Greetings and a Happy New Year in 2021 to all!
My love and greetings are sent to you from Paraguay
Colegio San Andres
We held our third year secondary school final graduation service in school (with all the protocols followed). It was wonderful to see our students and their parents and pray for them as they leave us and go out into the world shining a light for Christ in their lives.
We also had a lovely nativity and graduation service for our sixth grade primary students as they move into secondary school this year.
Christmas Carols by Candlelight in St Andrew’s Chapel
I was reminded as we were praying during the Advent services in December that we still had so much to be thankful for. I thought especially of the amazing generosity of all those who donated Christmas food parcels and gave to our special offering to support the continued work of the local foster home, La Esperanza Hogar, and to buy more essential food provisions to give to families in the local community with extra need at this time.
Looking ahead in Paraguay in 2021
The New Year in Paraguay continues to be one of moving carefully forward, following the strict protocols for hygiene and safety as we now enter the long school and summer holidays. Our prayer here is that numbers of COVID-19 cases, while increasing, may not increase to the extremely high levels or even a second wave or new variants, like that of the UK, Europe and the USA.Please pray for staff and students as we adjust again to this new way of teaching. Many school staff and church leaders were, like me, not able to return to their home countries for the holidays this year. I am blessed to have been able to stay in a private apartment in the countryside for my annual leave in January, so have spent a quiet and tranquil two weeks in the nature and fresh air by the lake of San Ber.
Finally, I want to say a personal thank you again to everyone who has so faithfully supported me over the last three years, and especially for the future as CMS mission partner in Paraguay.
Please continue to pray for Paraguay dealing with COVID-19: for the government, public health workers and hospitals as we continue to reopen more widely.
Give thanks that Paraguay will in the next few months receive our first doses of the new vaccines against COVID-19 which are being provided by the COVAX system and acquired by the Paraguayan government.
Give thanks for being able to reopen our Chapel doors for our Christmas carol service and throughout January for corporate prayers and Bible study fellowship
Give thanks for the directors, staff and students of Colegio San Andres, and for being able to complete 2020 with great success, with all graduations and for God’s provision of continued funds to be able to pay all our staff into 2021.
Please pray for my own family back in UK, for God’s hand of protection to remain over them all during these winter months and for continued peace for me as I now postpone my return to UK until the end of 2021/22.
Please pray that I will continue to hear God’s voice clearly guiding me by his Holy Spirit to reimagine a new future, one he is preparing me for in joining his mission to which he has called me in Paraguay in my roles as chaplain and licensed pastoral worker.
Wishing you all God’s richest Blessings for a peaceful and healthy New Year!
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