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Sent Monday, December 14, 2009 from Suriname
One more greeting from Suriname!
Rev. Hamid and I have worked out several matters in regards to administration of the school.
In the church, we have had the joy of receiving a request for membership from three people (a mother and her two children). We were able to have a “first visit” to discuss this and in the next while (till my next trip in Feb./10) Rev. Hamid will conduct membership classes. We have also encouraged others to attend, and especially those who are covenant members but have not professed their faith. Lord willing, on my next visit we plan to examine those who wish to be members by profession of faith, and can then announce this for two Sundays and receive them on the third Sunday that I am here. It will be a real joy for the church and praise to the Lord.
I have also been working with the B.Ed. students; two wrote final exams and have begun new courses. Two others are waiting (for financial reasons) till January to begin their new courses. Please keep these students, and all the students in College and Seminary, in your prayer.
Sharilyn is continuing to do well in her recovery. She has had some minor set-backs but making steady progress. Please continue to pray for this and also for the visit she is now having from her mother and sister from Canada (they arrived Dec. 8 and will be returning in January).
Thank you sincerely for your partnership in this ministry,
Sent Monday, December 7, 2009 from Suriname
Greetings once again from Suriname!
The Lord has been good and things are going well in the work here; in both church and school.
I am thankful to the Lord for His blessings and help during this time.
Sharilyn is continuing to undergo daily improvement after hip surgery. However it seems that she will need to be off of work for a total of 12 weeks. We very much appreciate your prayer for us in this time; also regarding financial matters.
Perhaps the Lord might lead some to become new contributors to SALT (Scriptural Advanced Leadership Training). It is through SALT (donations to RCM, designated to SALT) that I receive support for the ministry I am called to do with Reformation Christian Ministries.
Serving our Lord, through your prayers,
Sent Monday, November 30, 2009 from Suriname
Greetings from Suriname!
The Lord has graciously granted me safe travels, and the past week went well. I have administered and graded two Second Quarter Exams and this week will do the same for Semester Exams. Please pray for various work and meetings in regards to the continued good operation of the school. I also have some tests and course matters to attend to for the College students here in Suriname. They all are working regularly and I praise God for the progress they show.
Please pray too for God to bless His Word as I will be preaching in the church here for the next two Sundays.
Praise God that Sharilyn has continued to recover from the hip surgery. She is making on-going improvement and we are so very thankful to the Lord for friends who have helped her. Apart from residual pain from the surgery she is pain free (and I cannot imagine what a relief that must be to her). Please pray that her recovery continues to progress well, Lord willing.
Please pray that the Lord might lead some to become new contributors to SALT (Scriptural Advanced Leadership Training). It is through SALT (donations to RCM, designated to SALT) that I receive support for the ministry I am called to do with Reformation Christian Ministries.
May you be blessed by the Lord and be a blessing to others,
Sent Monday, November 23, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings to you, in the name of our loving and sovereign Lord!
It is a joy to be united in Christ, and to practice that through prayer.
Please join with us in thanking God for the successful surgery which Sharilyn has last week. She is doing so very well and was able to return home on Saturday. Walks around pretty good already, and able to get in and out of bed on her own. The only pain she has is from bruising from surgery and no pain where it was before (in joint). It is really amazing. Please continue to pray for continued good recovery.
Today, Monday (Nov. 23), I leave for Suriname. As usual I will be working in both the school and church there. I do sincerely appreciate your prayer for good travel and for God’s grace and blessing in the work. Pray for wisdom as I especially work closely with Rev. Hamid, but also with the teachers and staff at Christian Liberty Academy. As I am there I continue to administer the courses with students and do as much of course production as time allows.
Please do also pray for our finances, especially during this time of Sharilyn’s recovery. Pray that the Lord might lead some to become new contributors to SALT (Scriptural Advanced Leadership Training). It is through SALT (donations to RCM, designated to SALT) that I receive support for the ministry I am called to do with Reformation Christian Ministries.
Your continued partnership in prayerful support is a great blessing; may the Lord bless you for it.
Sent Monday, November 16, 2009 from the U.S.
I am so thankful to be able to write to you all and ask you to pray for us and our ministry.
This week I plan to continue with the course work in both the Bachelor of Education program and the Master of Divinity program. By God’s grace I am making steady progress.
My main request is to ask you to pray for Sharilyn’s hip operation. It has been bumped up to being scheduled for this Friday (Nov. 20th). She is hopeful of being able to be out of hospital the next day (Saturday) and we sure do hope for that—given my trip to Suriname, leaving Monday. I cannot cancel my flight because the ticket has a no refund/exchange. However Sharilyn has been told that having this procedure (“resurfacing of hip”) is much less of a problem in comparison to what she had done to her knees. Also, we have a friend who is willing to stay with Sharilyn as much as this becomes necessary. So please pray with us that all works out well, according to God’s will.
We also appreciate your prayer regarding our finances during this time. Sharilyn will have 6 weeks off from work but she does receive benefits which cover some of her salary, and we are hoping it will be enough to cover the mortgage payments. We do trust the Lord to provide.
In sincere thanks; serving the Lord together with you,
Sent Monday, November 9, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings in the name of our sovereign Lord!
