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St Nicholas 2016 Update

Dear friends,

Blessed fast!

Greetings from the end of the semester at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Last time we wrote, Daphne, Peter and I were settling in after our move here from Canada. Now we’ve been in New England for over three months.

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Peter holds St Nicholas’ staff

My midterms went well, and with your prayers I’m on my way to a strong finish for the semester. My parish assignment— St George Orthodox Church in Norwood, MA— is treating us like family. I help with religious education, and preached my second homily this past Sunday. Classes were cancelled on Tuesday for a campus-wide celebration of St Nicholas Day. Peter, along with other children of students, especially enjoyed a visit from St Nicholas that afternoon. Continue reading

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Update – Holy Cross 2016

Dear friends,

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And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

– John 12:32

Greetings from Boston!

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The past month has been eventful. In early August Daphne, Peter and I loaded up a moving truck and drove out from British Columbia. Over the following twelve days we passed eight mountain ranges; followed the Oregon Trail; crossed the Columbia, the Platte, the Missouri, the Mississippi, the Ohio, the Monongahela and the Hudson; and spent good time with many dear friends and relatives. In late August, because of your prayers, we arrived safely at our new home in Jamaica Plain on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

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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.

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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.

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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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