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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

By faith, Lord, we know that the Mudges are in your hands. You are with them 24/7, guiding them every step of the way. We thank You for their faith in You and for your faith in them.

Lord, we trust that You will be with them when they travel to Africa, and you will lead them to that mission field where You want them to minister. Help Father Shaw and Mother Julie to always know that they can depend on You.

Lord, we also pray for Lydia and all the things that she is going through right now. Please help her to feel your presence. Help her to focus on the college work that she needs to finish before returning to Gordon College.

Grant the Mudge family some sweet times of togetherness as they are gathered together during this Christmas season. And bless them mightily and keep them safe in 2012. Thank You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,

Peace be with you.
This is our Christmas public prayer mail:

Hope you are having a Merry Christmas season. Hope you have a great New Year's celebration, as you are able.

The Week in Review (please pray as you read this):

1) The Ven. David Collum invited us to con-celebrate with him at the mid-night service at All Saints Cathedral in Albany. It was a really great occasion.

2) Our trip to Uganda has settled down to the first two weeks in February. We are leaving space open on either side of that for any pending Kenya plans.

3) We will start to set up tentative parish visit plans over the next few weeks.

Additional prayers:

1) I would ask you to pray Psalm 91 daily for us, not only for the short-term trip to Africa, but also over our entire preparation time (I have included a copy at the end of the prayer mail).

2) For Discernment. Choosing the right location, based on our site-visit. What needs to be done over the course of the next year, in preparation for our long-term assignment.

3) For Finances. We are SAMS missionaries on home assignment, even as we prepare for our next venture. Please pray for God's provision for this venture.

4) For college work. Lydia has some catch-up work to do in January, before next semester. Prayers for timely and good completion of her semester's work would be appreciated.

5) Setting up and logistics of site visits. We are praying for the right guide in Uganda, to help us get around, show how the bus system works, etc.

6) For the necessary visas, and other matters in preparation for our site visit.

7) Safe and timely travel during our site-visit trip: back and forth to Uganda, and on location.

8) That Jesus would shine through what we do. That we minister effectively, as He would want us to, in the course of His visits, His planning, and His long-term plans for us.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Friday, December 23, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 96: 1-4

Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous words among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.


Lord, as we celebrate this season of your birth, we thank You for the new life that You have brought to Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. Thank You that You have spoken to the Mudges and set their sights on a mission in Uganda or Kenya. There they will declare your glory and share your marvelous words among all the peoples. Thank You for the new song; and thank You for the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation. Great You are Lord and so awesome too!

Be with the whole Mudge family, Lord, as they celebrate Christmas together. May they have a loving time. Continue to guide them into the mission that you have planned for them. Thank You that all three daughters can celebrate Christmas with their parents. Thank You for Hannah’s exciting news about her Troy mission. Please help Lydia to get organized and finish her Fall semester work during the January break.

Jesus, we especially ask You to shine through everything that the Mudges do. Help them to minister effectively in your name. Help them to plan their site visits in Africa and to further discern your long-term plans for them.

To God be the glory! Amen.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our Christmas public prayer mail:
Have a Merry Christmas!

The Week in Review (please pray as you read this):

1) We have had a lot of input and support (in various ways) from family, friends, prayer warriors, and the Holy Trinity, this week. Thank you all.

2) Family update: Lydia has returned from college campus. Hannah has exciting mission news in Troy. Ruth is soon to arrive here for Christmas vacation.

3) Julie preached a good sermon at Grace Church, Waterford, this week. Her focus was on the lessons of the week.

4) We have pursued, prayed, and talked over our several options for 2012, based on the suggestions and developments over the past week or so. This is the net result:

There are still some important conversations ahead, but as of several phone calls yesterday morning, our current outline is: site visits to Uganda and possibly Kenya in the latter part of January and early February (details to be worked out). Likely long-term assignment start date: latter part of 2012.

People have asked what Lydia thinks: Lydia feels very comfortable with our site visit plans, and with the idea of Kenya.

5) Several clergy have already asked us to visit their parishes. Thank you.
We plan to start visiting parishes/deaneries/mission committees/individuals after we arrive back in the U.S. from Africa.

Additional prayers:

1) For Discernment. Choosing the right location, based on our site-visit. What needs to be done over the course of the next year, in preparation for our long-term assignment.

2) For Finances. We are SAMS missionaries on home assignment, even as we prepare for our next venture. Please pray for God's provision for this venture.

3) For college work. Lydia has some catch-up work to do over break, before next semester. Prayers for timely and good completion of her semester's work in January would be appreciated.

4) That this would be a good preparation year for the entire family.

5) Setting up and logistics of site visits. We are praying for the right guide in Uganda, to help us get around, how the bus system works, etc. With about 34 or so different local languages/tribes throughout the country (though the common one is English), a guide would be helpful to show us how to navigate the culture.

6) For the necessary vaccinations, visas, and other matters in preparation for our site visit.

7) Safe and timely travel during our site-visit trip: back and forth to Uganda, and on location.

8) That Jesus would shine through what we do. That we minister effectively, as He would want us to, in the course of His visits, His planning, and His long-term plans for us.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Scripture Prayer

From Luke 1: 28, 30, 37,38

The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid. For nothing is impossible with God. Let it be with me according to your word.

A Prayer for the Mudges and their intercessors:

Thank You Lord that You are always with us and that we need not be afraid. We ask Lord for your blessings and especially for your discernment about the special roles that You have for us. Let it be with us according to your word. And it will come to pass because nothing is impossible with You, God. Thank You Lord. Amen.

Luke 1: 35

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

A prayer for the Mudges:

Lord we petition for a very special gift of discernment for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. We ask that Your Holy Spirit come upon them and that Your Power will overshadow them so that they may yield to your perfect will for them. In the months ahead as they visit Belize and they visit Africa, be with them Lord so that they correctly sense the mission that is your desire for them. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Scripture Prayer

From Isaiah 61: 1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; … to comfort all who mourn, … to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he may be glorified.

Divine God, we know that Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge wish to be planted exactly where you want to place them. We ask Lord, that You gift them with discernment so that they may hear your orders clearly. Then they will be oaks of righteousness ministering on your behalf and bringing You glory. They will thrive while sharing good news with the poor, binding up the broken hearted, proclaiming liberty to captives, and opening the prison doors for those who are bound, as well as comforting those who mourn, and replacing faint spirits with garments of praise. Lord, we ask this for the Mudges and for us their intercessors, that our faint spirits may be exchanged for strong ones made up of praise and adoration. We ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail:

The Week in Review (you might pray as you read):

We continue to make progress down the road in discerning God's call for us in mission, but sometimes, it appears only to be a straight line, from God's perspective. Please keep our discernment in your prayers, especially for the following three areas:

1. Belize:
The Bishop of Belize contacted us with his vision for what he would have us do. We responded with our version of his vision. The two visions are very similar, but some questions remain. This assignment would be a mixture of pioneering ministry and a coming-alongside ministry, at the same time.

2. Uganda:
We had a very good two-hour phone call on Sunday morning, before Church. Consequently, we are praying about the two options below:
a) We have been informed about a potential assignment in a diocese in central Uganda. It seems like a very good assignment. This would be more along the lines of coming-alongside current ministry.
b) We have been informed about a potential assignment in a diocese in a part of Southern Sudan that borders Uganda. It is a bit more rustic assignment than the one in Uganda, and it would be a pioneering assignment, kind of like helping a virtual diocese become reality.
Our prospective site visits for both the Uganda and Southern Sudan assignments might be held in conjunction with someone else's short term mission trip to Uganda, scheduled for March, 2012.

