Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prayer Requests for September 30

After a little hiccup, I'm back to posting. How quickly the time passes! It never fails to surprise me how quickly things can pick up.

Ted has been back in the office for a bit over a week. David, Sonja and Ted's son, was married here in Billings on September 24th. We pray for David and Hope as they make a new life together. Ted's trip to Australia was very good. When he returned on the 11th, he spent one night at home and then traveled to Virginia for the Peacemaker Ministries Annual Conference. He was one of the presenters for the conference. He always enjoys this conference and the opportunity to renew many friendships. We pray that God will continue to bless Peacemaker Ministries. They do wonderful work and we are so very thankful for the supportive relationship we have with them. They are wonderful encouragers in our ministry and we are so thankful for all the help they have been over the years. Ted has been very busy this week preparing for a number of events. He will leave on Saturday to travel to Minnesota. On Sunday he will preach and teach Bible study in Detroit Lakes. On Sunday evening he will begin our Church Reconciler Training at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, MN. We pray that everyone will travel safely to the training and that each participant will grow greatly in their understanding of biblical peacemaking and how it will fit in their congregation. We pray that Ted will be enabled to teach well and that the all will be able to stay healthy and learn well. It is a very full week and quite intense. Ted will return to Montana for a few days before flying to Waterloo, Ontario to teach a Conflict Coaching practicum, then directly on to Winnipeg, Manitoba to teach a seminar on Responding to Sexual Temptation at a District Conference there. Again, we pray for safe travel for all and that the training events will serve well for those attending.

Bruce and Kathy are still waiting for their visas to be approved for their move to Australia. They have moved out of their house, and the renters have moved in. Zagel's are now living with their grown son here in Billings. It has been a lesson in patience for them and we pray that the approval will come very soon, trusting in God's timing. Bruce and Kathy are eager to get to their new location and begin this new chapter of their lives. It seems very strange to not have Bruce actively involved , but we know God will use him effectively in every situation. We pray for continued care for the Zagels.

Ed continues to see clients and work with the district with clergy couples. He also will be speaking in Kansas in mid-October for a district event, so he is preparing for that. We pray that God will bless his preparations and in his work with clients. Ed is also working at physical therapy on his shoulder. He is making good progress and regaining some mobility in it. He was joking that he will soon go into lifting weights, but that lifting iron for him was beginning at one pound. We pray for God's blessings for Ed as he continues his rehabilitation.

I am looking forward to some time off. My husband and I will be traveling to Drayton Valley, Alberta to spend some time with our son and his children. Their mother is traveling to Hawaii for her sister's wedding and we get to take care of the kids. It will be a whirlwind since they are 4 and 5 years old. I'm sure I will return tired, but contented. I'm really looking forward to it and pray for the energy I will need to keep up with them. I'll be back in the office on the 18th, so it will be a while before the next update.

We also pray for some congregations where we are doing work. We are in the midst of a group reconciliation at a congregation. We pray for God's direction and wisdom for the team who is serving them. We also pray for the congregation to have open hearts to God's Word and His working to bring reconciliation to their relationships. Another conflicted congregation is planning to have a seminar later this year or early next year, but has some long-term issues coming to a head. We pray for those serving them and for the congregation to be willing to look at and deal with them. We continue to get phone calls and messages from struggling people and organizations. We pray for God's direction and wisdom in serving them.

I pray for you, as well. Your faithful pray support for the ministry of Ambassadors of Reconciliation is very much appreciated. I pray God will richly bless you.

God of love, through Your Son You have commanded us to love one another. By the guidance of Your Word and Spirit, deliver us from impenitence and teach us the truth that we might confess our sins, receive your forgiveness, and be reconciled to one another, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Lutheran Service Book, CPH: 2006, p 312)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Prayer Requests for September 9

Hello Friends,

It's a rainy cool day here. I love the change of seasons and the glories that God showers on us through all seasons. Even through rainy and gray days, we are reminded that God is with us through all the yuck we experience. I spoke with a person today who has significant conflict in his marriage who is hurting deeply and very much needed the assurance that he was not alone, that God will never leave him but is even now working to bring joy. How unfathomable are His ways! I pray that this man will allow God to work in his life and in his marriage, and that God will shower them with His grace.

I have been back at my desk since Tuesday. We had a lovely trip to New York City to visit our son. The heat and humidity made me so thankful for Montana weather (and our son said it was much less than they have had this summer). We marvel at the different lifestyle and get to enjoy it for the short time we are there. I have to admit it would be a challenge to live it full time. It's a great place to visit, but I'm thankful to live here. While I have been gone, we've had several large orders from churches gearing up for their fall classes. We also heard from a church that is planning on using Ted's essays from the convention for a study this fall. We pray for all of the congregations that will study about peacemaking, that they will understand God's plan for us in conflict. We thank Him for His Word and the riches of His grace. We are still experiencing a slowdown of work. We suspect the economic situation has much to do with it, but we pray for God to show us His plan to continue in this environment. We have some training events planned for this fall and pray that they will be well attended.

Bruce is still coming in most days for a time. He and Kathy await the approval of their visa for Australia. They may have up to a three month wait. We pray for God's strength as they wait. It is hard for them to be between places.

Ted is about to begin his trip home from Australia. It is early on Friday there and he will leave after his day of teaching to fly to Sydney. Tomorrow afternoon he will leave Sydney on his way to Billings. He will spend one night here in Billings, then will trade suitcases and head to Washington, DC for the Peacemaker Ministries Annual Conference where he will teach several sections. He will return home on the 19th and may be able to be in the office by midweek. The last I heard, he was battling a cold and was pretty tired. We pray for Ted to able to get well and to be sustained through this next trip. I had to smile when I got a message to him from a fellow conciliator in Australia. It is clear that he has had some opportunities to relax, too. This photo was included.
We thank God for the friendships Ted has been able to make and for the opportunity to teach in Australia. It has been a blessing for AoR, as well as for Ted. We also pray for Ted's safe return.

Ed has been unusually quiet as of late. I suspect he is pretty busy with his full schedule and now adding in time for his therapy for his shoulder. We pray for him as he juggles the time demands and the physical therapy. We pray for an excellent result of the therapy.

Thank you for your interest in the work of Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Your prayer support is much appreciated. I pray that God will bless you with joy.