Hi! I am Elaine. I am part of the land-based team in the Tamworth area, working with Sandra, who I met through living aboard our boats with our respective husbands Patrick and Ernie.
Ernie became firm friends with Patrick when we bought a boat of our own. Sadly, these two wonderful men were both diagnosed with cancer and died within nine months of each other.
But through our friendship, God opened up a new ministry. Sadly, we both felt we should move back on to dry land. Sandra had contact with a residential home for people with mental health issues, and felt these people needed to hear about the love of God. So, for a little while now, we have had the privilege of working together, taking an informal service which contains drama, stories and songs. The people love us going in and are very open to us praying for particular needs.
We also take a service in a nursing home, with songs and a simple Gospel message, which is a delight. To see people singing along to Christian songs, who have very little speech or ability to communicate, is touching and humbling.
We are still open to ‘sharing God’s love on the waterways’, but for now are following God in where He is leading us. To quote one of our oft-used songs, "This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine"!
Canal Ministries - sharing God's Love on the Inland Waterways.