It's been a bit since the last post from Chicago. I think I'm going to keep this one shortish.
We spent a lot of time praying this summer for the "next step". About a month ago it looks like we got an answer. I (John) am going back to school. We realized that either we were going to accept a temp. job offer that took us into February, or apply to schools in a hurry. It created a moment of clarity where going to school definitely was the choice that pushed me further towards developing the abilities God has given me, which I hope to use as a blessing to the world around me.
What is very cool is that after deciding to go to school, I told Laura that I didn't think I should apply to a bunch of schools, that we should pray and trust the Lord to show us the right one. The next thing I did was, on a whim, double check the majors offered by Fort Lewis College, a small state school in Durango, CO. What do you know, they have a brand new engineering major that didn't even exist the last time I was researching schools in Colorado. Long story short, I'm in, should be registered for classes soon, and Lord willing will leave in about two weeks to start settling in.
From an e-mail I just sent to a church in Durango, "Please pray that we would have peace throughout the move and especially that the Lord would provide a community of believers for us. We are praying that the Lord would reveal his plan for housing and employment that provides a foundation for everyday ministry in hospitality and dynamic service to the people that come into our lives."
John and Laura