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)