Mission Education Update

We've had a busy time giving our powerpoint presentation, having spoken on Saturday evening at St. Mary's Cheadle and again at the 11.15 service on Sunday morning. We were also interviewed in the 9.30 service, so we were really pleased to be in the Lake district for a week after that before speaking at Gee Cross next Sunday.

The Boys have been an absolute credit to us as they cope with so many new and different people almost daily, they've also carried on in their routines brilliantly which makes our lives much easier. We know many of you are praying for Joel & Eli in this respect and we know that God is faithfully answering these prayers.

Below are some photos of our time in then Lakes so far.

Q. What's Joel looking at?

A. There's a train coming!

We rode the miniature railway from Ravenglass to Dalegarth and back, Joel really enjoyed this

Joel with a whole scotch egg in his gob

We'll try and post some more photos on Finnie's In Focus shortly

Down On The Farm

Joel went to the farm this morning with his Godparents and by the look of it he's had a lot of fun! The reason Joel is frowning in one of the pictures is that he heard another tractor and was waiting to see it.

Watching the cows with Sal

I can hear it but I can't see it

Smiles as the tractor comes into view

In the tractor with Richard

"You sure you want all of this shifting?"

Photos taken by Richard & Sal Hamlyn

"Avast Me Hearties"

Joel was at the Weald playgroup this morning and really enjoyed himself there. This is a real blessing for us as it allows us to get some stuff done without having to drag him around with us. Eli remains 'under the weather', we're sure he's got hay fever but will keep an eye on him. Please pray against hay fever as he already has a lactose intolerance and suffers eczema quite badly so he really doesn't need any further allergies.

We're getting quite hectic at the moment as we're getting ready to go to Cheadle, the Lakes and then Gee Cross before spending a bit of time in Sheffield and returning to Weald early next week. Please pray that we would all travel safely and without hitches, pray too that our presentations go well. We'll be speaking on Sat evening, twice on Sunday morning and again the following Sunday.

Joel had fun dressing up as a pirate this lunchtime

Photo Update

A quick photographic update as we're too lazy to write too much!

We've also updated Finnie's In Focus so feel free to take a look at that Blog too.

Eli enjoying the garden but getting a bit bunged up as he appears to have hay fever.

Joel riding Stephen's moped

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Weekend in Wimbledon

Our Mission Education has begun in earnest with the weekend being spent in Wimbledon. We had a great time with Susan and catching up with old friends from Queen's Road Church. We also met up with John & Sophie who served on the Frontier Year Project who were also hosting our friends Nikki & Rian who recently moved to the UK from SA. Joel especially enjoyed seeing Nikki & Rian as he got to play with his friend Sean.

On Saturday afternoon we gatecrashed Catherine's 40th Birthhday party (she's Susan's youngest), one of the activities they'd laid on was African drumming which Joel really enjoyed.

This morning before returning to Sevenoaks, Dean took Joel for a little jaunt on public transport. They started in Wimbledon Village and went to South Wimbledon by bus, sitting on the top at the front of the double decker. From South Wimbledon they got the Tube to Oval and then took a 'bendy bus' to Vauxhall. From Vauxhall they returned to Wimbledon by train and the got a bus back up to Wimbledon Village. As you could imagine Joel had a ball.

Dean being a climbing frame for Sean & Joel

Nikki & Paula

John with Eli

Sophie with Eli

Joel drumming with a guy from Ghana

Joel introducing Eli to some of our friends from QRC (l to r: Jen, Trinity, Joel, Paula, Eli & Rhoda)

Joel having a jamming session with Ethan. Click Here to see a similar photo posted here a year ago. This year they had an audience: Eli

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Eli's Dedication

On Sunday we had Eli dedicated at St. George's Weald. We decided to have the dedication in the UK rather than SA as family are here and we want them to be involved in Eli's life. The service was excellent and was followed by a massive lunch which several good friends joined us for. Many thanks to Lisa for putting so much effort into a magnificent spread!

Three generations of family, L to R: Lisa, Stephen, Dean, Joel, Paula & Eli, Grandad, Bethany & Susannah. Sadly, India was hiding behind the tree and Jo was sick so couldn't make it.

The 'New & Improved' Finnie family


We arrived safely after a remarkably good flight. Dean has been very critical of BA in the last few years but they almost fully redeemed themselves on this flight. The staff were incredibly helpful and couldn't do enough to help which was really good.

Every official that looked at Eli's temporary passport and it's accompanying travel document was sceptical and we spent a total of about 30 minutes at the various immigration and other checks.

The only low point has been that Eli & Joel have both got colds and are quite bunged up.

We hope you enjoy the phot below of Joel in the departure lounge in front of our Jumbo.

Itinerary in UK

Well here we are an hour before we leave for the airport and I'm still doing emails!
We'll blog again real soon but for now here's a list of the important dates and events whilst we're in the UK:
Fri 9th June Arrive
Sat 10th England v Paraguay
Sun 11th Eli’s Thanksgiving St. George’s
Tue 13th 2 pm Dentist
Wed 14th Cousin Andrew's funeral.
TBA: Crosslinks (251) Crosslinks
Thur 15th Joel to Play School England v Trinidad & Tobago
Fri 16th Wimbledon
Sun 18th 10am QRC, Wimbledon
Mon 19th Return to Weald
Tue 20th Sweden v England
Thur 22nd Joel to Play School
Sat 24th Travel to Cheadle - Group B 2nd Place
Sun 25th St Mary’s 9am & 11am Travel to Wasdale Group B Winner
Mon 26th HOLIDAY!
Tue 27th HOLIDAY!
Wed 28th HOLIDAY!
Thur 29th HOLIDAY!
Fri 30th Quarter Finals
Sat 1st July Travel to Gee Cross - Quarter Finals
Sun 2nd Holy Trinity Gee Cross Travel back to Weald
Tue 4th Semi Finals
Wed 5th To London to see Julia and Becca Childerhouse
evening to NFI conference @ Brighton
Semi Finals
Thur 6th Joel to Play School
Fri 7th 7pm St George’s Cheese & Wine
Sat 8th Paula’s Birthday
3rd place playoff
Sun 9th St. Peter’s Ightam - Final (England? v ?)
Thur 13th Joel to Play School
Fri 14th Dean return the car
Sat 15th Fly home to RSA