TO THE CHURCH:
I reported to Erskine Seminary on February 5, 2003. The first day was orientation. Paul Johnson and Ann and Pam Scholtens drove me there. They helped me go through the orientation. It was a real busy day for us. They ensured that all matters pertaining to my settlement in the seminary were addressed.
The last 8 weeks have been a real time of adjustment. It was a time to interact with new people. Kristi and Mandi Curtiss have been of great help. They introduced me to their friends. Whenever I had a problem, I've called upon the them and they were very ready to assist or help. Tim Erskine has also visited me a couple of times. Whenever we were together, he introduced me to new people in the locality (i.e. professors, coaches, workers, you name it). We have had prayer meetings together. This man is good and has been of a great blessing and encouragement to me.
I'm currently taking 12 credit hours. Among the courses that I am taking are:
- Bible Survey
- Christian Worship
- Principles of Exegesis
- An Independent Course in Theology
These courses demand a lot of time and energy. There are a lot of assignments and papers to write. A lot of reading. I thank God that I've been able to cope with this much work I've been able to do all my assignments, tests and papers and handed them over to my professors on time.
I really longed for spring break because I wanted to come home, rest and relax a bit. Moreover, I longed to see my brothers and sisters at Mars Hill Church. It was a real blessing to attend service last week, join my Sunday school and attend a prayer meeting with the prayer warriors. Participating in these activities made me feel renewed inwardly. I'm looking forward to men of the church Bible study on Saturday and the Sunday service. That will conclude my spring break and on Sunday I will be gone.
Before I forget. During spring break I was able to attend my dental appointment. My teeth were cleaned and one was pulled out. You can be sure that they are cleaner and whiter than before. Thanks to Pam and Ann who drove me to attend to my appointments. Lots of thanks to Dr. Rambo who made the arrangement for that expensive and important exercise. (Dr. Thomas Garvin and his hygienist donated all their services to take care of Humphrey!)
Finally, I request the church to remember me and lift me up before God for the remaining part of the semester. For without God, I can do nothing. Thank you all for your love, prayers and encouragement. You are my joy and crown.
Yours in Christ,