Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
Once more we have rejoiced in celebrating our dear Saviour's birth. Once more we have rejoiced in the giving gifts and of spending quality family time. As the old year has passed we looked back on a year in which our God and Father has graciously carried us and kept us in His Love.
Indeed, our Lord has shown Himself to be a God of surprises, tearing down walls and building bridges amongst some of the boaters whom we seek to serve in His Name. Each month, you may remember, we host a Drop in Café on Litania, with a charity from Bath. Additionally, we are hosting an Art Therapy Café, again on Litania, with a lady who is skilled in this area. We provide free refreshments and a listening ear should folk want to talk.
To our delight, we were asked to speak at a chapel about how God is working in the lives of the various boaters we meet on the Canals. I have included a couple of photos of Andy and I before the people arrived.
This year, we provided Children’s Christmas Crafts at the Boaters' Children’s Christmas party which was a pure delight. Alpha Afloat began in early November on Litania with other team members; this continues after Christmas and we feel privileged to be a part of this outreach. Praise the Lord!
We thank God for the opportunities he has given us to serve others and pray that this will continue, that those we meet may come to know and love our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We pray also for you that God will 'bless you and keep, make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you give you His peace’. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Every Blessing in Him
Andy and Sue Smith
NB Spring Water
Canal Ministries - sharing God's Love on the Inland Waterways.