Paul & Sue Hazelden
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January to June 2000
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(Mostly typed by Paul)
Our family trip to The Dome.
I can't summarise the last few weeks here, but you can read about
this time in the trip
We take Joan to Highgrove with us. I ask Nigel if I can
have a couple of minutes to ask people in the church to get
people praying for the students, and he says I can lead a prayer
time and then lead communion. The trouble was, the worship
leader handed over to me late, and I needed to do a bridge from
the worship to the prayer, and the whole thing took longer than I
wanted... and the preacher was Rob Scott-Cook. I
apologised to him afterwards.
In the afternoon, I took Joan and Ian to Bristol Zoo - my first
visit. Parts were quite impressive. We could have
watched the underwater views of the seals and penguins for a long
time. Sue made good use of the weather to continue weeding
Nine o'clock in the morning was the departure time for the Howes
and all four students, according to Mark's plan. And, loa
dn behold, at five past nine they were on the road and heading
for the ferry. There was quite a crowd to wave them off:
Korky and Anni, Jennifer from America, a few more OAC chaps,
Angela, Joan and myself. Even Alan made a brief
In the evening, Sue and I went to Cardiff for a meal with Kevin
and Nicky Savory. I had hoped to stay with them while in
Cardiff a few weeks ago, but it didn't work. Anyway, we
had a lovely evening, and it was great to re-establish contact
with an old friend, both from the university and Nightingale
Joan Knevett comes to stay for a week. It's great to see
her again, and she gets to meet Mark and the students before they
head off on Saturday morning.
Joan comes to Team Supper, which is the 'goodbye' to the
students and lots of people come, so gets to meet and pray with a
good variety of people. She really appreciates the
opportunity to pray with people for effective evangelism - it
doesn't happen very much in the ordinary church context.
As I take Ian and Philip to school this morning, we notice that
the VW has been broken into. One of the rear windows has
been smashed and all the doors are unlocked. On the plus
side, it seems that nothing has been stolen. It can't be secured,
so I take everything out of the car. The lock on the
driver's door has been attacked as well - looks like they used a
screwdriver - but it seems to be working okay.
After the teaching sessions in the morning, I ring the police
then the insurance company, and then the windscreen people.
They can't send anyone out this afternoon, so I have to
miss the prayer meeting at Pip'n'Jay and drive over to Bradley
Stoke. Get back just in time to pick the boys up from
school - they had problems with the wind-down window in the door,
which delayed things somewhat. £50 to cover the
insurance excess, but fortunately we don't lose our NCD for
Sue's birthday. To celebrate, I go out with the open air
as usual. Elena preaches her first open air message, and I
start to talk to the man standing by my side. He is Faris,
a Moslem training to be a doctor, and we talk for an hour or so
about the gospel message and what he believes. It is a
fascinating time, as he is not a traditional Moslem, and he is
very interested in the message of grace. The other do some
more messages and get good crowds, but I miss all that.
A full cooked English breakfast by Terry - wonderful! We
lay out the tents and other damp stuff in the church hall, and Pam
Cribbin takes the boys off while Sue and I visit Ted and Audrey
Kingham, then David Race. We much appreciated these times,
which would not have happened without the camp being rained
Then it is off to pack the cars and collect the boys. I
take Alan back to Bristol, while Sue, Philip and Ian stay for the
banquet. Back in Bristol, Mark, Sue and family have
arrived, so I sort out their room. Later, Mark, Steve and
I finally have our planned meeting to prepare for the European
gathering the next day. Sue turns up - the banquet was
great fun. Ah well, can't do everything.
It rains solidly through the night. Sue and I are
woken at 0630 to be told that the site is flooding.
The tent we are in (near the top of the field) is safe, but
Philip and Ian were with Ben in a tent near the stream, and they
had already been evacuated. The cars needed to be
moved before they were under water.
