Dear Family and Friends,
April showers bring May flowers. The trees are bustling with new green leaves and flowers are brightly popping up everywhere. It’s a beautiful time of year and the air is still very fresh (cold). This time of year also brings out lots of pollen (see Health).
May 17thmarks my arrival30 years ago in Belgium. Did I ever expect to stay here this long? Not really, but I knew going into Missions was a lifetime commitment. The Lord called me and has sustained me all those years, right here in Brussels. Yes, there’s been ups and downs, challenges and mountain top experiences. Has it been worth it serving the Lord these 30 years in Belgium? YES! My God has proved to be trustworthy and faithful at all times and in all things. He’s provided me with friends and adopted nieces and nephews in my adopted nation.
Interestingly, the other day I had lunch with a fellow American who came here to work with YWAM in the early 90’s when I was first here. So we reminisced about our early years in Belgium.
To add to these times of reminiscing, Easter Sunday I met a former high school friend from California and we talked almost non-stop for five hours in the Grand Place. I’ve so enjoyed being with some American friends lately. It warms my heart.
May also marks the busiest month of the year with me leading intercession teams at two Love Never Fails conferences in Belgium, and me going on a trip with my international prayer team, RTC.
We often have visitors join us to pray in the European Parliament (EP). One in the last couple of months was from a house of prayer in North Devon in the UK, a very mature group of intercessors. Sometimes having a mature team provides encouragement as they often sense the same things spiritually that we do. This is one of the reasons that we have lunch and then coffee/coke zero in a café together after the prayer meeting.
My fellow American missionary, Stephanie, was here for four weeks and I can hardly believe it’s been a month since she left. Stephanie and her husband have a call to serve others working in Christian ministry (missionaries, pastors…). Sometimes I felt humbled at how she wanted to serve me. She helped me so much getting my office organized and cleaned, files organized, cupboards reorganized… She also joined me weekly in the EP and many other meetings. There was hardly a moment we weren’t busy. We also enjoyed a good movie or TV series some evenings. We laughed, cried, shopped, and cooked together. I took her around to see some of Belgium and she explored some on her own. We got along real well. She got a little taste of Belgium, mainly the Belgian waffles, so maybe she’ll come back again sometime. And she met many of my friends. I hope I was able to impart some lasting things about intercession to her; some things are better “caught” than “taught”.
Last week I had a checkup with a new respiratory doctor as mine retired. She was very good to listen to much of my health history. In November when allergy season calms down, she will give me some allergy tests to see what I am allergic to. Meanwhile, this year I was hit very hard with allergies to the “bouleau” or birch tree. They plant lots of them here because they grow fast, so I was told. But they have hit record highs at producing pollen these past two years. I am just now getting over a sore throat from the allergies. The doctor prescribed a new antihistamine as well. So, I hope I am on the mend and I’m feeling much better.
I still need to lose weight and get my sugar level down. I’m trying.
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,
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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.