Malta Mondays 15
April 12, 2021

One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all… Ephesians 4:6

1.) We have continued studying through Ephesians as a church family and the above phrase really stuck out to me this week… He is sovereign and our Father! We plan to return to in person church (albeit with very limited numbers) this coming Sunday. It has been several months now that we’ve been online only. Restrictions are still quite strict until the 26th April with only 2 people allowed to be together in public unless they are from the same household, but the numbers are way down so we are hopeful that an end to this is in sight. We had hoped to use the shutdown time to get the garage downstairs that we use for Sunday school and Youth group tiled, and the tiles have been purchased. However, in what I suspect is somewhat of a universal problem :-D, we have had trouble getting a tile layer. We had one and he just did not show up or call. It looks like there’s a new guy for this week so we are praying that we can get the tile done at least in the next few weeks so that we can begin to use the new and improved space. Pray too for some follow up practical work upstairs in the church hall that needs to be taken care of this week. We are also praying that as we begin to have more opportunities to meet in person, that some of the people we have “met” online will actually come and participate in person and come to know Jesus as their Savior. We have had a few talks with neighbors and former neighbors this week but it has been difficult to meet or share with new people during these days. We have paused the online women’s studies for a few weeks and hope to move in person for the Sunday evening group too. Thursdays continue online for now.

2.) We appreciate your continued prayers for our family and particularly Nathan, as he faces some challenges. We want you to pray that what the enemy means for evil, God will turn for good and that we will have open honest communication and that all five of us will desire to glorify God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are so grateful for the body of Christ and how friends have shown love and support and care for us. Several of you sent favorite songs or Scripture passages which I REALLY appreciated. Check out this Natalie Grant song- “My Weapon” Please do keep praying for the family who lost their 19 year old son last week. Kathryn attended the online funeral but it is obviously a tough time for her and others who knew him, and especially for his family.

3.) The village of the week is Msida (pronounced like the letter M, then see dah). The name “Msida” means “a fisherman’s dwelling” or is possibly derived from “Omm Sidna” which refers to Mary, the mother of our Lord. Msida lies on 0.7 square miles of creek side and reclaimed land and hosts a large yacht marina. Ask that the 13,700+ residents of Msida will be “filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14 #PrayMalta.

Kids Korner: Both Kathryn and Thomas are looking at class choices for next year. Thomas will be a senior in high school at Black Forest Academy and Kathryn will be a junior at Union University. She has declared a major in Communications and a minor in Theatre. Pray for both of them as they look towards getting driver’s licenses this summer (Yikes!) and also pray for their future plans for work/ school etc. Nathan will get to return to in person schooling on Wednesday instead of online, so we are praying that will be good for him. He is also undergoing allergy tests currently to see why he is breaking out in a rash almost every time he exerts himself or gets hot.

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