3. Kenya:
We continue to wait to hear back about a potential assignment in western Kenya; that would be a coming-alongside kind of ministry. We do not expect to hear back until some time after Christmas.

Prayers:

1) Please keep Lydia in your prayers, for exams and vacation plans. She seems to be doing reasonably well in most subjects, but she needs your special prayers for one particular course.

2) Please keep parents in your prayers (my mom, Julie's parents), as they plan their lives over the next few months.

3) We are currently SAMS missionaries on Home Mission Assignment. This is the phase in which we are preparing for our next assignment. Please pray for our finances, meetings, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail:
I hope you are having a good Advent.

The Week in Review:

1a) This past week there have been quite few developments as to where we might be serving next. To keep it simple: there is at least one location in Belize, possibly several locations exist in Uganda, and a location in western Kenya. We anticipate that we will find more about the Kenyan possibility as the process unfolds there, over the next month.

1b) Finding a good missionary match is very much like a clergy search process, both for the missionaries as well as for the dioceses involved. We are prayerfully evaluating all the missionary options.

2) Julie's parents have decided to move to Colorado, perhaps by next May, moving out there with Julie's sister and brother-in-law. We are pleased to have helped them come to a unanimous decision, and thank you for your prayers.

Prayers:

1) Please keep Lydia in your prayers, for school remaining work, exams, adjustments, and vacation plans.

2) Please keep Julie's sister's family and Julie's parents in your prayers, as they plan their relocation to Colorado from Connecticut over the next few months.

3) We are SAMS missionaries, even in the US, even as we plan our next venture. Please pray for our finances, meetings, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing over the next few months.

4) We have an important Ugandan phone call this coming weekend, communications permitting. Your prayers would be appreciated.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Romans 10: 13-15

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed. And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them who preach good news!”

Lord, what a powerful passage that shows the purpose for mission, mission near and far. Lord, we pray for missionaries everywhere, those who serve You and spread your good news wherever they are. But in particular, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. They are asking for your direction as to where you want to send them. We pray that they hear you clearly and will be in the mission field again soon preaching your good news and training others as well to preach your good news. Amen.

December Newsletter

On home leave (furlough). Lydia begins college.


Home leave.

“Are you still a missionary when you are back home?”

Yes! In fact, they have a name for any extended time when a full time missionary is back home: furlough.

A furlough, or home leave, is a natural part of a missionary’s life. Mission agencies recognize that life happens, even to missionaries, and that their missionaries will be healthier, happier and more productive in the long run if they are allowed time back home from time to time to attend to “Life.”

Why Missionaries Take Home Leaves.

Missionaries take furloughs for a number of reasons:

Life changes: It may be that a missionary comes home for a year or two to care for ailing or aging parents, or, as in our case, to help a young person adjust back to the US / college.
Health issues: It may be that a missionary has some health issues that need to be attended to, things that can’t be taken care of “on the field.”


A new assignment: Missionaries may also return home for a time of discernment if they believe the Lord is calling them to a new location. This involves discussions with the mission agency and support groups, and in our case, with our bishop.


Fundraising: Every few years, missionaries will return home to touch base with their supporters, giving reports of work accomplished, sharing a vision for the next term of service, and building up their support and funds. This is especially important when a new assignment is being announced.

FAQ


“Do you still receive a salary from SAMS while you are home?”

Yes! A missionary on home leave continues to be employed by their mission agency, and continues to receive a paycheck from them.

“Where does the paycheck come from?”

The paycheck comes from the missionary’s account, which is made up of all the contributions made by supporting individuals and churches, mission boards and dioceses. When we don’t continue to receive contributions during home leave, our account dwindles, and it can become harder for us to get back on the field again to the next assignment.

Please make checks out to: "SAMS", and put "Mudge" in the memo space. The mailing address is: SAMS, P. O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003-0399.
You may also arrange for automatic deductions from your bank account by calling SAMS at:
724-266-0669.

“Are you going back on the field again?”

Yes! The Lord is definitely calling us to continue as missionaries.

“What’s next?”

Visits to various sites we are considering for our next assignment (Jan.- Mar. more or less)
Visits with as many of our supporters and supporting churches as we can fit in!

Shaw+ and Julie+.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail:

Welcome to Advent, and I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving.

The Week in Review:

1) This past week there have been several good connections about our future missionary plans, and it would take a while to good while through it all step by step. It has been happening quickly. We are excited. To summarize:

a) We had a good Skype call with Bp. Philip of Belize about potentially serving in the capital city of Belmopan, potentially looking at us making a several week site visit in the early months of 2012. This is very encouraging.

b) We have also had other encouraging additional news from SAMS about the possibility of serving in the Diocese of Northern Uganda. A proposal is in the process of being made to the Bishop of that Diocese.

c) Other possibilities emerged, as well, such as potentially serving in Nairobi, Kenya, or in the northern part of Kenya among nomadic tribes (the latter is a more remote possibility - in more than one sense - at the moment).

We are prayerfully evaluating all the options.

2) We had two good Thanksgiving gatherings, one for our immediate family and two friends in New York State, and one with Julie's immediate family, in Connecticut. We enjoyed touching base with our daughters, Ruth, Hannah, and Lydia, and with our parents. Of the options at the moment, our family is giving us feedback on where they might like us to serve, and Belize takes the top vote for just about everyone.

3) We have enjoyed touching base with supporters during the past week or so. You all are an awesome bunch! We have made new friends along the way.

Prayers:

1) Please keep Lydia and our parents, particularly Julie's parents, in your prayers:

a) Lydia's college roommate has departed for the school year, may reenter next Fall. Please keep Lydia in your prayers, for school work, exams, and adjustments.

b) Julie's sister's family, along with Julie's parents, are considering relocating to Colorado from Connecticut sometime in the near future. We will be included in important family discussions this coming weekend.

2) Please pray for our finances, meetings, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing over the next few months.

3) Bishop Philip of Belize has asked us to keep him, and the Church in Belize, in our prayers. We would appreciate your praying for them, as well.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Scripture Prayer

1Peter 4: 7-11

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled, so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

We pray Lord, for clear minds for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge so that they can pray and hear your direction for them. Thank You for every gift that You have given to these loyal servants of yours as they wish to serve others and faithfully administer Your Grace in its various forms. Show them Lord what their new mission is to be and where it is to be. Also give them the strength they need to complete a mighty work for You. And in all they do, may their works bring praise to Jesus Christ, your Son. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail. We hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving.

1) This past week we had various great meetings and phone calls about our future prospective plans.

2) We would like your prayers for discernment and for the right mission fit. Possibilities that we are exploring include Belize, Uganda, and potentially Kenya.

3) Please keep Lydia and our parents, particularly Julie's parents, in your prayers.

4) Please pray for our finances, meetings, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing over the next few months.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Isaiah 30:21

And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Father God, we come to you once again asking that you give clear direction to Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. We pray that their ears hear your orders for them. Lead them Lord to that place where you want them to minister for the next few years. Help them to find that destination where You might use them best with their unique spiritual gifts. We pray this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. And Lord we pray for Lydia as she continues to adjust to college life. Send her your love, peace and joy. Let her know that You are with her always in her journey to adulthood. Amen.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.

