I knew I had not communicated with the AICW family for some time, but had not realised how long it has been. Bishop Peter in the UK has shown his willingness to expand our tent, but surgery has brought many ambitions to a halt, but he is hoping to be ready to wear the other side of the yoke by the end of this year. Two weeks ago we were invited to attend the 50th Anniversary of our smallest seed in AICW when those living on SEALAND (a British fortress built 16 miles offshore in WWII to defend Britain against German bombers) which around 50 people in families occupied it after the British Government left it – it’s purpose service. Prince Michael who rules the Principality of Sealand, has written a history of their occupation, and gave it to Royal Navy Reserve Divisional Chaplain, Douglas Perkins, when and his wife, represented AICW and read a greeting of congratulation the AICW has sent to the Anniversary occasion. Much of my time has been taken with concern about my wife, Ann, who lost 22.5Kgs whilst the Hospital argued about whether she was allergic to Gluten. By keeping to the new diet, she has gained weight and – God Willing – we are believing she will be back to her ordinary weight early in 2018. Currently, with the help of +Luthando in Port Elizabeth, we are processing new applications from Kenya, Malawi and India
I read this today about a mother’s idea of a conversation between the two embryo (little people really) that she carried in her womb:
Two Babies Talk In The Womb, of Life After Delivery, in a Parable on Faith Faith is a tricky thing. It’s complete confidence in what we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). But how can we possibly believe in something we can’t see? After all, if we can’t see something, how do we know it’s there? Well, there’s a parable that’s been circulating across the internet in which two babies talk in the womb. And their discussion about life after delivery and the “Mother” is a beautiful analogy meant to parallel faith and God! “For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may be fictional. However, the impact that this work will have on its readers is very real. Enjoy! “In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: ‘Do you believe in life after delivery?’ The other replied, ‘Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.’ ‘Nonsense’ said the first. ‘There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?’ The second said, ‘I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.’ The first replied, ‘That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.’ The second insisted, ‘Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.’ The first replied, ‘Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.’ ‘Well, I don’t know,’ said the second, ‘but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.’ The first replied ‘Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is she now?’ The second said, ‘She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her this world would not and could not exist.’ Said the first: ‘Well I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.’ To which the second replied, ‘Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.'” Living By Faith It’s not always easy to trust in what we can’t see. It’s a choice we have to make. And thankfully, our Father God understands our struggle. He loves us like a parent. With faith as small as a mustard seed, He will move mountains (Matthew 17:20). So it’s our prayer that you will make the choice to believe! Where will you spend your eternity – Smoking or Non-Smoking?