There is much to praise the Lord for (as always!). Presbytery meetings went well, especially in having the joy of receiving a church from Iowa into our fellowship. Rev. Hamid and I had some good times together (and also had a good time going to the basketball game). He has now returned to Suriname. Lord willing I will be going there on Nov. 23, to be involved in the work of both the church and school (end of first semester—semester exams!).
I do hope to resume the much-needed work in course production this week. Please continue to pray for the students in both the B.Ed. and the M.Div. programs. Most are making regular progress. Pray for more students (we have had some people express interest in our programs and we are hoping they will enroll). We presently have 8 students in the College and 8 in the Seminary.
Sharilyn has had x-rays with the specialist and been approved for a “resurfacing of hip.” She is scheduled to have this done on Dec. 21. Please pray for these plans, for the financial matters relating to it all, and for her to be able to work till that time.
Thank you so much for your prayerful support!
Sent Monday, November 2, 2009 from the U.S.
It is a wonderful privilege and joy to know that we are one in Christ; one in faith—hope—love!
I am deeply thankful to the Lord for the progress I have made in course production; especially in the B.Ed. program. Praise God for how the students are working regularly and doing well in their studies.
This week I have Presbytery meeting and Rev. Hamid (from Suriname) is here as well. I am picking him up in Miami today (Monday). In addition to the work of Presbytery we plan to have a bit of fun together by going to watch the Orlando Magic play the Phoenix Suns (basketball, for those who may not know!). He will leave again for Suriname on Friday; so I have two round trips to Miami this week!
Sharilyn and I especially appreciate your prayers for wisdom in regards to treatment for her hip problems. The pain from it is increasingly unbearable and we are considering the possibility of her having surgery (resurfacing of hip) sooner than we had planned. She is collecting all the information and we will make a decision very soon, Lord willing.
Thank you for your partnership with us,
Sent Monday, October 26, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings in Christ Jesus our Lord!
I do pray that we all may know grace in Him so as to serve Him well this week, for His glory.
Last week I made some good progress in course production for the M.Div. and plan to continue it this week. I do appreciate your prayer for me in this.
Remember to pray for Christian Liberty Academy (CLA) in Suriname. It is an incredible ministry! We have some 330 students and most from a “pagan” background. It is amazing to think of the Truth being taught to so many, from so many different backgrounds and religions. Pray also that we can find people from North America to help us in teaching there; this is an ongoing need and I appreciate any help you can be to me in this recruiting process.
Please continue to pray for Sharilyn in her work as nurse. Her hip really bothers her at times. She is prayerfully hoping to build up enough “personal leave days” at work, to be covered for the cost of a surgery that would be a resurfacing of the hip.
Rejoicing in the Lord, for the privilege to be His servant,
Sent Monday, October 19, 2009 from the U.S.
May we, as the people of God—who know His grace, have a sense of mutual service to Him in this week!
Thank you for your prayer for the ministry which the Lord has called us to.
My brother and wife will be leaving this Wednesday; it was a good time to be together and talk about many things. Sharilyn and I are living far from family, so it was very different and God blessed it.
Please pray for me as I need to prepare courses for the M.Div. and the B.Ed. I need to stay ahead of students and it is a challenge. The courses need to be set up so that students can work through them and submit their work for grading. I have a very nice system for this, but it does take time to set them up.
Please continue to pray for the students the Lord has given to us and for Him to bless their studies for His purposes in their lives.
Please continue to pray for CLA (Christian Liberty Academy) in Suriname. Pray for all who work there; to be diligent in it and have a sense of calling in their work. Pray for students who, for many, hear the Truth for the first time and are studying from that perspective. Pray for God’s purposes to be fulfilled at CLA.
Sharilyn is having a touch of sickness/flu; she missed one shift and we are hoping she will be able to return to work for her next shift.
In service to our King and thankful for your partnership,
Sent Monday, October 12, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings in Christ who lives and rules over all!
May we all be encouraged that God’s power and providence works through our prayer, and may you be assured that it is a blessing to be united with you all in such a mutual ministry and service.
My older brother and his wife, whom I have not seen in many years, will be visiting this week. I do look forward to it but also hope that I will be able to continue to accomplish the work that is needed to be done.
I am continuing to make progress in the course work for the B.Ed. program (but it goes much slower than I want!). I also am finding increasing pressure to make greater progress in getting further courses ready for the M.Div. studies, and so I greatly appreciate your prayer for this.
Please continue to join with us in prayer for the following:
Fay Hash (member of the church here in Palm Bay; Tuesday she is receiving a second-last chemo treatment for breast cancer).
Susan Kueffer (long time friend and dear sister in Christ from California, with spreading cancer).
“Auntie Joyce” (member of church in Suriname, grieving in faith over the loss of grandson Romeo).
Thank you also for continuing to pray for Sharilyn at work as nurse in hospital, and especially for her hip to be ok.
Serving our Lord, with you,
Sent Monday, October 5, 2009 from the U.S.
With grateful thanks my heart records the tender mercies of the Lord!
We serve a great and glorious God, and we are united in that by faith and prayer. What a blessing!
I very much appreciate your continued prayer for the course work I do in the B.Ed. program. I am constantly “pushed” and challenged and by God’s grace making progress. Praise God for the students we have and pray for more students to enroll. Likewise in the M.Div. studies; where the progress is slower in terms of course production, but I do work on courses for it as much as is possible.
