Furaha na amani!
This greeting, common in the Orthodox Church in Tanzania, comes from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans (15:13):
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we seek this God-given hope through the joy and peace of faith, we remember the Holy Apostle Paul especially now in the days following the feasts of the Holy Apostles.
Since our son Peter was born, we have celebrated every feast of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Nicola Valley of the British Columbia interior. The feast falls just before Canada Day on July first, which we mark there with Daphne’s parents at a lakeside campground. It was also our third time to attend Divine Liturgy in the shadows of Mount Peter and Mount Paul at the lovely, hospitable Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints in nearby Kamloops, BC.
This season of our lives in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley is nearly over. For almost three years we have been nurtured at Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC, and our son has grown from an infant into an energetic little boy. It will be sad to leave.
But on Sunday, August seventh, God willing we will load up a truck and enter the United States early on the morning of the eighth. We’ll make our way across the continent and plan to arrive on Friday the nineteenth at our new home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Along the way we hope to stop in Spokane, WA; Helena, MT; the Grand Tetons; Cheyenne, WY; Omaha, NE; Iowa City, IA; Wheaton, IL; Columbus, OH and Buffalo, NY. We plan to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday the fourteenth at St Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Iowa City and Dormition the following day somewhere in Chicagoland. We’ve scheduled extra time with family in Wheaton and Columbus. And perhaps we will see you!
Your friendship, love and prayers have held us ever since we returned in 2013 from our assignment as long-term missionaries in Tanzania with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Lifelong overseas service remains our firm intention, and we believe that seminary is an indispensable preparatory step. We are encouraged by the long relationship between Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Orthodox Church in Africa, and by the zeal for missions we encountered on campus. We believe that this is the right place for James to study for a Master’s of Divinity, and are grateful for the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph for James to attend as an Antiochian Seminarian.
Thank you for all that you do.
Thank you for your prayers as we pack up our house, downsizing and selling and giving away all that we can leave behind. Please pray especially for Daphne’s immigration to the United States, for her to obtain a work visa, and for her BC nursing license to transfer smoothly to Massachusetts. Pray that we complete our 3,500 mile trip in safety, good health and peace. Pray that we transition smoothly into life in the United States and on the seminary campus. Pray for our family life and spiritual formation, for Daphne as- if granted a work visa- she balances her work with managing the household, and for James as he seeks to engage fully in the life of his family, his responsibilities as a seminarian, and his academic study.
Please pray also for our finances. James has received a partial scholarship, but for the considerable balance of our financial needs we are taking out student loans. We trust in our good God’s provision for these needs, as he has proved faithful in the past.
You can help with this. Pray for Daphne’s immigration, as a work visa would allow her to contribute towards household expenses. Pray for more scholarships to arise. And, we invite you to renew your giving, or make a new financial pledge.
We are committed to returning to long-term service, and are taking on student debt in order to be better-qualified missionaries. Your gifts at this time can help reduce our debt burden and ease our return to a life of overseas ministry with OCMC. Your generosity
has sustained us in the past, and we invite you to “send” us again.
You can give online at http://tinyurl.com/ocmchargraves, call (904) 829-5132 to set up a pledge, or send a check to: OCMC, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St Augustine, FL, 32086 USA. Checks should be made out to OCMC with “Hargrave” in the memo line.
Thank you for continuing to walk with our family: for your generosity, your love, your friendship, and especially for your holy prayers. We are grateful. Stay in touch!
By your prayers in Christ,
James, Daphne and Peter Hargrave
PS Here is our itinerary from Abbotsford, BC to Brookline, MA
Saturday, 8/6: Divine Liturgy for Transfiguration at Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC, then pick up rental truck
Sunday, 8/7: Divine Liturgy at Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church, then pack up the truck in Abbotsford, BC
Monday, 8/8: Abbotsford to Spokane, WA
Tuesday, 8/9: Spokane to Helena, MT
Wednesday, 8/10: Helena to Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch (between Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons)
Thursday, 8/11: Flagg Ranch to Cheyenne, WY
Friday, 8/12: Cheyenne to Omaha, NE
Saturday, 8/13: Omaha to Iowa City, IA (Speaking after Vespers at St Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church)
Sunday, 8/14: Divine Liturgy at St Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church, then to Wheaton, IL
Monday, 8/15: Divine Liturgy for Dormition somewhere in Chicagoland (TBD), then spend the day with family
Tuesday, 8/16: Wheaton to Columbus, OH
Wednesday, 8/17: Spend the day with family in Columbus
Thursday, 8/18: Columbus to Buffalo, NY
Friday, 8/19: Buffalo to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA