In July, we had the privilege of welcoming a working party from The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) to the Old Church behind the Manor. The Old Church was built in 1262 and has come into disuse since the 'new' church came along in 1875. It was a delight to see over fifty skilled craftspeople and enthusiastic volunteers pour their energies into this beautiful old structure. We also had many chances for cups of tea and games of volleyball with the work crew in our back garden during the week. It was encouraging to hear about their interest in L’Abri and to get their suggestions regarding how we can better care for the Manor.
We’ve undertaken some restoration of our own in recent months as well. The sunken garden pond has been resealed and can now consistently hold water—enough even for student baptism in April! The Back Flat bathroom was also renovated last week with new tiling on the floor and walls. Work is never finished at the Manor House, though, and we would appreciate your prayers for the means to make changes when necessary.
The autumn term brings with it many special days including our yearly film weekend on 28-29 October. We’ll be exploring the theme of ‘Exclusion and Embrace: Films about Us and Them’ through narratives and documentaries from various corners of the world. We will also have our yearly apple harvest day in September, a Thanksgiving celebration in November, and a book launch for How Do You Know That?, former L’Abri worker Ellis Potter’s second book. Many of us will also be doing outside speaking during the term: Edith and Marsh for the Royal Air Force academy and Jim and Marsh (along with local friends Barry Seagren and Nigel Halliday) for an Arts Centre Group day conference in London focused on L’Abri’s influence on Christians in the arts. Feel free to contact us for more information about any of these events.
We are all trying valiantly to maintain the L’Abri office this term due to the absence of Sarah Liechty who is on sabbatical. Sarah’s contributions to L’Abri are invaluable, but we are excited that she gets some time away to visit friends and family around the world. Additionally, the library cataloguing system spearheaded by Sarah and Marsh Moyle is now complete! Who would’ve ever thought that L’Abri would be so organized?
We close this newsletter on an even more hopeful note. As a team, we are utterly pleased to announce that Josué and Lili Reichow will be joining us from Brazil as workers in the spring of 2017! With warm hearts, sharp minds, and smiles that remind you of the goodness of God, Josué and Lili will continue as helpers in the autumn after being helpers with us us this summer and students in the spring. Pray for them as they apply for their visas and make the long move from Brazil to join us as workers in 2017. With the Reichows in the Top Flat, English L’Abri will be fully staffed with ten workers for the first time in many years.
Thank you so much for your prayers for us.
(on behalf of English L’Abri)
P.S. We now have a Facebook page in order to keep in better contact with our students as they move on from L'Abri. And don't forget that recent lectures and discussions are always available at the L'Abri Ideas Library!