This invitation was received for our parish from Christ the King.
Even with the Joe and Deepika’s wedding weekend coming up, there will still be some gathering at the church for our annual tailgate party followed by walking to downtown Dayton’s fireworks. We will meet this coming Thursday, July 3rd at 6:30 pm. Bring food to share!
First, thank you so much for your heart felt prayers for us over these last several months…We count on your prayers to keep us on track, to help protect us and to allow us to walk in His light in all we do. Without you we would not, could not do what we are called to. May His richest blessings be on each of you. Second, as we have walked this path it is becoming more and more clear that God is up to some big things here. We have discovered that the Lord has indeed called many believers here from many different places to come together to help usher in a newness and healing that has been absent here for way too long…We have asked for your concerted prayer over the past several months for supernatural favor with the local government entities as well as the South African government, especially so that we can acquire access (or ownership) of some land to expand the Ubuntu Schools and to begin to develop a comprehensive plan primarily for the Riverview Community, where the poorest of the poor live. During this process we have discovered that a large farm adjacent to the settlement is potentially available and apparently belongs to the local government. This farm, we are told, is about 90 hectares (220 plus acres). Right now it is housing a few farm workers but is not being cultivated or used in any deliberate way. What Jan and I are asking is that you each pray diligently for God’s wisdom, favor and direction on this property. It has buildings suitable for some of the initial work we see needed, such as an expansion of our schools, a place for an adjunct clinic, and other ministries such as a senior community center. The land is flat, has a large house and some smaller houses and outbuildings on it. There is a pond and some orange groves as well. I have included some photos so you can get a visual. I will be taking the gentleman who has been doing the negotiating with the government and political folks over to have a good look at the farm this Tuesday. We will discuss exactly what our thoughts and vision are, and how we believe this could become a reality.
So, please put this as a priority prayer request for this week, and even beyond…and let’s just see what God will do!
May our Lord Jesus bless you in new and deeper ways this week!
Rob, Jan and Bella
From Fr. Harry’s brother, Rob —
Our first day of “winter” was about 20 plus degrees here…Centigrade that is…pushing 70 degrees F yesterday…and pushing almost 80 today…not bad for winter…
Blessings on each of you for your prayers…and thank you for your kindness in supporting us in prayer.
Our first request is for our upcoming travel through Amsterdam, Holland, and then to Seattle for a short visit. We leave for Amsterdam on 29 June, take a few days there in Holland, then arrive 2nd of July in Seattle. Bella and I leave for home on the 19th, Jan will follow nearly ten days later. In between, Jan and I will each be visiting our elderly fathers out of state. Please pray for Godspeed as we have lots of travel, flights, and so on. Pray for protection and His leading each step of the way.
Second, please pray for the Ubuntu Schools, the Riverview Bible School and our home fellowship to flourish while we are away…and for the staff to keep things running safely and smoothly during this time.
Third, please pray that we accomplish all that needs to happen while we are home, and for us to really rest in His love while visiting family and friends.
Thank you and bless you all….
Rob (and for Jan and Bella)
Our grandson Michael is sick. He is not eating well and we are concerned. Thanks,
O Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, who gathers the lambs in your arms, and carries them in your bosom: We commit into your loving hands this child, Michael. Relieve his pain, guard him from all danger, restore to him your gifts of gladness and strength, and raise him up that he might come to know and love you. Hear us, we pray, for your dear Name’s sake. Amen
Attached is the bulletin for tomorrow’s service for downloading…
2 After Pentecost 6-22-14 (blog)
From Bishop Morse —
Marianne had the port for chemo therapy installed in her right shoulder yesterday and begins chemo on Monday. Her doctor said that after 2 weeks (chemo once a week) they will do a scan to see what effect it is having on the cancer and then assess how long they need to do this. Thank you for your continued prayers for her.
