Dear partners in prayer,
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
We hope you are having a blessed Lent.
This week's overview:
1) Our missionary friend is on the mend in Florida, though full recovery may take a bit more time.
2) The move to Ogdensburg went well for me, and I have enjoyed the activity and the people in the North Country. However, I do miss everyone I left in the Albany area, especially my family. Holy Week is coming, and your prayers for this time would be appreciated, that the Holy Spirit would touch the lives of everyone by what we do.
3) My Tanzanian visa application has been mailed.
4) The fellowship nomination letters are arriving on time.
5) Development of our courses continues, and now the next phase includes ongoing courses, as well as teaching during the upcoming trips. I enjoy teaching.
6) I am also preparing a series of 5 sermon outlines, intended for all the clergy in the Diocese of Belize to preach from (in preparation for my teaching there in May). They would each receive a set of 5 different sermon outlines, one to be delivered each week during the five Sundays immediately after Easter. That was the original plan. As it happens, may they be used to the glory of God.
1) For the students and their families. Pray that they make time in their busy schedules for what God wants them to do.
2) For the fellowship application which gets mailed this week.
3) For the speedy return of the Tanzanian visa.
4) For our North Country time, as well as travel plans for the SAMS missionary retreat in early April, Western Tanganyika in late April, Belize in mid-May, and Albany Diocesan Convention in June.
5) For time to focus on Swahili and Latin American Spanish as God needs me to focus on that. Additionally, I would like to learn a few words down in the language of "Ha" which is spoken by the "Ha" tribe, in the area of Tanzania that I am going to. Kasulu is about two towns over from where Mr. Stanley met Dr. Livingstone in 1871 ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume"). I may visit their meeting place.
6) For our visits to parishes, that we be in the right place at the right time, and that people may be inspired by what we do.
7) For all that we need to do in Ogdensburg, that it be done to the glory of God. There is a bit more to do than I had anticipated, and please pray that everything that needs to be done here, as well as everything that needs to be done on the mission field would be balanced appropriately to the glory of God. It all should settle down over time, but now, everything seems to need to be done all at once on the mission field and in the parish, simultaneously, especially as Easter approaches.
8) For a resolution to the persistent health insurance issue, God's way.
9) For Lydia as she develops her plans for the future. For Hannah and her ministry in Troy. For Ruth as she looks for a new place to live. For Julie as she finishes up both the current class and her CPE work over the next few weeks.