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Athelington Report 2014
Every two years GBM’s family camp takes places at Athelington Hall. Set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, you spend the week surrounded by rolling fields of wheat, rich green grass and deep blue skies. You find yourself stopping to listen to the quiet, a quiet permeated only by the chirping of birds and buzzing of insects.
We were made very welcome as always by Peter Havers, even though we arrived during harvest week and there were many things to do around the farm that were unrelated to the camp.
We enjoyed a week of excellent ministry from Malcolm Firth who spoke to us from Sermon on the Mount. We were challenged about our lives and if we are living them with a love for God that affects all of our actions, or just out of legalism and a sense of doing the least we think we can get away with. The recordings for these sessions can be found here.
Malcolm and Ruth Firth also reported back to everyone about their eighteen years of work in Latvia, giving a presentation that spanned the entire eighteen years and the different projects they have been, and are still, involved in. Specifically they spoke most about the church plant that they are currently involved with and how God has taken them in directions that they never would have dreamed of, and has been growing this church for his glory. A number of campers connected with the work of Malcolm and Ruth and showed a real interest in finding out more and engaging with their situation.
As well as Malcolm and Ruth we also heard from Daniel Caballero about his time spent in Peru working with Christians in different situations and looking into how best to reach the different people groups around Peru.
We also heard from Jason and Andrea Murfitt about their ongoing work in Brazil and how they are involved in a house church; kids group; bible translation; a TV show and much more. Jason’s unique presentation skills allowed many people there to appreciate the work that is being done in Brazil.
Daryl and Julia Jones spoke about their recent trip to Kenya -
We were delighted to also be joined by two of our Envisionees, Megan Addison who has spent almost the last two years working in Peru, and Emily Harle who spent a few months in Bordeaux involved in the ministry there. They both communicated the passion and love that they had for those that they have been working with, and it was a great encouragement for everyone to meet two such young people with a heart for mission.
As well as the meetings there was the fun of the trips out to the beach for fish and chips, a trip to the boating lake, the sporting competitions and friendly games that were enjoyed by all.