Wednesday 1 August 2012

August 2012 Prayer Letter

Wednesday, August 1: Jennie Olthuis, mother of Senior Member Emeritus Jim Olthuis and mother-in-law of ICS President Chris Gort, passed away last month. Please remember the family in your prayers.

Thursday, August 2: The Presidential Search Committee is continuing the process of recruiting a new president for ICS. We ask God to guide their work and we pray that they will find the right person for the position.

Friday, August 3: Kenton Van Pelt, the 15 year old son of Cardus President Michael Van Pelt and Dr. Deani Neven Van Pelt, tragically passed away last week. Please remember the family in your prayers.

Monday, August 6: Today is our Civic Holiday in Canada. We pray that it will be an enjoyable time for rest and relaxation with loved ones.

Tuesday, August 7: Today we pray for God's help for those who are struggling with illnesses. We ask God for strength, patience and for good results from treatment.

Wednesday, August 8: We continue to pray for safe and pleasant journeys and we pray for rest and renewal for the Senior Members and Administrative Staff who are enjoying vacations this month.

Thursday, August 9: Harold Recker, father-in-law of Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart, passed away last month. Please remember the family in your prayers.

Friday, August 10: We offer prayers of gratitude and give thanks to you, the many supporters who have presented ICS with gifts of prayer, money, and expressions of appreciation, particularly through these quieter summer months. We are constantly blessed with your interest and support.

Monday, August 13: Senior Members often spend much of the summer developing course curriculum and giving attention to research projects. We are extremely grateful for the work of our Senior Members and ask for God's blessing on them.

Tuesday, August 14:
We ask God to bless Allyson Carr as she begins her work as Associate Director of the CPRSE.

Wednesday, August 15: Summer is here and many people are planning vacations. Many members of the ICS community will be traveling in the summer months to spend time with family and friends. We pray for safe travel and that the time spent with loved ones would be rich and refreshing.

Thursday, August 16: Shawn Stovell and Jeff Hocking are undertaking the work to develop an ICS alumni network to be launched in May 2013. Please pray for a vibrant alumni network.

Friday, August 17: We ask God to bless Jeffrey Hocking as he joins the ICS administrative team as Student Services & Financial Aid Officer.

Monday, August 20: We pray for blessings on Alumnus Daniel Napier as he begins his work as Assistant Professor of Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology.

Tuesday, August 21: Last month Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart began a sabbatical. We pray for wisdom and energy for him as he works.

Wednesday, August 22: The summer months are often a time when Junior Members can give sustained attention to their Masters and PhD thesis projects. We pray for our Junior Members and ask for God's blessing and guidance on their research and writing.

Thursday, August 23: We ask God's help and guidance for all those who are doing advancement work for ICS. Please pray that support for the vision and mission of ICS continues to grow.

Friday, August 24:
We pray for stamina and wisdom for Senior Member Doug Blomberg as he continues in his role as Academic Dean.

Monday, August 27: For all the Senior Members who are busy with the final preparation for their fall classes, we pray for guidance and stamina.

Tuesday, August 28: We celebrate the addition of eight new Junior Members to the ICS community this fall, and we remember them in our prayers as they make the final preparations and transitions over the summer in order to begin their studies in September.

Wednesday, August 29: Work continues to prepare the next edition of Perspective. We ask God's blessing and guidance for those involved.

Thursday, August 30: We pray for safe travel for all new and returning Junior Members who are coming to study at ICS this fall.

Friday, August 31:
We pray for guidance and energy for all those participating in the preparations for Registration and Orientation Week and the annual ICS community fall retreat next week.