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
Center.

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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