Thanksgivings.

1) This past weekend we had another good visit with Lydia at college.

2) Julie and I started our prayerful and exploratory searches for a new mission site this past week, focusing our current search on Central America and Eastern Africa, as per our conversation with SAMS.

3) This week, as well, we received several other good suggestions in response to last week's prayer mail and/or our newsletter. Thank you to everyone who has contributed suggestions. Our hope is to narrow down our mission choices by the end of the year, in preparation for our short term site visits in early 2012.

4) We plan to continue church visits in 2012, after we have a more refined story to tell.

Prayer requests.

1) We have options to explore, on different continents, as prep work for the next assignment. We would appreciate your prayers for the right fit and good site visits.

2) Please keep Lydia and our parents in your prayers.

3) For finances, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing over the next few months, as we begin our new mission phase.

4) For our meetings over the next month and half, with individuals.
God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 51:30

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

From One Minute Prayers for Women

Just as You prepare a place for me, Lord, may I prepare a place for You. Create in me a clean heart that is pleasing to You. Make it a place that welcomes Your presence, God. I want a heart than clings tightly to Your promises. Let it beat strongly with Your purpose.

I want my soul to be a fortress that holds and protects Your Word within. Design a temple that is worthy to be called Your home. As I move through my days, I will think of the One who resides in me. Fill my heart with all that is pure and right so it will not be sacrificed to false gods but will be preserved and prepared for You alone.

Our Prayer for the Mudges:

Lord, the Mudges are praying for discernment about their next place of mission. Prepare that place for them, Lord. But more importantly, prepare their hearts for You. Create in them those pure hearts that are pleasing to You. Help them to cling tightly to Your promises and let their hearts beat strongly with Your purpose. May their souls be fortresses that hold and protect Your Word within. May their bodies be temples that are worthy to be called Your home. May they always be thinking of You. Fill their hearts with all that is pure and right so that these hearts will be preserved and prepared for You alone. May their hearts always welcome Your presence, God. Amen.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

October November Newsletter

Julie smiling at the SAMS Office

Transitions.

In January, Shaw had a word from the Lord that our time was drawing to a close in Peru. Jesus was drawing us forward to a new assignment. During the intervening months, as events unfolded, we have been discerning what shape our missionary ministry would take, and now, after talking with SAMS this month, we are exploring several possibilities on at least two continents that would fit that criteria. The two month missionary program in California was particularly helpful in this discernment process.

Why Missionaries Make Transitions.

Missionaries make transitions for a number of reasons:
Jesus just calls you elsewhere
Changes in situation on the ground
Key transition point in the family
Turns out that it wasn’t a good match of people, expectations, or skills
Difficulty in making necessary cultural adjustments/ in learning the language
The job gets done – time for a new assignment!

We are at a key juncture for us as a family. Lydia is launched at college. As parents, it has been important to be around while she adjusts to college life. To that end, while we explore missionary options, we will continue to be in close contact throughout the critical months.

This is a key juncture for both of us as a married couple. We always felt we were a strong couple, yet we have drawn much closer to each other in the process. We never thought that there could be so much more. Our time in the US and in the missionary program in California, in particular, has been important catalysts for this great phase of our marriage.

On the ground in South America, we could see that the job that we came to do had started to become redundant in December 2010. One potential implication was that the sudden emergence of on-line education would make it possible to expand seminary classes across any country and across both North and South America. If so, by sharing all the countries' seminary professors, fewer full-time faculty members like ourselves would be needed in any one country.

All this seemed to confirm that the word from the Lord was timely.

Prayer concerns:

Funds: We need your support more than ever. Between the time of transition and the missionary program in California, our account has gotten quite low. We will need to build up funds again before we can go out.

Please keep us in prayer for a good fit for the next SAMS assignment on our path with Jesus.

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.

Shaw+ and Julie+

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.

This past week we had a good visit with Lydia at college, and a good visit with SAMS in Pittsburgh.

Prayer requests.

1) We have spent two months at a missionary program in California, and during that time, have been discerning where to serve our Lord best. We talked over our discernment with SAMS (our mission society), and we have the green light to go into another mission field. We have options to explore, on different continents, as prep work for the next assignment. We would appreciate your prayers for the right fit.

2) Please keep Lydia and her schoolwork in your prayers.

3) Please keep Julie's parents and my mom in your prayers.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scripture Prayer

1Peter 1:13

Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Lord, we send up to You today our fervent prayer for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. We pray for their meeting with SAMS (November 7) and eagerly wait to hear about the next chapter in their ministry. Be with them, Lord. Send them your grace as they hope to do a new mighty work for You. Amen.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.

a) Our prayers continue to be somewhat the same this week, as last week (i.e. we return this Thursday and ask for safe and timely travel as well as finishing strongly here, and for our time at SAMS this coming Monday).

b) We have been truly blessed by our time here in California, not only encouraged for what lies ahead, but also blessed by each other. A side benefit for being here is that we feel as though we were on a second honeymoon. We are blessed that we have three outstanding daughters, who we love dearly.

c) In addition, we would ask prayers for:

our visit to Lydia this coming weekend in Massachusetts, and Julie's parents, who are in a temporary shelter, due to snow fall and power outage in Connecticut. Ellen, Julie's sister, is their primary caregiver, and we would ask your prayers for Ellen, who deserves a stained glass window.

God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+
Disciples Making Disciples.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scripture Prayer

From Revelation 7:17

…the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water…

Lord, thank You that you are shepherding Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge and leading them to springs of living water. May they be directed, empowered and refreshed by your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the missionary program that they are finishing up in California. We pray for safe travel for them and for a good meeting with SAMS on November 7. Be with Lydia as she continues to become adjusted to life in the U.S. and to college.

From Revelation 7:12

Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!

Amen!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer partners,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1) An awesome birthday week with Julie.

2) The missionary program is fantastic. About 1.5 weeks to go.

Prayers:

1) For our transition from the missionary program over the next two weeks, including time zone changes and smooth travel arrangements.

2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general.

3) For our meeting at SAMS, in Pittsburgh, on Monday, November 7, in two weeks.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer Partners,

Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1) For Julie. Her birthday is this week.

2) The missionary program continues to be really awesome. About 2 weeks or so, to go.

3) For the great church service yesterday.

Prayers:

1) For the people who have asked us for prayer this week, that their prayers for discernment be answered.

2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general.

3) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we meet. And for a strong close to our missionary program.

4) For our meeting at SAMS, in Pittsburgh, on November 7.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Prayer Mail October 11, 2011

Dear Prayer Partners,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1) The missionary program is really awesome. About 3 weeks or so, to go.
2) For the time-off we have had on weekends. I have been taking photos for family and friends during these excursions, and post some on Facebook. Fr. Christopher Brown aptly summed up what the photos represent, that I am showing God's glory through my photos.
3) Thanks to our supporters, financially and in prayer.

Prayers:

1) For continuing discernment on a variety of matters.
2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general, and to life away from Mom and Dad. Pray that she would find a good church fit.
3) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter. There have been some great conversations/encounters with folks, whom Jesus brings our way.
4) For our next update meeting at SAMS (our missionary society), in early November.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+
Psalm 16:7-9; 11

I will praise the Lord who guides me; yes, during the night I reflect and learn.
I constantly trust in the Lord; because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended.
So my heart rejoices and I am happy; my life is safe.

You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me delight.

