Missionary Impact 2013.
San Ignacio, Belize, Central America.
I am sometimes amazed by the impact that we sometimes have on other people. This was brought home to me this past week in two ways.
1) Julie was in contact with a Julie-Ann, a student. Julie-Ann said that a word study observation technique that she had learned from Julie, Julie-Ann was teaching to her parish Christian Education class in Belize. That is even before our current course is half-way over. That is an immediate effect of what we are doing for God. Fantastic. Praise God.
Simply put, what we teach to our students is being applied in congregations, to help people grow into the fullness of Christ, and applied right away. It is a ripple effect. This is awesome, to actually hear what God is doing in Belize because of us.
2) I was talking with the Chairman of the Commission on Ministry in Belize last week, and he said that the Commission on Ministry is doing things, but the main focus is our program. Also, he mentioned that I am thought very highly of, by people in Belize, because of our program. This is very humbling, which is appropriate for Lent.
Other news: our mission base camp in the Albany diocese will be relocating upstate for about 4 months, and during this time, I plan travel to Tanzania and Belize, as well as make a stop at the SAMS retreat and the New Wineskins Conference (networking opportunities for us).
During our temporary stay at St. John’s, Ogdensburg, both of us will be helping out as a supply clergy team. This gives each of us the opportunity to contact and visit parishes in the North Country; and the plan is to continue our mission work via Internet in the North Country at the same time.
My learning basic Swahili and maintenance of Latin American Spanish, continues.
Contributions to SAMS for our missionary support goes for both our living and missionary expenses in the US and other countries, just as if we were full-time living in another country and visiting the US.
Ways to support us.
Your prayers and financial support make the online educational ministry happen. Thank you.
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.
God bless you,
Shaw+ and Julie+
Missionaries of SAMS and Albany.