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Time for an update on what has been going on in our lives. The first bit of news is BIG!

Our sovereign God caught us all by surprise when
we learned in July that his good plans for us include a fifth child! We
thought that four children were more than enough, but no we
really are expecting yet another, probably in March. Having broken the
news to the rest of the family and thought things through, we realise
that we need to find a house with a bit more space. We have put our
house on the market this week, so please pray with us for a buyer. We
can’t afford to pay much more for a different house, especially
considering that the total costs of moving now amount to around £15000
– half of which is tax. We don’t have any significant savings, so our
mortgage will need to increase substantially. Apart from moving, we
will also need to change our car before the baby is born since we
currently only have a six seater. We really would appreciate your
continued prayers particularly for Margo in the pregnancy, but also for
the whole family as we go through lots of change again.

{mosimage}Other things may not be big news by comparison, but we are grateful for your having kept us in your prayers over the summer.

  • Paul’s trip to the US in June was
    helpful for his IT work and Margo survived without losing her sanity.
    AIM’s new online personnel placement system which we have been talking
    about for so long is finally close to being launched. AIM’s
    reorganization into regions is going well, but we would appreciate
    prayer for the upcoming International Council meetings.
  • Christopher
    took his French GCSE a year early and achieved an excellent A* grade.
    He is now beginning year 11 and will take about a dozen more GCSEs next
    summer. He and Emma really enjoyed attending a Christian event called
    Creation Fest in Devon with their cousins. Emma begins year 10, her
    first year of GCSE courses.
  • At
    the other end of his school years, four year old Luke was very excited
    to begin at Holy Trinity Primary School last Tuesday. He was very tired
    by the end of the week but is very happy to go each morning.
  • Eliana,
    our little two year old whirlwind continues to keep us all laughing and
    on our toes as she rushes around the house organising and disorganising
    everyone and everything. Keeping things in a state ready for
    prospective buyers to view the house is a big challenge!
  • We
    took our car through the channel tunnel and drove down through France
    for a relaxing family holiday in Spain with Margo’s parents and her
    sister’s family. While we were there Margo reached the big four-o
    milestone!
    … (continued)

We continue to get encouraging news from Côte
d’Ivoire, both on the national level and concerning the language work
which we used to be so closely involved with:

  •  
    The country is slowly beginning to get
    back on its feet politically and economically after the years of being
    divided, but there is still considerable tension as things move towards
    a presidential election. Pray with us for continued stability and a
    willingness to set aside the selfish and divisive attitudes which led
    to the original conflict.
  •  
    Carlos
    has continued working on translating Mark’s gospel. Pray for good
    progress on this work and for Carlos and his family as they struggle to
    live on a very limited income.
  • The
    UEESO church (originally started by UFM) has created its own
    translation department and is particularly focusing on several
    languages of the Kru language family including Bhete of Gagnoa. SIL is
    working closely with this “Kru Initiative” providing technical and
    financial help. If you want to help meet Carlos’s needs and other work
    on Bhete translation and literacy, you can give through Wycliffe (http://www.wycliffe.org.uk) designating your gift as being for the “SIL Côte d’Ivoire Kru Initiative”.
  • Eliezer
    organized a camp for more than 100 young people with the objective of
    helping them see the importance and value of their mother tongues.
    Schooling in Côte d’Ivoire is almost exclusively in French and many
    young people grow up thinking that local languages have little or no
    value. Many participants in the camp went away with a new passion for
    their own languages and a desire to learn to read and write them.

We continue to give thanks to God for all of you
who pray for us and provide for us through generous giving. May the
Lord bless you too even if his blessings come as a surprise.

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