Thank You Lord, for guiding Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge into the mission that You have for them.  You are their right hand, Lord.  They constantly trust in You.  Their hearts rejoice and they are happy.  You keep them safe as You lead them on the path of life.  Thank You for the absolute joy that they experience as they follow Your lead.  Thank You for the delight that they feel when they are in Your presence.

Lord, we especially thank You for the 2 month long program in which they are participating to hear You more clearly.  Thank You for the weekend excursions that reveal the beauty of Your creation.  You are an awesome God.  Thank You.  Amen.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Philippians 1: 4-6

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus, we lift up to You Father Shaw and Mother Julie as they begin another month in California, discerning the next step that You have for them and getting equipped for that mission. Thank You that they are enjoying the program and benefitting much from it. We know Lord, that You have begun a good work in them and will carry it on to completion. Thank You for your faithfulness.

We thank You also for the three Mudge daughters: For Ruth in the Chicago area, help her to prosper there and to lead an abundant life with meaningful work and good friends. For Hannah in Troy, bless the Oaks of Righteousness Minsistry which she has founded with Christina Vance. For Lydia in college in Boston, for her continuing adjustment to college and the the US in general and to life away from Mom and Dad. May she find a good church fit.

We thank You lord, for all the Mudges. Bless them mightlily in their work for You. Amen.

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer Partners,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1. The big news this week is that we have decided to extend our stay at the missionary program for another month; as far as I know, the news is not official yet, but should be, soon. Note that this is under Thanksgivings. We are getting a lot out of the program. On weekends, we get out and about. Getting out and about, too, is a thanksgiving, and you may find some of our weekend photos on Facebook.

2. For the missionary conference that SAMS invited us to this week; SAMS invited us in the middle of the week; the conference took place in California on the weekend. It was awesome, and I realized, once again, how much of a positive impact all our daughters have had throughout the Anglican Communion. Now, we are getting to be known as "the parents of..."

3. That necessary repairs have been made to the kitchen that we use, and I learned a lot about plumbing in the process. Also, that the air conditioning filter in our unit was changed; the filter was grim.

Prayers:

1. For our totally awesome missionary program. We have finished up week four. We plan to return to New York State in early Novemember. This past week, we found out that one month is typically planned to be about half-way through, funds permitting.

2. For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general, and to life away from Mom and Dad. Pray that she would find a good church fit.

3. For continuing discernment, as we begin to look beyond the missionary program, taking into account the things that we are learning here.

4. That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter. God is really answering prayers here.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.

Shaw+

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 105: 1-4

Give thanks to the Lord.
Call on him.
Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him.
Make music to praise him.
Meditate on all the miracles he has performed.
Brag about his holy name.
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Search for the Lord and his strength.
Always seek his presence.

Lord, we give thanks to You. We call upon your name in intercession for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. They truly seek You as they complete their missionary program in California. Let their hearts rejoice as they seek You and your strength. Always be with them Lord. Make known to them the next step in their mission service to You, so that they may make known what You have done. May they have joyful music in their hearts with which to praise You.

We thank You Lord, for the beauty of your creation and the opportunity that Father Shaw and Mother Julie had to experience your glorious work in Yosemite Park. Be with them through their last week in Califormia and on their journey back to New York. Be with Lydia as she adjusts to life in college, in the USA, and away from Mom and Dad. Thank You for all your blessings, Lord. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Prayer Mail, Sept 26

Dear Prayer Partners,

Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1. This week, again, we have been getting quite a lot our of our missionary program, in many areas.
2. For our visit to Yosemite National Park.

Prayers:
1. For our missionary program. We have finished up week three.
2. For Lydia's coninuing adjustment to college and to the US in general, and to life away from Mom and Dad.
3. For continuing discernment.
4. That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September Newsletter



God with us.

"I am very big. I am very loud." Thus spake St. Julia in deep round tones, as she raised her shoulders and moved her arms slightly out from her body. She was speaking to two bear cubs and their mother bear, rather close at hand.

Only the mother bear appears in the picture below, just to the left of the rock in the upper right corner of the photo, between the two trees that appear to form a "v" on the right. The bear cubs had been on top of the fallen tree in the foreground, a few moments before.

Earlier in the day, as we were driving through Sequoia National Park, I had had the desire to see a bear, and I prayed that we would see a bear. And so, walking along Congress Trail from the General Sherman tree, we were about half-way to our destination of Crescent Meadow, when we turned a corner, and there was a trinity of the three bears. I suppose Tertullian and St. Basil the Great would have been pleased, to find such a trinity.

Our encounter was an answer to prayer, so was seeing another bear, later in the day. They were God incidences, on the path of life.

The trail was not dangerous, and in fact, many people were walking it that day, but no one we met had seen any bears in this section, let alone three.

This was not a zoo. The bears were wild. The most pressing concern was not to get between a mother bear and her cubs, or even to look like you might be giving unwanted attention to the cubs. What you do in a situation, such as ours, is: 1) look big, 2) make noise, and 3) move away. Julie did that. It worked. The bears were very obliging.

And so, Julie, a homeschooling mother of three, had a meeting of the minds with the big bear, a homeschooling mother of two who was out on a field trip with her cubs. In the end, bears and people each went our separate ways. We had a happy ending.

We are in the midst of missionary training in California. We pray for people we meet, for our steps on the path of life, and for you all, daily. This encounter was a reminder that keeping close to God is a good idea. It is also a reminder that God answers prayer. In the photo, mother bear is looking at me. Blessings show up in unexpected ways, some times.

Please keep us in prayer for the balance of our program in California, and for the next steps on our path with Jesus.

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.

Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer partners,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings:

1) We arrived safely in California, and the program is a great one. We have been learning about LIFO, which appears to be a really good tool for missionary and parish settings.

2) Thank you to Torre Bissell, Dcn. Greg Bailey, and others who have shared prayer requests over the internet about the flooding. I have been praying these prayer requests.

3) Thank you to Bp. Bill for his message this week.

4) For the great sermon on forgiveness at the Church we attended, today.

Prayers:

1) For our missionary program.

2) 10 years ago I was in Walton, NY, as we went through 9/11 together; and in this season of our lives, I am praying for everyone in Walton and everywhere else who has been affected by flooding.

3) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter.

God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Friday, September 9, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Philippians 3: 12b – 14

…I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded. Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray that Father Shaw and Mother Julie feel your presence every step of the way as they embark on the missionary program in California. May they hear You loudly and confidently as You lead them into the next phase of their mission for You. May they be single-minded in finding out and laying hold of that purpose for which You have called them into ministry. Having learned so much from their experience in Peru, they reach out for the things that are ahead, striving toward that prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Give them special discernment, Lord, to clearly hear your call to them. Amen.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Romans 8:28

We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lord, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge as they prepare for their trip to California and a month long program that will help them to discern the next step in the mission to which You have called them. May they have a sense of your grand vision. Let them rest in knowledge of your love. Grant their hearts peace and may they know the joy that comes from being led by your Holy Spirit.

We pray for travel mercies. We thank You Lord that Lydia is settling into her college routine and is enjoying it. Thank You Lord for your provision. Amen.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Prayer partners,
Peace be with you.
Thank you for your prayers. We sense them, wherever we go.

We sat out the Tropical Storm, in Maine.

Thanksgivings:
a) We have arrived safe and sound in New York State, having had a great time with family and friends in three states, and having avoided any real negative impacts from Tropical Storm Irene.

b) Lydia is launched at college and loving it. Classes are underway. She had a great birthday. Phase four of being launched at college is.... the rest of college.

