TTFN, Ta-Ta For Now….

So this week marks the last week of the Yombe family being with us officiall as part of our church family. And it’s most definitely bitter sweet. Bitter because they will be missed so much by us all. Sweet because it is a new adventure they’re about to embark on, and still close enough in Barking that they won’t be able to rid of us that easy!

For me personally Urbain and I started at the same time with Church at Barking Riverside. July 2020. In the thick of Covid social distancing, I was pregnant with Aria and working with and for a church was all new. I’ve spoken about it many times before but though I have always been a Christian, being church the way Anna and Sam had envisioned was not my norm. Urbain sussed that pretty quickly and though it felt like I was being picked on in the moment, asking me to pray out loud and be more vocal really brought me out of my shell in the long run. Three years later, and I’m still not the most vocal person in the team, but leading church on Sundays, speaking at events and praying/singing with and for people in different settings is now my norm.

Giving a reference for him to his new job (yes I now realise giving such a glowing reference is now the reason why he’s leaving…. 🤦🏾‍♀️) I realised the reason why Urbain and Ivanete are so loved is because they have the most wonderful way about them. So welcoming, prayerful, nurturing and quite frankly hilarious.

I will miss joint Christmas services with Urbain singing at the top of his voice in one of the many different languages he speaks, while dancing with the biggest smile on his face. I will miss Ivanete’s hospitality. I will miss hearing how Jesse and Rebeca grow in Youth Hub.

These are just some of the things I will miss. That and all the ways they have supported my family and I over the years. I know they will have touched each one of us in different ways meaning they will be missed a whole lot. And hopefully it shows them how much of an impact they have had here in a relatively short, but crazy time!

So let us pray for their next chapter:

Thank you, Lord, for your new beginnings and unwavering provision. We pray that the Yombes continue to trust that your peace will watch over them as they step into a new beginning.

We pray they continue to rely on the riches of your love and grace to provide for my physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Join us for a ‘see you later’ party vibe this Sunday! Usual time, usual place, time to look at the Bible and worship, just adding some party vibes and bring & share, to celebrate the Yombes and all they’ve done for us as a church family 🥳🎉. We hope to see you then!

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