The bridge is something like 18 inches below the water now, so
getting to the cars involves a long, roundabout journey as we
start to evacuate people. Fortunately, a local man
takes pity on us and offers us passage through his garden, which
makes the journey much shorter and easier. In his
garden, the water is 5 feet above its normal level.
The waterfall on the other side of the main road is really quite
We eventually get all the families away. Phil stays
to help Simon, and we take Sam back to Guildford. We
stop at the services and meet up with Mark & Sue Howe, who
have just come off the ferry. On to Guildford, where Sue
drops Sam off and I get rid of the cushions we rescued.
The plan was to have the 'banquet' in the church on Monday
evening, and we were
offered the church building to sleep in overnight.
However, Sally Pryde offered to let the boys sleep at their
house, and Terry Butler offered Sue and me a bed, and breakfast
for us all, so that is what we ended up doing. After
sorting it all out, I went for a sauna at Bracknell - the closest
thing to Heaven I could imagine, under the circumstances!
Today is much dryer. We have the traditional egg
race, this time down the stream in boats made entirely of natural
materials. A short walk round the area, a few
sessions in the barn, and a very muddy game of hand
ball. All great fun. Rounded off round a
fire in the barn, with a sort of epilogue by Simon based on the
pilgrim's staff. As we go to bed, the rain starts to
come down more heavily again.
Off to Longbarn, the annual Westborough family
camp. The journey down is dreadful, with the weather,
the traffic, and hold ups at the services. When we
arrive, Simon directs us where to drive onto the field so we
don't get bogged down. The stream is up to the level
of the bridge. Fortunately, some people have not
turned up, so we do not have to put up our tent, and so we sleep
in one of the bell tents already pitched for us.
Into the centre of Cardiff for an open air meeting this
afternoon. It rained solidly all yesterday, and
threatened to rain all day, but the rain held off until the last
sketchboard message was complete - then it poured down.
We had a number of really good conversations. A
couple of girls who stopped had just become Christians, and did not
have a church to attend, so we put them in contact with a good
one. There was a lengthy conversation with one
couple. I had a tremendous time with a Moslem chap who
was really hungry to know more of the gospel message, but
struggled with the language as he had only been in the country a
short while. Please pray for Kusay - God is clearly
touching his life.
And then, after the last message, we found we had a Moslem
evangelist in the crowd. Judith was preaching, and he
started to ask her questions. At the second, I took
over, and for the next 30 or 40 minutes we had a public debate in
the pouring rain. It was fantastic. He
was very well prepared, and so as soon as I answered one question
there was another ready to be fired off. I have not
enjoyed myself so much in ages, and in answering his questions I
could bring him back to the basic gospel truths over and over
again. It was both a great opportunity to
commuunicate God's love to someone who needs to know it so much,
and also a wonderful teaching exercise for the students - showing
them in practice so much of what we have been talking about as
principles over the past week or so. Thank you
Off to Cardiff first thing, to spend time with Pete Hodge and
his church. It is very impressive - he is clearly in
a tremendous church.
In the evening, I drive Rob back to Bristol and go to the
Woodlands Missionary Prayer meeting - having missed the last few,
I didn't want to miss this as well.
Alan departs for Guildford today. He has been
invited to Edward's party, which is a trip to the Dome
tomorrow. Sue drops him off at Membury services and
then returns to collect Philip and Ian who have been out on some
wide game with the cubs.
I am back in Bristol in the evening, with the open air outside
the Hippodrome. For various reasons, the numbers are
down, and it is very hard work. However, Rob paints
up a children's club picture, and while he does this, we are
surrounded by people wanting to know what is going
on. It is the first time I have ever heard an open
air preacher asking people to move further away, to give him room
to get to the sketchboard - usually the request is to "Please
The local Community Project meeting in Sea Mills
school. I rashly offer to put their Community
Directory on the Internet if they can provide it in electronic
format. Looks like I escaped this time...
