July 26, 2019

Andrew Beckham

Andrew served among the Laarim with his wife Anna and daughter Phoebe, but the family had to return to the UK last year when Anna became seriously ill. Sadly, Anna passed away last Autumn. Andrew and Phoebe are currently visiting their Laarim friends in South Sudan. A week ago, Andrew wrote: “It is a year ago today that we left Africa and came back to the UK. Phoebe and I continue daily to miss and mourn the loss of Anna. I am sure that comes as no surprise. Having the opportunity to return to our home in Laarim, and revisit many of our favourite family places in Uganda and Kenya, is such a blessing. To retell stories to Phoebe and help refresh any memories of her Mum that might be fading… We said a fleeting goodbye to many as we hurriedly packed our bags one year ago. Others we did not have the opportunity to see. Since we left, news from our village has been hard to come by, with no direct way to communicate with any of our Laarim neighbours. I am eager and anxious in equal measure to see what has changed, hear news of births and deaths, share in the joys and sorrows of the last year. I pray the group of believers we left in Cauwa continue in the Lord. My prayer for them this year has been that of Epaphras (Colossians 4 v 12); that they may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. It will be a joy if we can mutually encourage each other towards this end.” Please pray for safety for Andrew & Phoebe as they travel to the Laarim; for sweet reunions with those from their village; and that the believers there will be strong in faith and they and the Beckhams will be an encouragement to each other.

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