24 July, 2012
Dear friends and fellow workers,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Greetings from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I want to start off by thanking you for journeying with James and for your continued participation in our shared and ongoing ministry in Western Tanzania.
I feel honoured and blessed to be able to join James in Tanzania serving the Archdiocese of Mwanza and Western Tanzania – it is the fulfillment of a hope that was set in motion ten years ago. Having served as a Protestant missionary in North Africa in 2002 & 2003 I returned home to gain knowledge and understanding in order to return to the mission field as a registered nurse. I am returning to missions not only as a nurse but with the added benefit of the Orthodox Christian faith, traveling in the company of the unmercenary (medical) Saints such as Cosmos & Damian and St. Panteleimon, whose feast we celebrate this Friday on July 27.
There is much to prepare as James and I look to returning to Mwanza this fall, yet there is much excitement as well. Right now we are traveling around Southern BC and Northwest Washington, sharing with Churches and others about the Orthodox Church in Tanzania. Each time we share my excitement grows, not only for our calling but for the calling of the Church in North America – to reach those around us for the Glory of Christ, to love those around us (even the unlovely).
As for our return to Tanzania, I am very much looking forward to learning language (Kiswahili) and the culture of my new home in Tanzania. As a nurse I know how important it is to understand those we seek to help. St Innocent of Alaska urged St. Nicholas of Japan to learn, learn, learn, to learn the language and the culture for it is the most important goal of a missionary. Daunting, yes, but not impossible, for our sweet Christ says ‘I am with you, even to the very ends of the earth.’ I am also reminded, especially when I am tired and feel overwhelmed with all that lies before us, that it is Christ’s love, Christ’s strength and Christ’s mercy that carries me, guides me, and supports me, through all things.
I am also reminded, again and again, of Christ’s presence in our life through your continued prayers, encouragement and support. I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you as we grow in our faith together in Tanzania. Please do continue to pray for us, for the Churches in British Columbia and Northwest Washington, and for my family and friends who are all preparing to join you in sending us back to Tanzania.
Thank-you again and again, to the Glory of Christ Jesus,
PS Thank you for your prayers which sustain us, and for your friendship and encouragement as we begin our life together as a missionary family. Thank you also for your financial support. If you would like to make a pledge of support for us, you can do this in several ways. You can make out a check to OCMC with “Hargrave” in the memo line, and send it to: OCMC, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St Augustine FL 32086, USA. You can call (904) 829-5132 and ask for the finance department. Or you can go to http://jhargrave.ocmc.org and click on “Support Missionary.”
By your prayers in Christ,
Daphne and James