RT Kendall came to Bristol today. An open meeting at
Woodlands in the evening, and an invitation-only meeting for
church leaders lunchtime and early afternoon. I was
really impressed, both by the Biblical content of the message,
and also the incredible honesty with with he addressed
issues. It was a real privilege to be there, and good
to be able to chat briefly afterwards.
Ian dancing with his school at Blaise Castle today.
Sue went with him and said they did very well.
A large envelope arrived in the post, with photocopies of
documents about the Chapman family in Essex in the 19th
century. In the evening, I updated the web page to
include most of the new information, and started to structure it
a bit more logically. This is fascinating stuff - I
could really get into it if there was enough time.
Went off with Rob and had lunch with a couple of chaps from
OM. Talking about the possibility of joint
activities, and of them placing people with us for a year to do
Snowball as a part of their training programme.
Ian is trying to persuade me to allow him to spend £5 on
two 'really good' Pokémon cards that someone in Alan's
school is prepared to sell. Strangely enough, I am
not keen on this.
I have had one success, though. Philip and Ian want
the cards to play 'battles' with them, so they have written out a
whole load of new 'cards' on bits of paper, and are having
battles with these new cards quite happily.
A few weeks ago, there was a request in the British Go
Association email list for someone to review a copy of an updated
Go programme. Sue and I talked about it briefly, and
I offered to do this. Much to my surprise, the offer
was accepted. Last week the programme turned up, and
tonight I wrote the review. It should appear in the
next edition of the BGA Journal.
Paul's parents and brother came down for the
weekend. On Saturday, we went to Cheddar Gorge - all
eight of us. We had lunch at the fish and chip
restaurant - good, healthy helpings. Not even Alan
managed to finish everything.
We then took the coach tour up the gorge. This was
well worth it, with a guide pointing out what to see.
Then through two lots of caves, a shop and small
exhibition. It was a bit confusing - I was sure that
last time we went there was a holographic exhibition in a long
cave, but we didn't seem to go through such a cave this time.
Then up Jacob's Ladder. Even Father made it, which
was by no means certain. And at the top, the lookout
tower was open, which had been closed last time. The
weather was beautiful, and the view from the top was almost
perfect. The boys took Roger exploring, while the
other adults sat and had a coffee and biscuit. It was
really delightful, and Father was so pleased to have made it to
In the evening, we started to talk again about the family
history, and Mother and I went upstairs and she dictated what she
could remember of our relatives. I converted it into
a web page, and uploaded it onto our site - my parents' first
introduction to the Internet.
Sunday morning, I went with Stefan and Judith to Thornbury
Baptist. We had been asked to look after the children
while the usual helpers stayed for a special service, and then do
it again during the second service. I counted 29
children in the first session and 32 in the second, plus a few
parents each time. Stefan and Judith did well, and
the parts that did not work so well first time were changed for
the second session.
I did a brief two-minute introduction to us at each service, and
we put out some leaflets. Not many went, but I did
get to chat briefly to Liz Cooke and invite her and the family
down to see us on 13 May.
Sue wanted to 'do' something, and the weather was not great, so
we went to Wookey Hole. Minus Alan - he is big enough
to stay home if he prefers, and he has already been once, when he
was maybe six weeks old. The caves are much as last
time, thank goodness. But a number of other parts of
the 'experience' have changed. Some of the paths
outside have been improved, there is a new exhibition about the
caves, you can make some paper yourself in the paper mill, and
there is a new 'Penny Arcade' since we were there
last. The arcade includes an incredible hexagonal
mirror maze - it can't be very large, but it is very easy to lose
people inside, and even when you can see them, trying to work out
how to reach them is decidedly non-trivial. We were
In the evening, Dr Bahat was speaking at Christchurch,
Clifton. He has been an important archaeologist in
Jerusalem for the past 30 years. Absolutely
fascinating. Among the snippets was that the
traditional site of the crucifixion is correct, and Gordon's
Carvary could not be the site: General Gordon did not know that
the walls of Jerusalem had moved, and the site he chose only took
on its current appearance some time after Jesus' death.
