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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
One of our missionary goals is to help
Bishop Philip of Belize implement his diocesan vision of the work for the
Kingdom of God, a task he has assigned to Shaw in various ways over recent
Among the ways he is doing this are: 1) as
an advisor to Bishop Philip, 2) helping people with the ordination process, 3)
as a retreat leader for the diocesan clergy and staff, and 4) in my role as
Director of the ATI online program (the ATI online program is the theological
college of the Diocese of Belize).
Because Belize is a pastoral size diocese,
"how many" people go through the ordination process is not as
important as "who" is going through the ordination process. The
process is based on diocesan need, great or small, and every candidate has an
important potential contribution to make to mission and ministry in the Diocese
In the ATI program,
itself, we have been assisted by people on the ground in Belize, and people
elsewhere in the world. If you have seen the acknowledgements page of our
public Web site, you will have noticed a list of about 25 or so individuals and
dioceses who have helped make this possible, pro bono. We share a common
But we are also curious about how many
people might be taking advantage of what we have to offer on our public Web
site. So, about a week ago, we added a counter to that Web site and discovered
that 23 unique visitors have been taking a look at the theological library Web
site just this week, with 86 hits on the Web site from those 23 visitors. That
is very encouraging.
You play a part in making this vision for
the Kingdom of God happen, as well. We can't thank you enough for your part
through prayer, financial support, and/or in other ways.
And, looking ahead, 2014 should be another
year of adventure.
to support us.
and financial partnering with us help make this ministry happen.
checks out to: "SAMS", and
put "Mudge" in the memo
space. The mailing address is: SAMS, P.
O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003-0399.
Merry Christmas, andin Jesus' Name, God bless you,
Missionary in Belize. December photo of Fr. Shaw Mudge, taken by Rudolph Gladden of the diocesan office in Belize.
The Revs. Shaw
and Julie Mudge Missionaries of SAMS and Albany.