Our wee fellowship is going grand, slowly and surely moving forward. Our people are steadily growing in knowledge and in faith. I love our wee Church. We have been given such a tremendous compassion and concern for one another, and it has that wonderful feel of “family” to it. We are truly blessed. Everyone is involved; everyone shares in carrying the responsibilities of the fellowship. I do not mean simply things concerning Sunday service or the mid-week gathering, but rather everyone’s lives now overlap and intertwine. It’s lovely to see. The love of Christ is strong among these people. And it shows in their affection so richly lavished upon His Bride. Lovely to see!

I have been asked to “baby-sit” a church in Tampere until April/May time. So right now I’m alternating between one week at our Church and the next in the Tampere Church. Tampere is a “large” city, around 250,000. It is 285kms (that’s 177 miles for you American people) south of us. It has a large university, attracting students from all over the world. Also, Tampere is famous for having the largest and most insidious charismatic/word of faith church in Finland. Their influence touches almost all, if not all, of the other fellowships in the region. I’ve only been visiting with them since the end of August, and there are already over a dozen new folks that have started coming to the Sunday service. They are all students, from as far away as Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia and some others. It’s pretty cool.

The Sunday service begins at 11:00 and ends around 1:00. Yet everyone stays behind and eats together; no one leaves until 3:00 or 5:00, depending on which train I decide to take home. You know the Lord is moving in folks’ hearts when a 20-something-year-old man from Cameroon first picks blue-berries, and then bakes a blue-berry pie in order to bring it to Church on Sunday so that we may once again talk about these things after the service! I really enjoy my visits there, and I know the folks there are equally delighted to see me as I am to see them. I’m preaching through 1 Timothy with them. I enjoy my visits, though it is tough; the Sundays I visit T ampere are very long days.

Thanks again for the interest and for your prayers. Truly your help is as Aaron and Hur holding up the arms of Moses. Thank you.