Walsh News & Prayer Feb 2016 – A New semester Begins.
It has been a while…
Despite all the resolutions, of which there are many, he always seems to hard to put into words the things that God has been doing in the activity of our lives both personally and in the Ministry. So here’s a quick update on the Walshes.
We are beginning a brand-new semester with just over 30 students attending CCBI we have eight different nations represented on site and are really excited as we look forward to the next three months. In early March (4th-13th), we will be taking outreach teams to Perth in Australia, to Christchurch in New Zealand and to Auckland, New Zealand. In April, we will be hosting our first ever national youth conference for Calvary Chapel in New Zealand called “Ignite 2016”. This is a real venture of faith, it has been on the heart of the team here and especially Pastor Jake Wilmoth to reach out to the youth in New Zealand. As a complete step of faith, we will be partnering with Refuge, Huntington Beach & Calvary Chapel of Vista to put on our first ever youth conference, please keep us in prayer.
This semester Mark will be teaching 1 & 2 Samuel at Bible College, whilst co-teaching the book of Hebrews at Shoreline church. In February, Mark will be travelling to Canada in order to teach a men’s conference for Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, in Calgary. Later in the year Mark will also be teaching at the Foundation’s Conference in Hungary in June, followed by the Scandinavian Conference in Sweden during the month of July. He will also be graduating, finally, with a degree in theology from the Hungarian Campus. Mark and Gwyn will also be travelling to Perth in Australia in March to encourage the saints at Calvary Chapel Perth in Western Australia.
Perhaps the true story of the last few months, is more about personal events in our lives than the ministry. In early December, Gwyn’s family joined us for Christmas vacation along with her mother, who will be reaching the milestone of 90 years old in a months time. During this time, Gwyn’s mother became quite sick and came very close to emergency surgery. Fortunately, this was not necessary and praise the Lord for this. Yet since December Gwyn has been caring for her mum here with us at home. Now cleared to fly, Gwyn is currently flying back to the UK with her mum in order to care for her for the next month before returning to New Zealand. This has been an extraordinarily demanding time and one of the reasons why newsletters really haven’t been written .We would really value & appreciate your prayers at this time, especially for Gwyn’s mums recovery and also for strength for Gwyn and the family as they care for their mother.
During the next month, I will be holding down the fort here at home and some of the great team from the Bible school will be stepping into the large and significant gaps left by Gwyn she spends the next month in the UK.
Jordan has finally completed his degree and will be returning home in the next few weeks, his initial plan is to serve alongside Bible school and during June and July serve and Minister at “The Edge programme” in California. Please pray this is a fruitful time, in which he is encouraged in ministry and vision, his heart is in ministry and youth, please pray for God’s wisdom direction and clarity as he seeks to pursue this calling. Becky completed her first year of university at the end of 2015, her heart is also in ministry and she has a strong sense of God calling her, bearing this in mind, she has taken the decision to leave university and enrol in the school of missions in Hungary, Becky will be flying out in June to Hungary to serve during the summer and then attend the one-year school School of Missions in Vajta.
- Please pray for Gwyn as she cares for her mother in the UK over the next month, please pray for strength, wisdom and the grace along with a speedy recovery for Gwyn’s mum.
- For wisdom, provision and guidance Jordan as he looks for the next step, his heart is the ministry and especially youth ministry, please pray that God would make it very clear the next steps that he should take in faith.
- Please pray for Becky, for provision for the school of missions and also for wisdom about her next steps in the faith.
- Please pray for anointing and empowering as we seek to minister to the new student body here at CCBI, for the upcoming outreaches in Australia and New Zealand and especially the Ignite youth conference planned in April.
- Please pray for Mark, for grace and strength, wisdom and anointing as he teaches at conferences in Canada (February 19-29), Hungary (June) & Sweden (July).
Sorry this has been short and very compact, a New Year’s resolution is to try and do a better job of keeping you all informed, we really do value your prayers, its just that sometimes we just get overwhelmed and it has been one of those seasons recently .We deeply value your prayers, your care and your love in all the ways it is expressed.
M & G
2 thoughts on “Walsh News & Prayer Feb 2016 – A New semester Begins”
Great to hear about what the Lord has given you all in NZ! I’m keeping you all in prayer!
Thanks Mark, we will be keeping all your family and ministries in prayer.Thanks for all you do and are.
I(Bev) look forward to catching up in person with Nigel and Diane, very soon!!