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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scripture Prayer

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make straight your paths.

Father God, we thank You that Father Shaw Mudge trusts You with all his heart and acknowledges You in all his ways.  Thank You that You keep his paths straight.

Lord we send up special prayers for Father Shaw’s trip to Belize.  This will be the longest stay to date.  We pray for travel mercies both to Belize on Friday September 26 and returning to the US on October 13.  Be with him throughout his travels and in every activity that the bishop assigns to him.

We pray specifically for the special presentation he will make at the Synod; for his leading of the pre-ordination retreat; and for his participations in the installation of a rector and in the ordinations.  May your Holy Spirit be with him as he spreads the love of Jesus to the people of Belize.  May every interaction be a blessing as Father Shaw  will be a fruitful servant for the Kingdom of God.

We pray for the Mudge family while Father Shaw is away.  Lord, keep them healthy and safe.  We pray for a buyer for their town house in the Albany area and for continuing financial provision.

Thank You Lord for every blessing!  Amen.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Prayer Mail

Dear partners in prayer,

This is our public prayer mail for September 23.
I am preparing for my trip to Belize and have been working on reports, plans and so forth. If I do not manage to contact you in the next few weeks, it is because I will be having infrastructure issues or my schedule. 

I never really know what I am going to be doing in Belize until I land at the airport and meet with the Bishop. As for now, I will be making a special presentation at the Synod, but the topic will be revealed on the ground.

In the meantime, my status has moved from attending the pre-ordination retreat to leading the pre-ordination retreat. I will also be representing SAMS at an installation of a Rector, and then attending ordinations. That is just the first few days....
Prayer requests:
1) Continue to pray for the Mudges, parish visitations in the U.S., the upcoming Belize trip which begins this week, the Anglican course which is underway, and that I would be a fruitful servant for the Kingdom of God. Pray for Julie and Lydia while I am away. 
2) Pray for the upcoming Albany mission workshop presentation on November 1, on re-entering the home environment. 
3) Pray for a speedy sale of our dwelling in the Albany area. Keep praying for God's buyer. There has been an increase in favorable interest.

God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

September Newsletter

Quantity and Quality.

Photo of clergyman excited about the future, taken by Mtr. Julia Mudge (c) 2014.

"That's a lot of people..."

We have just settled down amid the relocation of our mission office to Connecticut. Today, I was checking a few of the Websites that I monitor.

Here is what I discovered. (I was very pleasantly surprised): 663 people have stopped by the Diocese of Belize Website that I created, since March. There have been over 6,500 hits on my Daily Office Website for the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office tutorial/daily prayer Website since April; a lot of the hits are my own changes to the site, but there are a considerable number of people out there besides me who are tapping into it, as well, apparently. Wow.

388 People have been using our public Google Website (including the library of links), for the Global Online Anglican Theological College program since Advent of 2013, and 63 people have actually entered our Global Online Anglican Theological College program Moodle course Website since Advent of 2013.

Considering that we are niche ministry as part of a smaller sized (family sized) diocese, that is not bad. In fact, that is very good.

And looking ahead. After several years of not having any ordinations, the Diocese of Belize will be ordaining 4 people as deacons on September 29, with another 3 people scheduled early in 2015 if all goes well. This is big. It is exciting. They are excited. I am excited, in part because I had something to do with it all.

And the Diocesan Synod comes up in October 2014, in which the diocese will begin to look at a plan for the next 20 years. This is exciting.

I take the long view. And with that in mind, that is something to get excited about. I am looking past the difficulties and distractions. I am thinking about God's work accomplished. I think about the people over the next 3 generations in Belize and elsewhere who will have been positively impacted by what we are doing, now.

God bless you,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie.


Please pray and continue to make checks out to: "SAMS". Put "Shaw and Julie Mudge" in the memo, to support what we are doing. We ask that Vestries would prayerfully consider supporting us at $100 per month.

Mailing address:
SAMS, P. O. Box 399,
Ambridge, PA 15003-0399.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scripture Prayer

Job 32: 8

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

Lord, we thank You for your Holy Spirit in our lives and especially in the life of Father Shaw Mudge.  We pray that he always experience your breath, the breath of the Almighty, so that he may better understand the tasks that You have laid out for him to do.

We pray Lord for the preparations for the next trip to Belize, for the current course on Anglican History, and for a swift selling of the Mudge home in NY.  And we pray for blessings on the whole Mudge family, particularly those involved in ministry:  Mother Julie, Lydia, Hannah.

Thank You Jesus.  Amen.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prayer Mail

Dear partners in prayer,
This is our public prayer mail for September 3.
This week, it has been good to put up our spiritual pictures and family photos on the wall. 

The Anglican History course has started. It is a good one.

We have enjoyed visiting parishes, and continue to do so in addition to planning ahead to the upcoming trip to Belize.
Prayer requests:
1) continue to pray for the Mudges, parish visitations, the upcoming Belize trip, and the Anglican course. 

2) Pray for the upcoming Albany mission workshop presentation in November, on re-entering the home environment. Unfortunately, for many people planning for a smooth reentry as part of the return home may be an afterthought. For returning missionaries and their families/friends, however, it is a critical transition, especially after life changing events or issues have occurred on the mission field. To find out more how to help make the missionary's transition a good one, join me at the mission workshop.
3) Pray for a speedy sale of our dwelling in the Albany area. Another person has looked at it since last week. Keep praying for God's buyer.
God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia. 
I pray for you, everyday. Your prayers are making a difference. Thank you.