“You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst.” – Nehemiah 9:20
God has been so good to us! These past two months have been exciting. In Fall 2014 I took five classes and I did really well in all but one – New Testament Greek.
I did well on my exams throughout the semester but I guess I just didn’t know it well enough to put it all together on the final exam. My advisor, Brandon Crow, encouraged me to not lose heart as it is not unusual and he even shared that one of his most used New Testament Greek references was written by a guy who failed Greek three times! Hey, who knows maybe I’ll be a Greek scholar after all 😉 …it’s possible but not likely. To make a long story short – I had enough to pass the class but since I didn’t pass the final I will have to retake it in the summer of 2015.
Spring semester is expected to be easier since I will not have to take any language classes. I plan to take:
· PT123 – Gospel Communication
· ST113 – Doctrine of God
· CH223 – Medieval Church
· PTC 522 – Counseling in the local Church
· PT343 – Mission of Church
· PTM163 – Church Growth & Church Planting
· PT021p – Mentored Ministry case studies
I know that might seem like a lot of classes but the only heavy one is ST113 – tons of reading and heavy reading too. The PT classes tend to be a bit less reading then the ST classes and they tend to be easier reads as well.
But much has happened in January.
1) We moved closer to the seminary and into our own place. Instead of being 57 minutes away we are now 15 minutes away. We had plenty of help with the move from our Trinity Church friends. They showed up ready and eager to help – even though it was snowing. Moreover the place we were going to move into didn’t work out. We signed the lease in November but the move-in date was January 7th, 2015. When we arrived the house still had all the landlord’s stuff, no working heater, and to make matters worse the pipes froze – so we had no water. In mutual consent the landlord and I cancelled the lease. Twenty-two days later the guy returned us our money…(better late then never). Three days later (1/10/15) World Evangelist of Christ (WEC) took us in. While at WEC we got to meet a great group of missionaries from all over the world and were cared for like family. Special thanks to Josh Lemons. We also met a Brazilian family who just moved out of a duplex and helped us move into that place. It has turned out to be a much better fit – cheaper, cleaner, and warmer.
2) Natalie started working as a fitness instructor for one hour a week for two months…..and she’s lovin it. Learning the art of teaching plus getting a good workout for the week is nice when the gym pays you to workout instead of you paying them.
4) Not only does Westminster seek to train students with a global worldview but it also seeks to come alongside nationals and missionaries around the world to assist them in their task of theological education. Part of this endeavor involves facilitation – that is, making connections for WTS alumni to serve Christ long term or short term in theological missions. Arguably the greatest need in Russia missions is theological training. Sadly I have not met a single Russian or Ukrainian MDiv student at Westminster. So, I’ve offered to help become a catalyst to serve in this growing need. Dr. Lillback (president of WTS) is in Indonesia with some WTS students now and perhaps we will be able to visit Russia together in the near future. Please be praying as we make plans to come along side the Russian theological institutions and help with theological training of the Russian-speaking people worldwide.
5) And last but not least, Silas said his first sentence! Well sort of. He said; “I know.” I don’t know if he knows what he said but he just might know that he doesn’t know what he said. But any progress is still progress.
Well that’s it for now thanks for reading. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. May the Lord bless you ten fold.
With love from Philly,
P.S. – If you’re ever in the area, come on over!