Semester 2 Update

Thank you all for your sup­port and prayers over the last few months. We had a won­der­ful break over the win­ter as we made the most of an oppor­tu­ni­ty to trav­el to Europe, the UK and SE Asia. One of the many enjoy­able parts of our trip was explor­ing Heidelberg with Chris’ dad. The pic­ture above was tak­en out­side the the­o­log­i­cal library at the uni­ver­si­ty of Heidelberg where Paul spent many hours study­ing. It was great to see Heidelberg with some­one who had lived there! I hope that we will be able to share more about our trav­els as we see you indi­vid­u­al­ly and in var­i­ous blog posts in the com­ing months.

For now though, we have start­ed back into col­lege life. It has been fun to get stuck into some new sub­jects, and also a chal­lenge as we both take on extra class­es this semes­ter. We are great­ly look­ing for­ward to the semes­ter though, and pray­ing that God will use our learn­ing to make us more like Him. This semes­ter Chris will be tak­ing: Romans exe­ge­sis, Wisdom lit­er­a­ture, Evangelical church his­to­ry, Theology and Hebrew. I will be tak­ing Old Testament, Ethics, Theology and 8th Century Prophets exe­ge­sis. Feel free to ask us how we are going if you’re inter­est­ed!

28 “And why do you wor­ry about clothes? See how the flow­ers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splen­dor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomor­row is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of lit­tle faith? 31 So do not wor­ry, say­ing, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heav­en­ly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his king­dom and his right­eous­ness, and all these things will be giv­en to you as well. 34 Therefore do not wor­ry about tomor­row, for tomor­row will wor­ry about itself. Each day has enough trou­ble of its own. — Matthew 6:28–34

The biggest chal­lenge since we returned home has been with plans for 2013. Unfortunately work oppor­tu­ni­ties that had been falling into place over the past few months fell through and I have had to start over with a job search for 2013. The pas­sage above from Matthew was preached on this week in a chapel ser­vice. It was a great reminder from God that he cares for every area of our lives and will not leave us strand­ed. Please pray that we will be faith­ful­ly seek­ing first God’s king­dom and right­eous­ness trust­ing in Him to guide our next steps. It’s hard­er than it sounds!

Thanks for your sup­port, please let us know that you’re out there!

Gill (and Chris)

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