Prayers:
a) For our parents. Julie's parents and my mom: various needs, particularly their physical health and/or decisions about where to live.

b) For our time at the missionary program that begins next week in California. Julie and I will be there about a month. Please pray for safe and timely travel.

c) That we would be a blessing to all whom we encounter, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

d) For our daughters in their various endeavors: Lydia, Hannah, and Ruth.


God bless you. I pray for you every day.

In Christ,
Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+




Friday, August 26, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 16: 11

You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me delight.

Father God, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie as you lead them in the path of their lives. May they experience that absolute joy and delight in your presence. May Lydia have a happy birthday at Gordon College and we pray this verse for her freshman year. Lead her in the path of life, Lord. May she experience that absolute joy and delight in your presence. Amen.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Scripture Prayer

2Corinthians 4: 5-6

For we do not proclaim ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of the darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.

We thank You Lord for the light of Jesus Christ in the lives of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. May your light continue to shine through them as they commence new aspects of ministry. Be with Lydia as she starts her studies at Gordon College, and be with Shaw and Julie as they spend this week in Maine. Give them good weather to enjoy your awesome creation of nature. May they have a time of relaxation, reflection and renewing of their spirits, readying themselves for whatever mission You have waiting for them. Whatever they will be doing, Lord, we trust that Jesus will continue to shine in their hearts as they share their glorious knowledge of You in the face of Christ. Amen.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week and next week. (We will be on the road a lot over the next two weeks, and I do not know if I will be able to send a prayer mail next weekend.)

I am also attaching our August newsletter.

Update, during this past week:

We have been having a good time meeting with friends and family this week, and getting our home more organized. Still some ways to go.

Had a wonderful time helping the Revs. Hannah Mudge and Christina Vance with their ministry in Troy to the community on Sunday.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) For Lydia. Her preorientation wilderness program in the Adirondacks ends about Friday. Pray for a strong ending to this Phase I of her entering college. May she be strengthened in her faith because of her experiences.

2) Phase II of launching Lydia at college begins this week. We reconnect with her in Massachusetts about the 18th, for orientation.

Pray for our part in orientation weekend at Lydia´s college, and for helping her get settled in.

Pray that she would find the college setting a place for growing spiritually. Pray that Lydia find a good church home and that she can easily set up a bank account.

3) For Julie and my travel schedule this week, to Connecticut and Massachusetts. We plan to spend several days with family and with ministry friends. Prayer for good weather would be nice.

Pray that the Lord would guide us and that we would be good witnesses for Jesus.

4) For reuniting with items which have arrived for us from South America.

Prayers for the following week:

1) For our time with family and friends in Downeast Maine.

Pray that it would not only be a time of refreshment, but also a kind of retreat: a special uplifting time of closeness, peace, and tranquility with our Lord. Prayer for good weather would be nice.

2) For Phase III of launching Lydia at college: our celebrating her 18th birthday with her about a week after orientation, in Massachusetts. Her birthday is a significant threshold for every member of our family.

We pray that Lydia would learn what she needs to learn over the next year and would grow in the power of the Holy Spirit because of her experiences in college.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany.

August Newsletter

What I did on my summer vacation.

What I began to realize (as part of the missionary lifestyle) was that if I did not step back periodically, such as in taking a summer vacation, I could burn out. The result would be bad for me and for the ministry. It is true for many missionaries.

Fortunately, I am married to Julie, a wonderful young lady, who does not forget to remind me that we need to plan a summer vacation. And, boy, did she ever plan an eventful summer vacation! I sometimes wonder if we worked too hard at it....

So, what have we been doing?

1) We have been letting go.

a) We have been getting Lydia launched on the next phase of her life, life at college. That is a big "letting go." For the first time in about 28 years, we will not have one of our daughters regularly living with us.

b) Getting rid of things around the home that we do not need. Simplification of lifestyle, and hopefully getting rid of a few pounds around the waist, as well.

c) Catching up with family and friends. I have never seen so many appointments. Because of our travels over the past few years, we have not been able to see too much of our family and our friends, personally. We have made up for lost time.

In addition, during July, there was least one death on my dad´s side of the family. One of our god-daughters announced that she is expecting, and there has been a wedding on Julie´s side of our family.

2) We have been preparing for what is ahead. We will be attending a program for long-term missionaries, during the month of September. This program will put us in good stead for our meeting with our missionary society in October.

The one constant in our preparations is that Jesus is Lord, and he has at least one great missionary plan for us. That is so exciting. I am energized by it.

3) Providing food for the soul. I am in the midst of putting together a user-friendly Morning Prayer book in Spanish, for my personal daily devotions.

I have also been reading about how to implement healthy team relationships on the mission field. This is so important for ministry effectiveness.

Letting go. Preparing. Providing. That is what we have been doing on our summer vacation.

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.

Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ (and Lydia)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Father God, as Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge spend this summer in reflection about their ministry, we pray that You are guiding them every step of the way. Let the plans that are forming in their hearts be only the plans that You put there. May your purpose prevail in their lives. We pray that this be a sweet time for the Mudges, as they reconnect with family and friends. May this be a time of rest and re-creation as they wait for instruction from You. We also pray for Lydia as she continues in her wilderness experience with others from Gordon College. May she be making new friends and gathering helpful insights to help her in her college journey. Keep her safe, Lord, and help Shaw and Julie to deal with any pangs of empty nest syndrome. We thank You Lord, that You are with Lydia and that You are with her parents in every step of their lives. Amen.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Update, during this past week:

Lydia has been launched! She began her wilderness experience program yesterday.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) For Lydia this week. Her pre-orientation wilderness program in the Adirondacks continues. We reconnect with her in Massachusetts about the 18th, for orientation.

2) For preparations for Julie and my travel and schedule over the next month or so, including visits with friends and relatives in Connecticut and Maine. Preparations for the subsequent missionary program in California.

3) Remaining Gordon college details to take care of, this week, as well as some things to do around the home.

4) Reuniting with more items which have arrived from South America.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mudge Prayer

Prayer for Schools and Colleges (BCP, page 824)

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal God, we ask that you especially bless Gordon College. Be with Lydia Mudge this week as she begins her association with this school in an Adirondack Wilderness Experience. Protect her, Lord, and let her make good friends. Lord, guide her into that study which will help her most to reach her full potential. Be with Father Shaw and Mother Julie as well, helping them to deal with an “empty nest”. Thank You Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Update, during this past week:

1) We visited Vermont and Connecticut this week, visiting friends and relatives, and retrieving more items that arrived from South America

2) We spent 2 days following up on the check lists, for Lydia for College. Getting Lydia launched is in about 4 phases, overall. The first phase begins with a wilderness program. Launch date for the program, about 4 days and counting.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) For Lydia and college this week. Her pre-orientation wilderness program in the Adirondacks begins on Saturday, with a bus trip, from..... Massachusetts.

2) For preparations for Julie and my travel and schedule over the next month or so, visiting friends and relatives in several states, and getting Lydia settled in College. Then, in September we plan to begin our next missionary program (which is for about a month).

3) For Julie´s mom´s health, which took a sudden downward plunge this weekend, and then, had an equally fast rebound.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you.

In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Update, during this past week:

1) We had an interesting time during the Colorado program this past week with Lydia. The program in California during September will be similar, but more in-depth, for Julie and myself.

