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Dearly Beloved Saints,

I pray you have a Blessed All Saints’ Day Celebration. In the Name of the Triune God. Amen!

School is going along fine. As you might have noticed, we resumed school in September 2020 with my usual workload and more. Due to the pandemic, there are no Visiting Professors at this time. Continue to pray for me and the students as we embark on this journey together. 

As we say in America, when it rains, it pours. In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and its uncertainty, we are experiencing a different wave of uncertainty. There is a civil unrest with protestors all over the place. The protestors are young people / youths crying out against police brutality. Unfortunately, the government is reacting with deadly force against the peaceful protestors, the very subject of the protest. What an irony! Now not only are the police reacting, but they have gathered up with the military against the protestors. Curfews have been put into place to keep people off the streets. Curfew hours are always changing. For the past four days some areas have had 72 or 96 hour curfews. Last week our area had 72 hour curfews, but now it 8:00 pm – 7:00 am daily.

As if that was not enough, the tide started rising, literally. The water level came up, flooding some areas, and even affecting some of our worship spaces. There were losses great and small due to water damage. (Pictures below)

In spite of the aforementioned, our usual Reformation celebration with its paraphernalia was successful, except the Symposia which we established three years ago. That event had to be cancelled due to the elections that were scheduled to take place at the same time. For the safety of all who would have attended, we chose to postpone it until year. 

Quoting the Director of the CTSFW STM, and PhD programs, Dr. Naomichi Masaki, “I want to thank all of you for your magnificent support for our Beloved Brothers” studying at CTSFW this past academic year. It was a long road getting there, but it was a very successful endeavor. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it possible. To God Alone Glory Be! Amen.

Snippets

1)    The five students from Africa studying for their STM at CTSFW will have their graduation on Friday, November 13. You are all invited to attend their mini-commencement.  Please pray for their safe travels, especially their return home. 

2)    The Lutheran Council (the highest legislative body of LCN) will take place toward the end of November. Because of COVID-19 there will not be any regular convention in January 2021, making this Council event even more important. 

3)    In addition to what I mentioned in my past report, three more of the students staying at my house lost their fathers. We pray they will all be buried this month (November). 

 

Prayers

1)    Please pray for the Arch-Bishop who is the head of the church, and for the safe travel of the Council members / representatives along with successful resolution of issues. 

2)    Please pray for the Seminarians, especially the new students, who left their families and loved ones to come and study. 

3)    Please pray for the men who lost their fathers and their families. 

May the Lord who has made you to be numbered with the saints continue to sanctify you and keep you holy forever and ever. Amen!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Wokoma.

1 Tim 1:15.

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