I am way behind, but better late than never.
On Sep. 1 st we worshipped at St. George's church in Singapore. We spent three days with our friends and former parishioners from Houston. It was an Anglican Church. The church was packed with ex-pats and the president of the country was in attendance at the service. They are heavily involved in world mission and learned a little bit of what they do. There was a booth at the entrance (on the left) welcoming the newcomers. There was no Eucharist but a great teaching on the Sunday Gospel with music. They had a band like ours except they had a sax player (American) who had been there for thirty four years.
Sunday Sep. 8th I was invited to preach at a Baptist church (grey Church) in Moratuwa, which is very rare for an Anglican Priest. The small church was packed and it was like a prayer and praise service.
On Sep. 14th I had the privilege of solemnizing the marriage of my cousins daughter at Holy Emmanuel church, the church with the tall bell tower. I married her parents 30 years ago and now their child. It was an awesome moment. It was great meeting family and joining in some fun.
Sunday Sep. 15th we worshipped at St. Peter's Church, in Moratuwa to celebrate our 42 nd wedding anniversary. The priest took us to the altar, said a prayer and blessed us. This is where my spiritual journey began as a choir boy, and as an altar server (acolyte). Ewena and I attended this church and Sunday school as kids, and we got married on Sep. 11th, 1971. It was awesome worshipping together with my wife after a long time and to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Sep. 21st we had an ecumenical small group meeting and went and ministered to a cancer patient with some of the group.
Today, Sep 22nd we were at St. Paul's Kandy, where I was celebrant and preacher. Tomorrow morning we are going to Hill Wood College, a leading Christian girl's school in Kandy. I'll be doing chapel at 7.30 am.
People are hungry to know the LORD, His WORD, and they have questions. God has been so good and merciful in using us frail human beings for HIS glory! He is opening door after door for ministry which we never dreamed or imagined, and we just follow HIS lead.
It is not easy to be away from home. Ewena and I miss our children and our grand children. We miss COTHA our church family. Sometimes we feel home sick, lonely, and want to return home. But Jesus keeps reminding us that, Disciples of Jesus follow HIM, and go where he leads you to go. HE leads you to places where you have never been before, and HE gives you the strength, the grace and the power to do things you have never done before.
We ask for your prayers for health, for safety on the roads, for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to do HIS work.
God bless you!
With love & prayers,
Desmond & Ewena