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Monday, August 22, 2016

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends,
This is our prayer mail for 22 August 2016.  The Olympics are drawing to a close. Bolt continues to be a big name in the Caribbean.

This week: 
Rewriting a theology course continues.

I received a report that the Spanish version of the CPWI Prayer Book may be published within the next three weeks!
Prayers: 
1) Prayers for guidance on the path ahead, for whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind, and however his provision may take place. Clear discernment as to the appropriate path would be appreciated. 

2) My next trip to Belize is scheduled to coincide with the diocesan synod in October. Pray for the tickets and arrangements, as there has been recent dramatics change in airline availability and schedules since our most recent trip at the end of July. I plan to begin working on these arrangement in about a week and a half. The Bishop of Belize returns to Belize about the same time.

3) For the publication of the Spanish Prayer Book.
4) For the easing of tensions between Guatemala and Belize.  

5) For the clean up in Belize in the wake of Hurricane Earl.

I pray for you every day.
  
Are we making a difference? Absolutely. You are part of our team.
God bless you,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Rev. Julie.
Back in Connecticut

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Newsletter



Recovering.

As I write this, the country of Belize is recovering from Hurricane Earl. The Church in Belize is not a wealthy diocese, and that is one reason why the Church depends on people like myself to help, people who are funded by SAMS, which in turn is funded by people like yourself. So, when a major storm like Earl comes by and costs about $13000 to make a rectory habitable again, the cost is really high for the congregation and the diocese. For the bigger picture:

Similar to what I have mentioned elsewhere:

The Bishop's residence in Belize, some of the diocesan office complex, and at least two rectories that I know of were hit and suffered damage, all in Belize City near the water. One of the rectories belonged to the leading cleric of the Cathedral. Another of the rectories belonged to the Rector of St. Mary the Virgin. 

In addition to structural damage, there was also the concern about biological matter floating in the water through the streets and into homes, as well as potential for disease to spread. And while the water has subsided, unless the structural damage is repaired, especially the walls surrounding buildings, there is also a concern about potential break-ins and theft. 
I am passing along information that I asked of the diocesan office in Belize for anyone wanting to help, in response to those wishing to do something: 

Dear Fr. Shaw,
Cheques or international postal orders may be made payable to Anglican Diocese of Belize.
And mailed to Cecile Reyes or Bp. Philip Wright
Anglican Diocese of Belize
P.O.Box 535
Belize City
Belize, C. A.

I have information for wire transfers, as needed. Please pray that God would provide those who can help.

Both we and the Church in Belize depend on the generosity of people like you. Our ministry is unique, meeting unique and important needs. For us, it means becoming bi-vocational tentmakers like Paul, and yet the SAMS family is what makes it possible. Giving to us also helps SAMS. Our form of ministry is strategically more to the advantage of spreading the Gospel in a way that would not have been possible in more traditional missionary assignments. We have the flexibility to do what is needed, as needed by Bishop Philip.

Thank you for enabling us to do what Jesus has called us to do by supporting our ministry through SAMS. We and SAMS could not do it without you.

In Jesus,

Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Mtr. Julie.
SAMS missionaries with the Diocese of Belize.

Support.

Please pray for us. And for our ministry, make checks out to: "SAMS". Put "Shaw and Julie Mudge" in the memo. Thank you.

Mailing address:
SAMS,
P. O. Box 399,

Ambridge, PA 15003-0399
Diocesan Office complex, Belize City, C.A.

in the wake of
Hurricane Earl, August 2016. Photo provided by the diocesan office.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends,
This is our prayer mail for 16 August 2016.  

Clean up continues in Belize.

This week: 
We are finishing vacation today (Monday, the 15th), During the week, we have kept in touch with Belize. 

The Bishop's residence in Belize, some of the diocesan office complex, and at least two rectories that I know of were hit and suffered damage, all in Belize City near the water. One of the rectories belonged to the Dean of the Cathedral. Another of the rectories belonged to the Rector of St. Mary the Virgin. 

In addition to structural damage, there was also the concern about biological matter floating in the water through the streets and into homes, as well as potential for disease to spread. And while the water has subsided, unless the structural damage is repaired, especially the walls surrounding buildings, there is also a concern about potential theft. 

I am passing along information that I asked of the diocesan office in Belize for anyone wanting to help, in response to those wishing to do something: 

Dear Fr. Shaw,
Cheques or international postal orders may be made payable to Anglican Diocese of Belize.
And mailed to  Cecile Reyes or Bishop Philip Wright
Anglican Diocese of Belize
P.O.Box 535
Belize City
Belize, C. A.
I have information on wire transfers if that would be helpful.  

I am passing along two representative photos that have been sent to me from the diocesan office.

Prayers: 
1) Prayers for guidance on the path ahead, for whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind. Clear discernment as to the 
appropriate path would be appreciated. 

2) For the publication of the Spanish Prayer Book.
3) For the easing of tensions between Guatemala and Belize. The tensions seem to have settled into a fact of day to day life.

4) For the clean up in Belize in the wake of Hurricane Earl.

I pray for you every day.
  
