On October 28, we celebrated another milestone in our family. That was the date of Doug's graduation from Calvary Chapel's School of Ministry. He's been a student of the school since October of last year and graduated with 3 other American students and 3 Mexican students. Wa-HOO!!! Congratulations, Darling!!!
What a year! The students' schedule was grueling. Getting up at 5 a.m. for group prayer, classes from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. and an average of 10 pages (written, front and back) of homework, plus ministry activites and outreaches, cultural adaptaion, and "KP duty", made for some extremely busy, full, long days. Doug had the added challenge of living off-campus and being the head of the family, too. AND in the middle of the school year, he took a month off to build our house and move into it. Yep, we had a crazy year!!!
It was awesome that God provided a way for Doug to get Bible and leadership training. He's been leading our family for 16 years and we led youth group for about 4 years, but there's just something "special" about having a certificate to hang on the wall stating that, indeed, you've finished the course and earned the degree. It's something we could never have done in the States simply because of my lack of "marketable skills" -- my two areas of expertise are education and social work; neither of which earn enough to support a family of 8 and pay for seminary! Just one more way God confirmed His plan for us to live in Mexico! Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He will give the desires of your heart!!!