2) One of my aunts died in Georgia during the early part of the week. That was sad.

3) One of our nieces was married on Sunday in Colorado. That was a joyous occasion. Our daughter Ruth joined us for the occasion. That was a joyous occasion, as well.

4) Our Peruvian apartment matters have finally been completed. Much rejoicing. You have been praying for two years for a pleasant parting of the ways with our landlady, and your prayers have been answered.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) For the traveling we are doing this week to Vermont and Connecticut, for various reasons.

2) For Lydia and ourselves, as she continues to prepare for college. Her start date is effectively August 6 with a wilderness program.

3) My birthday is this week. I am getting used to the higher numbers.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you.

In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Acts 16: 6-10

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to do this, so they passed through Mysia and went down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul during the night. A Macedonian man was standing there urging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” After Paul saw the vision, we attempted immediately to go over to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

Father God, thank You for all that You do. Thank You for the great gift of your Son, Jesus Christ and thank You for your Holy Spirit. Thank You for your servants, Paul and Timothy, who were so brilliantly guided by your Holy Spirit to spread the message of Jesus in their journeys. Lord, we pray that your Holy Spirit, in a like manner, guides Father Shaw and Mother Julie in their mission work. Give them visions, Lord, and give them discernment, too.

We pray for all of the Mudges as they enjoy a little summer break before Lydia goes off to college. Bless them and help the pieces to fall into place. We pray that Lydia is able to take her driver’s test and that she enjoys the pre-college wilderness adventure in the Adirondacks.

Thank You, Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for all that You do for the Mudges. Amen.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 43: 3-4 and 5b

Reveal your light and your faithfulness! They will lead me, they will escort me back to your holy hill, and to the place where you live. Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, so that I express my thanks to you, O God, my God with a harp. … Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.

We thank You, Lord, for this time of rest, recreation and reflection in the lives of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We pray for their travels in Colorado: the missionary conference that they are attending and the family wedding at the end of the week. We thank You for the faithfulness with which You have shown the Mudges every step along their journey. Continue, Lord, to shine your light upon them.

We pray that Lydia will be able to take and pass her driver’s test before leaving for college and that you protect her on the wilderness adventure in the Adirondacks which is a requirement for her before starting classes. Help her to be ready for her college studies and for the social aspects of college as well.

Let their be safe travel throughout this summer, Lord, and we pray that You will lead the Mudges into their next mission field. Speak to them Lord. May they have that ecstatic joy when they hear your voice. Thank You, God, for your saving intervention.

Praise be the the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July Newsletter



On left: Several pieces of Peruvian arpillera

Center: Lydia, Julia and Shaw's mother

Preparing for the future


This month, we have been making the rounds in the US, visiting friends and family, and preparing Lydia for college (and beyond). So far, we have been to Connecticut, and various places around New York State, catching up and looking ahead. In the meantime, several hundred of our books have begun to form the nucleus of a library in Ica, Peru, where Bishop Mike Chapman is working.

It has been a busy time for us in the US. To begin with, Lydia has made great progress towards her driver's license in the past few weeks (including lots of hours of night time driving), but we are wondering if the DMV will be able to schedule a test in time before she heads off to school in Massachusetts in mid-August. If not, we just plug along, trusting that it will all work out in the Lord's timing. However it turns out, it will be the right time, from God's perspective.

On Sunday, we begin a week-long program at Missionary Training International in Colorado, followed immediately after the program by a wedding of one of our nieces (Julie's sister's daughter), also to take place in Colorado in an Orthodox Church.

In September, we have another missionary program to attend, also out West. Then, in October, there is a meeting at SAMS (our mission agency) in the Pittsburgh area.

Meanwhile, we are absorbing the various changes that have taken place in the US over the past few years, both in the Diocese of Albany as well as in society in general. Among the most notable are the day to day technological changes in our neck of the woods that have taken place just in the past month or so.

And I am keeping up on my Spanish and events in South America, including the news from the South American Cup futbol (soccer) competition taking place in Argentina, and about the peaceful governmental transition about to take place in Peru. We continue to be in touch with missionary friends who are currently spread across several countries, including this one.

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.

Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Prayer by Liv Hicks

Father, I stand with the Mudges and bind any spirit of discouragement and replace it with looking at You. You have a plan for this family and You have promised to never leave us or forsake us. Give them Your wisdom as to what to pursue, give Lydia the necessary driving time, give her good practice sessions, and help her to pass the driving tests, all aspects with flying colors...Your colors! Help Julie and Lydia to heal, physically and emotionally. Give them a sparkle that only comes from You. Thank You for Your servants, the Mudges, and fill them, comfort them, direct them. In Christ we stand, humbly and in expectation. Amen.

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.

If you have been trying to get hold of us in the past few days (and several people have): we have been visiting relatives in Connecticut, and our communications links have been intermittent.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) Our return to the US was very good. It has taken us a bit to get used to the day to day technological changes that have occurred in the past 6 months.

2) We have been on track for retrieving various belongings.

3) Our car and our internet service are up and going. Other things are falling into place, as well.

4) Lydia is making very good progress towards her driver's license and preparations for college.

5) We have had good visits from relatives, who have been visiting with us in NY.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Adjusting to the US. Change of culture, particularly biochemistry for Julie and Lydia, who have been sick since they got back.

2) Prayer for some contractual matters relating to our apartment in South America.

3) We are preparing for our family MTI missionary program in Colorado. We depart on Sunday. The program will be followed by the wedding of Julie's sister's daughter (our niece). Please pray for a good program, a great wedding, and safe and timely travel.

4) We gear up for Lydia´s going to college in August. We ask your prayers for meeting her driver´s license requirements (timing of driver's test, and getting in the requisite number of night hours driving beforehand), and for getting things ready for college.

5) Prayer for various other matters and arrangements over the next week.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.

If you are interested, this is the link to this month's video mail "missionary lifestyle 1.0":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGzUdEwVVB0

God bless you.

In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 23: 1-3 and 5b-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He takes me to lush pastures; he leads me to refreshing water.
He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation.

You refresh my head with oil; my cup is completely full.
Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.


Father God, thank You for bringing Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge safely back to the U.S. As they settle back into American ways, give them plenty of opportunities to rest in lush pastures or near refreshing water. Restore their strength Lord and lead them down the path that you have planned for them. Refresh their heads with oil and let their cups overflow with blessing from You. We know that your goodness and faithfulness will be with the Mudges in all of their days and that they will live in your house forever. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Arrival in U.S. Message

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.

1) We´re back, safely. Great flights from Lima to Newark and Newark to Albany.

2) The timing of our arrival was good. We met Doris Wood and family when we arrived at the airport lobby in Albany. They had arrived about the same time that we did.

Meanwhile, Lydia met one of her homeschool friends, who was passing through the airport lobby, at the same time that we were talking with the Woods.

3) Julie and Lydia are a bit under the weather this morning. Your prayers would be appreciated.

4) Now, to continue settling in. First opportunity for growth: getting the car up and going. Tow truck arriving in about 15 minutes.

God bless you all.
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
May you have a happy 4th of July!

This is our last public prayer mail from Peru, before heading north. We depart Sunday, July 3rd.

As of Sunday morning, we should be in a communications black out: telephone, internet (for about a day or two), as we transition between continents. Please keep the journey in prayer.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) We have had a great time in Peru. We look forward to a great time in the US (when we are in Peru, we like Peru. When we are in the US, we like the US)

2) We are packed! Cheers for Julie´s efforts in getting us ready.

