Chris

Summer Leave: Saturday 1st August

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I look forward to leave in August. Stephen returns and I will almost immediately fly out in the early hours of Saturday morning, just in time to attend 6my nephew’s wedding near Salisbury. We have a family holiday planned and will visit David Knight, whose dear wife Yvette has recently died, in Nice and we will spend sometime in Kent near our old parish, where I will be preaching as part of St Matthew’s,  Wigmore 50th Anniversary celebrations on the last Sunday in August. So don’t expect fresh input on this blog for a while.

Chris

Pray for Bahrain: Wednesday 29th July 2015

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5I was invited to lead this group of intercessors some months ago which meets regularly on the last Wednesday of the month- people from a variety of churches. Ten of us gathered together in a depressingly dingy room in the National Evangelical Church, but somehow the aesthetics of the place did not dampen the time of prayer.

Chris

Tuesday 28th July 2015

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 3For our weekly activity this week nine of us met together in the Cathedral compound, walked up to Vrindavan for an excellent vegetarian meal for the princely sum of BD1-500 each and then 4returned to The Deanery for ice cream and chocolate sauce. Six of us stayed on for a game of Cluedo. It was especially nice to welcome Tim, Vickie and baby Patrick Hudson – Vicki is an expert in Russian politics and Tim is here to introduce the amazingly smart red buses, having worked with National Express in the UK. It would be wonderful if the buses really establish themselves here and encourage people out of their cars and to use public transport, but it will no doubt be an uphill struggle unless petrol prices are increased very considerably. But it is an encouraging development and I must try them out myself. For the record it was Colonel Mustard in the Lounge with the candlestick.

Chris

Monday 27th July 2015

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I had my third bout at the dentist in the past week, having gone in for a check-up two weeks ago, the penalty for not going for several years… I had 1some infection under a large previous filling and had to have root canal treatment – three root canals I gather, but it was done without any pain (plenty of discomfort, mostly due to my mouth wedged open for an hour. But I was impressed by the thoroughness of the work at the American Mission Hospital and hope that it has addressed the problem.

2An hour after the treatment, I had a wedding of an Eritrean couple who’d known one another for ten years but had found it difficult to get married because they were living in different countries – here and Italy. I was glad to take their wedding service. In the next ten days there are several weddings lined up for Stephen to take. It has been good having time tospend with the couples individually.

Chris

Tamil Congregation Picnic: Saturday 18th July 2015

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Tamil Congregation PicnicYesterday both Simon at the Friday morning and I at the Tamil service in the evening took Jesus’ invitation to the disciples following their return from their mission to towns and villages in Galilee and following the news of John the Baptist’s execution on Herod’s orders in prison which must have hit both Jesus and the disciples hard: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6: 31) Of course the quiet rest never happened. Their boat trip to the other side of the lake was spotted and the crowds were there to meet them when they came ashore and Jesus has compassion on them “because they were like sheep without a shepherd” and it leads to a days teaching and the feeding of the 5000; but surely the intention is there.

Well I headed off for a day of recreation with the Tamil congregation and friends; leaving at Tamil Congregation Picnic8am, collecting Robert and Pushpa and family and heading out to a villa set up for such a day in an area of Bahrain I had not been in before not far of the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Tamil Congregation PicnicHighway heading towards the Formula One circuit. We began with worship and breakfast and then had a passionate game of cricket and I was glad that I hadn’t totally lost my eye for a ball, given out hitting the ball over the boundary wall, and then cooling off with a lengthy swim before lunch. It was clearly a day much enjoyed by all and for families with children, who have been cooped up in apartments through Ramadan, and those who work outside in the heat of the day whose accommodation is in labour camps, this was a very welcome break.