Greetings from Bryan and Jennifer
THOUGHTS ON THE ELECTION AND OTHER THINGS. We want to stay in touch so here are some thoughts and what is happening with us.
1. ELECTION. I (Bryan) am old enough to have voted in every Presidential election since 1976 and kept my streak going this year too. I have learned to remember, whoever wins, that God is in control. My thought on this election is it does seem people are more partisan than ever before. I remember my dad who was a life-long democrat (only Republican he voted for was Ronald Reagan) and our neighbor who was a Republican could have a beer and talk about the election as close friends. I am not sure that is done much anymore. We live in a world with less kindness toward others that believe differently than us.
2. OUR PALM DORM GIRLS – We have in our dorm twenty one girls coming from all over. They come from both western and eastern Europe, central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, even Africa. Hearing their stories and the stories of their parents always helps us to see the bigger picture of what God is doing in ALL the world. God is still active and working all over the world. It is so encouraging to see this first hand through our girls and their families. Without a doubt the hardest part of leaving Germany will be leaving these girls who have become such a dear part of our lives.
3. NORMANDY – We took a very short trip over to Normandy to visit the historic D-day landing sites. My dad landed on Utah Beach 4 weeks after D Day and then fought through the Normandy hedgerows and then across France so I always wanted to see the sites. The cemeteries were most moving for us. Rows upon rows of young men who gave their all. Everyone has different thoughts when you go to such a place, for me it was these men were heroes and gave their all. What am I giving myself for?
4. WHAT IS NEXT FOR US – We are applying for teaching positions at an International school in Thailand that also serves the missionary community. If accepted we will commit to two years there as teachers. I, Bryan, will teach Religious studies and Jennifer will teach in the elementary school. It’s a school like the one here only larger and primarily to missionary children from Asia. It operates on the same principle as BFA; in order to keep costs down for mission families, staff is required to raise support. If that door closes, we would come back to the USA and look for work there. However, we have put it before the Lord that if He would have us back in the USA now, then he would either close the door to the school in Thailand or show us an opportunity in the USA now. So if anyone knows of a Church looking for a pastor or a different work opportunity back in the USA let us know. If there is no door open in the USA then we plan on going to Thailand for two years to teach missionary kids there. Why move to Asia? 1) the cost of living is so much less, 2) we would be closer to one of our children 3) we would continue to serve the missionary community by teaching their children.
5. PRAYER – We would love to have you pray for us and thank you for your support. However, If you have a prayer request, please email and let us know. We try to pray for all of our supporters on a regular basis, but if there are ever any special needs please email us and we will pray with you.
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Bryan and Jennifer