Thursday, 1 August 2013

Prayer Letter: August 2013

Thursday, August 1:  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 continue to pray for safe travel and that the time spent with loved ones would be rich and refreshing.

Friday, August 2:  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.

Sunday, August 4:  Tom Wolthuis will be preaching at ClearView CRC, 2300 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville.

Monday, August 5:  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 6:  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.

Wednesday, August 7:  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 8:  We continue to pray for blessings and energy for ICS Presidents, Tom and Dawn Wolthuis, as they manage their many responsibilities.

Friday, August 9:  We pray for blessings for the Friends of ICS Board and all those who are doing advancement work in the US.

Monday, August 12:  The Sea 2 Sea Bike Tour is an annual event that is raising awareness and money to fight poverty around the world. You can learn more about this organization at their website: Today the Sea 2 Sea Bike Tour will be passing through the Toronto area, riding from Ancaster to Ajax on that day. We pray for energy and blessings for this group.

Tuesday, August 13:  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 14:  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.

Thursday, August 15:  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.

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

Monday, August 19:  This week, Senior Member Doug Blomberg and Ren Siebenga (Executive Director of the Ontario Christian School Administrators Association) will be conducting a workshop on project-based learning at Houston Christian School, BC, with teachers from Bulkley Valley CS and a couple of other schools. We pray for a fruitful week of intensive interaction.

Tuesday, August 20:  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.

Wednesday, August 21:  Today Junior Member Drew Van't Land will defend his MA thesis, titled  "The Rhetorical Roots of Radical Orthodoxy: Augustinian Oratory and Ontology in Milbank's Theopo(e/li)tics". We pray for energy and insight as he prepares for his defense.

Thursday, August 22:  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 23:  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.

Sunday, August 25:  Tom Wolthuis will be preaching at Maranatha CRC, 301 Scott Street, St. Catharines.

Monday, August 26:  The executive meets today. We pray for God’s wisdom to guide this meeting.

Tuesday, August 27:  We pray for stamina and wisdom for Senior Member Doug Blomberg as he continues in his role as Academic Dean.

Wednesday, August 28:  We pray for safe travel for all new and returning Junior Members who are coming to study at ICS this fall.

Thursday, August 29:  Following up on a number of discussions with stakeholders (teachers, administrators, schools and higher education institutions) concerning the need for educational leadership development in Ontario, ICS will conduct a survey to determine whether our Master of Worldview Studies could serve as a suitable vehicle. Please pray for numerous (and favourable) responses.

Friday, August 30:  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.