Busy day today. The Adlem family (minus Nick, but
plus two friends) came for lunch on their way to Minehead for
Spring Harvest. It was good to see them again, and
hear a bit more about how things are going for them and the other
folk in Guildford.
Sue took the afternoon off, and we took Philip, Ian and five
school friends off to the cinema for Ian's birthday treat - yes,
it is the best part of a month since his birthday, but he wanted
to go and see Pokémon, the First Movie, for his birthday
treat, so we went on the first day. What an
experience! I slept through most of the first film
and bits of the second. The parts I saw gave the
impression of trying to be deeply meaningful. There
seemed to be some sort of anti-violence message, which
I fully approve of, but it seems very odd in a work of fiction
mainly devoted to acts of violence between animals.
The open air tonight was different again. We did one
message outside the Hippodrome as usual, with a conversation or
two afterwards. Then we moved across the road and set
up in a pedestianised street, where Judith preached in German
and Stefan translated. The point was to spare
Judith's voice, which is still not strong. She had
some difficulty with the German (!) but otherwise did a very
The site was a lot quieter - less noise from the traffic, and
fewer people stopping. The one person who did stop
for more than a minute was Adrian. He heard most of
the message, and several of us had a chat with him
afterwards. He then stayed through the next message
and talked some more. I have his address, and
promised to take a Bible round to him.
After the third message was finished, and we had just started to
pack away, another chap came up and asked what we were
doing. Unfortunately, I did not catch his name, but
Rob went though the sketchboard message again, then the EE gospel
presentation - it really works well on the street.
The plan, as I understand it, is for Rob to take him to church on
Sunday morning. Please pray for both these
Off to find Dave again this morning. This time I
locate his front door, but no response. After church,
Paul Price and I shift some furniture around for Esme in her new
I take Philip and Ian swimming after lunch. Ian
manages to swim a length for the first time, then does it again,
and then swims two lengths almost without stopping. His
style is not much to look at, but who cares? And Philip
manages four lengths with a combination af crawl and
backstroke. Most of the time they are fighting in the
water, of course, but not getting on other peoples' way too
Back from swimming, and off to Whiteshill Evangelical church
again for the evening service, the final part of the mission
weekend. Stefan preaches - very well - and the others
all do a piece. Everyone is very impressed again, and
we have a number of really good conversations with people who
are interested in various aspects of our work. The
students are thrilled by how well it all went, so a very
productive time all round.
Our 'Open House' today. It went really
well. The Cribbins arrived in time for a late lunch -
roadworks on the motorway - and after that, we had a fairly
constant stream of people: three sets of neighbours, people from
Sue's work and the church. Not too busy, but a good
number, and various conversations started up between people who
had never met, with astonishing coincidences, and shared
interests and friends.
However, the day started at 2:30 am when the alarm on the site over
the road started to go off. I got up and went over
there, but nothing could be seen. Took the number of
the security guards and rang them, but they suggested I contact
the police. The police did not think they attended
The morning continued with Philip calling out to us from the
bathroom at around 6:00 am, concerned he was about to be
sick. So neither Philip nor Ian went to their normal
Saturday morning club. And then Rob Davis rang to say
we were booked to do a session at a Mission Weekend for
Whiteshill Evangelical Church - at the other side of Bristol -
So while we were entertaining our guests, I was also putting
together a two and a half hour programme for this
church. The short notice was a monumental breakdown
in communication, but we could not penalise the church just
because of that. As it turned out, we had more than
enough material, of course.
30 March 2000
A different experence with the open air tonight. The
team was smaller for a number of reasons, so we only had a few
people while the sketchboard was being painted. But
one stopped to talk, and while that conversation was going on,
other people stopped and asked about the painting, so we kept on
talking with people as they stopped and asked what we were
doing. One of these was Dave, so I confirmed his
address and he said he would like to come to Highgrove this
week. He has lost the job he was about to start last
week, so Judith and I prayed for him on the street.
