Today marks the midway point of my first Greek class. It runs 14 weeks with this week being a one week break. Most 3 credit hour courses are only 7 weeks in duration, but the language courses are extended due to the quantity of material and the special challenges associated with language learning.
From here on out, it only gets more difficult. Not only will the material get more complex, but I need to add another class to my schedule. In order to maintain the Timothy Scholarship, I have to complete 15 credit hours minimally per school year. Last year, that meant taking 4 classes during the fall and spring semesters and then one more in the summer session that went through June while we were busy traveling for our home assignment. That was a tremendous challenge.
With Cameron hoping to attend college next summer and needing time to get acclimated to life in the USA and all that this means for him, we probably will need to go up once again for the summer. We still have over half of our supporting churches to visit, so I also expect more road trips to fit in more home assignment responsibilities.
To avoid taking a class while traveling, I will need to take Greek II over 14 weeks starting in January along with 2 more classes of 7 week lengths. I do not know how I will manage it all, but I will have to figure it out. I will appreciate not needing to take a class while traveling, so I can focus on our communication and enjoy the fellowship without the preoccupation of reading and writing papers, etc.
I need to check with Bethel Baptist as to the balance in my scholarship matching fund. I do believe I will need a few hundred dollars by December in order to meet that need. I share this in genuine humility, but so far I have earned A’s in all 5 classes (including a 100% for my summer class!), and I have reached week 7 with over a 99% in Greek. God has certainly blessed my studies! Knowing others have invested financially in my efforts has been a real motivation to do my best.
I appreciate your prayers and contributions as I continue studying and deepening my understanding of God’s word and strengthen my abilities to minister to others and to serve Him in doing so. Without a doubt these studies have helped me. They are about to become much more difficult, and it may not be possible to earn the highest marks possible, but my focus is on the learning. The grades are nice, but they do not mean anything if I am not learning and applying what I am learning. There is much to be done here, and so many lives that need the Lord!
How I honor and respect you for your industry and commitment (and brains). You are a faithful servant, wholly committed to serving with all your heart, soul and mind. You spur me on. I will continue to pray for you. >
Thanks for your encouraging words and prayers, Jon. I am humbled and undeserving of them, but grateful nonetheless. God is good.