Paul & Sue Hazelden
- Family News -
January to June 2001
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(Mostly typed by Paul)
Tuesday 12 June
One lady came to the Lord today in the Coffee Shop. The
Coffee Shop was fairly quiet, so I suggested two of the volunteers
go out with some of the outreach meal vouchers and talk with the
people on the street. They did, gave out some vouchers,
talked with a few people, brought one lady back, talked and prayed
with her, and she prayed a prayer at the back of the booklet.
In the evening, after team supper, I visited Rob Davis in the
hospital. He had hoped to be out by now, but they are keeping
him in because of his calcium level, or lack of it. He was in
good spirits, and showing off the scars to a reasonably gory
commentary about what each one was for. The best bit was the
tube draining the puss from his brain...
Friday 8 June
A postcard arrived from Philip today: having a wonderful time,
not missing you at all. There's a relief. It's strange
how much quiter the house has been with only two boys in it.
Thursday 7 June
Ian and his friend Tyrone won a Young Engineers' competition at
their school, and went in for the local heat at Portway Community
School today. They came third, which was good enough to get
them into the regional finals next month.
As part of the prize, Ian went to British Aerospace and saw parts
of the new Airbus being made, and a Spitfire. He came back
terribly impressed and excited, and wants to work for BAe when he
leaves school. They are given good lunches!
Monday 4 June
Rob's operation today. I may have some of the details
wrong, but 22 tumours removed in an operation lasting around 12
hours, one of his jugular veins removed, his thyroid and one of the
nerves to his vocal chords. But the surgeon was reasonably
upbeat and thought they had found and removed all the cancer.
We continue to pray.
In the morning, I took Philip into school and waited to wave him
goodbye - he is off on the school camp all week.
Sunday 3 June
After church we take Philip and Ian to a country park, and have a
great time looking round. Ian is very excited about the
election, and wants to know if it is too late to form a new
political party and get people elected to Westminster. We
explain that is against the rules at this stage, and he wonders if
he could get people elected against the rules, and then they could
change the rules to make it okay. He wants a Kid's party -
the adults have several of their own already. He's now
working on ways to raise the money for the deposits at the next
Sunday 29 April
Guest service at Woodlands tonight. Philip Jinadu is in
good form, and after the service I pray with a lady called Anne who
wants to commit her life to Jesus.
Saturday 28 April
Take Philip and Ian to the St Paul's Community Festival this
afternoon. We are a little late, and all the free food is
gone, much to their disappointment, but I get to talk with a few
interesting people who are working on regeneration in the area.
Friday 27 April
This morning, Sue and I see the boys out of the door and off to
school, and go to the car only to discover that someone has tried to
break in. The driver's lock is completely wrecked, and as the
car is double-locked, we can't get in the other door.
Sue goes and catches the bus. I phone the AA, who turn up
in half an hour. The AA man opens the door with a screwdriver
in seconds, and is baffled as to why they did not get in.
While the AA man is here, the Postman comes. We chat, and
he tells me of the lady in a posh car who drove up recently while he
was delivering the post. She asked if this was Abbeywood.
He said it was, and pointed out the name over the gate.
It turned out that she wanted the other Abbeywood - the MOD
site in Filton - and had been directed to us by her in-car GPS
direction finding system. Her car did not know about any
other Abbeywood in Bristol. What it is to be famous...
As I'm about to leave, Olivia - our neighbour on Avon Way -
phoned to say she had heard a noise about 1 a.m. last night, and had
shouted at a man trying to get into our car. She was
delighted to hear that she had been just in time. Not sure if
this is an answer to prayer for protection or not.
Wednesday 25 April
It's a funny world. Sue worked late, then called in at the
Crisis Centre to wait for me at the start of Bridgehead Church.
As she left to go home and have some tea, Kim Wybrow
mentioned to her husband Dave that she recognised Sue. Dave
and I chatted, and discovered that we had been involved in many of
the same events and services 15 years ago in Guildford. They
had gone to Millmead, GCC and Normandy, and had even been at
Normandy before the Telephone Exchange was bought. Kim had
been healed, like me, at a meeting with Michael Fenton-Jones in
Tuesday 24 April
I miss Philip Jinadu at Housegroup tonight because I've been
invited to speak about the Crisis Centre at one of the Woodlands
Pastorate groups. It is exhausting, but very worthwhile - a
20 minute slot to describe the work and then get people praying,
then repeat the whole thing for another bunch of people. Four
20 minute sessions in a row, very encouraging response from each.
Given some food at the end, so take that in to City Road.
Leave to go home just before 11pm.
Sunday 8 April
When we wake up, the red car on the grass opposite
has one of the front doors bashed
in, and the rear windscreen smashed.
Friday 6 April
Sue takes the day off to look after Philip and Ian, who have an
Inset day, which allows me to ge into the Crisis Centre.
When I get home, there is a red car on the grass opposite our
house, crashed into a small copse of young trees. It had been
driven there by a couple of 13 year-olds who had 'borrowed' it from
their mum, and who wanted Sue to push them off the grass so they
could drive home before she found out. No chance!
