Life in retirement remains busy. Gill and I have become ambassadors for SAT-7, who help the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa (and a wide range of Christian traditions) to broadcast Christian good news to that region via satellite television – uncensored and widely received. It is a brilliant use of technology to enter where many people (like us!) would be unable to go, not understood and not acceptable. Do have a look at their website:
and if you would like us to come and talk to your group about SAT-7, or to show the film “Closure” we would be delighted – we have the technology.
Another of my interests is the Swansea Debt Centre of Christians Against Poverty. They offer free help to those in debt – which can be a frightening and apparently hopeless situation. CAP is able to offer a fully professional, Christian service, supporting people at every stage of the journey to being debt free.
I am responsible as “Community Links Coordinator” – so doing some publicity, networking, and encouraging churches and individuals to understand how this work enables Christians to meet a real and pressing need in the community. Do ask about it – or for someone to come and talk to a group or congregation.
Locally, I am involved with the Anglican Parishes that make up Llwchwr Ministry Area, and have set up a website to help them get to know one another and what is happening:
From February 2017 to the end of April 2018 I have been a licensed “Interim Minister” of the Parish of Clydach in the Swansea valley. Working as an NSM with a stipendiary curate, and a Parish to encourage into new life and directions after a time without a Vicar, has been stimulating. As I return to retirement, your prayers for the Parish as it sets out with a Curate in Charge are welcome.
When I retired, I wanted an opportunity to meet “ordinary” people, and volunteered through Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the Royal National Institute for the Deaf) to do simple hearing aid repairs and servicing. Though I do not (yet!) have a hearing problem, this provides a pleasant morning each week in a local hospital, working alongside the Audiology team, and once a month staffing an outreach in my local public Library. AoHL have a website explaining their activities.