Times of change can often be very unsettling and can cause us to become anxious and lead us to do foolish or even sinful things. In 1 Samuel 8 we see that this is exactly what happened when the elders of Israel realised that Samuel was getting older and would not be around for much longer. On seeing that Samuel’s sons were not as upright and honest as Samuel had been throughout his leadership, they began to worry and panic about the future and asked Samuel to “appoint a king such as all the other nations [had]” to rule over them (1 Samuel 8:1-5) – something that Samuel would later describe as “an evil thing….in the eyes of the Lord” (1 Samuel 12:17).It was an “evil thing” because in their anxiety about the future they had forgotten God – and by forgetting Him they had rejected Him (1 Samuel 8:7). In their anxiety they had forgotten that they had a loving, sovereign God who would protect them and who would honour His promise to provide for His people and bring about His good purposes for them – something that He had proved to them so readily in the past (1 Samuel 7:12).As we go into a period of change, how fortunate a people we are to have a God and a King who is for us and on whom we can depend to meet all of our needs, just as He has in the past. God knows that the church here at Lonlas is need of a new “under-shepherd” . He knows that His people here need to be taught, challenged, encouraged and equipped. He knows that the community in Skewen needs to be reached with the gospel. He knows all this and He is more than able to meet all these needs, as He has done in days gone by – Hallelujah!The question for us is not will God provide, but rather will we trust Him to provide? Will we bring our concerns, our anxieties and our confusion to Him and trust Him? We can trust Him because in Christ – our great King and Shepherd – God has made us His own; because in Christ we now belong to God and “for the sake of His great name the Lord will not reject His people, because the Lord [has been] pleased to make [us] His own” (1Samuel 12:22). I will say it again, Hallelujah!May this be our peace today, as we look to the future; and may it also be our stimulus to actively trust and to fervently seek God for His provision for us. Amen.

1 We rest on thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
strong in thy strength, safe in thy keeping tender,
we rest on thee, and in thy name we go;
strong in thy strength, safe in thy keeping tender,
we rest on thee, and in thy name we go.

2 Yea, in thy name, O Captain of salvation!
In thy dear name, all other names above:
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
our Prince of glory and our King of love,
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
our Prince of glory and our King of love.

3 We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
and needing more each day thy grace to know:
yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
“We rest on thee, and in thy name we go”;
yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
“We rest on thee, and in thy name we go.”

4 We rest on thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, thine shall be the praise;
when passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
victors, we rest with thee, through endless days;
when passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
victors, we rest with thee, through endless days.

Notices and Matters for Prayer In response to a recent urgent request re: the needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters in India, the leadership (on behalf of the church) propose to make a gift of £500 to Open Doors to assist with their work there. If you would like to give an individual gift on top of this then please forward it to Rob Emmett.
Please find enclosed a letter from Andy Pitt which provides us with an encouraging update of the new work in Newport with which he is now involved as well as specific prayer requests.

We continue to thank God that we are able to meet up on a Sunday for corporate worship. We are truly thankful for all the hard work that goes into setting up, leading and streaming the services. If you want to attend the Sunday service then please let Dawn know of your desire to come in advance so that we are able to safely accommodate all those who wish to come along. Thank you.

Our preacher on Sunday morning will be Andrew Norbury. Please pray for his preparation and his delivery of the word to us.With Love in Christ
Rich– 
Richard Jenkins 1cor6v11@gmail.com; 07761979015

Dear Friends 

As we reflect on the last fifteen months we’ve seen so much of our normal routine and patterns of life change quite dramatically. 

During the November of 2019 Viv and I shared with the church at Park, Merthyr Tydfil,  that the Lord was calling us to a new situation, although at that time we were unsure where that would be. However, just before the March lockdown of 2020 it became obvious that the Lord was calling us to Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Newport. Our start was delayed due to Covid-19 but we were able to start at Emmanuel last November. (2020)

Starting a new pastorate during a pandemic isn’t ideal but the Lord has graciously undertaken in a remarkable way. Viv and I settled very quickly and much time was spent either on FaceTime, Zoom or on the old dog and bone! (Phone) 

Sunday Services are gradually getting back to normal although social distancing prohibits much of what we would like to do. We see new faces most weeks and our reach into the community via YouTube has certainly increased in our short time in Emmanuel. 

Our local community in Pill is socially and culturally diverse with 46% of our immediate locality made up of ethnic minority groups. Please pray for our engagement with them in sharing the Gospel. 

I continue on the Management Board of the EMW and as a Trustee of the Wales Leadership Forum, assisting with the development of individuals who possess the heart and vision to evangelise areas of Wales that remain untouched with the Gospel. 

So life and ministry remain busy. Viv and I have 6 grandchildren – with Lottie, David and Gwen’s little girl, born a week before lockdown March 2020. God willing we will move to our new house at the end of June (5 Ridgeway Place, Newport.) Please pray for us as we seek to honour the Lord and share the Gospel in a challenging time and environment.

Prayer Requests:

House Move at the end of June

Viv’s Mum who is frail (Briton Ferry)

Our online kids’ ministry (we have about 150 kids in the Pill area engaged with this) It’s on YouTube called RockOnline)

Our online youth ministry called BLAST (building lives around sound truths)

Reintegration of our other ministries / Summer outreach in Pill area

Summer Day Camps EMW

WLF ‘Growing Churches Programme’ developing evangelists

Praying for you all at Lonlas,

With love in our Lord, Andy and Viv Pitt.

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