Sea of clouds

The valley below has filled up with clouds the last few days – tonight there was a magical glow by Dent du midi.

Recipe: Final High Tea gravy

By request, we unearth the mash associate, the taste bud zinger, the sauce to end a term: the Final High Tea gravy:

Reduce Balsamic vinegar and Jamaican Rhum with Bay leaves in browned butter. In a separate pan, fry red onion (more butter), garlic and finely chopped carrot with fresh or shelf thyme and rosemary. Mix with balsamic reduction. Add soy and let it steam.

Add cream, cherry jam (or red currant) and ground pepper. Add stock and a bit of Miso paste for Umami goodness. Let simmer. Add cornstarch if needed.

Ingredients: Cream, garlic, carrots, red onion, Soy sauce, cherry jam (or red currant), Stock, Bay leaves, Thyme, Rosemary, Miso paste.

November prayer letter

We are coming to the end of the term, and we are soon saying goodbye to students. We have had a really great term, and it has been really encouraging for us. We have seen so many people grow and change. It has been a real privilege. Please pray that these last days will continue to go well and that the students who are soon leaving will be able to take away lasting experiences. Pray also that they would be able to continue on the path that they started here.

Please pray for us as it relates to numbers for next term. Things were nice and quite full this month, but we have some really low numbers for parts of next term. This is hard for us. In part because often it is the students’ relationships to each other that God really uses in the work here, but also because the lack of student fees adds financial stress. This kind of thing happens, but still please pray that the money that we need comes in. Also, we are having a day of prayer and fasting this Monday. This will be a time where we will offer up these concerns to God. Feel free to join us in this in your own contexts.

Of course this is not the only concern that we have, and we will trust that God will continue to provide. Please join us in thanking Him for His continued provision, and for the people that keep choosing to come here. We have just enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving meal and it was really special time for us.

Also join us in thanking God for a very generous gift that came in this month for the Bradford’s boiler. It will cover a chunk of the expenses, but still we are short of what we need. Please continue to pray for this need. Being without properly working heat is a bit of a struggle.

It is a comfort to be able to reach out to all of you. Thank you for your prayers. Even with the focus that we have always had here on prayer, it is easy to turn more to our strength than God’s. Pray that we would keep our eyes on him. Having all of you as a praying community helps us to remember where our strength really comes from.

Summary for your prayer lists

• Give thanks for the richness of this term.

• Give thanks for the growth in students lives.

• Please pray for the students God wants to come next term.

• Please pray for our finances.

• Please pray the God would be close to us who work here.

Thanks,

Aaron Fortune

Evening lecture fall 2019

Richard Bradford lectured this Friday on a topic relevant to many of us. When we express doubt to fellow believers, this is often met with pat responses, for various reasons. This seems to be a pity, when doubt can play a part in reasonable  questioning.

Doubt is not in contrast to belief, but an intricate part of it. As a eyewitness responded to Christ: “I believe. Help my unbelief”.

Evening lectures are held once each season, to open our door to the wider community in our region. Next event will be held in the winter term of 2020.

#labri, swisslabri, #apologetics, #doubt, #francisschaeffer, #christianity, #faith

Insulation project in one of the old chalets

Exposed outer wall – cracks filled with organic fibre. Insulation measured and mounted.

Old compromised wind paper being removed. Notice the gate beam spoke on which a barn door used to turn.

Old newspaper used to fill cracks and block draft. Dated 1942.

Birds, mice and here wasps penetrating the old wind paper.

Hydrometric wind blocker mounted.

Refitting the inner wall. Three more rooms to go.

Nashville L’Abri event

This coming July, our dear friends Dave and Anna from the Southborough L’Abri, will be lecturing at the Nashville L’Abri conference!

If you’re unable to take time to visit L’Abri for a longer time, this conference (plus the one in Rochester every February) is a great opportunity to get a feel of what it’s like.

If you’ve been to L’Abri before, this is a great chance to revisit the salty atmosphere of engaging discussion on contemporary, difficult topics.

It’s also a chance to meet and talk with some current L’Abri heavy weights. See a line-up of the topics below.

Conference site here. Facebook page here.

Subjects:

  • Sexuality
    • Bodies with Meaning: Christianity’s Liberating Sex Ethic
    • What Does the Bible Have to Tell Us About Sexual Harassment and #MeToo?
    • Cultivating a Hopeful Imagination in a Pornified Culture
  • Relationships
    • Becoming Less Fragile: Self-control as Inner Dominion
    • How to be a Better Lover: Attention in a Distracted World
    • Staying Human in a Smartphone Culture
    • Living with Loss, Legos, and Laundry
    • Living with Contradictory Expectations: A Meditation on “Let it Go” and Other Inspirational Breakup Songs
    • Grief and Anger: Appropriate Responses at the Tomb of Lazarus, in Dylan Thomas’ Poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, and in Our Own Lives
  • Community
    • America’s Polarized Politics: Can Christians have a Redemptive Role?
    • The Ark of Speech: How Far Does Our Hospitality Go?
    • Pursuing Freedom in a Culture of Choice
    • Early Peacemaking: Can Conflict be Outmaneuvered Before it Starts?