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Pray for Ambrose

 

We in the Ambrose community believe in prayer and value your prayers. Please join us in praying for our campus:

Registrar’s Office

From Bev Ross, Registrar

Final exams are in process and we are in the final stages of preparation for the graduation events on April 29. We’d appreciate your prayers:

  • For faculty – The marking load is heavy and grades need to be submitted soon
  • For the faculty who are preparing for the spring module classes (May/June), as they prepare to teach in the intensive week-long format. 
  • For staff and faculty as we prepare to honour our grads, with three separate Commencement ceremonies (Undergrad, After-Degree Education, Seminary) on April 29th.
  • For the Registrar’s Office and faculty advisors as we field the many questions directed to us by current students who are registering for their courses next year.  We need wisdom and insight as we help our students chart their course for the next year.
  • For faculty and administrators as we prepare for next year, caring for many details.
  • For the Registrar’s Office as we go through a staffing change.  Sadly, we are saying farewell to our current Associate Registrar, Jayne Zarecky, who is moving home to Ontario after working here for 14 years.  We will really miss her.  Pray for her and her husband David as they adjust to life in Southern Ontario.  Our new Assistant Registrar, Laura Cochrane, will be staring here on April 24th.  This will be a very busy time for her as she gets one week of orientation with Jayne, right in the middle of graduation week.  Pray that she won’t be overwhelmed.

IT Department

From Steve Morris, Director of Information Technology 

As the winter semester winds down, the Information Technology department is ramping up to prepare for summer hardware and software installs. For IT staff, the summer is an intense four- month period of installing and configuring many Ambrose technology pieces crucial to the community. 

Some of our specific prayer requests:

  • A favourable US to CDN exchange rate to lower the cost of items we need to purchase. Many of the items that we purchase come from US based hardware and software providers and the recent negative trend of the Canadian dollar to the US dollar increases the price of many of the items we need to buy.
  • Timely delivery of products to the campus to allow for deployment during this our 4 month window. As with many purchases, the delivery of items to campus can be problematic if the item has to be shipped either from the US or directly from a factory in Asia.
  • Wisdom in the installation and configuration of technically advanced items. While we are very blessed by a knowledgeable team in IT, a number of this summer’s projects require a great deal of configuration to function correctly.

Travel Studies

The Reformation Institute led by Charles Nienkirchen

Dates: May 2-20

Destination: Germany and the Czech Republic

Charles writes: This Down Ancient Paths travel study venture is occurring in the year of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  My deepest desire is that it will be an event, truly inspired by the Holy Spirit for all who participate. That they may comprehend the significance of what happened in the 16th century and then seriously contemplate what needs to happen for western churches (local and entire denominations) to be renewed in our time. And as always, please pray for the physical safety and security and good health of the 36-person group.


Student Development

From

Jonathan Rosebush, Residence Director
Monique Verhoef, Director of Community Life
Elizabeth Jantzen, Student Development Coordinator

Living is residence is a formative time spiritually, as well as a time to grow academically and socially. These simultaneous processes can be draining for students, especially with the stress of mid-terms and co-curricular activities (such as Legacy Youth Conference). Pray for the students in residence to be refueled and empowered. I (Jonathan) think of the following verse when thinking of the students living on campus:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Residence Assistants on campus work hard to uphold a positive and loving community; a place where students flourish and are supported when they need help. Pray that our leaders would be empowered to continue in their ministry of fellow students and that they would see the fruit of their labor.

During this time, both resident and commuter students are not only trying to wrap up their classes, but are also looking for summer employment and some are anticipating moving home. Pray that they will be filled with wisdom and courage as they transition back into their communities and into their family homes.  Pray that they be given courage to navigate difficult conversations, changed relationships, and a new pace. Our prayer is that God would provide for each one to find the resources they need to continue in their studies.

Additional requests:

Praise for God who leads and guides us so faithfully and for an incredible team of staff and student leaders.

And please pray for:

  • discernment and wisdom as we move forward in our selection process for our student leaders for 2017/2018.
  • our selection process of our new Residence Director
  • continued unity and love in our student body