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. When 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