Update – St Nicholas 2015

Dear friends,

Greetings once again from Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Pacific winter is upon us- damp, dark and chilly. I’m looking forward to next year, where I suspect New England may be much colder but should also have a bit more sunshine.

We are all doing well. Daphne continues her work as a Registered Nurse for Home Health, helping patients live at home with support from the local health authority. Peter is growing and thriving. He particularly loves jumping in puddles with his dinosaur boots. IMGP1315When you ask how old he is, he declares “Two!” with authority. Peter’s schedule- swimming, music class, playdates, adventures in the park no matter the weather- keeps me busy enough, but I’ve also started teaching two very different classes.

I’m the new Sunday School teacher at our parish, Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC; and once a week I teach Swahili language to a group of university students. It has been a delight for me to exercise my teaching muscles, to get to know some of the children of our parish, and return to the world of Kiswahili. Now that I have my Canadian work permit (at long last!) I hope to find other ways for our family to build up savings towards seminary.

We’re looking forward to moving to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA in August 2016. This is a crucial step towards our return to the field as long-term missionaries with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Our correspondence with the seminary continues to be encouraging, and we were grateful to learn recently that I have been awarded a partial scholarship. God willing, this scholarship can be the foundation for us as we continue to seek the bulk of the funding needed for seminary.

Thank you for your continued prayers and love. A blessed feast of Saint Nicholas, and a holy Advent, to you all!

By your prayers in Christ,

James, Daphne and Peter Hargrave

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Update – Holy Cross 2015

DSCN1692Dear friends,

Through the Cross, joy has come into all the world.
– Matins of Resurrection

Greetings from Abbotsford, British Columbia.

As autumn begins, Daphne, Peter and I begin our third year of life here
in the green Fraser Valley.

These years have found us rooted in the life and worship of Holy
Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, BC. We have grown together as a
family, near Daphne’s family, being nourished and strengthened by the
love of God. Daphne has had good work as an RN and Home Health Case
Manager. My immigration status still bars me from employment, but my
time is filled managing the household and caring for our
two-and-a-half-year-old son.

Soon it will be time to move along.

Our family left Tanzania in 2013 with the goal that, after time putting
down roots in BC, I would attend seminary in preparation for a return to
the mission field. This is still our goal.

Last fall, you prayed for our seminary visits on the US East Coast. By
your prayers these visits went well, and doors have been opened.

Our local bishop, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox
Christian Archdiocese of North America, has blessed me to attend Holy
Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA as an
Antiochian Seminarian. Holy Cross has accepted me as a Masters of
Divinity student starting fall 2016.

God willing, I should graduate spring 2019 after which we plan to return
overseas as long-term missionaries with the Orthodox Christian Mission

In these days after the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving
Cross, we joyfully anticipate life at a school dedicated to the Cross of
Christ. On our visit we were welcomed warmly, embraced by the seminary’s
strong family life, and encouraged by the concern for global missionary
outreach that we witnessed among students and faculty alike.

We still need your prayers!

Pray for the comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit as we plan a
cross-continent move, as we apply for Daphne’s green card, and as we
settle into a city far away from both our families.

Pray also for funding.

Because I am preparing for work overseas, I do not qualify for the
Archdiocese scholarship normally available to Antiochian seminarians.
This scholarship is for students who will serve as clergy in North America.

If we leave seminary in debt, we doubt we can afford to live on a
missionary income.

So we ask your prayers, if God is indeed calling us back to service
overseas, that He will provide the means for tuition and for our
sustenance at Holy Cross. Pray for me as I seek out scholarships and
grants, and pray for those who offer such funds.

During our time in Abbotsford, Daphne and I have written infrequently.
As we plan for seminary, we will write more often.

We remain grateful for your love, friendship, and holy prayers during
these past years of rest, recovery and refreshment.

Please stay in touch!

By your prayers in Christ,

James, Daphne and Peter Hargrave

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Hargrave Update – Holy Cross 2014

September 12, 2014


Dear Friends,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

And greetings from the Hargrave family farm in Alachua County, Florida,
where all James’ siblings and their families have gathered together with
Mom and Dad and Grandma Hargrave. (Babu, Goko, and Great-Grandma to the
youngsters.) This is the first time that all five cousins of the new
generation have been at the farm. They range in age from four months to
two years, so you can imagine the fun.

We haven’t communicated in a long time, and would like to update you.

We last wrote in August 2013, as we prepared to leave Mwanza, Tanzania
to begin a season of life here in North America. For the past year we
have lived in Daphne’s hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia as
members of Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, BC. Daphne is a
nurse with the local Fraser Health Authority while James is a full-time
caregiver for our son Peter Henry, about to turn one-and-a-half.

During this time in Canada we have been nurtered by a close and loving
extended family, by good friends, and by the Godly care of a very good
church community and priest. We are grateful indeed for your holy
prayers that have held us in this time of transition and settlement.

Our goal remains a return to active status as long-term missionaries
with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. A major step in preparation
for this return is James’ theological study. For this reason, we are
preparing next week to make campus visits to two seminaries: Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA and St Vladimir’s
Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. On Saturday the 13th
we’ll travel to Boston for our visit to Holy Cross, and on Tuesday the
16th onwards to visit St Vladimir’s in New York.

If James is accepted to seminary then, God willing, we hope to spend one
more year in British Columbia and for James’ studies to begin in the
autumn of 2015. As his seminary studies conclude in 2018 or 2019, we
would begin active preparations for a return to the mission field- maybe
back in Mwanza, maybe somewhere else in the world. It remains our
sincere intent to spend our lives in service to Christ and his Church as
long-term OCMC Missionaries.

We ask for your prayers especially in these coming days. In addition to
spiritual formation and academic theological study, we must consider all
issues relevant to family life on campus, as well as Daphne’s
immigration. And then there’s the fact that we can’t afford seminary! If
it is God’s wish for James to attend seminary, then we pray that he will
enable us to manage the demands of tuition, housing, food, insurance,
and all other expenses of maintaining a household.

Thank you for your holy prayers. Thank you for continuing to walk with
us during this time away from the mission field. Thank you for your
friendship, your correspondance, and your love. Please stay in touch.

By your prayers in Christ,

James, Daphne and Peter Henry Hargrave


PS As we remain on a leave of absence as OCMC Missionaries, we continue
to ask for your prayers, your care, your love and your friendship. Some
of you have continued financial support, for which we are grateful.
These contributions are reserved by OCMC for our use when we return to
active status.

Until we return to the mission field, we invite you to redirect your
contributions to OCMC Missionary Meagan Engelbach serving in Kenya, to
OCMC Mission Specialists Fr David and Matushka Rozanne Rucker serving in
Guatemala, or to visit http://www.ocmc.org and give to any of the worthy
Missionaries, Mission Specialists, Teams, programs, or special projects.

Funds sent to OCMC designated in our name will continue to go into our
support account. This will be both helpful and encouraging when we start
active preparations for a return to the mission field. Thank you again.

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News from the Hargraves

Dear friends,


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

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St Gregory 2013 Update

25 January, 2013

Dear friends,


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

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Entrance of the Theotokos 2012 Update

Dear friends,

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.
We’re expecting!

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Greetings from East Africa

12 October 2012

Dear friends,

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

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