Looking back and forward to 2016

This has been another year of fruit-bearing ministry, both at home and overseas.  Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support.

This last year had a very busy beginning. I was in Peru twice working with a team from Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island, FL.  Over the last three years we have been developing relationships with Peruvian Anglicans and have built a new chapel adjacent to San Mateo Anglican school in Lima.

In September, Polly and I went to Madagascar on mission with SOMA.  I led a small team of five in the dioceses of Fianarantsoa and Toliara.  I taught and Polly was the intercessor. The first clergy conference went well.  The second, a men’s conference, ended after a day and a half with the death of a young participant.  He was thirty and had a heart attack on the soccer field.  This trip was hit with “attack.”  The national airline canceled lots of flights, and we had significant illness among the team.  We came home very much the worse for wear, however, we saw some effective  ministry and the positive effect of your prayers.

2016 begins with a January trip to Peru.  Our goals are:  first to visit a new missionary area – Huancayo up in the Andes (altitude nearly 11,000 feet) – and second, to work  with the new Peruvian bishops and clergy as they transition to Bishop Godfrey’s retirement later this year.

In late  February, I have a SOMA board meeting in Jacksonville, FL, followed by a March trip to Peru with  leaders from Grace Anglican who will survey ministry opportunities for their ongoing  relationships in Lima and Huancayo.

In April, we have the triennial SAMS missionary retreat followed by the New Wineskins Missionary conference in North Carolina.

I shall be in Peru during late June setting up for the July team visit by Grace Anglican to Lima and Hunacayo.

In addition to all of this, I am functioning as the main supply priest at St. Luke’s, Cambridge, NY.  This is a fulfilling ministry, but I ask you to pray that they may find a long term priest soon.

My passion continues to be clergy development and encouragement.  This call of God on my life is an amazing gift in retirement.

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