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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prayer Mail

Dear partners in prayer,

This is our weekly public prayer mail. The autumnal equinox arrived in the United States on 12:44 pm, Belize time, this past Sunday. We are in the midst of rainy season in Belize, and in the midst of dry season in Tanzania, in theory.

This week's selective overview: 

1) I have been working on arrangements for my upcoming trip to Belize.

2) Last week, someone approached me with a desire to teach with our program, and also with the possibility of linking our program in some way with another theological college about 3,000 miles across the Caribbean from Belize. Praise God. He saw our Web site.

3) I have been developing various courses, and made a parish visit.

Prayer requests:

1) Pray for the students and faculty. Various issues keep popping up: health, time, etc.  

2) We are finding amazing answers to prayer, because people are praying and because others are listening. Continue to pray for the right participants in the program (especially in Belize and in Tanzania), for the right amount of financial support, and for the right content of the program (including appropriate links with other programs). 

3) Pray for the October visit to Belize. Your prayers are making a difference, and another possible visit in January 2014 has come up.

4) Continue to pray for appointments with students and vocational advisees during the next trip to Belize.

5) Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the area of English as a Second Language (English as a Foreign Language), and for translation of materials and courses into both Swahili and Spanish.

6) Pray for the staff in Kasulu. I think they are in need of special prayer at this time: various issues are coming up.

7) Pray for our family members who are on the threshold of making important decisions or implementing plans.

8) The news from Nairobi is particularly poignant for us because: last year, on our trip to East Africa we had seriously thought we would be teaching at a theological college there. However, things did not work out, and I saw that as the hand of God at work at the time (though I really really wanted to do it). And, today, I confirm that same sense of what God was telling us, then. I am glad he called us where he did and the way he did. While life could go on without incident in the near future in Nairobi, one never knows; and that uncertainty applies, no matter where one is serving in the world. So, as we go about in our travels, keep us in prayer, and I praise God for him sending us where he did and when he did.

In Christ,

Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

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