First of all I apologise for the lack of blog recently – I have simply been very exhausted. The last few weeks in Armenia have been probably been some of the hardest weeks in our lives. The need and the hurt post-war and with the cold setting in is simply overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us, thank you to everyone who has sent kind messages – we are now home in England and enjoying our children and grandchild! I’m not quite sure why but this time since arriving home, every single thing feels very precious – every moment with my mum, every giggle from our little Archie, the bright beautiful poinsettas, our Christmas tree’s lights, but especially time spent with our loved ones. I think it must be the effect of all the dreadful stories we have heard and the knowledge we have of so much earthly loss (people, possessions, whole lives ruined). War ruins lives, but also puts life into perspective – what is really important and what is not at all important actually. In a word – we are enjoying God’s blessings and trying not to take anything for granted (though of course we all do).
The fact that we are in England doesn’t mean that the work has stopped of course. On the contrary during this last week we have distributed a lot of bedding – duvets, folding beds, pillows, towels and so on – to many, many families. We have still been working very hard throughout the morning (due to the time difference we start at 6am and finish at 1pm) with our team (online) to talk to people who come in and to make sure as many families as we can help, are helped before New Year.
Here are some pictures of people receiving bedding for you to rejoice over. The lady standing on her own is called Rita. Some of you may remember the blog I wrote about the lady who came running into the office pale with fear because she thought a noise outside our office was due to enemy guns. This is that lady. The other photo is of a mother. Her husband is injured and cannot come to the office, her son with her has injuries too. They are renting an empty room where all three sleep on the floor.
As you contemplate the coming Christmas time, may your hearts dear friends be comforted with the fact that these dear people and many like them, now have a folding bed to sleep on, a warm duvet to sleep under, knitted blankets, warm shoes and warm clothes, food to eat, wood to burn – because of the help you gave. Thank you from them. Thank you from us.
The container (the second one) has arrived in Yerevan and is being unloaded even as I write this blog. Gevork has just sent the photo through!
A very very happy, peaceful Christmas to you all our dear friends. We pray that in everyone’s homes their will be peace and the joy that comes from knowing Christ Who was born to die – so that we would have life!
Count your blessings this Christmas dear friends and don’t take any of them for granted!