Matt’s Ordination

As most of you readers know, we are missionary candidates with the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders. We love our church, and we love the Book of Common Prayer.

This past Saturday, the Right Reverend Daniel Morse, bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Central States, paid a visit to our parish. I was also honored to have present a bevy of presbyters from REC and ACNA parishes in the area, including old friends and all three of my examining chaplains:

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(From left to right: Deacon David Truax, Fr. Harry Mathis, Fr. Wayne McNamara, Fr. Richard Palmer, the present writer, Bishop Dan Morse, Canon Bill Jerdan, Fr. Peter Manto, and Fr. Chris Herman)

There was quite a crowd of friends in attendance. Many thanks to all who came.

Bishop Morse laying on hands:

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The Bishop presenting me with a Bible and charging me to preach the gospel:

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Afterwards, there was a reception. My mom and dad were present:

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Fr. Herman was one of my examiners. He gave me his deacon stoles (he’s a presbyter now).

Many thanks to Dss. Michelle Caldwell for the lovely reception and cake:

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Visit to Christ Our Hope in Westpoint, TN

I was out of town this weekend, visiting Christ Our Hope, an REC parish in Westpoint, TN. I was hosted by Fr. Franklin Sanders and his wife Susan, who cooked up a very spicey vegetable-and-sausage dish for dinner. (I revealed my wimpiness in not being able to handle the heat of the peppers, but it was delicious!)

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Christ Our Hope has a beautiful log sanctuary. Worship was a delight. After the service, I did my 25-minute presentation, and chatted with the parishioners, then went to lunch with Fr. and Mrs. Sanders. There were many kind comments and questions afterward. The only thing amiss was the absence of our good friends, Mark and Lara Butler, home with sick kids.

We pray that the Lord will grant us a long and productive relationship with this sister parish in our own diocese.

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Back to homeschool

We started homeschooling last week – a little earlier than we had planned to, but some of the children were very eager to begin and there was really no reason to put it off. While Matt was excited about homeschooling, I admit I was initially a little bit less than enthusiastic at the idea of adding this responsibility to our already full schedules. Having our children at Mars Hill Academy while Matt was teaching there made it possible for me to train as a midwife and then build a busy midwifery practice. Over the years, I became accustomed to having most of the family leave for school in the morning which gave me plenty of uninterrupted time for my own work. I was not very excited about having to devote a significant part of my day to the sometimes tedious work of teaching my younger children to read and write!

I might not have been exited about it, but I knew homeschooling was really the only option that made sense right now. We are not sure of our exact departure date for the Philippines, because of the uncertain timing of raising missionary support, but it is likely to be midway through the school year. We will probably be doing quite a bit of traveling for church visits this fall. Because Matt is no longer a Mars Hill teacher we would not be able to afford tuition for all our children even if we wanted to put them back in the school for whatever part of the school year we’ll actually be here for. When we do arrive in Davao, we would have to either switch to homeschooling or put the children in a new school mid-year. And finally, we don’t know yet how long we’ll be in Davao — it’s possible we’ll be there for many years, but it’s also possible we will spend just a year there while I learn from the directors of the birth clinic and then move on to another assignment in another location. Homeschooling will give the children some continuity during this time of transitions.

Well, we’re two weeks in and it really could not be going better! Matt and I are sharing the teaching and are enjoying being able to choose how our children’s minds will be filled. We do some things together with all the kids (including memory work and morning prayer) and then Matt does one-on-one work with the older two while I teach the younger ones. The children are thriving on the new routine and I have to admit I am loving the dedicated time with them. A bonus is that Hosanna – who would not have been able to start kindergarten this fall because her fifth birthday is not until November – gets to “do school” with her older siblings and she is thrilled.

Interview with Hosanna

Hosanna is four years old and a chatterbox.


