From Bryan and Jennifer Jurkowski
What is it like living in a dorm with 39 teenagers and 6 twenty somethings? It’s like the Charles Dickens line, “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
GRADUATION is June 16th so everything in the dorm is looking toward the finish. Now the dorm becomes more like an Army experience than a high school experience. Starting this Saturday all students will have to live out of a suitcase with a sparkling clean room for the last week of school. We will all, students and staff, start to clean the dorm similar to an Army barracks inspection. Try that with your teenagers. It’s hard but these students learn a sense of discipline that most teenagers don’t get to experience.
THE SENIORS, actually all the students, are living with emotions running high thinking of leaving their dorm brothers and sisters behind. When you live in a dorm for several years everyone becomes like family and it’s hard to say goodbye. We are the same, having to say goodbye to students, but especially to our RA’s who we have not only worked with us but lived with for three years. These young twenty somethings are pursuers of Jesus and have seen the best and worst of us and we of them. Living with such awesome young adults gives us a renewed hope of the younger generation.
On a PERSONAL NOTE I (Bryan) have developed Osteoarthritis of my left hip and it affects my entire left leg. It is usually painful to walk. I have seen two doctors and will need to see another MD in the US to find pain management and how it can be treated. German doctors are known for not giving out pain medicine and they want me to take physical therapy and learn to live with the constant pain. The physical therapist would have me walk with a cane for I have a permanent limp. For the first time in my life my body seems broken, learning pain management and life changes. I am sure that the Lord knew this and that that this is not a curse upon me but a blessing. I have just not yet realized his blessings upon me in this.
This has been a hard year in many ways for both of us. Yet, we would not trade it for it has also been one of the most rewarding years of our lives.
WHEN SCHOOL ENDS we will Immediately go on a vacation to to rest my hip and leg before we have to fly back to the USA and begin the search for medical help and jobs. If you know of any good opportunities for work both in and out of ministry and teaching just send us an email.
THANK YOU! For those that have supported us financially – you are awesome If you could continue to support us to the end of September it would be great as we get a salary from our mission to the end of September. Then we are off a paycheck and will live on savings until we find work.
For the many who have prayed for us – Thanks! Here are some last prayer requests
- To close out the dorm, that all would go well and Bryan would be survive the work
- For Bryan’s Osteoarthritis. For wisdom in how to live with it and treat itt.
- For safe travels, we have a long journey to Vietnam (it’s a long story why there) then fly to the USA. The travels will be hard on Bryan’s hip.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS
Blessed be His Name
Bryan and Jennifer Jurkowski
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