are sure will fit right in at Kiwoko.

Last Sunday we travelled to Derry to take part in both services at All Saints Clooney. Once again we were made feel so welcome by Malcolm and the church and given a lot of encouragement (and a tour of the city walls!).

The 2 things which struck us most about both these church visits was firstly how seriously they took their partnership with us. They clearly see this relationship as more than financial and prayerful support. They really want to get to know us, and us to know them so we can keep each other up to date as friends and fellow workers in the mission field.
And secondly, they all seem to have this intense desire to feed us. We have never eaten so well as we have these last 2 Sundays!

And so it continues. Tomorrow night we are speaking at Castlederg Parish (after they feed us dinner of course!) and then on Sunday we will be taking part in the morning service at Bangor Abbey. This is Tania’s parents church and so is a very exciting day for the Kelly family.

Many thanks to all those who are praying for us at College and as we embark on Deputation. It’s been a busy few weeks (we also moved house in the middle of all that) and so it is very reasurring to have prayers and therefore God behind you.

“Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
2 Corinthians 1 v 11

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