A lot has happened since our Summer newsletter. We moved into a lovely house in the Midlands, re-joined the staff team at The King’s Lodge, went on holiday to Norfolk and had lots of little day trips including seeing the Kiley family (Mike has been friends with them since high school) in London for the day. What a treat!
Since the start of September, Mike has been staffing the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) at The King’s Lodge , a nine-month school which involves in-depth reading and study of every book in the Bible. There are 26 trainees and 7 staff from 17 nations! He is thoroughly enjoying the school – especially the privilege of personally encouraging and guiding the trainees. He grades the trainees work, attends numerous meetings throughout the week, leads the week occasionally, coordinates transportation and trainee work duties, and will be teaching 1&2 Timothy at the end of the month. The work is intense and time-consuming but well worth the effort because nothing is better than seeing people grow in their understanding of God.
I am loving my time as a full-time mom. Emily is full of energy and keeps me on my toes! As we go through the joys of the terrific and terrible twos, I find myself so grateful for the community around me who support and love me. There are many families with children around Emily’s age who live at The King’s Lodge, so I don’t have to go very far for a listening ear and a cup of tea! Emily and I stay very busy with various baby groups, play dates, dancing classes, and special times together at home (as well as lots of coffee-shop chats with my friends). She loves going to the zoo which is just down the road from us, and astounded this past weekend when we went to the Peak District as she climbed over rocks without breaking a sweat! Definitely her father’s child in that regard!
SBS trainees doing group work
On holiday in Norfolk
With the Kileys in London
This season will be a lot quieter for us than previous years, with Mike focusing on the SBS until next summer. We don’t have any international trips planned and will be spending Christmas together here in the UK. Mike will get two weeks off at Christmas so we are looking forward to exploring the area more, getting some rest, and starting some of our own traditions – trying to merge 3 cultures and 2 family’s traditions to make our own!
May you have a wonderful Autumn/Fall/Spring (depending on where you are when you read this!) and a Blessed Christmas season with friends, family and loved ones.
– For the SBS – that Mike would be effective as staff and teach 1&2 Timothy well
– for Emily to keep growing and learning and thriving
– For health for all of us as we enter the cold and flu season.
– For more financial and prayer supporters (We do not receive a salary and raise all our own personal support)