Saturday 31 March
The trip is fine. Rob drives us to the bus station, Steve
picks up the tickets, the bus is only 10 minutes late. There
are no arrangements at the far end, so we get a taxi from the
airport. The taxi struggles to find the OM Centre in
Zaventem, but we get there and then discover someone would have come
out to pick us up. Ah well.
Dump our bags and have something to eat, then sit in on the last
few minutes of David Wilson's new promotional video showing the owrk
of Open Air Campaigners in various developing countries. Meet
up with lots of guys and start to catch up on the news. Katka
is there, but Elena could not make it - too much work to do at home.
Friday 30 March
Steve arranges alternative transport to Brussels - flying from
Heathrow at 1720 on Saturday. Coach from Bristol to Heathrow.
Thursday 29 March
Get home from the Crisis Centre all ready to pack and shoot off
to Brussels in Rob's car first thing Friday morning, only to be told
that we are not going. Rob had an appointment with a
specialist at the hospital this afternoon, and he is worried enough
about the lump on Rob's shoulder to tell him to cancel the trip to
Belgium and be at the hospital Monday morning. They have
taken a biopsy and should be able to say on Monday whether the lump
is 'malignant' - whether Rob has cancer, or not. The lump is
attached to his thryoid gland, which would explain some other
In the evening is a meeting at the Conservative Association: Gary
Streeter, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development is
speaking about the consultation exercise the Tories have been
conducting with the faith groups. Only Christians come - I
wonder if other faith groups were invited?
I was quite impressed by what Gary said, although his reply to my
question about world trade seemed very weak and inadequate.
If we cannot permit ecology and ethics to influence trade
agreements, how can we build a more just society?
Wednesday 28 March
Two meetings with Steve Chalke, on the 'Faithworks' tour.
In the afternoon, a meeting for church leaders, with questions and
answers afterwards. After the meeting, a chance to talk with
Steve personally about some of the issues facing Christians engaged
in social action projects. Challenging stuff. In the
evening, he was joined by Fiona Castle. It was good to hear
her, but there seemed to be much more presentation - music, video
clips, and so on - and less content than when he just stood up and
spoke to us.
Sunday 25 March
Seem to be warmly received at Ivy Pentecostal - I like the
church. It's a nice size, and very warm and friendly.
Three of Ian's friends join us at the Imax cinema for 'Cyberworld
3D'. One of them only just makes it, having gone to a
completely different cinema first! The film is quite
impressive, with some stunning sequences. We seem to be
sitting at just the point in the auditorium where the monsters all
reach out at us - very disconcerting.
Friday 23 March
In the evening, a prayer meeting at the Vicerage for Sea Mills.
This seems like a really important time. Seven people
from St Edyth's, three from Highgrove and one from the Methodists,
which is pretty representative. God had been speaking to a
number of us in recent weeks about the need for joint prayer for Sea
Mills. This must continue! If possible, our next
prayer meeting will be in the Community Centre, the centre of a
great deal of local activity and difficulty.
Monday 19 March
Alan had an accident on his bike this afternoon. Quite
badly shaken up - grazed shin, hole in trousers.
Just get him settled and have to dash out to the CCM prayer
meeting. This goes really well - around 20 people come, and
lots of enthusiastic prayer. "We must do this again!" is the
Thursday 15 March
The prayer time at the Crisis Centre this morning turns into an
extended time of prayer and sharing about Bridgehead Church
following the meeting last night, and extends for an hour.
The reality is that what we are trying to do is always going to be
messy - but the question remains of how much we try to plan for
things to go smoothly.
On to clear up some paper work. The local Conservative
Party have invited me to a meeting about consultation with 'leaders
of all faiths'. It will be interesting to see how much they
want to listen.
An extended team meeting this afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 -
getting down to a lot of important, long-term questions as well as
the immediate 'what do we do here' stuff. How do we make time
to explore other properties, while running the ministry and
improving the current facilities? It seems an impossible task
When I get home, Ian goes to bed with a headache, and Alan comes
back to pick up the second half of his papers for his paper round,
and he is looking dreadful and complaining of a headache. He
has already taken a painkiller. I take him out in the car to
do the second half of his round.
When we get back, Sue is home. She has found out how the
Intermediate Maths Challenge went - Alan has another Gold
Certificate this year. Even so, he thinks it wasn't a very
good result because someone else in his school got a much higher
Out in the evening to a meeting with the other Mission Reps - a
very productive time. Providing some decent support for the
Woodlands missionaries is looking like a very achievable target.
Have to pray it actually works out as planned.
Thursday 1 February
Staff meeting at CCM all morning - from 9:30 to 11:45. A
good time, mixing practical arrangements with deeper questions.
Then the EA Leaders' Lunch at Pip'n'Jay - some more faces
start to be familiar, talking to one lady about Bridgehead church in
Back to CCM, and pop in on Anne White to welcome her on her first
day. Have just asked how she is when a man comes up to us.
"You're Christians, aren't you?" he asks, "You talk to me
about God" (we hadn't, yet...) "but my mother died at 40. It
destroyed my life - I'd be better off dead. And you tell me
there is a God."