We even had a totally novel experience. While
looking round another area we might try out next week, a few
girls stopped us and asked if we were going fishing.
It is one of those situations where you really wish you could go
back in time and use one of those smart replies you think up ten
seconds too late... But I still had the picture, so
unfolded it and we described the message again. It
turned out the paint sets looked like fishing boxes.
30 March 2000
At the 'Missing Peace' coffee shop today, Dave comes
in for a quick bite. He confirms he had not been home
on Sunday morning. Just as well I had not kept
26 March 2000
I drove out to pick up Dave and bring him to the morning
service, but could not find him. Perhaps the clocks
changing last night caused a problem?
24 March 2000
Doing the open air in Bristol tonight, we met Dave again - one
of the people from last week - and after a conversation he
expressed interest in going to church with me on
Sunday. I have his address and plan to pick him up in
Rob had one lengthy conversation with a lad who was very
interested. They went through the whole gospel
message in true EE style. However, he will be flying
back to South America in a few days time, and was understandably
reluctant to make any life-changing decisions just before heading
Apart from these, there were a few other conversations that
didn't go very far. Not as exciting as last week, but
it was quite a bit colder, so this is to be expected.
17 March 2000
We did our second open air tonight, and it went much better than
last week. Several times we had up to twenty people
listening to the message, and it was often more than
fifteen. Two people came up at the end of a message
to take a tract as a public statement that they wanted to go
Apart from those responses, we had very good conversations with
at least six people. Several of these were asking
very probing, genuine questions about how you can be sure this
message is true. It was really good to be able to use
some of the theory I have been teaching the students - to use it
'for real' again, and see God touching these people's lives.
Please pray for the people I talked with tonight - Paul, David,
Ding(!), James and Steve - and also for the folk the other team
members talked with.
10 March 2000
Our first open air in Bristol as part of Europe Now or
Snowball. Various people tell us that Saturday
afternoons in Broadmead don't work very well any more, so we have
decided to try the town centre, near the new fountains, in the
We tried three messages in several different
locations. For the first two, a few people stopped
for bits of the messages, but it was not very
encouraging. The third message, we went back to the
site of the first and got a better response, so the main problem
seems to be that we went out too early.
5 March 2000
The Housegroup had aranged a social today after church in the
morning - a brisk walk on
Brean Down, just the other side of Weston (nobody bothers to say
'super-Mare' down here). The walk was very pleasant,
but the drive to reach the car park was a lot longer than
anticipated. Interesting fortifications at the end of
the peninsular, and some rocks to scramble about on which Philip
and Ian enjoyed.
Afterwards, we drove into Weston to
get something warm to eat, which we were very ready
for. As it happened, the other members of the
Housegroup either got lost or had to dash off, so we were left
alone in Weston to have a short wander round parts of the town we
had not reached when we stayed at the Methodist Hotel a few years
3 March 2000
Paul is back from the EE training course in Parr, St Helens -
between Liverpool and Manchester. A wonderful
time. The teams went out visting on three evenings,
and saw two people become Christians, with another person wanting
to and looking forward to their next visit! Also,
several others took major steps in their spiritual life, and the
remaining visits were of great benefit pastorally.
It is not appropriate to talk in too much detail about the
visits, but Paul went on the first evening to a man who believed
but had no assurance of his salvation - he had a wonderful story
to tell of how God had brought him out of his alcoholism a few
years ago, and he was tremendously mature in accepting the
responsibility for the things he had done in the
The second evening, a lady seriously told us she believed she was
destined for Hell. "It's the flames for me," she
said. It was an amazing evening, talking with
her. By the end of the evening, we were all sure that
if we had asked her to pray, she would have done so, but it would
be a little premature for her.
The third evening, we presented the gospel to three people - a
Christian man, his wife, and 14 year old son. Neither
the wife nor the son had heard anything like it before - she was
from a traditional Catholic background, and was amazed at what
she was discovering. It was all very new, and they
were all very keen for a return visit to hear more - the local
Church is arranging it.
