Hebrew and Launch Camp

The last few weeks have sur­pris­ing­ly flown by. Chris has been stuck in the books dur­ing his Hebrew inten­sive and I have been slow­ly but sure­ly work­ing my way through set­ting up house, read­ing and a lit­tle bit of relax­ing. Some of the high­lights of my time have been catch­ing up with my cousin Anita and see­ing my grand­par­ents (twice in 2 weeks… wow!).

On Friday Chris had his last Hebrew class for the inten­sive, what a great achieve­ment! He still has a small quiz to do (only worth 50% of his grade) on Tuesday, and then he is look­ing for­ward to being able to have a bit more vari­ety in his stud­ies. We cel­e­brat­ed the end of inten­sive by head­ing up to Upper Plenty (north of Melbourne) for the Ridley Launch Camp.

It was a great week­end of meet­ing oth­ers and learn­ing a bit more about the vision, his­to­ry and goals of Ridley College. We are very excit­ed that they aim not just to teach us the bible and the­ol­o­gy but also form us for min­istry by help­ing us to inte­grate our learn­ing with our own selves and prac­tice. Meeting so many oth­ers who are train­ing for min­istry was a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence also, it was a bit like CV con­fer­ence on steroids, and excit­ing to know that we will be able to con­tin­ue these rela­tion­ships for the next few years.

We enjoyed going to St Matthews in Prahran for church on Sunday night. Although we don’t yet know peo­ple very well, it was good to be able to chat with new friends and feel com­fort­able in our new church com­mu­ni­ty. We fin­ished off the week­end by hav­ing din­ner with close friends from Adelaide who are vis­it­ing Melbourne this week. I find meet­ing new peo­ple excit­ing but exhaust­ing (espe­cial­ly with 70+ peo­ple to meet) so it was great to spend time with long term friends for the evening to rejuvenate.

This week we will start semes­ter 1 class­es. I will be study­ing Old Testament, Evangelism and Ministry foun­da­tions and Mission Perspectives this semes­ter. Chris will be con­tin­u­ing with Hebrew, doing Theology (Doctrine of God and Work of Christ) as well as two greek exe­ge­sis sub­jects — John and Paul and Corinthian Christianity.

Please praise God with us for:
‑A pos­i­tive start to the aca­d­e­m­ic year
‑The oppor­tu­ni­ty to form new friend­ships at launch camp
‑The priv­i­lege of being able to set aside time to learn and grow in God’s word

Please pray with us for:
‑Chris’ Hebrew exam on Tuesday.
‑That we would be inten­tion­al about inte­grat­ing what we learn with our lives and our ministry.
‑Work for me, it has been sur­pris­ing­ly hard to get appro­pri­ate work. Please pray that God would open doors as I look for more work, and that we would trust him in his pro­vi­sion for us finan­cial­ly in the meantime.

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