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 have not written a newsletter for a few months, but be assured that we have been at UBI, loaded with work and responsibilities. Thank you for your faithful intercession and support of our ministry at UBI. This is a quick over-view of some important events.
Lily of the Valley Children’s Home:-
Part of the Mis-sion emphasis at UBI is to take our 2nd Year students on a 5-6 day mission-ministry trip. After Term 1 ended on the 22nd March I took 6 students on a 6-day ministry trip to Lily of the Valley near Eston. We ran a program for 35 Primary School children during the mornings and a pro-gram for 45 teenagers during the afternoons. It was rather challenging with the younger children because of their lack of discipline and concentration, but far more reward-ing with the teenagers. It is always sad to see so many children and teenagers, who are without parents, yet en-couraging to know that they are being cared for in a chil-dren’s home. In the photo below, Slondile Mtshali is shar-ing her testimony with a small group of teenagers.
Term 2 (1st April-7th June)
:- This term I am teaching Ethics 1 to the 2nd & 3rd Years and Christology to the 1st Years. Each course comprises 5 hours of teaching per week for 8 weeks. In Ethics we are using the textbook, Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today by J.J. Davis, which is an excellent book. We are in the final 3 weeks of teaching before exams begin on the 3rd June.
Accident on Sunday 21st April:
- On our return from preaching at the Mooi River Baptist Church on Resurrec-tion Sunday, we almost went to hospital or heaven! We were on the alternative scenic route to avoid the N3 Toll, travelling at 80 km/h in light rain, when suddenly we re-alized that a car had stopped in the road. I had to brake hard, which caused the front tyres to skid on the wet road. It was either crashing into that car or going off the road in “blind faith”. I chose the 2nd option and went down a steep embankment, with grass the height of our car. By God’s grace, we did not roll, but in the last second of our skid down the embankment, crashed into a large rock. To our amazement there was no major damage to our car, other than some damage to the front bumper and grill. With the help of several volunteers, who stopped at the strange sight of a car roof visible in the tall grass in the ditch below, our car was pulled up onto the road by hand and we could continue our trip back home. We were somewhat shaken by the sudden change in our blissful Sunday morning, but filled with joy that God protected us from serious injury and major calamity.
:- I have notified UBI about my intension to retire from the end of 2020. I will be 68 (DV). Not that I will be too old to work, but after 27 year at UBI with many responsibilities, I would appreciate some more free time be able to do different things.
Where will we live? As you can imagine, it has been a “concern” for many years, because we have never been able to afford the purchase of our own property. At this stage, the best option may be to renovate and enlarge an existing garage-storeroom at UBI (not being used) at our own cost as our retirement cottage, which we will have rent-free for the next 20-25 years. (Obviously, there are several “pros and cons”!!). The UBI Council has re-cently agreed to this development and then to our surprise a supporting church gave us an unusual donation, which we see as confirmation of this major step of faith. The existing floor space is about 53.6 sq meters and can be extended. The fact that this will become another staff-house for UBI one day, is a good investment in God’s work at UBI. Please pray with us for God’s confirmation and provision. All donations toward this building project are tax deductible.
- 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.