Dear Friends,This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday 7 July 2015.Among the highlights of this past week:I have arrived back in the United States after a fulfilling trip.As so much transpired, it is a bit of a challenge to summarize the trip. I miss both my new and my continuing friends, whether they be students, faculty and staff, parishioners, people in the ordination process, Lay Ministers, clergy, ex-pats, the diocesan office staff, people I met along the way, neighbors, in government, in business or other enterprises, in education, and more; no matter what language(s) they may speak: whether Mayan, Garifuna, Belizean Kriol, Plautdietsch, English, or Spanish.My friends range in age from about 1st grade (or younger) to at least age 90 (or older), across two parishes, 3 schools, and among the folks in the various towns such as Belize City, Belmopan, Georgeville, Central Farm, Santa Elena, San Ignacio, and more, and in all walks of life. I met many brilliant people. I was honored to get to know them better.Perhaps the note from Bishop Philip is as good a summary as any:Dear Dr Mudge,....Many thanks for the time you have spent with us this time around - especially for your pastoral oversight of the faithful at St Andrew's, San Ignacio, and the mission churches attached to it. From all accounts your ministry has been well received. On their behalf, I certainly want to also express the diocese's gratitude for your unwavering commitment to the work of the diocese.
Now, I continue with course development work and planning for the next trip in October, as well as other plans along the way. There is more to do.Prayers:1) For the ongoing Belizean projects of: ATI course development, the Prayer Book printing, and ATI library organization and extension.2) Pray that I would listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit on what to say and do in the next several months as I visit churches, and in preparation for my next anticipated trip in October at the time of the Cursillo Weekend in the Belmopan area.3) Please keep various family members in prayer about: relationships, events and appointments, decisions to make, educational goals, gainful employment, and fruitful ministry.Your prayers are very important. I am praying for you every day.God bless you,Shaw, and on behalf of Julie.