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Letters to AO

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Letters from 9 October to 15 October 2006

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Thanks and remembrance

I just write to express my thanks for your weekly letter as well as for the various links which keep me up to date on the goings-on within the Communion. I turn to Anglicans Online first thing Monday mornings, whenever I am at home. This week I was somewhat late. Our Thanksgiving was on this past weekend and I was away at my son's farm with all the family, about 16 of us in total. It always seems quite appropriate to spend Thanksgiving in a rural setting amidst the changing colours of the Fall, surrounded by the animals of the farm--pigs, cows, sheep, goats and hens, and all within the context of Thanksgiving to our Creator for all His/Her Blessings.

I am by birth a Newfoundlander and was intrigued to see your reference to that Island as a fourth country in North America in 1943. Of course you are correct. One correction however I must make: in 1943, which I remember well, we were under Commission Government-Three commissioners from England and three from Newfoundland. As such there was no Prime minister at that time. Admittedly, this is quite immaterial to your article.

Keep up the good work. It starts my week off just right.

Fred Hall
St. James the Apostle, Brampton
Brampton, Otario, CANADA
13 October 2006

A Christian vacuum

I am at least a 3rd Generation Anglican, but I have been going to a Pentecostal church of late because here in London where I have been for 5 months now, I have grown to resent the Anglican church for its lack of interests in people of European origin. Europe is a Christian vacuum, where Buddhists and Moslems are converting people who 100 years ago would never had dreamed of joining this faith of untruthfulness as Jesus is the way the truth and the light, no one gets to god the father other than through him. I have been traveling through places in Europe and examples of Satan's work has been exhibited with lives being destroyed through lack of maintenance by Christians who want lovely photos of themselves on mission in Africa. Like the bible says, when demons are cast off of a person these demons travel around looking for other demons and tell them when there is a lovely clean house to mess up as this is good fun for them. The evil that is in lives of many in Europe with human trafficking and drug abuse and that is just the start. I am ashamed of my home church, which I was hoping would be a greater light for the lost to find the Lord and enjoy eternal life.

I might not be the greatest literate but I am not stupid and my passion for the Lord extends to the obvious, because as a motor mechanic if I don't deal with the obvious, the car wont go. To this I add my credentials that I have to abstain from arty intellectual ideals to stick to logic and function. I can see in Europe a very broken car through poor maintenance due to the owner being fascinated by the car across the road.

Ian Campbell
Kotara, Australia
Currently London, UK
14 October 2006

Pennies and yen and sen

Today about 100 American pennies amounts to about 115 Japanese Yen. Put another way, one penny today is worth a fraction more than one yen! In comparison, before WW II, 2 Japanese yen was worth 1 American dollar, and the denomination below the "yen", was the "sen"! For many of the post-WW II years, one American Dollar was worth 360 Japanese Yen!

In 1991, I accepted the invitation of the Diocese of Okinawa of our Church in Japan, to become the Priest in charge of All Souls’ Church, Okinawa, the English-speaking congregation, serving many of the American Episcopalians present among the military personnel and their family members.

The offerings of this congregation were given to the Church in two denominations – the American dollar, intermingled with the Japanese Yen. I believe this still obtains today. In the years my wife and I were serving there, the value of the American Dollar had suffered a significant decline and the Japanese Yen had become more powerful in comparison. This had serious consequences for the English-speaking congregation, because the offerings received in American Dollars had to be exchanged for the Japanese Yen in order to pay the domestic utitlities and other local bills. In addition the funds that supported this American congregation which had been covering the cost of the Priest sent from the US National Church since the early 1950’s, was being discontinued in the 1980’s. The congregation had now to pick up the cost of their Priest, and also to face the declining value of the American Dollar – a kind of double jeopardy.

During the prior 30-plus years, this "off-base" military congregation was provided clergy and financial support from the USA, thus much of their surplus offerings were given by the English-language congregation to the fledgling Diocese of Okinawa to support their missionary efforts of evangelism and pastoral service among the ministries among the people of Okinawa.

The activities and offerings familiar to the congregations across the USA among our Episcopal Churches – of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters brought as offerings by the children to Sunday School and the Church, and the coins and paper money that came each year in the boxes of the United Thank Offering, as well as the weekly, monthly, and annual offerings of the members and attendees of All Souls’ were loving offerings to Christ and the Church.

Before we went to Okinawa, the congregation had already been going through stewardship education and programs to adjust to and respond positively to these drastic changing conditions.

The regular military deployment meant the congregation was facing continual personnel changes – a turn-over of the congregation at the very least, every four years. The congregation continues by word of mouth – All Souls’ cannot officially publicize the existence of the parish within the bases. The continuation of All Souls’ over the years has been a miracle!

Your delighttful reference to the "penny" reminded me of American money in our "foreign" language "overseas" congregation. Please pray regularly for this particular "overseas" ministry!

The Reverend Timothy Makoto Nakayama
St. Mark's Cathedral, Diocese of Olympia
Seattle, Washington, USA
9 October 2006

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