Please also pray for me as I keep working on preaching; I am presently preaching from Joshua and also studying to eventually preach a series from the book of Ruth.
Please join with us in prayer for the following:
Fay Hash (member of the church here in Palm Bay; she is receiving chemo for breast cancer).
Susan Kueffer (long time friend and dear sister in Christ from California, with spreading cancer, having chemo this week, and constantly seeing God’s grace and goodness in her life).
“Auntie Joyce” (member of church in Suriname, grieving in faith over the loss of grandson Romeo).
Thank you also for continuing to pray for Sharilyn at work as nurse in hospital; her hip does bother her and as soon as she has the required number of “personal leave” days she plans to have surgery. Pray that the ways of treating it till then will be helpful so she will be able to work.
Sincerely grateful for your partnership in prayer,
Sent Monday, September 28, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings in Christ!
I do sincerely pray that those who support this ministry in prayer may have a sense of how thankful I am for your partnership; but also how much I know it is needed. May the Lord grant grace that we see our mutual service to Him in all we do.
Please continue to pray for the school in Suriname (Christian Liberty Academy—CLA); the school year is moving along and soon is at the end of the First Quarter. All who are in any way involved at CLA have gone through the grief of Romeo’s death. Auntie Joyce (his grandmother, who raised him) is again at her canteen and showing a faithful testimony of how a believer deals with such grief. Our secretary (Marina, who is Indonesian and a wonderful blessing to CLA) is off work right now, expecting her first born child. Pray for a healthy birth.
Please also continue to pray for the ongoing work in producing courses. My progress has been somewhat limited by various other work but I continue to move forward in it.
Just this past week I received the following encouragement from a B.Ed. student regarding a history course: “This has been a very insightful course for me so far. Thanks for letting me be a part of this.”
Continue to pray for the students working in the various programs of study.
Please also continue to pray for Susan Kueffer. She has had massive amounts of fluid build-up in her lungs; which has been removed and is apparently a result of cancer/tumors. She is a dear sister in Christ and knows God’s grace and blessing in all things. Please pray for her to continue to know God’s love for her during such trials.
Sharilyn had a good review at work and is finding the new night shift to be much better. Praise the Lord for this. She is again thinking about hip surgery, but needs to accumulate more “personal leave” days before it would be covered.
Thankful for your partnership in prayer,
I had just sent out the previous email and received an email from Rev. Hamid saying that our secretary, Marina, has had a healthy baby boy! She gave birth by C-section early Saturday morning; his name is Jason Samuel. Both mother and child are doing well. Praise God!
Sent Monday, September 21, 2009 from the U.S.
Thank you for your continued prayer for this ministry. I do pray you will have a sense of partnership in it and see how important your part is in it.
Please continue to pray for the process of course production. I am making steady progress in the B.Ed. courses. Pray also for the students; most are working steady and finding their studies to be a blessing.
Pray also for the Lord to be glorified at CLA (Christian Liberty Academy, in Suriname); pray for wisdom for me as Headmaster and working together with Rev. Hamid as Administrator.
I also serve on the Session (Eldership) of the church there (First Presbyterian Church), and ask you to pray for us as we have some matters that require a great deal of wisdom.
In addition, please pray for a friend of ours (Susan Kueffer); she lives in California with her mother (who also has health issues). Susan has had a long struggle with cancer and recent tests have shown her tumor marker has climbed. She received chemo all of last week. Pray for a good response to the aftermath of the chemo, and that the Lord might continue to bless her with a sense of His presence and peace…and for her healing, if it is God’s will.
Thank you for continuing to pray for Sharilyn as she works night shifts as a nurse.
Blessings in Christ,
Sent Monday, September 14, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings, and thank you for the blessing of unity in prayer.
It is difficult to put into words the thoughts and feelings that surround me as I continue to think of the death of Romeo Arjun (Suriname) and how his “mother” (Aunty Joyce) will cope with things. I am thankful that I could talk with Aunty Joyce on the phone and assure her of the prayers of God’s people and encourage her to keep trusting the Lord day-by-day. Thank you for praying for her and the school. There were no classes on Friday, as the funeral was on Friday afternoon, and classes resume again this morning (Monday).
I will miss Romeo as a brother in Christ and also as a student. It was a joy and blessing to be part of his life and to mentor him in his studies, and in the process of growing more mature.
This week I will continue to work on course production for third year courses in the B.Ed. program. I very much appreciate your prayer for me in this.
Please also continue to pray for Sharilyn in her work as nurse at the hospital; especially that her new night shifts will go along all right.
May the Lord be glorified in all we do,
Sent Monday, September 7, 2009 from the U.S.
Greetings in Christ,
Praise the Lord for progress being made in course production; especially in the Bachelor of Education program. Please pray for all the students, also in the M.Div. We have two students who are in prison, but have come to know God’s grace and are working hard. One is especially gifted and has an incredible level of understanding and ability. This continually reminds me of the wonder of God’s grace. This past summer I spoke with another former prisoner who had come to know God’s grace while in prison. He is now a faithful member in a church (which happens to be planning to join our Presbytery). He and his pastor are both incredible stories of God’s grace. We never know what God’s plans are but we know that He, in grace, uses all we do for His glory and sovereign purposes.
