Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
- Matthew 11:28 – 30
Greetings to you all from Mwanza, Tanzania.
Daphne, Peter Henry and I just returned here a few hours ago, after spending the last month in Nairobi, Kenya where we traveled for pediatric and other appointments, to collect our son’s Canadian passport, and to take a much needed rest from life in Mwanza. It was a very good time of recuperation and refreshment as well as getting a lot of business done.
As we have processed the challenging circumstances of the past months we, together with our leadership at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, have arrived at a major decision. Continue reading
25 January, 2013
Msiwe na wasiwasi mkisema, “Tutakula nini?” au “Tutakunywa nini?” au “Tutavaa nini?”… Baba yenu wa mbingui anafahamu kwamba mnahitaji yote hayo. Lakini uta futeni kwanza Ufalme wa mbinguni na haki yake, na haya yote mtaongezewa. Kwa hiyo msihangaike kuhusu kesho, kwa sababu kesho itajihangaika yenyewe. Kila siku ina shida zake za kutosha.
Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”… for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- Matthew 6:31-34
Basi, ninyi si wageni tena, wala si watu wa nje; ninyi ni raia pamoja na watu wa Mungu, na ni watu wa jamaa ya Mungu.
So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
- Ephesians 2:19
Greetings from Mwanza, Tanzania. This is James writing.
12 October 2012
Furaha na amani! Joy and peace!
Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya here in East Africa! Earlier this evening Daphne and I arrived safely. We and our suitcases made it here from Vancouver, BC without incident. Continue reading
30 September 2012
After the commissioning service
Glory to Jesus Christ!
This morning, 30 September 2012, at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, Daphne and I were commissioned by Father Michael Gillis to serve as a long-term missionary family with the Orthodox Church in Tanzania, Holy Archdiocese of Mwanza. In the PS below you can find the text of the prayer that was said over us during the service. Continue reading
27 September, 2012
Dear faithful friends,
Glory to God in all things,
In preparation for our life in Tanzania working as OCMC Missionaries James and I have gone through many experiences; the evaluation retreat, new candidate orientation , and pre-field training, as well as traversing thousands of miles to visit different parishes and meeting many lovely people. Now as we’re in our final weeks of preparation we have one last event, an event that I’ve been very much looking forward to. A commissioning service to missionary service, is a set of prayers commending the missionary to Christ the Lord and to His service.
My commissioning to long-term missionary service is this Sunday, September 30th 2012. The service will take place at my home parish Holy Nativity Orthodox Church, 4828 216A Street in Langley, BC. Father Michael Gillis will preside over the commissioning service immediately prior to Divine Liturgy, which begins at 10:00am (Matins start at 9:00am)
If you are able to attend please do, however we know that you can join us in your own parish by adding your prayers to ours. The presence of your prayers is felt strongly in our lives. Thank you. Thank you also for your example and faithful witness to the glory of God. We are sent by you and because of you.
By your prayers in Christ,