Ted has one more week in the office before taking off for Australia. He leaves on May 9 and arrives on May 11. Actually, it is a bit long, but not two days worth of airtime. He crosses the date line and loses a day. Coming back it looks like it takes only one hour, again because of the date line crossing. Time is tricky stuff. We pray that Ted, Bruce, Kathy and Francis will all have safe travel, and stout constitutions to endure the long hours. Francis also leaves on May 9. They lead their first training even on May 13 in Adelaide. Francis Taman, one of our board members, is from Calgary, Alberta and a lawyer by profession. You can keep in touch with them through his blog, by clicking on the Australian flag on our home page at www.hisaor.org. We pray that God will bless them throughout the time in Australia. Bruce and Kathy Zagel will leave on May 24 to help Ted and Francis with the Church Reconciler Training. They will return home on June 10th and Ted and Francis return on June 14. In that time they will lead training events that will impact the whole Lutheran church in Australia. We pray that they will in deed be cultivating lifestyles of reconciliation for all of the Australian church. What an opportunity God has supplied!
We also keep our beloved Synod in prayer. Over the next eight weeks, many districts will be meeting in convention and there are serious issues being decided. We pray for the upcoming conventions and the delegates as they make decisions. May God be glorified and His will accomplished. Numerous districts have already had their conventions, and we pray for them as well as they carry out the decisions made.
We are very pleased to have a new product in hand and available for purchase. Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation has arrived and we pray that God will bless it's use to His glory and the benefit of all who use it. There will be more on that next week. Ted plans to say a few words to publicize it.
Thank you to all of you for the faithful prayer support provided by so many. May God be with you.