What a joy it is to be serving Him—together with you!
Thank you for your prayers, and have a good week!
Sent Monday, August 31, 2009 from the U.S.
I am thankful for the work being done in course production and deeply appreciate your continued prayer for this ministry. The students (both in Suriname and the U.S.) are working regularly and doing well; all seem to be enjoying their studies and finding them profitable. Praise God for this and pray for continued progress.
I hope this week to be able to get more third year Education courses completed. I am also working on a new series for preaching and so that will take some of my time.
Please continue to pray for God to bless the ministry of the school in Suriname (Christian Liberty Academy), and all who work there.
Sharilyn’s new night shifts seem to be going ok; thank you for praying for this for her too.
Thank you for your prayerful partnership!
Sent Monday, August 24, 2009 from the U.S.
Had a good Lord’s Day yesterday. I am scheduled to leave here early Tuesday morning; appreciate your prayer for safe travels. Have come down with a bit of a cold but, God willing, it is not too serious. There are many students out of school with the flu; so far none have been diagnosed with the Mexican flu (there have been some cases of that here and a few deaths).
Praise God for the many different kinds of students we have at CLA (see below).
CLA Students Year: 2009-August
Sharilyn has had several shifts in her new situation of working 12 hour night shifts and is finding it much better in terms of stress. Thank you for your prayers in this and praise the Lord.
Students here in Suriname who are in the B.Ed. program are doing quite well and continuing to work steady. With the help of one student in the U.S. I am making good progress in course production. Lord willing this continues and I will soon be making similar progress in course preparations for the M.Div. program. Thank you for praying for this work and ministry.
May you all know God’s blessing in your service to Him this week!
Sent Monday, August 17, 2009 from Suriname
I would ask you to pray for someone called Hans. We have a friend in California (Susan) who has had many struggles regarding health, and has no church she is able to be a member of. She is presently going through various regiments of chemotherapy for cancer and is an incredible evidence of God’s grace to give victory in the many trials. She has an acquaintance (Hans) who she talks to quite regularly (they both used to attend a particular church). Hans has various phobias and paranoia and so much needs God’s grace to gain victory. Susan asks for prayer for Hans, and for her to have wisdom as she is able to talk with him from time to time.
Pray for Sharilyn at her work; this week she will begin a new shift where she works nights (7 to 7). We are praying that this will be less stressful and work out well. She will be able to work only 3 shifts a week and still have her regular amount of income per week.
Thank you for praying for us, and with us. Wishing
you God’s blessing!
Sent Monday, August 10, 2009 from Suriname
Sent Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from Suriname
Thank you, and
Sent Monday, July 27, 2009
It is a joy to unite in heart and soul with believers like you, in prayer and service to Him.
Please thank God for working out details so that Rachel Visser received her visa last week. We had to do some phoning and changing of plans; in fact because her visa application (which was for a new kind of visa which was a kind of “test case” for us) was to take 3 months to process we finally got the Suriname consulate to agree to give her a regular short-term tourist visa. So her other visa is still in process but she will be able to travel on Aug. 3 with me to Suriname.
Praise God also that the shipment is in Suriname and we have hope of it being cleared for delivery on Monday, July 27. There is much to do once the shipment is delivered (in getting all books and materials ready for new school year). Please pray for the ongoing work and plans for the new school year that begins with teacher preparation day on August 7 and with classes on August 10.
Praise the Lord for some progress I have made in course production and pray that I can continue to do so this week. With my trip to Suriname (Aug. 3 to 24) it is difficult to find time there to work on courses, so please pray I can accomplish the needed work this week. Several students are finishing off courses; please pray they continue to do well and enjoy their studies.
We also would very much appreciate your prayer for Sharilyn in her work as nurse. She has decided to take a different shift (a 12 hour night shift rotation) in the hopes that it might go better. Her supervisor thought that was something she could try before seeking a transfer to the other hospital. At this stage it is not clear how soon she will begin the new shift.
Thank you for your prayer and may the Lord bless our
mutual service to Him in this week.
Sent Monday, July 20, 2009
Praise God that Presbytery went well and that Rev. Hamid and I accomplished many things in his time here.
Please pray that the shipment is released smoothly and quickly in Suriname so that they can unpack and get books ready for the school year. Pray for Rachel Visser’s visa to go through early this week; Rev. Hamid will go to the government office there in Suriname on Monday (today) and try to get it processed.
I very much need to make good progress this week in course production; please pray that I can accomplish the conclusion of several courses (for the B.Ed. and also the M.Div.).
I would like to ask you to particularly pray for Sharilyn and her work. Apparently many nurses find the system at the hospital (in Melbourne) to be very difficult and so too does Sharilyn. This past weekend she has applied for a similar position (heart unit) but at the hospital in Palm Bay. The two hospitals are part of the same organization so this new job would be like a transfer. Many say the system at the Palm Bay hospital is much better. Please pray that Sharilyn has wisdom in this and that, if it is God’s will, she may be able to get this other job and find work to be more manageable.
Praise God with us that we have recently received a few added donations for SALT (the project name for my work with RCM—Scriptural Advanced Leadership Training).
