Ballymena Baptist Church

CAP Prayer Letter: March/April 2015

Dear Friends,

Once again thank you for your interest and prayers for our CAP centre.

I have been challenged by the study we have been looking at in house group: “Radical Discipleship”. Am I living for God in the world where he has placed me? Do I really long for those I meet to see God in me? Do I really want them to receive him into their lives ? Do I really want them to become a part of our church family.

Centre News

I had an amazing response from clients who received their Christmas Hampers. Thank you for all those who gave so generously. I have since had a chat with Jackie Cranston and we are going to be able to give new clients the bag that Jackie puts together for the Ballee area Food Bag Ministry. . This is such a lovely gift to give the new clients. I hope this will encourage you to keep giving to this vital ministry.

Sandra and I have been out and about talking about CAP with various groups and agencies. We have attended a few community events and meet other referral agencies. This has resulted in people hearing about the work of CAP and how we can help them. Sandra has also lined up a meeting with GP practice managers for the whole of Antrim and Ballymena.

I have meet with some local church leaders and hope that this will result in more opportunities to speak about CAP. I was invited to “Blue Monday” in Ballymena Methodist. I had a great day meeting folk and telling them how CAP could help.

A Client’s Story.

Recently a Client decided not to work with the financial plan we recommended. Their CAP plan was closed down. I have had quite a lot of input into this family and was hoping to see them eventually go debt free. However, due to pressures and difficulties (and an incredibly tight budget) the client didn’t follow all the advice given. I tried to get them to see that if they took the advice then the help would be there for them. However, as always it is the client’s choice and they decided to close the account. Does this mean we stop caring? No: the support worker and I keep in contact and hope that through this she will see God and come to know him personally. CAP has still given us an opportunity to care for this family, even though the financial aspect has fallen away. Please pray for this small family.

March.

I have just been to a CAP conference in England with the whole Northern Ireland team. This was a time of refreshing and training. It’s always impressive to see how big CAP has become.

April.

I would like to take this opportunity to mention again that Discovery Break is happening on 7th-10th April. We hope to take 93 clients away to Castlewellan Castle. Pray that clients will come to know God and get introduced to the local church as we are able to take them away on a short holiday. We treat the clients to an amazing time away and we pray the God will move again this year.

I am hoping to take second hand clothing with me so if you are doing a clear out and have some items that are in good condition, please bring them along and out them in the laundry basket under the stairs. Thank you.

If you have any questions about the work of CAP, or would like to volunteer in any way, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Pray.

  • For new clients as they start their journey with CAP, that they will understand and embrace CAP. Pray that they will see and hear about God and want to know more. That we will be a shining light of God’s love to the people we meet through CAP.
  • Discovery Break: that we will have opportunities to talk with clients openly about God, and his amazing grace. For safety during the break. That we will be able to deal with any difficult situations that may arise.
  • Clients who have stopped working with CAP, but who are still in contact with us.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Val Roebuck

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