Posted by: Simon & Becci | November 4, 2012

Arrivals and departures

In 18 months time my passport is due for renewal. This is good news, not only because it gives me a chance to update the horrific photo of myself, but also as I am fast running out of space inside.

Belgrade, Serbia

Our latest travels took us first of all to Belgrade, in Serbia where we spent an enjoyable week with Becci’s parents, her sisters and their families.

Tony and Yolanda moved there about 15 months ago in the latest of their four-year postings for the British Council. Tony is the Director of the British Council for the Balkans, and so also regularly travels to Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. His passport is a lot fuller than mine!

It is always fascinating to see how they repeatedly adapt to life in a new culture – we have plenty we can learn from them!

We also had the privilege of meeting the well known and respected Christian leader Michael Green, who was speaking at their International Fellowship on the Sunday morning. Michael is 82 years old but still full of infectious passion and enthusiasm for his faith.

Belgrade is a beautiful city….

…but still bears scars from the conflict in the 1990s

Izmir, Turkey

From there we moved onto Turkey where we joined for a few days with around 450 leaders from newfrontiers churches across the world. 46 different nations were represented and I think many (including me) would say its the best conference they’d been to – a fantastic setting, great teaching and worship times, and plenty of time to meet new people and old friends. Terry Virgo has written a typically eloquent and helpful summary on his blog if you want to read more.

An added bonus for us was the opportunity to visit the ruined city of Ephesus (20 minutes down the road from the hotel) and the vibrant, fascinating city of Istanbul (during a 10 hour stopover en route back to Cambodia). With a population of 14 million people, Istanbul has as many people as the entire nation of Cambodia!

In front of the 24,000 seater theatre in Ephesus, scene of the riot in Acts, chapter 19 in the New Testament

Turkish coffee at Istanbul waterfront

In front of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

One other arrival….

We are delighted to introduce you to Joshua Samuel Perrier, born to William and my sister Hannah in Paris on 8th October. We are absolutely delighted for William and Hannah and know they will be outstanding parents.

…and one sad departure

As you may have seen on international news, former Cambodian Prime Minister and King Norodom Sihanouk passed away on 15th October at the age of 89. King Sihanouk was loved and respected by the Cambodian people, and our thoughts and prayers are with the King’s family and the Cambodian people at this time of mourning.

Thousands of mourners gathered outside the Royal Palace



  1. Busy, busy, busy!

  2. Hi Simon and Becci. Lovely to hear your news! I don’t suppose you met our friends Igor and Vladimir (plus wives) while you were at the conference in Turkey, did you? They skyped me from Sergei Ilnitski’s flat (Sergei is the Ukrainian church planter in Turkey). 🙂

  3. Did you go in the Blue Mosque? Saving the vouchers to get there one day…

    Glad you had such an amazing time on your travels.

    R x

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