3) We have had good partings with people here.

4) Transition matters are underway, and things seem to be working out, but it is step by step.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Adjusting to the US. Change of culture, biochemistry. Reconnecting. Planning. Keeping up with our intense schedule plans over the next few months.

2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters over the next week. Some things have already arrived in the US, and one of our goals is to retrieve them from the various people who have helped us out.

3) We gear up for Lydia´s going to college in August. This is a major part of our next phase. We ask your prayers for meeting her driver´s license requirements, and for our getting things ready for college.

4) Prayers for safe and timely travel as we go back and forth over several states in the next few weeks.

5) Prayers for our relationships with the people we have left behind. We miss them already.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Prayer for Safe Travel

Prayer for Travelers (BCP page 831)

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel, in particular Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father God, protect the Mudges as they travel from Lima to the U.S. Protect them in their long flight and protect them wherever they may go in the U.S. Give them a sense of your presence with them and may they find peace, love and joy as they reconnect with their American family and friends. Amen.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

One week to go. Wow.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) We had a great celebration in our honor at La AscensiĆ³n, this morning. Great service. We are appreciative of the nice comments said about us by the clergy of the parish, including the Rector of the seminary. Gifts were exchanged.

2) It has been an awesome time with the Holy Spirit in the past several weeks.

3) Praise God that logistical things are coming together for our departure next Sunday.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Service at the Cathedral on Sunday.

2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters over the next week.

3) We gear up for Lydia´s going to college in August. We ask your prayers for meeting her driver´s license requirements, and for our getting things ready for college.

4) Prayers for safe and timely travel as we go back and forth over several states in the next few weeks.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.

God bless you.
In Christ
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Psalm 108: 1-6

I am determined, O God! I will sing and praise you with my whole heart.
Awake, O stringed instrument and harp! I will wake up at dawn!
I will give you thanks before the nations, O Lord! I will sing praises to you before foreigners!
For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
Rise up above the sky, O God! May your splendor cover the whole earth!
Deliver by your power and answer me, so that the ones you love may be safe.


Lord, we worship you and we praise you with all our hearts. We praise you early in the morning and mid-day and night fall and late in the evening. We give you thanks for your loyal love and faithfulness. And we thank You Lord for the ministry of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge in Peru. Thank you for the seeds that they have planted and the things that they have done for you. Keep them safe as they travel back to the U.S. Make their preparations easy as they deal with luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters. May there be a glorious celebration at La Ascension in Surco this Sunday, Lord. May your splendor be especially evident! And guide the Mudges into those new things that you would have them do for you.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.

This is our public prayer mail for this week. Happy longest/shortest day of the year (depending on your hemisphere of residence), and the start of summer/winter (also depending on your hemisphere of residence).

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) Julie Mudge and I had a great anniversary celebration, and we enjoyed celebrating Lydia´s graduation at the same time.

2) Lydia has graduated high school, and is in the process of saying good-bye to folks like her who are being launched across the globe.

Highlights of graduation can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdYYklMw_y4
(8 minutes along. It takes a while to load.)

3) We are winding down here in preparation for our travel to the US. Less than two weeks to go. I cannot believe it. We leave behind seeds that have been planted. Things done for our Lord.

4) I enjoyed Father´s Day. Great conversations with friends and family.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) We have a Chapter meeting at the Cathedral on Tuesday evening, and we have a closing out celebration scheduled at La Ascension in Surco on Sunday.

2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters over the next few weeks. Things are going smoothly, but still a ways to go.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Scripture Prayer

1Samuel 3: 9

So Eli said to Samuel, “Go back and lie down. When he calls you say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back and lay down in his place.

Lord, your servants, Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge, are asking that you speak clearly to them. They ask for a word of knowledge, an inflooding of Jesus’ presence and his certainty about what path to take as part of the next phase of their ministry. Just as Samuel said, “Here I am, Lord”, so the Mudges are in your presence awaiting their orders. Let them hear You calling them in the night. Paraphrasing a favorite song, “They will go, Lord, if You lead them. They will hold Your people in their hearts.” Let Your Holy Spirit guide them into the next chapter of their work for You.

And be with them, Lord, as they deal with all the minutiae of leaving Peru and coming back to the U.S. Guide them as they make arrangements for packing and luggage and apartment matters and donating books and book shelves to Bishop Michael Chapman’s ministry in Peru.

And Lord, we ask special prayers for Lydia Mudge as she graduates from high school and gets ready for college. Thank You for the part that she played in the Mudges’ Ministry in Lima, Peru. Amen.

Celebration Photos: 30th Anniversary and Lydia's High School Graduation


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June Newsletter


A time to celebrate!

Since we last wrote, we have been preparing for our trip to the US, which begins on the 4th of July. It has been a time of celebration, and reflection. We like Peru, and we like the US. So, we find ourselves both excited about our plans ahead over the next few months, and a bit sad about the adventure that we leave behind, a mixture typical for every time we depart and typical missionary transition stuff.

We have visited Machu Picchu, an awesome archaeological site on the "eyebrow of the jungle" in the sierras.

Lydia finished her high school classes, attended her senior prom, and will be graduating this week. That is a major milestone. We are very pleased.

Julie and I have celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. An awesome event with an awesome companion. I have enjoyed the adventure, and I have reenlisted with my best friend (my beloved) for what could be 30 more years (but I can not believe the numbers are getting as high as 30).

Peru has just had final round of presidential election voting. The new President takes office on my birthday which is also the Peruvian independence day, towards the end of July. So, Peru is preparing for a celebration.

Now that Lydia is about to enter college, Julie and I will be taking time over the next few months to prepare for that as well as to prepare for what an empty-nest Mudge household would be like. Lord willing, we plan on a fruitful ministry adventure together, with the supporting cast of friends and family, people like you.

Julie and I have had a consistent number-one desire over the course of our lives together. It is this, and it is our prayer, which we would like you to pray with us, as a way of celebrating the adventure in the Holy Spirit with us: "we would like a word of knowledge and in-flooding of the presence of Jesus Christ, a certainty about what it is that we are supposed to be doing."

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! I pray for you, every day.

Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,

Peace be with you. And, for the people attending the Albany Diocesan Convention, I hope you have been having a great time.

This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) Julie and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary on the 13th of June. That is a big number, and yes we are having a special dinner. It seems like only yesterday that we tied the knot, and I am looking forward to the next 30....

2) Lydia has finished her high school work, and enjoyed the senior prom. Next stop, graduation, later this week. The special celebration above, will also be for Lydia's finishing high school. I am impressed by what she has done.

3) Thank you for praying that special prayer last week. The results have been awesome.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Please keep us in prayer through the meetings and celebrations coming up, as we move closer to our arrival in the US on the 4th of July.

2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, apartment matters, and book arrangements over the next few weeks.

3) A cold has begun making the rounds in our family, and we are in various stages of recovery. Please pray for healing.

4) As Julie and I enter a new phase of our life, with all these transitions going on, we would appreciate your continued prayer for the word of knowledge, and inflooding of Jesus' presence and his certainty about which path to take as part of the next phase of our adventure together.

Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Ezekiel 11:16b

Although I have removed them far away among the nations and have dispersed them among the countries, I have been a little sanctuary for them among the lands where they have gone.

Ezekiel 11:19


I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them. I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies and I will give them tender hearts.

