Paraphrasing the Prophet Isaiah, the Holy Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, “how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” But he asks as well, “how shall they preach, unless they are sent” (Rom 10:15)? And further, how can the world believe and be saved, if there is no one to teach them the path of salvation?
In every generation, the Church is called to raise up and equip leaders for the work of the gospel. And we are blessed to be able to offer Rdr. Evan Ashmore to God for spiritual and theological training at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
It is a part of the normal work of the Church for us to raise up and support seminarians, just as it is a part of the normal function of a plant to put forth flowers and fruit and to bear seed, which will in turn become other plants. There are many ways in which we ought to think about nourishing Evan and his family at this time, but two are paramount: prayer (both liturgical and private) and financial support.
For the Fall semester, the Ashmore family still has uncovered tuition and housing expenses of over $8000, so this is the minimum target we are seeking to raise for their aid at this time. Please consider giving generously here or in person at church. All donations will go directly to support the Ashmore family and are fully tax deductible.
Our Lord says in the Gospel, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” let us beseech the Lord of the harvest for more laborers, that the world may abound with righteousness and truth, to the glory of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.