Paul went with Rob, and they are both now accredited EE
Teacher/Trainers, authorised to establish an EE programme in a
church, or some other appropriate context. If anybody
in or near Bristol is interested in exploring this, do let us
24 February 2000
Our first deputation trip is now complete. Difficult
to say how it went, really. Four days in and around
Guildford - it was going to be 8 days, but then we discovered the
EE training had to be fitted in at this point as well.
The whole trip fitted into place at the last minute.
We thought Paul would have to go alone, but then received two
offers of accommodation - one from a couple we had never
met! In the end, we took up both offers, on different
The trip was very full, with constant visits through the days
and into the evenings. We were very well looked after,
and given a really warm welcome everywhere we went.
It was very touching. We could not get to see
everyone, of course, but managed to squeeze a lot into those few
days. It was helped by having two cars (almost
certainly our last trip in a long time when we will - the
eXchange car is being returned in March!) so the boys could be
taken to see their friends without this getting in the way of
visits to church friends.
5 February 2000
Mark came in today while we were eating lunch, holding a bit of
the car window. He had borrowed it - the car, that is -
earlier in the week, and then parked it against the wall opposite
We had not moved it for a couple of days, and he had just noticed
that the near side rear passenger door window had been
broken. Presumably whoever did it then discovered the
car was double-locked, and decided that getting in was going to
be too much work. It seems nothing was stolen.
So we have had the windscreen people out to replace the window -
our second insurance claim on the car since we moved
3 February 2000
Ian's posters now all have 'Out of Buisness' written across
them. He wasn't making enough profit. We
tried to employ him to tidy his room. but for some reason that
was not the kind of thing he had in mind - he wanted to be paid
to make people cups of tea and that kind of thing.
Another small business (or 'buisness'?) goes to the wall.
31 January 2000
Ian has put up posters around the house, advertising 'Servant
Services'. It seems that for the sum of 15p he will act
as your personal servant for the day. Maybe we ought to
increase his pocket money...
Mind you, he is not desperate enough for money to do
anything - 'I will not kill anybody or myself,' he
warns. Very reassuring, really.
22 January 2000
Mark & Sue have a baby boy - Joseph, 9 lb 5 oz, born around
5:30 this morning. Mother and baby doing well, as they
We got the phone call from Mark around 4:20 this
morning. He had left Susan at the hospital, and was
bringing Nathalie round to us. After he left, Sue
tried putting Nathalie to bed in our spare room, but she was
having none of it, so Sue took some blankets down to the lounge
and Nathalie watched a Pingu video while her brother was being
Mark came back, told us the good news and took Nathalie away
about 10:00 to visit her new brother. They hope Susan
will be coming out of hospital Sunday afternoon.
20 January 2000
According to the Bristol Observer, Bristol City Council has just
obtained its first antisocial behaviour order. I was
just going to comment on this when Sue told me about the killing
of the six-month old baby by his twelve year-old
brother. The family live in one of Knightstone's
properties, and people in her office knew them.
Please pray for the family, and all those who are and will be
involved in handling the repurcussions.
17 January 2000
Paul has a slot booked at Westborough and Normandy on the two
14 January 2000
We have agreed that Paul will do one day a week (on average) for
the eXchange over the next eight weeks.
Our current plan is to spend half term week in Guildford,
hopefully speaking at a couple of services there and meeting
people during the week to bring them up to date with our news and
progress with Snowball.
7 January 2000
Paul's boss asked yesterday of he can continue working for the
eXchange part time for another two months. They have
not managed to recruit anyone to replace him yet. but
there is far too much work to do on Snowball, and two days a week
is now out of the question.
On the other hand, we really do need to raise some more support
before Paul gives up work completely, so it looks like we shall
try to go for one day a week at the eXchange, and squeeze the
Snowball work in somehow.