May you all know God’s grace and blessing in all you do
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009
I am trusting the Lord for safe travels this week to Presbytery in Iowa and then on Friday to take Rev. Hamid down to Miami for his return to Suriname.
We do have an urgent prayer request: Rachel Visser’s visa is still not processed (she is from B.C., Canada and is going to help teach in Suriname). Please pray that all our efforts and calls will be blessed of the Lord so that she can get her visa and be able to travel to Suriname on the planned day (the plan is that she would be on same flight with me on August 3). Suriname has recently initiated a new visa for people who are planning to stay a longer period of time and Rachel had to apply for that visa. She is really a kind of “test case” for it.
I am really in need of getting some course production work done for M.Div. students and pray that I might make some progress on that; although while at Presbytery, the best I can expect is that I am able to do the grading of student work. In it all, the Lord knows and will provide.
Thank you again for your prayer; please also pray for donations for SALT.
In service to our Lord,
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2009
The next few weeks will be interesting for me. I will endeavor to keep up with the work of students (grading) and to set up some much-needed courses, while doing the following: On Monday I pick up Rev. Hamid as he arrives from Suriname. Monday evening we load the rental truck with the six pallets I have packed (and are in my garage). Tuesday morning we go down to Miami to bring the shipment to the shipper (the shipment will leave for Suriname on Friday). Rev. Hamid and I will use the time we have together to finalize various plans for the new school year, and to play a bit of golf. In addition we will be discussing an applicant who has expressed interest in teaching in Suriname. The following week we will be attending Presbytery meeting which is hosted by a church in Iowa which is considering joining our Presbytery.
Your prayers are very much needed and appreciated.
Praise the Lord too that Sharilyn’s shifts at work are going ok and thank you for your continued prayer for her.
United in service to our Lord,
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009
I have continued to make fairly good progress in course production for the B.Ed.
Praise God that most of the things needed for the book shipment to the school in Suriname are now packed and on pallets. I am still waiting for a few things to arrive and to palletize them.
Please continue to pray for the students in the B.Ed. and M.Div. programs and for continue progress in the production of courses.
Pray for financial resources for SALT, and for RCM. The project called RISE [Reformation International Scriptural Education] is set up by RCM in hopes of funding the production of courses for the various education programs. This is a vital direction for RCM and I very much appreciate your prayerful support for RISE.
Praise God that Sharilyn has been able to return to work (after trip to be with her mother in Canada) and that her shifts are going well.
May we all be united in heart, in service to the Lord!
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009
I have continued to make fairly good progress in course production, for the B.Ed. That will slow down a bit this week as I will have to spend more time in preparing the book shipment for CLA, Suriname. Most of the things needed have been purchased and now it all needs to be packed in boxes and put on pallets. I hope to get it basically completed this week. When Rev. Hamid is here (as pastor of the church in Suriname, he will be coming to the US in early July for Presbytery meeting) we will take the shipment down to Miami. We plan to do this on July 7.
Please continue to pray for the students in the B.Ed. and M.Div. programs and for continue progress in the production of courses.
Pray for financial resources for SALT, and for RCM. The project called RISE [Reformation International Scriptural Education] is set up by RCM in hopes of funding the production of courses for the various education programs. This is a vital direction for RCM and I very much appreciate your prayer for RISE.
May we all be united in heart, in service to the Lord!!
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009
Please continue to pray for the work of education; in the M.Div. program and the B.Ed. program. I am thankful that in the past week I made some good progress in course production, and I hope I will be able to continue to progress in this week. Several B.Ed. students in Suriname have just completed their courses and will be starting new ones. We also have a new enrollment in the B.Ed. from the U.S.; in fact she recent wrote to me, “…thankful to have the opportunity to take this general ed. from a Christian perspective. I have enjoyed the reading so far, with the diversity of authors for the chapters, and the extra book references.”
Rev. Hamid and I have now completed the major plans for teaching assignments for the new school year and I ask your continued prayer for ongoing preparation for the new year, which begins with teacher’s preparation day on August 7th. Pray for Rachel Visser (from B.C., Canada) as she prepares to come down to Suriname and help us at CLA.
This week I will especially be busy with buying things for the book shipment for Suriname and getting it ready (packing).
Sharilyn has returned from Canada; please pray for her as she returns to work in the hospital this week.
May we all know God’s grace in our service to Him this
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2009
Last week I did not make much progress in the production of courses but I did get a couple of final exams completed for them. Rev. Hamid and myself have been working on plans for the next school year at Christian Liberty Academy in Suriname (CLA). I am rather relieved that I have worked out a course assignment plan that seems to work. So as much as we have been praying for one more teacher/helper, at least we have the prospect of doing ok with what we have now. It does mean that Rev. Hamid will be in class more than is “best” but the Lord knows. With most of those plans completed I do hope to make better progress in course production this week; although I do need to continue to buy things for CLA and the book shipment (which I will be preparing for shipment towards the end of June).
Please continue to pray for Sharilyn and the time she is with her mom in Canada this week.
Thank you for continuing to pray for donations to SALT (our ministry/project with RCM).
Serving Christ our King,
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2009
I am making progress in the courses for the B.Ed. program and appreciate your continued prayer in that. I have had a setback in setting up the Greek course for the M.Div. program and hope to get that all completed, Lord willing early this week.
