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Monday, April 20, 2015

April Newsletter


St. Andrews Anglican Church, San Ignacio,
in the Anglican Diocese of Belize, Central America.
Photo copyright Fr. Shaw Mudge, 2012.

Pastoring in Easter season.

Next month at this time, at the request of SAMS and with the permission of Bishop Philip of Belize, I will be serving in the capacity of short-term pastorate at St. Andrews in San Ignacio, Belize, while another missionary takes a well-needed short-term sabbatical. San Ignacio is in the Guatemalan Spanish speaking part of Belize.

For me, it is part of the missionary mix in Belize. A need here. A need there. In a way, it is like Nehemiahs team building the walls of Jerusalem. The walls did not go up all at once because of any one person. They were built by a team, with the participants putting one block in place at a time.

In this case, we clergy who are associated with St. Andrews are pastorally working as a sequential team to build up the Church in the San Ignacio area of Belize, one day at a time, team members covering for each other as needed, so that the work may continue unimpeded.

I plan to continue to be involved in my ongoing wider ministries in Belize, prioritizing in order to make room for this important and pressing work. Preparations and rescheduling have been taking place for several weeks. We will see how it progresses, one day at a time. In the end, my hope is be able to look back, see what God did, and say: Alleluia!

The assignment is to be the clergy in residence at St. Andrews Church from the middle of May to the end of June, supplementing the ministry at St. Andrews with other pastoral ministry in the area as well.

During my time at St. Andrews, we will cross the liturgical bridge from Easter season to Pentecost season.

God bless you all, and thank you for your support,

Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Mtr. Julie.
Examining Chaplain, Diocese of Belize
SAMS missionaries.


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