I wish you a Merry Christmas from all the Mudges and from all my friends and colleagues in Belize and Tanzania.
In Belize, preparing for Christmas began about the time of the annual diocesan Harvest Festival, about the time of Columbus Day Weekend in October.
Meanwhile, in November, the Diocesan Office in Belize moved to a new location, not far for the old one. The mailing address, phone number, and email address remain the same.
This is a time of year for looking back at the past year, and to look ahead to the new year. A metaphor that several people in Belize are using for this balance is: you are driving a car, and while you need the rear view mirror on occasion, your view needs to be primarily looking forward, eyes on the road.
For the Diocese of Belize, forward is towards 2030. My visits are part of the plan.
Looking back, if you have been following my Web statistics over the past year or so, here are some current Web visit updates:
The Diocese of Belize Web site: accessed by over 1100 computers.
The Church in the Province of the West Indies Daily Office Web site: accessed by over 136 computers (repetitively, I would guess).
78 individual computers accessed the Moodle course Web sites, and over 470 computers accessed the Global OATC public Web site.
What is ahead for 2015? More ordinations. The anticipated completion of the Spanish version of the Caribbean province’s Prayer Book. More ministry opportunities in Belize and from the United States. Leadership development, and many surprises.
We are thankful to God that Bishop Philip of Belize has been on the mend. He is a good friend.
God bless you all and thank you for your help,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie.
Examining Chaplain, Diocese of Belize
Please pray and continue to make checks out to: "SAMS". Put "Shaw and Julie Mudge" in the memo, to support what we are doing. Your continued support makes the work in Belize possible.
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