Gareth and Malou’s update: June 2024

(June 13, 1923 – May 7, 2024) Photo of Margaret Bolton taken in a restaurant 5 days before her passing.

Dear Friends, in the early hours of Tuesday May 7, and just a few weeks before her 101st birthday, my mother passed away in her bungalow in the Dorset village where she and my late father had retired 40 years ago. Although not totally unexpected, it was nonetheless a shock, and we immediately cancelled the short holiday in Scotland that Malou and I had been planning to start the following day. The funeral will be held on Wed June 26. Thank you for your many kind words by email and on Facebook.
We are currently in Manila, the Philippines, having just spent a few days in Vietnam. We fly to Cebu tomorrow for meetings in 3 churches and next week, we will visit some of Malou’s family on Batanes in the far north of the country. We are also spending time with three 3 AMEN partner ministries: CWTP, SIKATT and Grace Ministries.
May God bless you all. With our love, Gareth and Malou Bolton                                                                                                  (

May 31 Fly Manila to Cebu
6.00pm: Bradford Church Youth, Cebu (Acts 1:8).
June 1 3pm: Living Word Youth, Banawa (Missions)
Sun June 2 9.30am: Cebu Christian Gospel Centre, ‘Missions Sunday’ (translation into Chinese)
Fly Cebu to Manila
June 3 Fly Manila to Batanes
June 7 Word of Truth Youth, Batanes
Sun June 9 Grace Ministries; Word of Truth; Valugan Fellowship (3 churches and 3 meetings in Batanes)      June 10 Pastors’ Fellowship, Basco                                                                                                                                        June 13 Fly Batanes to Manila
Sun June 16 9.00am: Diliman Bible Church, Manila
June 19 Fly Manila to UK – arrive June 20
Sun June 23 11am: Brewham Chapel, Somerset BA10 0JY
Wed June 26 11.30am: Mum’s funeral at St Andrew’s Church, Winterborne Houghton. DT11 0PF
Sun June 30 10.30am: Sturminster CF, The Row, Sturminster Newton. DT10 1AX

Enjoying Vietnamese noodles for breakfast with some friends in Ho Chi Minh City.
Sunrise over the Blackmore Vale in Dorset at 5.45am on Sunday May 5
Margaret Alice Bolton (née Day), Gareth’s mother, c. 1930
‘Greenslade’, in the Blackmore Vale (AONB), was Mum’s home’ for 40 years. It was our ‘other home’ throughout our married life.
Jannette Pinzon (standing 3rd from right) serving mothers from a poor urban Filipino community with AMEN partner CWTP.