Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Update

Hello, everyone!

It looks like fall is moving in up here in Washington. The leaves are starting to change color, which is something new to us after living our whole lives in California. They actually have seasons up here in Washington, which is wonderful! However, we are told that in the fall and winter it is overcast and rains a great deal. This causes depression for many people up here, and we would request that you please pray that we will be able to adjust to this time, and that God would keep the depression away for us.

Our family is adjusting to life up here in Washington, and we have found a good church, but we still miss California, our church there, and all of the great folks we had to say goodbye to.

I (Steve) am taking four classes right now: three linguistic classes that are affectionately known to the folks up here as "the killer pack" due to the heavy workload, and an Old Testament class. As part of my linguistics classes, I am currently learning Ilocano, which is a language of the Philippines. All of this is keeping me extremely busy.

The other day I was reminded of a powerful work by C.T. Studd, which I now leave you with:

Only One Life
By C.T. Studd (1860-1931)


Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life,' twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God's holy will to cleave;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e'er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, "twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say, "Thy will be done";
And when at last I'll hear the call, I know I'll say 'twas worth it all";
Only one life,' twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Some pictures from last summer


As I mentioned before, last summer I drove up to the British Columbia area of Canada to attend the summer session at the Canada Institute of Linguistics. Most of this drive was on Interstate 5, and if you have ever driven this way you will already know that much of that drive through California is pretty brown and looks largely the same for several hundred miles. But, once you reach Redding, the scenery changes and it turns into a very beautiful drive from then on. The primary color changes from brown to green, and your vision is filled with mountains, lakes, rivers, green rolling hills, horses, cattle, and, of course, a great deal of trees. It was a long drive (over 1300 miles), especially doing it in just two days, but I really enjoyed the scenery.

Canada is beautiful as well, and everything is green and lush. That does, however, require lots of rain to make it that way, so it rained off and on (though not for long, and mostly it just drizzled a bit) even during the summer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quick update

Hello, everyone!

I just wanted to do a quick update. I am a little over halfway through my summer class here at the Canada Institute of Linguistics and things are going well.

I honestly had no idea how I was going to be able to afford the tuition for my degree, but I also knew that I needed to get the degree and that loans were not an option, so I enrolled in faith. I am constantly amazed at how God provides when we simply trust Him! Through various means, such as scholarships and grants, He has turned a very large tuition bill into a very reasonable one, and it may soon be even lower because I am still waiting to hear back about more financial aid. Praise God!

Jesus is always so faithful to us, please pray that we would always remain faithful to His calling in our lives.

Blessings to all of you,
Steve

Friday, March 30, 2012

What has been happening?


Hello, everyone!

As you are no doubt aware, it has been some time since I last wrote an update. I have been quite busy, and I simply got out of the habit of writing updates. I am going to make an effort to change that, however, and try to write about how things are going from time to time. So, what has happened since I last wrote? Quite a bit actually, and more than I am going to detail in this entry. In short, we are still moving forward on the path God has set us on. Read on for more detail.

Last summer I drove up to the British Columbia area of Canada to attend the summer session at the Canada Institute of Linguistics. I was there at CanIL for nine weeks, taking the first three linguistics classes for my Applied Linguistics degree. It was a difficult nine weeks, where I was away from my family, and having to learn a lot of material in a short time, which was stressful. It was, however, an amazing experience that God used in many ways to provide me with strong confirmation that we are on the right path.

After the summer I returned home to start another semester back at Palomar College, taking Mandarin Chinese, among other things. I am currently in my spring semester there, and taking the second class in Mandarin and really enjoying it (more on this later). This will be my final semester at Palomar, because our family will be moving this summer up north to either Canada or just across the border in northern Washington State. We will be renting our house out down here, and living up there until I am able to finish my degree and God moves us somewhere else. But, for the time being, I am finishing up my classes here, and our family is getting ready for the big move. Moving is difficult for us after having been in our home here for so many years, but we are excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.

This is just a quick summation of what has happened since I last wrote, and there is much more to tell, but I am going to wrap this up for now, and I will try to write more about the details later in the coming days and weeks. For now, here are some prayer requests if you would like to pray for us (we deeply appreciate all your prayers):

  • That we would keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and continue to follow Him where He leads.
  • That God would help us sell things we need to sell, and provide for our financial needs.
  • That He would help us get our house ready to be rented, and bring us good renters.
  • That God would provide a good, and inexpensive, home for us up north.
  • And, for safe travels as we move north, and beyond.

Thank you, and please let us know if there is anything you would like prayer for.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

A belated happy new year to everyone!

We have been attending a missions conference all week and it has been a wonderful time of hearing what is happening around the world, and getting to meet some great people.