Wednesday 3 December 2014

Prayer Letter: December 2014

Monday, December 1: We offer congratulations and prayers of thanks and praise for the talents and hard work of Junior Member Carolyn Mackie, who successfully defended her MA thesis last month.

Tuesday, December 2: 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, December 3: The Professional Status Committee and the Educational Policy Committee meet today. We pray for God’s wisdom to guide these meetings.

Thursday, December 4: Today is our President’s Reception and the launch of Bob Sweetman’s new book. We ask God for blessings on all attending this event.
Following the reception ICS will hold its Annual General Meeting, where members will elect new Board members and conduct the annual required business for ICS. We are extremely grateful for our committed and hard working Board members. Please pray for wisdom and guidance at this meeting.

Friday, December 5: We offer prayers of thanks for all the hard work done by the outgoing Board members. We ask God for wisdom and energy for the incoming Board members.

Monday, December 8: There is a Board Meeting this evening. We welcome our new and returning Board members and ask God's grace and blessings on them as they continue to work in helping ICS fulfill its mission. We pray for God’s wisdom to guide this meeting.

Tuesday, December 9: The fall semester ends this week, but there is still a lot of academic work to be done! Please pray for blessings and stamina for our Junior Members as they finish their course work and for our Senior Members as they mark and prepare for the upcoming semester.

Wednesday, December 10: Today is the last Academic Council meeting of the 2014 calendar year. We ask that God's guidance and wisdom be in all the discussions and planning.

Thursday, December 11: Tomorrow is the final day of classes for this semester. We can look back with gratitude and offer prayers of thanks for another semester of opportunities to learn.

Friday, December 12: This is a day of celebration: the last day of classes and our Community Christmas party! We thank God for a fruitful semester and look forward to an evening of celebration, reflection, and fun. Remember the ICS community as Junior Members, Senior Members, and staff gather to celebrate.

Monday, December 15: As the season of Advent continues, we pray for God's grace and blessings as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, December 16: We offer prayers of gratitude for the very generous spirit of you, our supporters, throughout the Christmas giving season. It is truly a blessing to have the interest and support of so many people.

Wednesday, December 17: Many members of the ICS community will be traveling far and wide. Please pray for their safe travel and for a blessed and rejuvenating time spent with friends and family.

Thursday, December 18: As we begin the final preparations for our Christmas celebrations with family and friends, we thank God for all he has provided for us.

Friday, December 19: We pray for blessings for the Friends of ICS Board and all those who are doing advancement work in the US.

Monday, December 22: With the winter weather bringing colds and flu, please pray for the health of staff, faculty and students at ICS.

Tuesday, December 23: We offer prayers of joy for Junior Member Godfrey Nkongolo, his wife Jessica and the birth of their beautiful daughter, Rebeka on November 30. We thank God for this wonderful new life!

Wednesday, December 24: As Christmas draws closer, we remember people who are suffering around the world in areas of conflict and war. We need to hear the angels' call for "Peace on Earth" and so we offer prayers that peace and joy can be realized throughout the world.

Thursday, December 25: Today we joyously celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We offer prayers of thanks to God for this wonderful gift and we pray that everyone has a peaceful and happy day with loved ones.

Friday, December 26: Today we pray for the general well-being of the ICS. We ask for blessings and energy for ICS faculty and staff as they work together to manage their many responsibilities.

Monday, December 29: We pray for stamina and enthusiasm for our Senior Members who are preparing to start their new courses in January.

Tuesday, December 30: Today we ask for God's help for those who are struggling with cancer and other illnesses. We pray for strength, patience and for good results from treatment.

Wednesday, December 31: As the year 2014 draws to a close we give thanks for another fruitful year of work at ICS and for all our supporters and friends who made that work possible through their prayers and financial gifts. We pray for God's blessings upon all the teaching and learning that will happen in the next year.