Wednesday 3 July 2013

Prayer Letter: July 2013

Monday, July 1: At the beginning of this month we celebrate Canada Day (July 1) here and Independence Day (July 4) in the U.S. Let us thank God for the many blessings we receive due to our good fortune in living in these countries. Also, while we are grateful for our lives here, we also pray for those people living in countries plagued by poverty and war.

Tuesday, July 2: ICS Board Chair Henriette Thompson’s father passed away last month. Please keep Henriette and her family in your prayers

Wednesday, July 3: We offer prayers for the people of Alberta who are affected by the recent flooding. We pray for courage and patience as they deal with the aftermath of this flooding.

Thursday, July 4: To all our members of the ICS community in the U.S., we pray for blessings as you celebrate Independence Day.

Friday, July 5: Junior Member Sarah Hyland and her family will be in Thailand for three weeks, working with the minority Shan ethnic group. We ask God for safe travel and blessings for this trip.

Monday, July 8: A group of alumni is working to set up an alumni network for ICS. Please pray for happy reunions between alumni and their alma mater, and also for a vibrant alumni association.

Tuesday, July 9: 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.

Wednesday, July 10: There will be a Scripture, Faith and Scholarship Seminar at ICS with Dr. Andrew Basden, Professor of Human Factors and Philosophy of Information Systems at Salford University in the UK. We pray for blessings on all who attend.

Thursday, July 11: We pray for blessings for the Friends of ICS Board and all those who are doing advancement work in the US.

Friday, July 12: We offer prayers of thanks for the many people who have presented ICS with gifts of prayer, money, and expressions of appreciation, especially in these quiet summer months. We are blessed with your interest and support.

Monday, July 15: 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.

Tuesday, July 16: We ask for energy as we prepare for the new Junior Members who will be arriving in September.

Wednesday, July 17: The Leadership Team meets today. We pray for God’s wisdom to guide this meeting.

Thursday, July 18: We ask God to bless Senior Member Ron Kuipers as he continues his work as Director of our Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics.

Friday, July 19: We offer prayers of praise for the talents of Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart who has been named a Visiting Scholar at Calvin College.

Monday, July 22: We pray for stamina and wisdom for Senior Member Doug Blomberg as he continues in his role as Academic Dean.

Tuesday, July 23: 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, July 24: 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.

Thursday, July 25: 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.

Friday, July 26: Today we pray for stamina and wisdom for those who are involved in planning for our conference to be held next May in Edmonton.

Monday, July 29: We continue to pray for blessings and energy for ICS Presidents, Tom and Dawn Wolthuis, as they manage their many responsibilities.

Tuesday, July 30: 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.

Wednesday, July 31: We celebrate the addition of nine new Junior Members to the ICS community this fall, and we remember them in our prayers as they make the necessary preparations and transitions over the summer in order to begin their studies in September.