What are some of your favorite things?
Um, my favorite things, okay, the first thing that’s my favorite thing to play with is, dollies with Naomi. And, me and Naomi taking the baby and giving her a bath in the sink. And, I like to, the first thing about that I like to eat is ham and mayonnaise roll-ups, and cream-cheese and jelly sandwich, and I like ham rolled up with mayonnaise to dip it in, um, yes, I like crackers and I like peanut butter on the crackers. And, the thing I like to play with, more things I like to play with, I like to play ALONE with lego, in ZZ’s room, alone. And, um, I like to play hide and seek, and I like to play tag, and I like to play house, and, um, now I’m gonna do about the Philippines.

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up?
I’m going to move to another country than the Philippines. Like, Texada probably, or, Antarctica. Or probably I’ll move back in a house that’s in Ohio. I think I might want to have, like, two girls or two boys or one girl and two boys or three girls and one boy or two boys and one girl. I think I’m gonna play games with my kids, and I might play games that are board games with my kids, I might play hide and seek, I might play tag, and I don’t know what country I’m gonna move to yet, cause, I’ll probably live  — mom? Is my name still gonna be Hosanna when I grow up? (Yes.) That is funny! Hosanna is not a grown up name! Mom! I’m gonna move all of my name to a different name. Like, my last name is probably gonna be, like, still Colvin, but… I don’t know. And my second name is still gonna be, mom, I think my second name is still gonna be Keturah. I don’t think I’m gonna move it to Ruhamah or anything like that. And, I don’t KNOW yet, but I MIGHT be a midwife.

What did you think when your parents first started to talk about possibly becoming missionaries?
Ummmmm…. ummmm… well, the first thing I think about you being missionaries is, there’s lots and lots of mangoes in the Philippines.

What are you looking forward to when you move to the Philippines?
I’m to looking forward to mangoes! And, me and Naomi will go to the birth center with you but probably Naomi won’t want to watch a baby come out because she doesn’t like blood but I don’t mind blood and I want to watch the babies come out. And, I like to hold the babies and stuff.

Is there anything about moving that you’re worried or scared about?
There’s nothing that I’m worried about, but there’s lots of things I’m scared about. Like, one dream that I dreamed here in this house in my bed and it was a long time ago from here and I thought I dreamed about ZZ under a bucket of water, yelling at me. And, and it really was real that ZZ WAS under a bucket of water and he really WAS yelling at me and he was yelling, “Wake up, Hosanna! Wake up, Hosanna! Wake up!” And he was yelling at me and yelling at me and the room was perfectly clean, and he kept yelling at me until he got too tired, and I waked up and thought it was a dream. And another time, I was sleeping in your bed and Talia was already gone to school and I was sleeping and when I tried to wake up, I couldn’t wake up! And then I waked up and you weren’t in the room, and I ran downstairs, and I couldn’t find you anywhere! And I found you outside watering the garden. I wasn’t scared, just, when I thought you drived somewhere like, to the Philippines, then I cried and cried and cried in the house.

e-Newsletter now Live!

So, we have a beautiful HTML-mail newsletter. If you’re one of our donors or have put your name down for email updates on one of the clipboards we’ve handed around at church visits, you should already be on the list. Otherwise, sign up here. And if you already got the letter, please forward it to anyone you think would like it.

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Thanks are once again due to Keith Konya, he of the mad skills with Adobe Creative Suite, who has designed our banner, prayer cards, brochure, and other print materials. I was able to plug his stationery pattern into Mail Designer for Mac, and export to MailChimp.

Interview with Isaiah

Isaiah is six years old and just finished kindergarten.


What are some of your favorite things?
Carving stuff. I’ve been carving daggers. Playing with lego. Eating mangoes! And, listening to stories. Slipping around with slippers. Playing Carcassonne, and playing chess with the computer. And, wearing my indian costume like I’m doing right now. And that’s it, except for snuggling my mommy.

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up?
I’m not sure.

What did you think when your parents first started to talk about possibly becoming missionaries?
I think it might be something good. I don’t KNOW what it’s going to be.

What are you looking forward to when you move to the Philippines?
Going to the beaches. And also, going to the bat cave.

Is there anything about moving that you’re worried or scared about?
Christmas. Because, if we can’t move soon enough then we might miss my birthday.