I would particularly ask you to pray for Sharilyn; she has gone to be with her mom in Canada. Her mom is transitioning to a senior living home and needs encouragement and perspective in dealing with it all. Pray for Sharilyn to have wisdom in it. She will, Lord willing be returning on June 14.
Please pray for our financial situation and donations to SALT. Sharilyn did not have any vacation pay coming so her days from work greatly affect our finances.
Pray for the Lord to increase the donations for SALT.
Thank you, and God’s blessing as we serve Him this
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Please pray for several matters:
· I have approximately one month to buy various things and then prepare for the book shipment to Suriname. Thankfully Rev. Hamid will be in the US for a Presbytery meeting so he will help me with bringing the shipment down to Miami.
· Pray that the Lord might lead us to one more helper/teacher for the school in Suriname.
· Many students are making good progress in the study programs; please pray for them and for my work in course production. The work of grading is going well, but I eagerly want to complete all plans for the B.Ed. program and continue making progress for preparing all the courses. The second year is near to completion. I also would like to make more progress in preparing the courses for the M.Div. program.
So far Sharilyn has not heard back regarding the interview for the position as “case manager”. We do trust the Lord’s will in this, and very much appreciate your prayer for her and her work as nurse.
May the Lord bless as we mutually serve Him…also in
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 10:45 AM
The Lord has been gracious and I praise Him for the blessing of serving Him. Final exams are done and grades are recorded (at least for the courses I was looking after!). This week Thursday we have graduation exercises in the evening; the grade 11’s have had some fund raisers and are planning to put on a nice meal for graduation (it is always a special time and each year we see increasing number of people attending). Earlier on Thursday there will be a “general assembly” of the entire school and awards and recognitions are given out. At that time, on behalf of staff, students and the Board of RCM, I will present to Mr. Hamid a plaque/clock in honor of his having worked at CLA for 20 years (1989-2009). I will also give him a special graduation tassel with the “09” in stones (look like diamonds, but they aren’t!). After the general assembly the Elementary grades have their year-end parties—with lots of food!
In the evening, at graduation, I will give the graduation address and plan to give recognition to Mr. Hamid, and the qualities the Lord has blessed him with, and use it as a challenge to grads to aspire to attain those qualities, but to realize that apart from God’s grace it is not possible. As my central theme I will use Phil. 3:13, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
Please pray for Gods’ blessing in all, and for Him to receive glory in it all.
May you be blessed as you serve Him this week,
Sent: Monday, May
11, 2009 7:15 AM
I am very thankful to say that I have completed setting up two more courses in the B.Ed. The students here in Suriname are working faithfully and doing quite well. A few have just completed a course and have begun new ones.
Please continue to pray for the school here (this week is final exam week) and for the church (we have one discipline situation, and pray for spiritual growth in members and for salvation of visitors).
I very much appreciate your prayer for Fay (church member in church I co-pastor in Palm Bay, Florida). She will be going for further tests to determine the best treatment for her cancer. Please pray for this and for her and her husband Ron to know God’s comfort and care.
Pray also for God’s will regarding an interview which Sharilyn had last week. It came rather unexpectedly but she was one of nine people interviewing for positions in case management.
Also, please pray for donations to our ministry (to RCM, designate to “SALT”).
Thankful for your partnership,
Sent: Monday, May
04, 2009 12:28 PM
I have a tremendous amount of work to do for the B.Ed. program and please pray that I can make progress in this while still working on administrative matters here at the school in Suriname. It will be a busy time but I am thankful for it and greatly appreciate your prayer for God’s grace and blessing in the work done here.
Thank you also for your continued prayer for Sharilyn as she serves the Lord in her work as a nurse.
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009
Thank you, again, for your prayers for our work and ministry.
Please pray my trip to Suriname (leaving Wed. April 29 and returning May 25), and for the work I do there in both church and school. This trip is especially for the end of school year (which means final exams and graduation, and I will be giving the graduation address this year). It is a rather special year-end too, since it marks 20 years that Asgar Hamid has worked at CLA (Christian Liberty Academy). The school will give him a plaque to express our praise to the Lord, and I will also incorporate this anniversary into the grad address.
Pray also for the remaining need we have of one more teacher/helper for the next school year.
Please pray also for our school secretary (Marina) and husband; last week thieves broke into their house and hauled off most of everything they had. They both face this loss with trust in the Lord, but please pray for them in this.
Pray also for the church there; for the Lord to bless my preaching, and also for us as Eldership (we have one matter of discipline that we are prayerfully working with).
Thank you also for continued prayers for Sharilyn in her work as nurse; for health and God’s grace to face the challenges at work…and also for my continued work in course production and the grading of work from students.
The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever,
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009
I have had a few “feelers” regarding helping in Suriname. So far it looks like none will work out for the coming school year; so please continue to pray for this need (one more teacher/helper to work at the school in Suriname).
I have a few students writing course exams and then beginning new courses. Along with regular grading of course work, I do hope to make further progress in course production. Please continue to pray for this work.
Please also pray for our financial support to SALT (Scripture Advanced Leadership Training). It is tax-deductible through RCM.
