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Long Time No See. Oh mylanta, how things have changed!

Howdy y’all.

It’s Sid here. Been awhile since I’ve written. It usually only happens when I’ve got alot of material, or feel inspired, neither of which has happened lately.

Since I last write y’all, life has changed a bit for me. Since January, when I was still with Family Missions Company, I started working part-time in outreach & evangelization at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville, LA. Sometime during the spring, my pastor, who is also the chancellor at our parochial high school, Vermilion Catholic, referred me to the principal there. They needed a part-time theology teacher & campus minister. Figuring my background in seminary, youth ministry, and missionary work was a good foundation, I went ahead and interviewed and got the job.

After I got the job I realized it would be very hard to try and stay affiliated (which also means obligated) with FMC. Before things could get awkward or stressful, and while everybody still loved everybody, I decided to process out of FMC. This means I am now an “alumni” missionary, with formal or official ties to FMC, and no obligations. When my work schedules permit, I try to attend prayer meetings or other functions they have going on.

Y’all please pray for my ministry at the church parish and at the school as well. And please prayerfully consider continuing to support FMC through donated time and prayer and donations.

 

God Bless,

Sid

aka – Mr. Sid

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my first ever teacher pic on the day they took school pictures.

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nice little note left on the board by some of the home ec students after they

cooked me breakfast in first hour one day. I think I’m gonna like teaching here 😉

 

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January 2013 Missionary Newsletter

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” –Romans 5:3-5–

Dearest Benefactors,

I just wanted to say how happy I am to be able to write y’all again. Everytime I write, it means that there is more to report on the ways God is working in my life as a missionary. That is ALWAYS an exciting and good thing! 🙂 As y’all already know, last year my full-time mission post was FMC’s Casa de Misiones in General Cepeda, Coahuila, Mexico. I was there for a total of 8 months with the other 4 months of the year split between visits to friends and family, 2 short term trips to St. Lucia (my mission post from 2011), and some time spent at our Big Woods Mission Base in Abbeville, LA. After my 5th or 6th month in Mexico, I started to feel like it was time for me to come back stateside. I didn’t know exactly what that meant, as my living situation and possible ministry opportunities had not yet been established. But when you know it’s time to move on, you step out in faith knowing that the good Lord will provide.

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fourth name from bottom. I’m official y’all! 🙂

Thanks be to God that in my last month in Mexico, November 2012, things started to clear up, and by the time the Christmas holiday was over, my course was set. Part of what I discerned last year was that I wanted to do stateside mission work.So, I am now living at our Big Woods Mission Base as my full-time mission post. One of my new “jobs” is working as a liaison for our retreat house, Our Lady of the Bayous, and for our retreat ministry. If a group wants to book our facility, I’m the guy they talk to. If a group needs missionaries to put on a retreat, I’m the guy they talk to. And if a group wants to do a service project at our retreat house or mission base, I’m the guy they talk to. I’m also involved in the day to day operations of our retreat house. It can be a very busy but very rewarding ministry at the same time.

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me and my dad wearing the shirts I bought while at language school in Cuernavaca

 

My other main duty is serving as Evangelization/Outreach coordinator at one of the nearby parishes, St. Mary Magdalen. In this role I do alot of follow-up home visits in conjunction with our door-to-door evangelization team, in order to pray, visit, read scripture, and help these people to enter more fully into the sacramental life of the Church. Part of this job also entails doing a weekly Bible study at the Christian Service Center, which is a part of the church parish. Aside from this, I also lend a helping hand with any manual labor that needs to be done at the service center, such as stocking the pantry shelves and unloading food shipments.

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me and Donnie, one of the home visits. Please say a prayer for him, he’s been a bit sick lately

 

As you can see, God is keeping me busy with lots of ministry opportunities. I’m so blessed that y’all continue to journey with me in my missionary vocation. Your support makes it all possible, and without your prayers I would not have the strength I need to do what I do. Thank you so very much. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are having a Happy New Year.

God Bless!

Sid Savoie

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