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Monday, December 10, 2012

Prayer Mail

Dear partners in prayer,
This is our weekly public prayer mail.

This week's overview:

1) Course development work continues.

2) Students are focusing on the final part of the semester.

3) A number of things have come to our attention for various reasons in the last few days.

Therefore, prayerfully taking everything into account, we have decided it will be more helpful if we made a clearer distinction between our Online Anglican Theological College (OATC) Google resource site and our (OATC) Moodle course site. Both sites continue as 2 complementary parts of our education mission, but we find it necessary to refine the mission of the Moodle course site. Here is the distinction as of this past Sunday:

3a) The OATC Google site continues to be a resource site open to anyone in any diocese or denomination for self-improvement purposes: you may avail yourself of the library links and downloadable resource section for each of our OATC Moodle site courses as you desire, as self-improvement students. A password is not needed to access these pages, but let us know by email that you are a self-improvement student. The home page is: Feel free to look around.

3b) The OATC Moodle course site requires a password and at the moment is primarily reserved for the Diocese of Belize and the Diocese of Western Tanganyika. If you are a supporter, a bishop or diocesan leader from a diocese other than Belize or W. Tanganyika, or an archbishop, and you would like to look around, it would be my pleasure to give you a tour.

Prayer requests:

1) For our family members and the upcoming Advent and Christmas plans.

2) For the students and the courses, to the glory of God. Particularly that:

2a) current students would end on a strong note, on/by December 21st, and

2b) prayers for the next course beginning January 19th, and

2c) for which students would be attending them.

2d) for our Spanish speaking students.

2e) for the conversion of the current lives courses to 24/7 courses, beginning December 15th.

3) For travel plans in the first half of 2013:

3a) to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in April (current plan is to meet the Bishop of the Diocese here in the US, in March, and then, a group of us travel back possibly with him to Tanzania). This trip is a prerequisite for establishing an online education program at Kasulu Bible College; while in Tanzania, I may be teaching students in Belize, online. With online education, I can do that, and

3b) plans to visit Belize after Ascension Day, in May, to teach in situ (on location) for a week or so, and

3c) the Bishop of Belize has mentioned that he would like me to visit the seminaries in Barbados and Jamaica, on my next visit, to see if we can develop stronger ties there, and

3d) The April trip requires visas, vaccinations (as needed), ticket coordination with others, letter of introduction as needed, and so forth, in advance (some of it at least month in advance); so prayer for all those matters would be appreciated, as well as safe and timely travel, and hopefully having at least some basic vocabulary knowledge of Swahili.

4) Financial support, that it would increase, to take into account travel plans in the first half of 2013.

Your prayers are really important for us. I pray for you every day.
God bless you, and thank you for praying.

In Christ,
Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

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