Thank you also for your continued prayer for Sharilyn and the challenges there are as nurse in the hospital.
Thankful for your partnership in this ministry,
Sent: Monday, April
13, 2009 6:29 AM
This week will be pretty much the same in terms of work. The only added scenario I face is that, Lord willing, I will be going to Suriname again on April 29 (for end of school year and graduation). I do hope to get a certain amount of course production work done by then, but I also will be giving the graduation address and preaching while in Suriname. So please pray for these matters.
Also please continue to pray (and do anything you can to help) regarding the need for one more teacher for CLA, for the coming new school year.
We continue to very much appreciate your prayer for Sharilyn in the challenges she faces in working as a nurse in the hospital. The staffing situation is so challenging and we do pray for her in each shift, that she will be able to handle the stress. Thank you for joining us in this.
May the Lord be glorified in our mutual service to Him this week.
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 6:39 AM
I continue to make progress in producing courses for the Bachelor of Education program, and am glad to see students working regularly. Also the few students we have in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought (BACT degree) are working regularly. Thank you for your prayers for these programs; as well as for the Master of Divinity program and students.
Please continue to pray for the need for CLA (Christian Liberty Academy in Suriname) to find one more teacher/helper for the next school year, which begins in August. The present year is moving along quickly and soon we are looking at another graduation. Lord willing, I will be giving the graduation address and so I am also preparing for that; along with other administrative matters for CLA.
Thank you sincerely for your prayers for all these
things; may the Lord bless us all with a good week of service to Him.
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 5:58 AM
I greatly appreciate your continued prayer for my ongoing work in the B.Ed. program. Students are making good progress. Please continue to pray for our need of one more teacher/helper for the school in Suriname.
Also ask you to continue to pray for Sharilyn in her work as nurse. She faces challenges regarding it. Also praise God that she is able to treat her hip by various means so that it is relatively comfortable and pain free; also any hip replacement has been put on hold till some later date when the doctor thinks she should have it.
you sincerely for your partnership,
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 5:05 AM
Greeting in Christ!
Praise God for progress I am making in course production for the Bachelor of Education degree program. There is still much work to be done and sometimes it is almost intimidating, but step by step I am moving forward in this and am thankful for your prayers. As soon as possible I will also need to return to work on preparing courses for the Master of Divinity program but for now I will continue to concentrate on the B.Ed.
Please continue to pray for these programs; there is a vast opportunity and potential to train many in a biblical world-view. Slowly the “word of mouth” by existing students will continue to spread and this will keep growing, Lord willing.
I believe the rain/flooding has stopped in Suriname. Please pray for the school and the need we have for one more teacher/helper for the next school year. Put people you can think of in touch with me about this, please.
May we all know God’s blessing in serving our Lord this week,
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 6:39 AM
Please pray for church members and workers at CLA in Suriname; they have had very heavy rains there (and it is not even “rainy season”!) and many have had severe flooding in their houses. In all the years we have never seen water so high around the school. Please also pray for the need we have of one more teacher and/or helper for the coming new school year. We have accepted the application of Rachel Visser, from B.C., Canada and are thankful to the Lord for this.
Praise God, my return trip went very well and I arrived in good time. I am now back in Florida and returning to the work at hand; particularly working on the ongoing production of courses. I have one “pilot student” who is helping me with some course work in exchange for lower fees and that is very helpful. Please continue to pray for all the students (in the B.Ed. program as well as Theological studies).
Thankful for your partnership,
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 7:35 AM
Just one day left in Suriname, to finish things off and return to US. Appreciate your prayer for safe flights and travel; leaving early Tuesday AM and arriving in Miami at 12:30 PM (Lord willing).
The time here was very worthwhile and I see it as important for both church and school. The school is in capable hands, with Rev. Hamid as Administrator, but I see the importance of ongoing contact and oversight. Please continue to pray for the school, which is now in the Fourth Quarter.
May the Lord be praised in our mutual service to Him!
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 7:35 AM
We still have some school administrative matters to conclude but we are thankful for how the Lord is providing and blessing the work of CLA (Christian Liberty Academy). We dearly need to find one more High School teacher for next year; please pray for this and do what you can to get people in touch with me about this.
It is great to see that another former graduate of CLA has enrolled in the B.Ed. program. Another has begun a new course, and all students are working regularly in their studies. Please continue to pray for the work I do in the various study programs.
Certainly the most exciting is the anticipation this coming Sunday of the profession of faith, baptism, and reception to membership of Mr. & Mrs. Gomes. It is quite a story how they have come to faith after all these years of having their children be students at CLA, and how later their two daughters eventually came to faith, joined the church, and have worked at CLA. One daughter, Alney, continues to work at CLA and the other, Vonessa, is married and lives in Canada. Vonessa and her husband will be arriving this week and will be present for the Sunday. Pray for God to be glorified in all this, especially this coming Sunday.
Thank you for your prayers; may the Lord bless you all this week!
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 7:00
Praise the Lord for a safe trip and early arrival to Suriname. Still having a bit of rain now and again but much warmer than in Florida!
I have already given and graded one Third Quarter Exam and have another one to give this week. I will also be starting the Fourth Quarter for the theology (Bible) courses in grades 9 to 12. On Wednesday I have a dentist appointment as well!
