An Interview with Matt and Rhian

There's a time for everything, said the Preacher (Eccl.3:1-8), a time to plant and another to reap, a time for peace and another for war, a time to cry and another to laugh, a time to embrace and another to part...

Thursday 24 January 2013

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An Interview with Matt and Rhian

There's a time for everything, said the Preacher (Eccl.3:1-8), a time to plant and another to reap, a time for peace and another for war, a time to cry and another to laugh, a time to embrace and another to part... a time to hold on and another to let go... I wish we didn't have to let go, it is so hard to say goodbye to Rhian and Matthew, they are one of those precious people that make our church feel like home. But I am happy for them too, how could I not be, seeing Rhian's overjoyed face when talking about moving back to Wales and living by the sea! Maybe some of you, like me, question why they are "moving away from us and leaving us behind". Here is an interview they managed to indulge me with, in the midst of packing their boxes and moving.

Where do you come from originally?
Matt: South London
Rhian: Anglesy. North Wales.

When and what brought you to Brussels/Belgium?
March 1996 - Matt got a job with Cisco Systems.

What brought you to Vineyard Brussels (VB)?
We were given David Floyd's contact details through Kingdom Faith ministries in the UK.

How long have you been in Brussels and in VB?
We've been here 16 years and in VB the same length of time. We intended to look around at churches, but on the first Sunday Mike Gowen was sharing about the vision of ICF. We knew from that moment it is where we wanted to be.

ICF?
International Christian Fellowship had the same <a href='http://www.vineyard-brussels.be/About/?selected=1'> vision</a> as VB has. That's why we were able to become a Vineyard church.

Why are you leaving Brussels? What will you be doing?
We are moving back to Wales to care for Rhian's mother. She is getting frailer, so she will come and live with us in the spring.

Do you already know which church you will be attending?
No we don't know exactly which church we will join. But we have looked at the web sites of a few Charismatic churches in the area and will visit them and see where God leads us.

What is your nicest memory in/of VB, why did you fit in so well, how did you experience VB?
Matt: When people get involved and respond to requests positively, irrespective of convenience and difficulty.
Rhian: The times of fellowship during special events. I fit in so well, because I felt loved and accepted as I am.

If there is 1 thing you could say about VB to someone who doesn't know VB, what would it be? How would you describe VB?
Matt: VB is open and relaxed but does not compromise on the truth.
Rhian: VB is a warm open fellowship where you can come and be who you are.

In what way could VB improve?
Matt: Support the leadership even more.
Rhian: VB would improve if more people get involved. It is in getting involved that we integrate and feel truly part of the family.

How could we support you?
Matt: Come and visit.
Rhian: Through prayer; especially for Matt as he starts to work from home for the first time.

What businesses will Matt be doing/operating from home?
Matt will continue to do his current job: Technical support for Cisco Systems.

Is there still anything you would like to say to us?
Matt: So long and thanks for all the fish. (Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy)
Rhian: Thank you all for your love and support. I will never forget the kindness I've felt at VB.

The last Sunday before their actual move was emotional for quite a number of us. Saying goodbye under these circumstances is bitter sweet. It was amazing to see the many, many people that came up when Keith called everyone to the front who had worked in a ministry in which either Matthew or Rhian were involved. Needless to mention how many lives they both have touched and blessed. What a better way to close than with a quote from a dear friend: "Thank you Matt and Rhian, for being an example to our generation.

J.K.

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