THOUGH EXTERNAL BEAUTY FADES, INNER BEAUTY LAST FOREVER!

Warm greetings from us at UBI! It has been a long time since some of you have heard from us, so we would like to reconnect with you.

45th Wedding Anniversary:- This month we celebrated God’s grace and blessing on our marriage for the past 45 years!

I know that Val deserves a medal for her love and perseverance, amidst my busy schedule. Though 2 of our 3 sons are scattered across the world, we rejoice that each of them has a family of their own and that we can see the Lord’s blessing in their lives. Our 10 grandchildren are our joy and delight. We are blessed that Adrian & Amy and their 5 children live near us in Pmb. (They often bemoan my unavailability during the week.)

Term 1 @ UBI: 31st Jan - 1st April:- As a part-time lecturer I taught Homiletics 2 to the “evening students” from 6–8 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In this way, I was still able to work on our retirement house during the day. This schedule was manageable, but challenging nonetheless. Though the 9 evening students were not able to devote as much time to their studies as the full-time students, there was only one who failed.

Term 2@ UBI: 19th April – 17th June:- This term I am teaching Eschatology to the full-time students (2nd & 3rd Years) at 7.30-8.30 AM every weekday. It is one of my favourite subjects, but it will still demand a lot of time having to evaluate the work of 25 students. My approach is to “force” them to study for regular quizzes and tests to ensure that they study all the material in the course, but that puts a bigger load on my shoulders in terms of marking their work. Most important, please pray that each of them will study the Scripture for themselves, in order to make an informed decision, rather than going along with the popular view.

Teaching at ESSA:- Believe it or not, but I have agreed to teach at ESSA again this term. The remuneration which they give, though modest, was an obvious factor in this “crazy” decision. I am teaching 14 part-time students the same course, which I am teaching at UBI. Their first 3 sets of assignments have already arrived and are waiting to be marked. The most demanding time will be during the week of 2nd–6th May, when I have to teach for 30 hours (5 hours at UBI and 25 hours at ESSA). Please pray for God’s wisdom and strength for that week.

Retirement House at UBI:- How we wish we could tell you that it is all finished! As I said in the last newsletter, this has been the biggest challenge in my life with many delays, frustrations and lots of hard work. Unfortunately, my teaching schedule at UBI & ESSA, together with my responsibilities as IT Manager at UBI, have delayed work on the house on “many-a-day”. These are some of the main jobs that I must still do: the brandering and ceiling in the lounge-diningroom and veranda (45m2), the building of closets in 2 bedrooms and the study, the building of cupboards in the kitchen and laundry, the tiling of all the floors (140 m2), the tiling of walls in the bathroom, the wiring of sockets and lights, the installation of the solar geyser, the painting of interior walls, the enclosure of the veranda, etc. Our aim is to move in by the end of June. Please pray for Gods’ provision of wisdom, strength and finances.

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. Without your faithful support we could not offer ourselves to UBI. We sincerely pray for God’s blessing and reward in your lives. We are grateful to know that Jesus Himself said: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

 

Yours in the bond of Christ’s love, Richard & Val.

 

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)