Being Mum to six children is more than a full-time job in itself. But Trudi manages to handle mission activities, church responsibilities and studying, on top of that. And she has somehow found time to write her second book…
WEC: Could you tell us a little about the book you’ve just finished writing?
Trudi: It’s called 40 Days 40 More Bites and should be in print in the Autumn. It's a follow-on from 40 Days 40 Bites and features a new selection of countries and mission topics. It includes fascinating countries such as Madagascar and Somalia, as well as topics such as creation care, homeless people and even toilets! Both books are family guides to pray for the world, with fun facts, testimonies, Bible verses and simple prayer points.
WEC: So this is the second prayer guide you’ve written. Why did you decide to write about prayer?
Trudi: People lead such busy lives and there is often a feeling of information overload! I saw a need for a ‘bite-size’ resource to help people pray for the world: something easy to read and which they could realistically use regularly. I wanted people – especially families – to get a taste of what God is doing around the world and to understand how to pray for its many needs.
‘All of us can only do so much in one day, so knowing what God wants me to focus on each day is the only way I can live as he wants me to.’
WEC: And where do you get your ideas from?
Trudi: I try to keep abreast of news from around the world. I also read about what God is doing in people's lives in different places, by reading mission magazines and following mission-related Twitter accounts.
WEC: You have all sorts of responsibilities. How do you fit them all in?
Trudi: Juggling different things in life is a challenge for many people, isn't it? I have to juggle being mum to six children, studying, writing, mission, church involvement and home education. All of us can only do so much in one day, so knowing what God wants me to focus on each day is the only way I can live as He wants me to.
WEC: What do you have planned for the next couple of years? Might there be another book on the horizon?
Trudi: I'm not sure about my future but I'm thankful that God does and I can totally trust him with it. At the end of the year, we are moving on from Worthing, where we currently live and work as WEC mobilisers. My husband (Rob) and I are praying about where God wants us to be and what he wants us to do after that. All we know is that it will still be with WEC and mission. A third book has been suggested, but for the time being I'm concentrating on promoting 40 Days 40 More Bites so that many people have the opportunity to use it to pray for the world.
WEC: Speaking of prayer, how can we pray for you?
Trudi: It would be great if you could pray that Rob and I would know God's will for our lives in the next stage of our journey with him. Also, please pray that I’ll know whether or not God wants me to do some more writing in the future and, if he does, for his guidance on what to write.
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