Soooo…new website….! Thank you to my lovely mate Lee Prior Collier for putting this together, and getting it online, and to Jess Williams for designing what I think is a really cool logo…. if anyone wants to buy my licence for Adobe Contribute, I’ll sell it at a good discounted price…!! What I need to do now is ‘populate’ the website with videos, photos, and stuff I’ve never been able to do with the old site.
It’s been a necessarily quiet week, with a hectic 3 weeks coming up, in Cali, Colombia. On Thursday (I think) evening, my great friend Alan came and prayed for my knees – I know lots of people have been, and thank you so much for those prayers! – and right now, I’d have to say that the improvement has been extremely noticeable, so I’m believing that by the time I head to the airport Tuesday, I’ll be walking well, without wincing (no, not mincing!) or chewing hard on my bottom lip to try and re-focus the pain…. Generally I’m not one to blame the enemy for a lot of what is ‘the stuff of life’, but these past weeks have been a bit of a concerted onslaught that doesn’t seem entirely ‘the stuff of life’… They’ve also been a few weeks of trying to raise some additional funds for Ana Beiba, the amazing lady who runs a ‘faith’ ministry in one of the worst districts of Cali, for abandoned old people. I took a good amount in November: with that I was hoping that the money would buy for her commercial sized cooker/stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and freezer. Instead, that money went to buy her another house, the one next door to hers, which seemed like a God-intervention. So, this time, I’m hoping to do what I couldn’t do last time, and buy the appliances
A couple of weeks ago (12th March), I bizarrely had another ‘Notice of intent to revoke’ (my visa application) from the United Sates Customs and Immigration department, BUT with leave to (once again) appeal it. At the end of May, it is four years since this whole absurd, odd, and – unfair? – saga began: four very expensive years in many respects. In the USCIS communication, what was good for me to read is that I wasn’t rejected based on anything I’d done….it’s actually to do with the USA end of things. I’ll tell my immigration lawyer before I leave for Colombia whether or not I’ll appeal, but unless God tells me with a loud voice otherwise, I won’t be appealing…. It seems that, after many months of trying to get people to clear the house in the USA of my stuff, a very kind lady, Kiki, who used to be in the church I used to be part of, has done an amazing job: and it seems that at last, having tried to get this underway last August, the stuff I need to be shipped back to the UK is on its way. I just need somewhere to store it now… while I get round to selling some of it in the hope of clawing back some of the huge costs. As you can imagine, too, the long delays have cost the owners of the house dear, as house prices have crashed through the floor even since getting it valued last August, when it was ALREADY 40% lower than the price paid for it….
So I owe the enemy big time, and plan to pay him back – with God’s help of course! – over the coming trip, and trips! I’m thrilled to bits that, on this trip, I have two guys going for their second visits – Chris from Devon (Head of Maths, but I can just about forgive him for that!), and Lee, doctor and web genius, along with his lovely wife, Katie, also a doctor (who just, as it happens, has done a course on knee injections!!). And… really, really thrilled to have my lovely friend Benny Osorio with me: I’ve known Benny since 1996, he’s from Mexico City, where he and his lovely wife, Paty, head up a church, and a network of churches across Mexico. I’ve been part of their family, really, since ’96: sad that his lovely dad, Enrique, went to be with Jesus three years ago, but thrilled to see Benny not only stand in his dad’s place, but grow it… in 2001, I had the absolute delight of marrying Benny & Paty, a week before Christmas, in Mexico City: and their son (they have a beautiful daughter, Ceci, too) is named Pablo… after me, which I find incredibly honouring and humbling…. God has really intervened BIG TIME in getting Benny there, so it’s going to be a blast…..