2016 has been a wonderful year.
A big highlight at Broadmead was Potential Unlocked, an outreach project to the community to use our gifts, to help others reach their potential. Over 300 attended over the weekend and there was a great atmosphere as we experienced drum classes, making healthy food, dancing, face painting, computer classes and a visit from our MP. Holly Johnson, our USA intern helped with face painting and assemblies in local schools and was a great blessing.
At the start of the year, we enjoyed whale watching and skiing in California and of course the joy of seeing David, Annie and Clara who have since returned.
Gareth joined three friends to found Endpoverty2030, a campaign to awaken and unite the UK church to end extreme poverty across the world. It began with a round table discussion in the house of Lords when 23 CEOs, and leaders of denominations met with Lord Griffiths and Lord Hastings to see what could be accomplished.
In June Gareth and Carwyn visited South Sudan to explore the feasibility of HHA building a hospital. It was a successful trip and they were able to speak at a covention of the Baptist Church of South Sudan. However, some timescales have been affected by the outbreak of violence in Juba and the threat of a second civil war.
Anne and I visited the Keswick Convention in July and received some good teaching amidst the rainy weather.
In November, we had a wonderful visit to India with two church members. They showed us the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and the golden palace of Amritsar. It was a trip of a life time not to be forgotten.