Blessed are you God our God, King of the universe,
who knows where the cancer cells are and uses medicine to destroy cancer, and who brings health and life at a time of Marianne’s great vulnerability. We pray that you will cause the chemo drugs to find the cancer cells;to effectively destroy them; and to help her other cells be so healthy that the cancer cells cannot grow back. Your word promises that you are a sun and a shield; we pray that you will shield our sister, Marianne, from any harmful side effects and bring her to complete wholeness in you. Amen
From Matt Nowery via Fr. Harry:
This week Pastor Sami visited and assessed the needs (here where we are serving). We were able to meet with several high ranking government officials and ask them what they thought of the security situation. For the time being,(this area) remains a safe place to work. Pastor Sami flew back to (his headquarters) last night.
We will begin a food distribution next week for (those) that have been displaced from the fighting. Our goal is to provide basic food items for 800 (indigenous) families. (Rice, oil, beans, lentils, tomato paste, tea and sugar) We will provide food for 600 families out of (our center), 150 families in (omitted) and 50 families in (omitted). The government has assured us that they will provide soldiers at each of our distributions to help maintain order. We will continue to provide this food relief for the remainder of 2014.
This week I sat with several families that have been displaced from the fighting. The bottom line is these folks have lost everything. They fled for their lives with only what they could carry. It is a terrible feeling to look into a father’s eyes and see absolute defeat. The only hope the world has is in Jesus. Please keep us and those we serve in your prayers.
We have been asked to join with Anglicans from every North American jurisdiction of Anglicans to pray for the election of a new Archbishop of the ACNA to succeed Archbishop Robert Duncan. The election will take place in the next two weeks.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: we thank you for miraculously raising up a new Anglican Movement and giving us a courageous Archbishop, Robert Duncan, to lead our Anglican Church in North America these past five years. Look graciously now on your Church, and send your Holy Spirit to guide the hearts and minds of the College of Bishops who will choose an Archbishop for our Province, that we may receive a faithful Apostle who will lead us in mission and evangelism with our brothers and sisters around the world, and who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries in North America, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Adult Sunday School tomorrow will see the first half of an incredibly good teaching which was given at the REC General Council this week. If you haven’t decided to attend Sunday School tomorrow, we urge you to consider coming to hear The Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig’s teaching. We were really blown away by it this week!
Attached is the bulletin for tomorrow morning’s service — Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014 — for downloading.
Trinity Sunday 6-15-14 (blog)
From Fr. Harry’s brother, Rob —
Two quick prayers:
1-First, I have organized a meeting of community members here at our home on Tuesday at noon (we are 9 hours ahead of the West Coast of the US). This will include pastors, social workers, aid workers, law enforcement and other interested parties…for the purpose of focusing on minisry to the very poor and downtrodden…please pray for clear communication, for bridges of hope to be built, and networking to be powerful.
2-The Ubuntu Creche was broken into for the second time in the past month…please pray for safety, for wisdom and for the Lord to build spiritual walls around our school and home…
Rob (and for Jan and Bella)
Lord God, we read in Your word (Acts 4) “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servantsto continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” We ask that You would favor our brother and sister and the children committed to their charge with courage and boldness, and that You would confirm the words they speak of You with signs and wonders that the enemy would be confounded and Your kingdom would increase, and we pray this in confidence through the power of the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen
Baby Bottles, Baby Bottles, Baby Bottles.
If you still have a baby bottle from the Miami Valley Women’s Center fund raiser, please let Pat Prenger
know this. The MVWC strives to re-use these baby bottles every year to reduce the expenses of this
fundraiser. Please look because we are missing just a few and let Pat Prenger know you have one, or give it to him.
You can call: 937-545-0631, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or hand it to him at church. THANK YOU!
Don’t forget the Pentecost Picnic after church tomorrow….we’re providing hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, and drinks. Asking everyone to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share! Come to church prepared to stay and have some great and festive fellowship for the Feast of Pentecost — the birthday of the Church!
Attached is the bulletin for Pentecost Sunday (June 8) for downloading. Pentecost 6-08-14 (blog) (3)