Dear Friends, It is hard to believe that we are into September and the autumn season in Canada is around the corner. Thank you for your faithful prayers for a busy July and August. I have included a brief report on the activities for the month of August and the wonderful blessing this month was.
We covet your prayers for the fall and early winter. The best way to summarize it is to say that it looks like it will require a great deal of multi-tasking! May the Lord grant His enablement and blessing.
I have been reflecting over something which I heard Dr. Andrew McGowan (Rutherford House, Scotland) say when he was doing a seminar in Jakarta, “The last 50 years society has had more impact on the Church than the Church on society”. The context was responding to the spiritual condition of Europe. What a statement. I thought of it as it applies to teaching and training future Christian leaders. We need to know the Word of God and know that it is our source of authority, but we also must be able to apply it well as light into the world. We cannot retreat nor can we forget our identity and authority basis as we engage with the world. It has always been this way; as in the days of Daniel, so today.
It has been a busy summer and autumn thus far due to travels throughout North America (and also in the UK) to speak with many about the ongoing need for theological training (15 churches in total). Many congregations have been most welcoming and have affirmed their partnership in this very important ministry of the Word of God. One focus of discussion has been on the call for indigenous theological education and a call to co-labour with the global church. There have been a few good smiles concerning the analogy I have been using about raising children. Special thanks to Donnie Frizell for a good discussion about that! Also, thank you to all who have been so kind and welcoming. Along the way, there was also opportunity to speak at and participate in two conferences, and that was most stimulating.
You will notice with this newsletter that we have retooled our Haddington House logo in an effort to update a little. Next year is our 25th year and we are busy thinking about that.
Our newsletter this autumn focuses on introducing the 2018 Journal, the book project which is being worked on right now – Voices of Thanksgiving, updates on projects at one of the overseas partners— Dumisani Theological Institute, and the fall teaching schedule (which is very limited this year as many of you will know) and an update about Nancy. I will not be teaching the master’s courses at Africa Reformation Theological Seminary, Kampala, Uganda this year but am planning to teach there in November, 2019. Thanks to Dr. Charles Jackson for taking my courses there this year at ARTS so that I can be home more with Nancy while she is not able to travel to Africa. Good things are happening at ARTS; it is so encouraging to see this seminary advancing the Kingdom by training many in the Word.
I hope that you will enjoy reading updates in this Spring newsletter on the various aspects of ministry through Haddington House Trust. Before you begin reading, I want to take this opportunity to personally say “thank you” to the many who have sent cards, written emails, visited, helped, provided meals, and called during the recent illness of my wife, Nancy. Thank you so much for all your expressions of love and concern. We are now at the four-month point and we are still seeing many signs of continuing improvement. The road to recovery is long but thank you so much for surrounding us along the way. You have given tremendous encouragement.