Following Guatemala, it was a fight-to-the-end-finish for my first year of seminary. I can hardly believe we’ve been in Portland for just over a year now when it feels like we just left Sequim yesterday. We were blessed to be able to spend the better part of August in Washington seeing friends and family as well as celebrating our 7th anniversary on 7/25 (or were we celebrating Lauren's Birthday from 7/26?) a tad bit late on San Juan Island.
A completely unexpected development has occurred in my schooling. Instead of going two years full time and graduating, I’ll be going for three. In this way I will be able to graduate with my cohort class of twenty with an advanced degree. Fall semester (classes start 9/10) will mark my last full-time semester of study before doing the next year-and-half, part-time. Honestly, this shift was strange and unexpected, but Lauren and I prayed, and it felt right.
Come January 2021, Lauren and I will be looking to return to full time ministry work… somewhere. The need in Portland is great and we will see where we land. Would you say a prayer for us today asking God for clarity? At this point, the people and place of Portland feel like home – but our apartment lease is up in February which is really interesting timing considering this wasn’t the original plan. Exciting times.