Murray Nov`21 newsletter

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Richard & Val Murray
Missionaries @ Union Bible Institute
P.O. Box 50, Hilton, 3245. E-mail = murrays@ubi.ac.za
Cell (Richard) = 082-360-9211, Cell (Val) = 072-554-1850

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
Warm greetings from us at UBI! It is raining today! It has brought the building project to a standstill. I see this as God’s help for me to write this newsletter, which is long overdue! Retirement House at UBI:- How we wish we could tell you that it is all finished! This has been the biggest physical chal-lenge in my life (Richard) with many delays, frustrations and lots of hard work. I could write a book of all the events re-lated to this building project. E.g. the “face-brick-work” has been one of the biggest challenges, because the face-brick which I bought for the outer walls (8,100 bricks) had differ-ent sizes. The salesman told me the “special price” was be-cause the “colour” of the face-brick varied. That was half the truth, and was insignificant in comparison the difference in sizes! My eyes were “blinded” by the excellent price!
Though pro-gress has been very slow, working with one bricklayer and one helper, we have now reached the roof height on the new extension and the plastering of the interior walls has started. Despite the discouragements and frus-trations, we have seen God’s help in several ways and are trusting Him to help us complete the work by the end of the year. Please pray for God’s protection for me and the workers. E.g. While the bricklayer was at the room he was renting, he was stabbed with a knife in his back close to his spine to rob his of his weekly wages. Miraculously he survived and was able to return to work after one week! 

Teaching at ESSA:- In March I received a request from the Evangelical Seminary of SA in Pietermaritzburg to assist them with the teaching of Systematic Theology from mid-August until the end of September. Because I expected that I would have finished the building project by then, and be-cause most of the work would be done via “distance learn-ing,” I naively accepted the invitation. How I wish I had de-clined the invitation in March! Instead, I had to honour my commitment despite the demands of the building project and cancelled all work on the building for the week when I had to teach their students in class (“contact teaching”). By God’s grace I completed the task at the end of Sept.

Term 4 @ UBI : 27th Sept until 27th Nov:- After taking leave from teaching at UBI from 1st April, it was time to resume my teaching responsibilities as a part-time lecturer on 27th Sept. To make things easier for me, I am teaching Homiletics to the “evening students” from 6–8 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. In this way, I am still able to work on our re-tirement house during the day. This schedule is managea-ble, but challenging nonetheless. 

Val’s Mom:- Val, her 2 sisters (Dawn & Lynette) and brother (Michael) grieve the loss of their 89 year old mother. Octo-ber became a stressful month for Lynette and her husband Ivan, who had to care of “Granny Ruth” 24-7 after she broke her pelvis and arm and got pneumonia.This photo was taken a month before she died, days after bringing her home from the hospital. Shortly thereafter, she got pneumonia, which weak-ened her significantly. Val had the privilege to assist Lynette in caring for her mother during her last week on earth. Her suffering dur-ing the last 2 weeks was dif-ficult for all involved. The knowledge that she went to be with the Lord, “which is bet-ter by far” (Phil 1:23) was a wonderful comfort for Val and her siblings, who are all Christians.
Appreciation:- This newsletter comes with our sincere love and deep appreciation for your faithful partnership with us in our ministry at UBI over many years. We sincerely pray for God’s blessing and reward, now and in eternity. Together with Paul we can say: “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people, but is also over-flowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Cor 9:12).
Yours in the bond of Christ’s love, Richard & Val

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Andy and Heather Sullivan | Reply 08.11.2021 14:15

It's so good to read Richard and Val news here. We are able to see the building of their home as it moves forward each week.

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08.11 | 14:15

It's so good to read Richard and Val news here. We are able to see the building of their home as it moves forward each week.

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08.04 | 19:24

Great ministry.

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05.02 | 17:27

I trust that your ministry will be blessed and that God will continue to lead and guide you as you carry out His work in Parliament.

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05.03 | 04:21

Very encouraged to read of Christian influence in Government. Praise God 1 Timothy 2:1-7

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