A long time coming

Dear Friends,

My deepest apologies for leaving it so long between updates. I’d love to tell you I’ve been so busy that I haven’t sat down at my computer over the past month, but that would be a lie. I have spent many hours on my computer, especially in my exam preparation. I think the real reason I haven’t written is just that I haven’t been in the mental mindset for reflection, so I’m sorry to leave you out of the loop.

There have been some events since I last updated you all:

-I’ve been to South Australia twice – once for a wedding in Adelaide and once for a GP training conference in Whyalla. Both were too short but very valuable times of catching up with friends and reconnecting with those supporting our training.

-On our drive back from Adelaide we were the first on the scene to a car accident. Thankfully everyone was ok, but it was a privilege to be able to help out. One of the ladies involved was so grateful that God had provided a doctor and a minister-in-training (the easiest way to describe Chris in that situation) to be there and it was great to be able to pray with her before the emergency services arrived to get her out of the car. It was a great example of God’s perfect timing despite an awful situation, and encouraging to see a small example of how God can use us together and His work in caring for His people.

-We have both finished up a number of assignments, as well as classes for the semester. We can hardly believe that we are already through half of the college year, it has really flown by! We are so grateful though for all the learning opportunities we have had and are looking forward to the rest of the year, but maybe not so much to our exams next week!

-I have decided to go full-time at college next semester. Most of you will know that I have been doing 3 subjects (instead of the full-time 4) this semester in order to be able to do locum work one day per week. Unfortunately I have had a lot of difficulty getting work. Chris and I have been praying about it, and we have been able to re-arrange finances such that the pressure for income is less urgent, praise God! We have decided that it would be best for me to do a full-load next semester leaving only one subject to complete next year, that way it will be easier for me to work full-time next year as I continue GP training.

-It’s now only a week until we fly away! We have been planning for quite some time now to make the most of our time at college by doing a reformation tour in Germany. Unfortunately we couldn’t afford the college reformation tour, however we are excited to have been able to cash in our frequent flyer points and we will be spending the winter break in Europe! We are going to do our own reformation tour of Germany and Switzerland and then spend some time in the UK with my parents and have a short beach holiday in Malaysia at the end. It’s all booked now and we are excited about the opportunity to supplement our short time at college in this way. It’s also going to be great to get away from life and reflect on our first semester together.

-I have started knitting again. A lady at church has started a knitting group in the local area which I have decided to join. When we were in Adelaide on the first trip back I collected my knitting gear from our garage (what a treasure-trove!) and have been able to get back into it. I’ve made a few ‘interesting’ beanies so far, but hopefully the more I do the better I’ll get. I’ve got a half-finished cable kids jumper that I started in like 2004 which I need to get back to, so plenty to do.

-I now drink tea. This isn’t really a change since my last post, but more since our move to Melbourne. I first drank it when I was offered a cup of tea and didn’t want to be rude and say no, but actually quite enjoyed it. So, now I happily drink white tea with one sugar (ok I know, you shouldn’t have sugar in tea, but I’m just starting ok!). My preferred tea is Earl Grey but I’ll have english breakfast when it’s made well. I’m not really a fan of the basic black tea but I’m hopeful that my tastebuds will serve me well. Oh, and for those of you who may be concerned, I still prefer coffee!!

Well that’s probably enough for today. Thankyou all for your wonderful ongoing support and prayers over this last 6 months, even when I haven’t been very good with updates. We really appreciate your partnership with us and it’s been great to hear how many people have been wanting a blog update!

Please praise God with us for:
-A wonderful first semester at college
-Provision for me to be able to do full time study next semester
-The opportunity to do our own reformation tour

Please pray with us for:
-Grace and love for each other and our friends (especially housemates!) as we face a busy week of exams next week
-Clarity, guidance and opportunities as I begin seeking out work for next year
-Ongoing growth in the Lord.

About Gillian

  • Hi Gillian!

    Great post! Always an encouragement to know that there are fellow doctors out there who are responding to God’s calling and taking that big leap of faith 🙂 It’s been an interesting year for Christine and myself as well, but nothing beats knowing that we are in His best plan and timing. All the best to you and Chris for the rest of the year ahead!


    Chris + Christine Kia

    • Gillian

      Thanks Chris and Christine, I have been following bits of your journey on facebook, very exciting! It would be great to catch up sometime seeing as we are both in Melbourne!

  • Yay for tea!! Early grey is my favourite too! Xx

  • I thought you’d be impressed 🙂