Opening doors and progressing plans

We have hit the mid­dle of sec­ond semes­ter and are both feel­ing a bit weary, won­der­ing where this year has dis­ap­peared. While we know a lot of the answer to that ques­tion — into study­ing and learn­ing and grow­ing — we are also aware that time has been going fast, espe­cial­ly with some of the increased pres­sures study-wise this semes­ter.

On our minds for quite some time now has been the devel­op­ing plans for 2013. There have been a num­ber of hic­cups along the way, doors open­ing but slam­ming shut at the last minute, jobs applied for with no suc­cess and it has been a chal­lenge to keep on trust­ing in God through­out it all. We are so pleased that a door has opened and at this point every­thing is work­ing towards us step­ping through. So, in 2013 Chris will be con­tin­u­ing on with the Masters of Divinity at Ridley, and I will be work­ing in pub­lic health at the University of Melbourne as a place­ment that will count towards my GP train­ing. Just to add some extra work­load I’m also plan­ning on com­menc­ing a Masters of Public Health on the side which will help with the work I’m going to be doing and also hope­ful­ly equip me for our long term plans.

I am real­ly excit­ed about the oppor­tu­ni­ty I have and we are real­ly pleased how things are work­ing out.

In terms of our plans for the rest of this year, we have a pret­ty full sched­ule. In October we will be run­ning an intro to Christianity course at church which we are excit­ed about. We have grad­u­al­ly been able to step up our ser­vice at church and Chris will be preach­ing in the next few months. We con­tin­ue to enjoy won­der­ful com­mu­ni­ty with our small group at church and it will be great to keep on meet­ing and grow­ing togeth­er for the rest of the year. After exams in November I’m hop­ing to get a few weeks of locum work and then we will be head­ing to a cou­ple of Christian con­fer­ences in December before Christmas. It’s going to be busy but a valu­able time.

This week though is a rest week. We have a week off from col­lege and have made the most of the chance to take a break. We will also be trav­el­ing to Adelaide this week­end for a very excit­ing wed­ding and hope to have some valu­able catch ups with friends while we are there.

Please praise God with us for:
-Providing a way for­ward with plans for 2013
-The oppor­tu­ni­ty to be right here, learn­ing and grow­ing and doing life togeth­er

Please pray with us for:
— Spiritual matu­ri­ty as we con­tin­ue to trust in Him
— Wisdom as we go through the rest of this year.

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