“I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!” Ecclesiastes 1:13
We have survived our first week of school! (And yes, I have read the above verse in context – it seemed so apropos for us right now!) And we want to share our first-week experience with you.
Guy is taking 7 hours this semester. He is in Old Testament 1, New Testament 1, and Spiritual Formation 1. Here’s his stack of books:
Jessi is taking 7 1/2 hours this semester (believe it or not). She is in Class Guitar 1, Chapel Orchestra, Music Theory 1, Early Western Civilization Seminar, Southwestern Singers, and The Wife of the Equipping Minister. Here’s her stack of books:
Grand total for books this semester? $750.00 !!!!!!!!!! We’re still reeling from the sticker shock. The books I had to buy for Theory was the most expensive factor, $440.00 for 3 books. However, we are supposed to be able to use these books for all 4 courses over the course of the next 2 years.
Jessi has been hard at work at the Southwestern Grill for a month now. She has been enjoying the opportunity to work in food service and learn more about working in a commercial kitchen environment. She was quite surprised today to get an actual tip! One of the cooks is taking a 2-week vacation starting Monday, and will be turning over the salad and sandwich bar to Jessi during that time. We’re glad for that vote of confidence.
Jessi has also been interviewing for a second on-campus job, working for Campus Security. Due to the hours the Grill is open and Jessi’s class schedule, she can only get a maximum of 21 hours per week. This Security position would be afternoons/evenings, allowing her to get more hours in. She had a second interview today, and should find out if she got a position on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
I don’t think we’ve shared the word of Guy’s final grade in Greek. We are proud to announce that he ended the semester with a 93%! This has helped to bolster his confidence in his ability to handle college classes after a 15-or-so year hiatus from higher education.
* Finances. We have managed to purchase the books we need, but need to come up with the money to start paying our tuition for the semester. Also still working to get all our bills caught up.
* The Car. We had a little incident involving driving onto a median while the folks were here, and now we’re hearing a lot of grinding with the brakes on that side. We realize that this will mandate the car going into the shop for repairs (and the lovely expenses involved therein). Please pray that we can find a quality mechanic who is very cheap! Also, just needing to do general maintenance (oil change, etc.).
* Job hunt(s). Jessi’s interview, as discussed above. Also, Guy is realizing that the job at Bass Pro is going to have to be replaced with something much closer to home. With the wear and tear on the car – plus the 45-minute commute – and uncertain hours, he’s pretty much just working for the gas. He has been applying for work at the Seminary, but they are taking their time in scheduling interviews (each departmental manager). He’s also looking some for positions in the community that would be much closer than where he is now.
* Good time management. With both of us working, we need to be able to wisely use our time not only for studying, but also for opportunities for ministry, fun, building relationships, plus keeping up with meals, housework, laundry, and sleep!
* Spiritual growth. We are realizing more and more that we have a long ways to go in our spiritual development. We are going to be stretched mightily while here, and God is already working in some very tangible ways in our lives.
* Encouragement. We are enjoying meeting new people here and starting to build relationships. BUT – we would love to also hear from you! Many of you who read this blog are from back home. Please leave us some comments. We sometimes wonder if we’ve been forgotten. Your encouragement helps keep us going.
* Opportunity to come home. We very much desire to come home for a visit during the Christmas holidays (probably closer to New Year’s Day due to Guy’s working a retail job). This will mean having some money saved for gas, food, etc. and being able to coordinate time off from our jobs. Please pray with us that this will come to pass.
* Discernment. Guy has been talking more about a sense of direction for ministry – namely, feeling called more towards single adult or youth ministry. Please pray that opportunities in church and at school will open up for us to get involved in these areas, and that God will continue to reveal His calling on our lives and ministry vocation.