Kamese Family News August 2020

  September 08, 2020

Dear prayer partners,

"13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

When we made the decision last year to come back to study in the UK, we started to map out what the year would look like and plan it all out. We never imagined the events that followed! What encouragement to remember although this year’s events have come as a surprise to us, they haven’t to God! He is sovereign and is working his plans out in the world and in our lives.
Praise God this last Sunday was the first Sunday in 24 weeks that we were able to congregate in the church building. Although, due to social distancing, only about a quarter of the church members can attend on any given Sunday. It’s not quite the same, but what a joy to be able to come together as a body again.
Donald continues with his weekly Bible study with two other guys each week. Please pray that they would understand the gospel clearly as they read through Romans together.
Next week we start back on our training, which this year will be fully online. We will miss the fellowship and encouragement of chatting with other students but are so grateful that the school has worked hard to ensure the course will run as normally as possible. Please pray for us as we start studying again that we will “engage in hard thinking with soft hearts” and that we adapt quickly to our new schedules and way of learning. Pray also that during the demanding studies we are able to prioritise time to rest and spend time as a family.
Mexico continues to feel heavily the effect of COVID-19. This past month our fellow co-worker, J C and his family, have had the virus, and various members of co-worker H’s family also have been suffering with symptoms. On top of that, H’s Dad died of cancer. Please pray for quick healing, restoration and for comfort for H. Thankfully just a few months ago he led his father to the Lord, so he has the wonderful assurance of knowing where he is.
During this time, with the help of local missionaries, we provided food packages to many struggling families. Many people are construction workers who are out of work or own their own businesses that have been shut down and have had virtually no income over the past six months. On Sunday 20th September, a group from Suncoast Church in Eastbourne plans to cycle 65 miles from our flat in Raynes Park, London back to Eastbourne to raise money to buy more food packages. If you would like to be a sponsor, you can do so here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/london-to-eastbourne-sponsored-bike-ride
Family life
This past month Becky’s cousin and her husband took us to the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. It was an unexpected and encouraging time as we relaxed and spent time together. The boys loved the open space and especially riding on a train, a ferry, and a plane.

We’ve seen several answered prayers over the last few weeks. For a while we’ve been praying for a car to use over the next year as public transport is now limited. We had a car generously loaned to us for the summer and then a few weeks ago the father of a woman in the church kindly gave us his old car. It’s been such a blessing in going backwards and forwards to church, shopping for new school uniform and for buying groceries!

As the boys head back to school next week we’ve had to look again at after-school childcare for the days that our schedules overlap. The ladies who looked after them last year can’t do it this time, but, praise God, a lovely lady from church stepped forward to look after them. Please pray for the boys as they start back next week. Ben will be starting reception full time and Elliot nursery.

We hope that you’ve had a good (even if different) summer.
Please let us know how you’re doing and how we can be praying for you.
With much love
Donald, Becky, Benjamin and Elliot