Dear Family and Friends,
It’s hard to believe, but Brexit was finalized almost two weeks ago on January 31st. All British Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and their employees have left the European Parliament (EP). Some here have referred to it as a divorce – It’s definitely a loss and the departure is felt by us in Brussels. Even though it’s final, many laws and policies still need to be established. Pray for good policies regarding tourism and trade agreements to be developed so that people in continental Europe and the UK will not be cut off from one another. I still believe UK Christians are to have a positive influence on continental Europe and the EU. Maybe now that can happen.
December 14th we celebrated my 70th birthday early as so many are out of the country on my actual birthday, December 22nd. Unlike the USA, it’s customary in Belgium for you to organize your own birthday party. So a few close friends helped me organize a nice evening with about 55 friends at my church. Being so far from my natural family for so many years, my church friends have become my family in Belgium. I was truly blessed and honored. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.
Since just before the Christmas break, our prayer time in the EP has been challenged and threatened. A Muslim MEP from the UK received permission to use the meditation room Fridays from 12 to 3pm. Interestingly, we had already received permission last September via an MEP from the Netherlands to use the meditation room Fridays from 1 to 2pm. Zlatko, the prayer group leader, and another lady met with a Muslim representative in January to discuss how we could share that room on Fridays. They agreed to move our prayer time to 11:50am to 12:50pm with the Muslims having the room from 12:50 to 3pm. Due to Brexit, the overseeing Muslim MEP, who was quite aggressive, left and the current one overseeing their request is from the Netherlands and may be easier to work with. Please pray that our prayer times will extend and be the right length of time for us. We had been praying in that room from 1 to 2:15pm for more than ten years with no opposition.
I am continuing along, trying to lose weight, eat right, and exercise. I am in the process of seeking better weight-loss and diabetes treatment.
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?
My finances are okay, but not great. Some financial support has dropped off or decreased. I will be doing some more fund-raising in the next few weeks. Pray that I’m able to contact the right people and explain well what I’m doing.
Will you pray that my support will increase and my expenses decrease?
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.