Monthly Archives: May 2017

A New Semester Starting…

Tomorrow morning I begin my summer semester.

It will be a busy summer semester, as I take 3 classes. For the 12 weeks of summer, for 6 of the 12 weeks I’ll have 3-4 hour intensive classes from 8:30-12, from Monday through Friday. So it’s gonna be busy.

As goes with the beginning of any semester, I have mixed feelings. I’m anxious about having such a big load and weary from school in general. I’m anxious about how my classes will go and how I will interact with my classmates and professors. I wonder if I will be able to handle another busy semester.

At the same time, I’m excited for the friendships that I develop through my classes. I’ll become close with some people I have never met up to this point. And of course I will learn a lot from my classes. These things may be valuable for me in the future, whether it helps me as a missions organization leader in China, or it helps me in just having a greater understanding of God and His people.

This semester my classes are:

Teaching across Cultures – Craig Ott

History of the Expansion of Christianity – Alice Ott

Anthropology for Mission and Evangelism – Darrell Whiteman [visiting prof]

 

I think of Ezra’s words: “Because the hand of the Lord was on me, I took courage and…” (Ezra 7:28)

A Busy Semester now Finished

This semester has been incredibly busy.

I’ve taken a large load of classes at TEDS, as well as co-teaching a Master’s class at TEDS for almost 2 months.

And we started getting involved with our church here, which we committed to in January. The church is Holy Trinity Church, located in downtown Chicago. The lead pastor is Jon Dennis, who leads our downtown congregation. We’ve really enjoyed going to the church, though it’s a bit far away from where we are in Deerfield. But we love the church and also the weekly small group we’ve been involved with the past several months.

And most recently, our son Charles was born. He was born 7 weeks early, so he had to stay in the NICU at the hospital for 4 weeks. And then nearly 4 weeks ago, we were able to bring him home. Just this week he passed his due date and is no longer premature status. And he’s gaining weight and eating well.

Praise God for carrying us through such a busy time & giving us strength in what He has for us each day!