As Session, we have had a final meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Gomes, who will be professing their faith and be baptized on March 8. Pray for God bless this addition to the church.
Thank you for your prayer for the various areas of work I am involved in (school classes and administration, B.Ed. students, and church/preaching).
Thankful for your partnership,
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 5:48
Please especially pray for my trip to Suriname; I leave this week Wednesday (Feb. 18).
As usual I will be involved in both school and church.
It is the end of the third quarter so I will be giving and grading quarter exams, along with the usual administrative things.
Praise the Lord that in the church we will have the joy of receiving into membership a middle-aged couple, who will make profession of faith and be baptized. We have one meeting left with them and have been announcing this to the church.
In addition I will of course be working with the B.Ed. students and in fact there is one applicant who is a graduate of CLA and will start in the program when I am there. Pray for the Lord to bless and use this program for His glory, and even for the future needs of the school.
Thank you also for praying for Sharilyn; especially in her work as a nurse. At times her shifts go well and other times they are a real problem. Pray for the Lord to grant what is needed each day.
May the Lord be praised this week, in our mutual service to Him!
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009
I do pray that as the people of God we will see our mutual service as being for one goal and purpose. To that end, thank you for your prayer.
Please continue to pray for ongoing progress in course production. We now have several people offering to be a help in this and I do pray that this will lead to even quicker progress.
As Administration for CLA (school in Suriname), Rev. Hamid and I are very thankful for the ongoing discussion with an applicant (from Canada) to come help us in Suriname, so we are now close to sending an invitation to her. Please continue to pray for this, and also for David (a local applicant) as he continues in teacher training.
The “case management” possibility for Sharilyn has kind-of evaporated so this is no longer a possibility. We see in this the Lord’s will too and pray that He will continue to direct Sharilyn in terms of her work as nurse. I have had some back pain and on Tuesday will have some tests to see if it is related to kidney stones. So far other tests have shown all is “clear”! The pain kind of “comes and goes” so we will have to see. We do look to the Lord for our continued health and for Him to bless our efforts.
Thank you sincerely for your partnership with us,
Sent: Monday, February 02,
2009 6:31 AM
I very much appreciate your prayer regarding our consideration of an applicant for helping us in Suriname. Pray that the Lord grants Rev. Hamid and me wisdom regarding her application. Continue to pray for David as he is in training to teach at CLA (Christian Liberty Academy).
I am making progress in courses for the B.Ed. and hope to continue in that this week. Also, praise God that we have someone who may be interested in helping us with production of courses for the M.Div (that would be a great help!). I am thankful for a new student applying for the B.Ed.; she is in Suriname and a graduate of CLA. Please continue to pray for these programs of study and for God to bless them to the students.
Sharilyn is continuing to consider the idea of applying for a “case management” position at the hospital. Please pray for wisdom in that, and for the Lord to open this up according to His will.
Wishing you the Lord’s blessing this week,
Sent: Monday, January 12,
2009 6:49 AM
He rules over all and He does so for the sake of His own. That is why we can, and must, pray to Him!
Praise the Lord that Modolos arrived safely back in Italy/home. Their flights went well and Sabrina did not get sick on the return flight. They also have already received further work in their business and we praise the Lord with them for all His blessings to them!
I very much appreciate your continued prayer for my work in course production. I have recently had to change the book for one course so that is a lot of added work; but it is worthwhile work because it means a better quality course. I find the ongoing work of administering the courses with students to be a blessing too and very worthwhile. I often wonder if people have an idea of how worthwhile this all is. It is such a blessing and joy to train people to teach, and to train them from a biblical perspective. We also have other students who take another College program (we also have a BACT program – Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought—and I am able to use many of the courses from the B.Ed. for this program but it needs further development as well). Recently one BACT student wrote the following to me:
“I have started this year with a real excitement for the classes I will take and look forward to the learning! I cannot tell you how much of a blessing, you and the studies you have provided me with, have been in my life!”
Praise God, and pray for all the students (in the B.Ed., the BACT, and the M.Div. programs).
Pray also for the Christian Liberty Academy in Suriname (CLA) and especially for “David”. David is a resident of Suriname and applied to teach at CLA. He seems sincerely interested in a teaching career. While I was there in December we interviewed him and he is in training now, and thus far showing good promise.
May the Lord be glorified in all!
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 6:55 AM
Today (Monday) we take the Modolo’s to Orlando and they return to Italy. It has been a joy to spend time together, even if rather challenging in accomplishing the much-needed work. We ask you to pray for them as they return to their business (which has slowed down recently) and to their small church (just them and another couple). Giorgio works hard in his business of finishing furniture and then must work hard at preparing for a study for their worship on Sundays and on Wednesdays. They have two children who are unsaved and one (Andrea) is studying in our M.Div. program and working in a church in Italy (about 4 hours from his parents). Andrea has been trained in law and is now working to train as a pastor. All three of their children are married.
The school in Suriname returns to classes this week; pray especially for the training of the new local teacher we have recently hired (David). Thank you also for your continued prayer for my work in developing courses.
Sharilyn also returns to work on Tuesday (she had a few days off during the time the Modolo’s were here); please pray for her job and the income we receive from it.
May the Lord bless you all in your service to Him!