News from Mark and Sue
Issue 14.2 Autumn/Winter 2008/09
Serving with “Youth With A Mission Cymru/Wales“ in Wrexham, North Wales
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Yup! Another year has gone by...
it never ceases to amaze us just how
quickly this time of year can come
around—still, we do like Christmas!
Anyway, there is lots to tell you
about, so grab your winter warming
tipple and spend a few minutes with
some of your favourite missionaries...
Enjoying a rare shot together
One of the most exciting pieces of
news is that we are now expecting
number 4! Yes—during the summer
we prayed about whether we should
try for another baby to keep Emily
company. We felt a good sense from
God to go ahead and try and, wayhay!,
we got pregnant in September. So, put
20 May in your diaries for our next big
day. We are looking forward to the
new arrival very much indeed.
Zaak and Tasha were also very busy
over the summer and Autumn with
Zaak having his first week away from
us at a Welsh speaking holiday. Tasha
too enjoyed a 3 day sail from Looe to
Liverpool with Mark on YWAM’s boat
the Next Wave. She was only sick once
and they had a fantastic time seeing
dolphins and climbing the rigging.
Mum & Dad
The last 6 months have definitely
been tiring, but worth it as we see our
precious family grow. Emily started
crawling a few weeks back and now is
simply off and around the house at
amazing speed. We have really
enjoyed seeing Zaak and Tasha grow
too with them enjoying cubs and
brownies, learning their instruments
and generally having lots of fun.
As a result, it has required a bit of
rescheduling of our family diaries, but
we seem to be finding a routine.
Because of the appointments of a
National Accountant and National
Operations Director that we reported
on last time, the opportunity to get
stuck in to some more Wales centred
projects has really taken off.
You will see from the various panels
that there is LOTS going on, but we
are still sensing that God has
something very specific to say about
the future in Wales and YWAM’s role in
Getting to grips with what it means to be a follower of
Jesus is not always straightforward. Particularly if you are
young person—there is so much to draw you away from
God, your calling and your faith.
One of the things that we love doing the most is showing
young people some of the truths of what it means to be a
follower of Jesus. Seeing the light bulb of faith go on in
their eyes is simply outstanding.
As such, YWAM in conjunction with Urban Saints and the
Anglican Church have launched a program aimed at Youth
Workers in North Wales.
Meeting monthly, we get together to talk about the issues facing young people
today, offer teaching, creative ways of worship and, importantly, time for prayer
and counsel for each person.
TREAD implies how to ‘get a grip’ on our lives and we are convinced that this
generation will have the keys to reach their peers—if believed in & prayed for.
Teaching, Puppets and More!
This year has seen lots and lots of opportunities
for us to engage with some
more missionary focussed activities.
For example, this Christmas Mark has
again been part of the touring ‘Sioe
Welsh Speaking Puppet Show
Bypedau’, or Puppet Show, that takes
the traditional nativity story and presents
it in a creative and contemporary way to
Welsh speaking primary children. Very
challenging, but great fun—he says!
We have also seen further opportunities
to speak on training schools and
churches through the year. Mark particularly
enjoys this, but we have had to say
no to some next year as we could end up
spending all our time on this!
Our work with the National Prayer
Breakfast continues as we prepare for
the next one in March 2009.
This one will be held in Cardiff and we
expect representatives from government,
business, education and more—as
well as church representation too.
This time last year we had just
returned from 9 weeks away in
Harpenden with a clear sense that
Wales was our future. During this year,
this has been confirmed via many
opportunities to do missions and yet
we are still sensing that there is
more—and perhaps something very
YWAM had a very clear word from
God internationally that we were to
prepare for growth. As leaders we
have wrestled this through in much
prayer and discussion and here in
Wales we have now set a
couple of dates to work this
through some of our
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Emily on Holiday
senior leaders in the mission. They are
due to spend some time with us in
the New Year.
Wrexham and Wales
Whilst that is going on we are still
committed very much to what God is
doing locally and amongst the churches
in the Wrexham area.
Mark has had several opportunities to
speak locally as well as travelling a bit
further afield in the nation to share about
what God is doing.
One particular highlight was travelling
to Anglesey to speak to a group of
Christians who are seeking to work, pray
and worship together from across the
island. When we seek to draw near to
God together in this way, we are naturally
drawn closer to God in unity, with the
result that God will literally ‘command’
his blessing (Ps 133).
YWAM’s role on the National Prayer
Breakfast continues with plans at an
advanced stage for next year’s breakfast
in Cardiff. We also remain fully engaged
with the New Generation Leaders and
Tread programmes (see panels) and are
very excited about what is happening.
2009 will be a big year for us—changes
in family, ministry developments and the
sense that God will release something
new for us.
It would be very easy to ‘coast in
ministry’ but God is clearly telling us to
prepare our hearts before him as a
priority—not to do so would be serious.
As such we value your continued prayers
for us and would ask that you regularly
Dad & Tasha Sailing—Really!
pray for us as and when you can.
Thank you again for all your love and
support over the year—it means a lot!
Hope you enjoyed our update from Wales.
Have a wonderful Christmas and may you
know God’s fullest blessing in the New Year.
This autumn saw the second
major event for the New Generation
Leaders, or NGL, consortium.
Founded with the desire
to find 100 young leaders
from within the nation of
Wales, this exciting project
really got under way this October
in Welshpool, Powys.
Some Leaders in the Making
YWAM, Urban Saints, the
Evangelical Alliance—to name a
few—have come together to
bring mentoring, encouragement
and discipleship to the
next generation of leaders.
God was amazingly faithful
and He provided not just 100,
but over 170 young leaders.
Next year is going to be fun...!
Mark, Sue, Zaak,
& bump! xxx
Want to know what to Pray? Thank you for praying for us - it means a great deal
Join us in praising God for the continuing development of our family. With Emily celebrating her first
birthday, our 4th baby on the way and Zaak and Tasha growing fast, we are so grateful for all that we see!
Amazingly, and despite the credit crunch, we have seen the sale of flat almost go through. We are at an
advanced stage and hope to complete within days. We have had to take a lower price that we originally
needed, but please pray that this goes through and that God leads us clearly with regard to homes!
We sense that 2009 is going to be a year of some revelation about all sorts of things. We would gratefully
value your prayers for us so that we would be in the best place to hear from God. We would also
welcome any words, thoughts or pictures that any of our friends may have for us too....
The credit crunch has meant that we have lost supporters this year with the result that things
have got tighter than expected. Join us in faith that God has never forsaken us—and never will!
Want to get in
touch with us?
24 Havard Way ~ Wrexham
LL13 9LR ~ Wales
Phone: +44 1978 365766
A Very Merry Christmas and
Blessed New Year
to all our friends and family!