Monday was packed! Staples was able to print the family newsletters. Meanwhile Ruth and I kept appointments and got ready for a visit to our grandchildren. We got the letters in the mail just as we were leaving for our visit. This week is dedicated to preparing my Sunday School class on worship. I begin… Continue reading August 29, 2021 – Interlude
We had our “final interview” on Friday. but that’s not the last step in getting overseas. The interview went well and the agency expects to approve us, but a few things need to happen first. Apparently we tried to compress a several-year process into several months. Normally people visit a prospective destination before they apply.… Continue reading August 22, 2021 – Not Done Yet
Ruth and I had our second interview with the agency to which we are applying. It was long – 3.5 hours! – but seemed to go well. We are cleared to proceed to the final interview, which is scheduled for this Friday – the same day our employment would begin. We feel propelled into the… Continue reading August 15, 2021 – On the Precipice
On Friday Ruth and I had our first interview with an official in the agency to which we are applying. We had a pleasant chat for an hour and a half, at the end of which we received some new information. The starting date for the job for which we are applying is August 20… Continue reading August 8, 2021 – Waiting
No tests last week. Whew! I received one on Monday, but it was in Spanish and it was a mistake. Twice we Zoomed with our potential overseas partners to get to know each other as best as possible in this season of COVID lockdowns. Ruth and I also “zoomed” down to Philadelphia for a few… Continue reading August 1, 2021 – Zooming Again
We’re being tested! Two weeks ago Ruth and I decided to apply with an agency for an overseas job, and that week was filled with completing application materials. We worked hard, and were glad to have finished the application by the end of the week. Then came the tests. Last week we were sent a… Continue reading July 25, 2021 – Testing!
Ruth and I decided to keep moving toward an overseas assignment. A week and a half ago we had a very profitable Zoom conference with our potential overseas partners, and last Tuesday we Zoomed with a recruiter in the U.S. We are not yet ready to commit to anything, but we have decided to proceed… Continue reading July 18, 2021 — Application!
Last week was mostly family time. Daniel, Ginny, Victoria, and Adeline had flown from England the previous week and met us at Peter's house in Morgantown, WV. Stephen and his financee Annie flew to Pittsburgh where Benjamin picked them up and drove to Morgantown. Christopher was stuck in Wuhan, China where he has been badly… Continue reading July 11, 2021 — Zoom overseas
Ruth and I are enjoying a pleasant evening on the porch, punctuated by terribly loud, terribly rude large firecrackers in our neighborhood. We returned from Saint Louis yesterday at midnight and I preached this morning. You can see my sermon videos here and listen to audio recordings here. Our visit to Saint Louis was very… Continue reading July 4, 2021 — General Assembly
I spent a lot of time last week on the Reformed Lectionary project. I did a huge amount of work last year, and that was a great foundation. But I made some mistakes, left a lot of loose ends, and didn't do much with the Old Testament. Last week I thoroughly revamped the gospel, epistle,… Continue reading June 27, 2021 — Pressing Forward