Friday 30 October 2009

Next step: visas

Great news: we've been accepted onto the DTS which now opens up the next stage of preparation: booking flights, getting visas etc.

We've just been looking on the South African High Commission's website and apparently it can take up to 30 working days to issue a volunteer visa. Please pray that we can complete this process in time for the january deadline.

Also pray that we can find suitable, affordable flights, as the price is rapidly increasing and we're not yet financially in the clear to get both visas, course fees and the flights. We need wisdom which one to get first.

This weekend we're having a fun and games evening at St Mary's Luton (Saturday 7.30pm). This will also be a chance for us to share our vision and raise some money. Please come along...have some food, enjoy yourselves and hear about our plans for the future.

You can either just turn up (you're most welcome) or email to let Pete know that you're coming and if you're able to bring anything. It's combined with Pete's 30th birthday too.

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Medical checks

Thanks for all your prayers... we've both had a full medical and chest x-ray and we're both in the clear! Now we can complete the registration process. These forms will be in the post to Muizenberg tomorrow!

Monday 19 October 2009

St Mary's Mission Sunday

We've just had a great time meeting and chatting to people from St Mary's Church in Luton (in both the morning and evening services) about our preparations for South Africa in 2010.

It's been lovely to share our vision with others and have people pray for us. There have also been a few people who have generously pledged to support us, which we're so grateful for.

Doing the sums, we've got to raise around £6,700 for the first six months training (which includes flights, fees, medicals, visa etc). So far we've received £2,200 in gifts. This is excellent and will help us to complete the application process. Once this is complete, we'll open up a Stewardship Account which will enable us to Gift Aid donations.

In the meantime, we're going to have a full medical on Tuesday. Plesae pray for our health to be good enough for the next phase.

Please also continue to pray as we seek to live by faith and serve God in our preparations for mission work overseas.

Thank you!

Peter and Becky x
On Thursday 8th October, we gave a short presentation to Scripture Union staff in the Bletchley (SU England and Wales) office. This was our opportunity to share where God is leading us and to receive prayer for our preparations for training in Muizenberg, South Africa.

Thank you to all at Scripture Union who have been praying for us and have pledged to support us. We are very grateful for all those who kindly donated towards the £45 gift which has covered the registration fee for the Discipleship Training School.

Pete has loved working for Scripture Union and he hopes to keep in touch with the folks there. We'll be praying for you at this time of change at SU and hope that you can all hold onto the the hope that God has you in his hands.

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Preparation time in full swing

We're so grateful for all your prayers. Things are starting to come together now. References have been sought and we're just waiting to see if we've been accepted!

Thank you to everyone who has pledged to support us. We'll keep you posted about the application process and how you can start to send donations over the next few months.

Watch this space!