It turns out his mother was a Christian. "God took her."
She might be with God, but that doesn't mean that He killed
her or wanted her to die. After a while, he told me that he
prays to God every night. Please pray for Tim, as he sleeps
out in the cold. He says the only person who can get him off
the drink is himself, which is in itself a healthy attitude, but
there is no response to the offer of help and encouragement.
He doesn't want to choose, yet.
In the evening, good news and bad news. Suzanne Sandell
rings up and offers us their house for Half Term. So we have
somewhere to stay in Guildford, but we don't get to see the Sandells
Tuesday 30 January
This morning, on the answering machine at the Crisis Centre, was
a message from a chap in Edinburgh. All he wanted us to do was
give him a spade, and he would dig and dig and save people's lives.
Goodness only knows how he got our telephone number - he
clearly thought we were some kind of international relief agency,
sending people out to help rescue people after the earthquake in
India. It was incredibly moving, hearing him plead for the
opportunity to save people's lives. There's a sermon in
Sunday 28 January
After the morning service at Highgrove, Sue is talking to a
number of the mums and they all think a prayer group for the local
infant and junior schools is a good idea. It would be one
concrete way we can make contact with and bless people in the local
Woodlands evening service - at long last, I'm allowed to pray
with people at the end of the service as part of the official
'ministry team'! I don't like the idea that only a few
special people are allowed to pray, but this is one of the areas
where you simply have to submit to the church leadership until you
can persuade them to change the system.
Saturday 27 January
Over lunch, someone mentions Log Tables, so we spend the meal
getting the boys doing mental arithmetic to demonstrate how logs
work. They didn't do badly, and it was wonderfully
entertaining to see them catching on.
Thursday 25 January
The long-awaited trip to Moorlands! It was a dreadful
journey: set off at 0915 for a 1200 meeting, and only just arrived
in time - in time, actually, to meet Paul Thaxter in the car park as
he was leaving. All the way down, I was following the rain,
so the roads were wet, I was driving into the sun, so there was both
the glare and the reflection off the wet road. The spray
covered the windscreen in grime every ten minutes or so...
On the other hand, it was a very encouraging meeting, and well
worth the journey. It looks like we have a real hope of
establishing what the Snowball programme is worth to our students in
terms recognised by Moorlands Bible College and other places.
Steve Brady and Colin Bennett were both encouraging about the
prospects and realistic about the timescale.
Unfortunately, this meeting clashed with Dik's last day at the
Missing Peace, so I did not get a chance to say goodbye and thanks
to him in person.
Saturday 20 January
Philip is back safe and sound. He says he was not cold,
but when they hung the tent up to dry in the hut afterwards, someone
scraped enough ice off it to make a snowball...
Friday 19 January
Philip is off camping with the Scouts for the first time tonight.
There's a bit of cloud, so it's not a cold as it has been,
but it is still a lot colder than any time we have taken him
camping. Sue is concerned his trousers aren't thick
Thursday 18 January
Very encouraging BCAN meeting - the Bristol Christian Action
Network. Dave Jeal spoke briefly, and sparked off a
tremendous time of sharing and discussion. The big question
is: will the interest go - take us - anywhere?
Sunday 14 January
Spoke about the Crisis Centre at Bethesda, Clifton. Only
given ten minutes, but they did pray for us very powerfully
afterwards, and a number of good conversations with people after the
One elderly chap remembered Highgrove before it was built - his father
was one of the leaders at Bethesda, and moved to the new
congregation at Highgrove when it was first established. It
is good to hear about those historic links.
Thursday 11 January
Played the guitar with Paul Price and also led the main part
of the HG meeting tonight. Looking at what people could thank
God for over the past year. There were a good number present,
and all of them contributed incredibly well - a very encouraging
start to the HG in the new year.
Wednesday 10 January
Alan was attacked again tonight. The main lad was the same
as last time, and the place was the same. I phoned Sue and
asked her to come home, phoned the police when I had settled him,
and then went and completed the round for him.
Tuesday 9 January
Interviews for the post of Coffee Shop Manager. One of the
biggest decisions we need to make this year.
It was very difficult, but in the end we decided to appoint Anne
White. We offered Dik, who has been running the Coffee Shop
since October, the opportunity to stay in post for another month or
two while he sorted out what to do next, but he decided to leave as
agreed at the end of January.
In the evening, Sue and I got together with Paul and Jenny Price
to pray and plan some meetings for the Housegroup. It's
difficult with Philip Jinadu coming and taking over the HG meetings,
but not knowing exactly when to expect him.
Monday 8 January
Philip and Ian back to school today. Hooray!
Crisis Centre Management meeting in the evening. Steve
kindly agreed to take Philip and Ian to Cubs. I hoped to be
back in time to collect them, but we had to phone and ask him to do
that as well.
It was an excellent meeting. The members of the management
were really getting their teeth into the issues I raised in my
report. We still need a vast amount of prayer, and there
are many details about the future which are still very unclear, but a
future direction and vision seems to be forming.