Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Newsletter April 2013
“Seeking the last, the least, the lost, and the lonely.”
Our goal in missions is to go and do the work God has called us to do, including to the last, the least, the lost, and the lonely. And I plan to do so in Tanzania and Belize.
Jesus says that the last shall be first in the Kingdom of God. Jesus says that just as we will do to one of the least of our brethren, so we do to him. Jesus leaves the 99 sheep behind to seek out the lost. Some of the lonely are very powerful. Some of the lonely are very vulnerable.
Sometimes investing time in the people you least suspect as important, may become a blessing.
And so at the New Wineskins conference in early April, I prayed about whom to sit with, and sometimes I sat with people whom you might not normally look to be powerful, influential, wealthy, or successful, at least by their appearance.
To my continued surprise, the Holy Spirit was guiding me in some very important ways, such as to: bishops, very devout people, future leaders of the Church, and other divine and unexpected encounters that were a real blessing. As a by-product of these encounters, our missionary endeavor has gained new allies and has increased its potential and momentum.
And, as a result of divine encounters, we have received verbal permission to offer the Christian Foundations Program of Trinity School for Ministry to the specific seminaries with whom we are associated. Details to be worked out.
In about 1 week, I plan to be traveling to Tanzania and then to Belize, as a missionary who goes to places that others might not go, for various reasons. But I will not be alone. The Anglican Bishop of Belize has a plan for my life, and so does the Principal of the Bible College in Tanzania where I will be going, and so does God.
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God bless you,
Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+
The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge
The Rev. Julia Mudge
Missionaries of SAMS and Albany.