Richard & Val Murray
Missionaries @ Union Bible Institute
P.O. Box 50, Hilton, 3245. E-mail = email@example.com
Cell (Richard) = 082-360-9211, Cell (Val) = 072-554-1850
“And pray with/in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Eph 6:18)
Warm greetings from us here at Union Bible Institute! We praise God for the recent rain in KZN! We sincerely pray that the drought stricken areas in SA will soon get some rain as well.
Sorry for the little news from us, but be assured that we are still at UBI and loaded with work and responsibilities. Thank you for your faithful intercession and support of our ministry at UBI. This is a quick overview of some important events.
Term 3 (15th June – 13th Sept):- After 4 years of minimal leave, I was granted a “sabbatical” for Term 3. This was also made possible by the Lord’s supply of a visiting lec-turer from the USA. Thus it was our joy to be able to visit Laurence and Stephanie in London, Ontario, Canada. Half of the cost of our plane tickets was paid by Voyager Miles, courtesy of my sister, Frances, and her husband, Mick. This time Val & I were the main “care-givers” for the 4 grandchildren (9, 7, 5 & 3 years) during their 2 month summer break, while Lau-rence and Stephanie were at work.
Term 4 (26th Sept – 30th Nov):- This has been another busy time for me as I taught 3 courses this term. We fin-ished lectures on the 18th Nov and students started writing their exams on the 20th. I am rather concerned about those students who are battling to meet the required academic standard. Teaching part time students at night has been an added challenge, because these students battle to devote the required time to their studies. (Most are employed.)
George Hibbert:- On the 23rd Sept, God called one of our most loyal supporters and intercessors home! Together with his wife, Cheryl, we mourn his absence. I will al-ways be amazed how our Christian friendship which started at the University of Pretoria in 1973 during my 2nd Year, would impact my life and ministry. Though I was studying Microbiology and he was studying Animal Hus-bandry, we did 2-3 courses together in the Agricultural Faculty. I soon realized that he was “English-speaking” and a strong Christian.
When God later called Val & I into missionary ministry in 1986 after 5 years in pastoral ministry, George and Cheryl became two of our most loyal supporters. E.g. the Toyota Corolla 1.6L which we have been driving for the last 15 years was donated to us by George and Cheryl, after George had used it for 4 years. It was my privilege to assist Cheryl for 3 days and to lead his memorial ser-vice. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15).
:- Please join us in prayer regard-ing the following matters at UBI. Pray for a positive outcome after the detailed inspection by the Council of Higher Education: This inspection by 4 academics took place on the 16th Oct in order to determine whether we meet the standards set out by the Dept of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for the Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology courses which we offer at UBI. It was somewhat stressful as we had to submit all our curricula, textbooks, lecture notes, continuous assessment methods, our exam papers, aca-demic policies, etc. We will have to wait until Febr 2020 to receive their final decisions.
Pray for the financial problem which UBI is facing due to unpaid students’ fees: The well known saying, “Don’t make your problem my problem!” does not work at UBI. When students battle to pay their fees, their problem becomes our problem! Please pray with us for God’s provision during the next 3 months.
Pray for a new Maintenance Manager to replace Marv Bjorklund in Jan 2020: Having turned 85 in Sept this year, Marv’s physical limitations are quite obvious. “The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is getting weaker!” Marv would like to be replaced. Finding a self-supporting Maintenance Manager like Marv is a major challenge. However, we are trusting God to provide us with such a man! Any volunteer?
Pray for Val who will have surgery on the 11th Dec to repair a prolapse of the bladder. The financial cost is also a concern.
Appreciation:- This newsletter comes with our sincere love and deep appreciation for your willingness to con-tinue your partnership with us in our ministry at UBI. We count it a privilege to be here at UBI and thank you for making it possible. We sincerely pray for God’s blessing, protection and financial provision in your lives during these days of economic instability and rapid inflation. “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” (Ps 33:20).
Yours in the bond of Christ’s love, Richard & Val