A CALL TO DEEPER TRUST FOR THE MAGADAN MISSION
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Greetings from the 2018 Magadan Mission Team! We want to inform you of some recent developments concerning our upcoming mission this summer.
Fr. Michael has been asked by his bishop to take a sabbatical year for health reasons to ensure that he can continue to serve in Magadan for the years to come. The policy of Magadan Mission has always been that, if the situation in Russia ever became unsafe, we would not go. This would be the case without Fr. Michael’s presence. Because of this, the Magadan Mission will be unable to serve in Magadan during the summer of 2018.
Although this news has been difficult, the Lord has shown this is His plan for us. Although going to Magadan is out of the question, Fr. Michael has proposed that we spend the summer in his home archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska. Such a proposition would ensure that the heart of this mission would not change.
What is the heart of Magadan Mission? It is assisting Fr. Michael to serve the community of Magadan through joyful witness and friendship evangelization. The Magadan Mission has always sought to serve Father and those to whom he ministers. Although Father will not be in Magadan this year, the mission will still minister to him and the community of Magadan by serving the archdiocese which supports Father’s work. For years the Anchorage Archdiocese has been spiritually and financially supporting Fr. Michael’s work in Magadan. This mission to Anchorage will be a way to give back to the people that have supported the people of Magadan for so long.
By serving in Anchorage, we will bring a greater awareness to the work Fr. Michael does in Magadan. From this awareness will flow a greater support for the mission, both through monetary donations and intercessory prayer. In addition to this, we hope to inspire future missionaries from Anchorage to help Fr. Michael during future summers. In this way our service in Anchorage will help those in Magadan. Doing all of these things will keep Magadan Mission, Fr. Michael’s mission, alive and well. For this reason, we are calling the mission this summer “Magadan Mission in Anchorage.”
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for us as we make this time of transition from “Magadan Mission in Russia,” to “Magadan Mission in Anchorage.” We trust that this is our Lord’s mission, and he will make clear what steps we need to take to serve him this summer with Fr. Michael. Please know that you will continue to be in our prayers and that we are extremely grateful for the support you have given us thus far.
- The 2018 Magadan Mission Team