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PLEASE PRAY FOR MAURICE
Maurice, Dave’s brother, is seriously ill in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. He is on the critical list. Please pray that he will respond to medication and treatment, and that he will recover a good measure of health and strength. Dave would also appreciate your prayers at this time
CALIN IS AWARDED BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
We are proud and delighted to announce that Calin Rezmuves, Flame’s Practical Assistant, was awarded British Citizenship in an official ceremony on Thursday 14th December. It was conferred by the Home Office, and he was given his certificate by the Mayor of Dudley, when he also took the Christian oath of allegiance to King and country. It was also an opportunity to share details of Flame’s ministry, and Calin‘s involvement in the development of the Playground Project, was highly commended and warmly received. Congratulations Calin!
(Pictured above - Deputy Lord Sheriff and the Mayor of Dudley with Calin)
Ian Frith, one of the founding members of Flame Trust, passed away on 27th November after a period of ill health. Ian was a very close friend of Dave Pope, and was active and supportive in the breadth of Flame’s ministries. He had been unwell for a number of months, but was admitted to hospital where he died peacefully. Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife Marjorie who at present is in a nursing home, and also with his three children, Paul, Elizabeth and Helen, and all of the wider family and friends.
Ian will be sadly missed, and Dave remembers a recent conversation when Ian had been invited to Calin’s British Citizenship ceremony that is to be held in Dudley on 14th December. Ian wanted to be there, but a few days before he died he called Dave to suggest that he invited someone else in his place, as he might not be well enough to attend. He concluded his conversation simply by saying, ‘but I shall be there in spirit’. His words are even more poignant in the light of his homecall.
‘Promoted to glory – good and faithful servant’. Thank you Ian for all the encouragement, support and input over so many years. Words are inadequate to express our grief and sadness. Be assured that your legacy will live on in our hearts and minds. You will never be forgotten.
A thanksgiving service for Ian’s life will be held at Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church on 19th December at 2pm, and an invitation is extended to all those who knew Ian to attend.
Ian was a passionate supporter of the Flame Playground Projects in Romania. If you would like to find out more about the completed playgrounds, and would consider making a donation to future projects, you will find more details here.
HOLY LAND VISIT
Our intended visit to Israel was cancelled for reasons you will fully understand. Who can comprehend the violence, death and destruction that has blighted the Middle East since October 7th? Our prayers are with the thousands of innocent people who have had their lives crushed by this war. We continue to pray for a miraculous solution.
The Flame Board opted for cancellation rather than postponement, as it was felt this was the right and honourable strategy for those who had invested in this pilgrimage. Worldwide Christian Travel, the agents for the proposed visit, were amazing in their efficiency in returning all of the monies invested by our guests. Please continue to remember Jocelyn and all the team at Worldwide Christian Travel as they adjust to what must be a very pressured time for them in their work and ministry.
SHOUTS OF JOY
This was the title of an album that Dave Pope recorded in the nineties with the worship leader Don Moen, but it perfectly describes the sound coming from Flame’s new playground construction in Valea Seaca, Romania.
Carefully planned and directed by Calin Rezmuves, Flame’s Practical Assistant, and using the building expertise of friends in Habitat for Humanity, the playground was delivered on time and on budget.
Gerry Denston continues to head up our support for Chaplaincies in the immediate area, and at the beginning of July, a Conference was organised for all 6th formers to attend.
DAVE POPE'S MINISTRYDave is now entering his 53rd year of ministry. It all started in 1970 when he joined a mission organisation known as MWE. Since then, he went on to be the founder of Saltmine, and participated in many global events, working with many agencies including the Billy Graham organisation and the Luis Palau Association.
Read more here
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Read / download the Flame Trust December / Christmas 2023 News Update here and the Response Form here
You can also read an online, brochure style version of the newsletter here (when you have opened the link, use the arrows top right of the screen to move through the newsletter).
There’s still time and space to join us for our Spring retreat in Madeira: March 4 - 11th 2024.Based at the beautiful VIDAMAR complex (above), this time away gives opportunity for fellowship, relaxation, teaching and worship in a splendid environment.
Flame is delighted to announce that Calin Rezmuves has been awarded British Citizenship. Having lived in the UK since 2007, Calin has passed his ‘Life in the UK’ test, ‘Use of English’ examinations and established his eligibility. The ceremony, confirming his new status is confirmed for December 14th
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS - DAVID COFFEY
We are delighted to announce that David Coffey’s new book, ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’ has now been released. The book costs £12.50 which includes postage charges. Please do contact David by email on [email protected] should you wish to order, giving your name and address detail, and he will then advise regarding payment.
Flame is a comparatively small organisation, but is served well by a team of folk who look after the administrative need.