Are we making a difference? Absolutely. You are part of our team.
God bless you,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Rev. Julie.
In transition from Downeast Maine to Connecticut
Making Disciples Who Make a Difference. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends,
This is our prayer mail for 7 August 2016.  Bom dia! The summer Olympics are underway in Brazil (though it is winter time in Rio....). I visited Rio on a business trip in December 1973, some of it brings back memories.

This week: 
This week we battled a virus. We are not sure what kind of virus, but I was about two days behind Julie at the start and as we approach the end. We are OK, and our strength is just about fully back. Next week we are on vacation with family.

It is also vacation time in Belize, so things are in a lull, there. I have been working on course material, but at a measured pace. A student started another course.

Prayers: 
1) Prayers for guidance on the path ahead, for whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind. Clear discernment as to the 
appropriate path would be appreciated. 

There are plans in the works, associated with three different dioceses in different parts of the Anglican Communion at the moment.

2) For the publication of the Spanish Prayer Book.
3) For the easing of tensions between Guatemala and Belize. The tensions seem to have settled into a fact of day to day life.

I pray for you every day.
  
Are we making a difference? Absolutely. You are part of our team.
God bless you,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Rev. Julie.
Back from Belize. 
I am preparing for the next trip.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends,
 
This is our prayer mail for 17 July 2016. Attached is our July newsletter.

This week: 

1) The final editorial revisions of the Province of the West Indies Prayer Book revision have been completed. We are another step closer to publication.

2) WiFi Modem failure this week, though issues had been increasing over perhaps over several weeks. Swapped it this morning. Things look good now. Hazard of the profession. Onwards!

3) Pre-ordination retreat plans continue to be developed for the mission trip that involves Julie and myself this time, to Belize, this week. My 14th trip to Belize since 2012.

4) Distance learning course revision work in progress as I look towards the possible expansion of our program. 

5) Heard from the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika this week. Provided the funds and trip time slot are available, a trip might be set up for 2017. That would be helping out in three different sections of the globe, next year. 

6) And closer to home, my distance learning preaching materials are proving helpful in workshop format to licensed lay preachers in the U.S. I provide workshops and related certificates as desired.

Prayers: 
 
1) Prayers for guidance on the path ahead, for whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind. Clear discernment as to the 
appropriate path would be appreciated.
 
2) For the three deacons to be ordained priests in Belize in little over a week. It will be an historic moment in the history of the Diocese. I am pleased to have played a part in helping to make it happen. Prayer also for the pre-ordination retreat that I will be leading, and for safe and timely travel for Julie and myself.

3) For the publication of the Spanish Prayer Book.
 
4) For the easing of tensions between Guatemala and Belize. 
 
I pray for you every day.
  
Are we making a difference? Absolutely. You are part of that.
 
God bless you,
 
Fr. Shaw
Manchester
 
Making Disciples Who Make a Differen

July Newsletter

Bishops’s chapel, Belize City, Belize, C.A. A place of spiritual
 nourishment. Where diocesan staff devotions take place, weekly. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge, (c) 2016.

Bitten by the bug.

When it comes to missionary work, I have been bitten by the missionary bug. I can’t seem to get it out of my system. And this is confirmed by the fact that my identity is now perceived by many people solely as a missionary, especially those who have not known me in other roles.

Multi-cultural environments have become a way of life. Living on the edge in culture is an exhilarating way of life. Watching what the Holy Spirit does through us is a way of life. And the lessons from missionary life are sometimes lessons that we pass along which help make spreading the Gospel more effective in the U.S. for other folks.

Being bitten by the missionary bug, is being a third culture Christian, living in the mindset of at least two cultures, though as I look ahead to 2017, it could be simultaneously four cultures. People ask how I can do it. It is like any skill: practice, practice, and practice.  

Isn’t it dangerous? Yes and no. There are moments of excitement. Being aware of my surroundings, and taking necessary precautions to guard against unnecessary risks, living in moderation and according to cultural norms: it helps keep me on top of my game, so to speak.

What about spreading the Gospel? That is what I do regularly, in one form or another. Simply be alert to what God has in mind. Spreading the Gospel occurs in word and deed. It always includes following the lead of the Holy Spirit into God-incidences.

Over time, we may end up with interesting results, such as this month, which includes moving ever closer to the publication of Spanish Prayer Book for the Province of the Church in the West Indies and the ordination of 3 priests in Belize, a historic moment for the Church in Belize. July marks my 14th trip to Belize since 2012, and Julie is joining me, making a return trip, as well. The results are cumulative, over time.

And we could not have caught the bug without your prayer and financial support. We are ambassadors for Christ. Thank you for enabling us to do what Jesus has called us to do. In that sense, we are your ambassadors as well.

God bless you,
In Jesus,

Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Mtr. Julie.
SAMS missionaries with the Diocese of Belize.

Support.

Please pray, and continue to make checks out to: "SAMS". Put "Shaw and Julie Mudge" in the memo, to support what we are doing.

Mailing address:
SAMS,
P. O. Box 399,

Ambridge, PA 15003-0399