Father God, we thank You that You have been a sanctuary and an always presence with Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge as they served You in Peru. We ask Lord that You send a word of knowledge and an inflooding or more of your presence as the Mudges await to hear from You about their new path. Thank You that You will give them one tender heart with a refilling of Your Holy Spirit. And we ask for your help in some of the practical matters as well: luggage, packing, apartment matters and book arrangements. Bless Lydia as she graduates from high school and gets ready for college in the Boston area. We praise You, Father, Son and Holy Ghost for every good gift that you have bestowed upon the Mudges. Amen.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) It is Hannah Mudge´s birthday on June 6.

2) Our water situation is fine in our apartment.

3) Lydia has returned safely from Tarapoto (in the jungle). Ants there were as big as her thumb....

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Please keep us in prayer through the meetings and celebrations coming up, as we move closer to our time for arrival in the US. We arrive on the 4th of July.

2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, apartment matters, and book arrangements over the next month.

3) Please pray for Lydia as she finishes up her school year (and her high school education), and for her plans for getting together with friends here. A lot of her friends are moving elsewhere in the world, as well. Graduation is the 16th. Wow.

4) A prayer that we that we have been keeping in mind, and one that we would appreciate your praying with us, is this: for a word of knowledge and the inflooding of the presence of our Lord as to the path before us.

Thank you for praying. Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you every day.
God bless you.

In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) We cancelled plans to visit Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon next week due to a significant strike in the region of Lake Titicaca.
This is a different strike from the one the Daniels were in the other week, and more serious. As of yesterday, the U. S. Embassy in Lima has prohibited its staff from traveling to the Lake Titicaca region.

2) We have water in our apartment building. Due to some work on the pipes in the building, our city water was shut off for 3 days.

3) Last night, Lydia had a great part as a witness in the high school play, "You, the jury." Julie was selected as one of the jurors.

4) We enjoyed the International Christian School of Lima's senior class Bar-B-Q today (Lydia's high school class).

5) We are in the process of donating books to the work of Bp. Mike Chapman (with book shelves), in his part of the diocese.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Lydia goes on a senior class trip to Tarapoto in the high jungle area, this week (we may be having a senior high girls sleep-over at our apartment on Monday night as a staging area for the trip - we could use prayers for that).
Your prayers would be appreciated for safe and timely travel for them, also prayers for Lydia's back. She pulled a muscle in it this past week.

2) Please keep us in prayer through the meetings, other appointments and arrangements, over the next week. Your prayers really made a difference this past week.

3) Please pray for the services in which we are participating at the Cathedral this week.

4) Please pray for Lydia as she finishes up her school year (and her high school education). Graduation is in about 2 weeks.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Isaiah 51:11

Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return; they will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.

Lord, we await the time in just a few short weeks when Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge will return to the U.S. May they have a happy time visiting family and friends. May they find joy in everything that they do. And we also pray for their next assignment. Whatever that is, Lord, we pray that unending joy will crown them and happiness and joy will overwhelm them as they work for You in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord, guide and direct the Mudges. Help them to settle all their concerns, little and big, as they prepare to move all of their things back to Albany. Be with them as they finish up their ministry in Peru. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) We had a great trip to Machu Picchu.

2) We have had the opportunity to learn a lot how the Andean religion has changed from the time of the conquistadors until now, and apparently how some in the Andean religion and in the Roman Catholic Church have borrowed from each other's religion, as a way of enhancing each's own perspective. And yes, some contemporary Roman Catholics in the Andes' apparently also worship the gods of mountains and glaciers, today. Yet the Andean religion in some ways is a different religion now than in the 16th century, a bit more trendy.

FYI: the contemporary term for "syncretism" (blending religions) is now "cultural fusion."

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, who work hard in such a climate.

3) Prayed through some historical Andean religious sites, using the Jesus' prayer and Nigel's blue cards.

4) Items from our last prayer mail, such as meetings and a meeting with our landlady, have gone well.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) Please keep us in prayer through the meetings, other appointments and arrangements, over the next week.

2) Please pray for the 10 am service at the Cathedral on Sunday. I lead the Dean of the Cathedral and his beloved in a renewal of their wedding vows.

3) Please pray for Lydia as she finishes up her school year (and her high school education). Graduation is in about 3 weeks.

Thank you for praying for us. Your prayers make a difference.
God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Colossians 1: 9-12

We, from the day that we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.

Wow, Lord. You sure did give Paul the gift of words and long sentences! But this passage says so much about encouraging others in their journey with You. As always, Lord, we lift up to You Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Keep them safe and bring them some more mountain top experiences as they travel to Machu Picchu this weekend.

We ask You, Lord, to fill the Mudges with the knowledge of your will so that they may live worthily and please you in every way. Show them the new direction that their ministry is to take, and may it bear fruit as they grow in knowledge of You and are strengthened with all power. Grant them patience and steadfastness and joyful gratitude for their time in Peru and for their next adventure in your kingdom.

Lord, we thank You that Bishop Mike Chapman safely arrived in Lima and then went on to this meeting in Chile. Thank You that Linda Chapman and the Daniels also had safe travel. We ask Lord for continued protection for all missionaries in Peru. Thank You. Amen.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Prayer Mail

Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.

Thanksgivings, during this past week:

1) Meeting the Daniels and Linda Chapman on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Lima. As you may have been reading in the various prayer mails, it has been an interesting week for them. They seem to be in great shape.

2) The sermon and the services at the Cathedral on Sunday went very well.

Prayers, for this coming week:

1) The Cathedral Chapter meeting in Lima on Tuesday at 6 pm, New York time. Both Julie and I will be attending.

2) A meeting of the clergy of our deanery that is proposed for Wednesday morning.

3) An important meeting with our landlady and a painter on Monday evening (May 16).

4) For safe and timely travel. We depart Friday for Machu Picchu and return to Lima the following Monday.

5) For Lydia as she finishes up her school year (and her high school education). Graduation is in about 4 weeks.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scripture Prayer

Today’s prayer is for all missionaries in Peru and throughout the world and of course also for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Bishop Mike Chapman was in some serious jeopardy this week in Ica, Peru. He was traveling to a House of Bishops meeting in Chile, when he got stranded. There was a blockade connected to a local strike by cotton farmers. Some feared that the bishop would be captured. Thankfully, as the message below indicates, the danger has passed. Praise God!

A message from Bishop Mike Chapman: I arrived in Lima around midnight Friday the 13th. I hope to fly out to Santiago de Chile today sometime. The roads were pretty clear and the bus ride was uneventful. Please continue to pray for the team until all of them are back in Ica and then switch to prayer for Ica. I will return to Lima the 18th where I will meet up with Linda and probably take a few days to let it all sink in before returning to Ica. Please thank everyone for their prayers. I think everything that is going on is proof of the desperate need for strong intercessory prayer for missionaries. Please put this out to the list and God bless you for all you do and everyone that intercedes because it really makes all of the difference.

Psalm 91: 4

He will shelter you with his wings, you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.

Thank You Lord, for protecting Bishop Mike during his harrowing experience. Please continue to protect him and the Mudges and all missionaries in Peru and throughout the world. Thank You that the Mudges enjoyed their railroad trip into the Andes. Thank You that they were safe. Lord, let them have more joyful experiences during their last weeks in Peru. Thank You for the work that You have given them to do and guide them into their next assignment. Give them your discernment and help them to get ready for their trip back to the States. Amen.