I realize it’s been a little while since I last sent anything out, but things have settled a bit since then, so I figured it was time for another update.
First things first, I’m still going to RVA. My leaving date has been set for next July. While that is a while from now, it does give me more time to get my funding together. It also gives me the opportunity to spend some more time with family here in the States than I would otherwise have had.
Secondly, as I mentioned, things have settled. I’ve found somewhere to live, and I’ve found a new job that’s within a reasonable driving distance (as my previous one would no longer have been). I’m working in the frame shop at a Hobby Lobby—something I did several years ago, so I know what I’m doing, more or less. Between cutting glass and a particularly savage tape dispenser, I’ve been running through a lot of Band-Aids, but it’s a step up from constantly washing dishes and being covered in peach syrup. The hours are better too, and I get to sit down every now and then, so I’m calling it a win.
So, work is going well, the housing situation is going well, and things in general seem to be evening out. My Sunday School girls have all moved up to Jr. High, and this group is smaller, so Paige and I are able to interact with them a little more closely. I got to take a trip to San Antonio the other week with a friend and have some fun, and last week my brothers and I went to see 1.5 million bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge at sunset. (It’s an Austin attraction, apparently, which, like Austin, is a little weird, but fun to watch.) Instead of just living ahead for going to Kenya, which would be easy enough to do, I’m making the effort to really engage in where I am while I’m here. I figure God wanted me to hang around for a reason, so I should make the most of it.
As always, prayers are still appreciated. I’ve still got a way to go on my fundraising, even though I have a lot more time to do it. I’ve got new work-place politics to get figured out (always fun). Thanks for keeping me in your prayers, and for all the support you’ve given me so far.