May - June 2010
Prayer Answers, Thanksgivings and Petitions
Dear Prayer Partners,
We have had a lively month. We concluded the semester last week and now we turn our attention to the new semester due to open on 14th August. Our current students will be returning for a new and third year. We also hope to have a fresh cohort to begin a first year. We will require the new site to be all ready for us and for this we will need your prayers...
Trevor and Tina
1. Theological Education
Give thanks for the success of the first semester of New Bishop Gwynne College. It went remarkable well without mishap.
Give thanks for the very successful visit from Trinity College Bristol,and pray for God's guidance for the future of this link. Pray for the student in Berkley Divinity School at Yale who is preparing to come and live and work in the college in September.
Pray for the right new students to come and form a new first year in August.
Give thanks that, despite some difficult moments, we always managed to pay everyone on time and pay another slice off the remaining debt. Pray that we can continue to do in the future.
When we return in August there will be an extra demand as we will have have a larger wage bill and more hungry mouths to feed. Pray that every single student will pay their full fee and come equipped with the money to get them back at the end of term.
We praise God for the extra house that has come available to us. Pray for God's guidance as we try and find the resources to restore it, or indeed demolish and rebuild if that is required. We pray we can let this house for added future income. Pray that the Bishop of Salisbury's appeal, or giving elsewhere, is sufficient to enable us to build a new house on the new site.
Pray that we can find the right new Sudanese lecturer for our our new term.
2. New Site
Give thanks that things are coming together to get onto the new site in the next few weeks.
Pray that those who seem to have moved into the building uninvited and are squatting there will be successfully moved on. Pray for the provincial and diocesan staff responsible for this will be given strength and guidance to carry through this uncomfortable task.
Pray that the buildings will be able to be renovated without too much expensive despite the terrible exterior appearance they currently have.
Give thanks for the money coming to us from the Diocese of Salisbury, the Parish of Bridport and the Anglican Communion Fund and pray that even more funds will be made available to us. The more we have, the faster we can proceed with the programme of developing the new site.
We are still hoping to hear from some people who have encouraged us to look for investment in the form of a new convention centre on the new site. This will be a huge enhancement to the area and provide income in the future. Pray that these people might find the right people to invest in us.
3. The Schools
There has been a major set back for church primary schools here in Juba because the government has redeployed many of those they paid themselves into state schools. This happened with just three weeks to go before the beginning of term without warning. The diocese found itself with many schools without head teachers and some with less than half the staff.
Pray that the necessary income can be found to employ the teachers they need, and pray that they can find teachers of the right quality.
We thank God for the letters, prayers and contributions of schools in the Diocese of Salisbury that have now found their way to all the linked schools in Juba. We rejoice in the encouragement this gives to people who educational expectations are very different. We thank God for friends.
4. The ECS
We rejoice in the continuing enthusiasm of the people for worship, the wonderful celebrations of Easter with even greater numbers than usual and the hard work of the new bishops and the new dioceses.
We pray for our archbishop who has been delayed in Adelaide following a desire by an optician for him to visit an eye hospital. We pray that that goes well and that he is soon here among us.
We pray for the diocese of Twic East and bishop elect Ezekiel whose enthronement has had to be further delayed. We pray that ECS initiative to bring peace and stability to that area will be a success.
Pray for Larry, who has just arrived from the Diocese of Virginia, to begin to help sort a way forward for the provincial office to deal with similar albatrosses to those BGC that suffered from until this year.
5. The Nation
Give thanks for the elections that, despite a number of accusations of rigging and some dissatisfaction with the result in some areas, went off remarkably peacefully. Give thanks that people through themselves into the exercise with enthusiasm.
Pray for the elected government as they now work towards the promised referendum of independence for the south due in January 2011.