Dear Family and Friends,
Even though Spring is about to arrive, here it’s not yet, or has it? We’re having high winds and rain, which March has been known for. It just makes it feel colder. Branches that the wind is blowing off trees is a type of natural pruning, which can be good.
Last week was Mardi Gras, which in Belgium is a week’s school holidays. For the French-speaking schools, it’s Carnival, and for the Flemish schools, it’s Krokus (named after the Crocus flowers as they are first emerging from the earth). I loved seeing the purple and white crocus peeking through the soil last week.
It’s been a wonderful time at the European Parliament the past few weeks. A few Flemish Believers from various parts of Flanders have joined us lately. Otherwise, our prayer times have mainly consisted of non Belgians praying for the European Parliament and some of the European Union (EU) governmental issues. We also had a few more Christians who work in the European Parliament join us to pray this past week. I hope they will continue to join us, even if it’s just to be in the Lord’s presence for a short time during their week.
We’ve had some powerful times in Prayer Initiative with the Lord lately as well as in my local church. God is on the move!
Thursday, a fellow missionary with FIRE International, Stephanie Forbes, will arrive here in Brussels. She will be with me for four weeks to learn from me and serve me. Wow, what a blessing! I got to know her and her husband at last October’s Missions Conference and we’ve gotten to know each other more over the past few months talking on Whatsapp. (What wonderful communication tools the Lord has given us the past few years!) I am so looking forward to her being here and sharing Belgium with me. She will be staying with me, sleeping in my living room, so we will be in each other’s faces a lot. I welcome having a fellow American and a seasoned missionary with me. Bring it on!
As you know, Brexit’s due/expiration date is 29 March 2019, which is around the corner. No one really knows what it will bring. Am praying for my British friends to remain in peace about their legal and working status here in Brussels, as well as trade agreements between the UK and the EU. I don’t sense as much fear around Brexit right now. The UK leaders are still confused about what to do. My sense is it’s because they don’t really want it, but can’t go back. Please pray that the Lord will be in control and that the UK would not be totally cut off from her friends in Continental Europe.
In February I had a checkup with my respiratory doctor along with a short breathing test. He said myrespiration is good and back to what it was in 2016 and 2017. Praise God! I also had an echocardiogram and my cardiologist said my heart is normal again; I am sure that’s due to the change in medication and the Lord of course. I also had my yearly mammogram last week and everything is still good. I am cancer-free for 11 years now! Praise God for His care and healing!
I still need to lose weight and get my sugar level down. I’m trying, but maybe not hard enough.
Will you pray that I can continue to be disciplined enough to eat right, exercise, and be healed of diabetes, respiratory problems and heart weakness with no long-term problems?
May God’s Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven!
Thank you so much for your prayers, friendship and support. Your partnership is so important to me. I love and appreciate each of you so much.
Love in Christ, Carol
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About Carol Britton
Carol’s passion is strengthening Believers to take their place in society – to make a difference wherever they are, living their Christian lives more fully and being an influence for the Kingdom of God in the workplace. Her desire is for believers to learn to invite Jesus into every situation and pray into the injustice they see and experience even in their jobs.