Thursday, April 26, 2007

Here is a simple update about what life has looked like lately.

  • I'm currently at JFK getting ready to board a plane to Philly to visit Eastern University this weekend.
  • Last weekend I started my new job at Ankeny Brothers Concessions. I sell hot dogs...well..mostly sausage.
  • I have been doing much homework and workwork to get ready for this trip.
I'm glad to have couple days away in a part of the country I've never stepped foot. I'm excited to meet people at Eastern and figure out if this is where I'm supposed to be.

Peace

Monday, April 16, 2007

My heart and prayers go out to the students and faculty of Virginia Tech and their families.

May God be with them during their pain and confusion...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Well, I guess I'll make the announcement on here and let the word dissipate from there--aka the 6 people that read my blog will now know what is going on in the life of the guy with a communist dictator for a blog title. Over the past month Melissa and I have been in discernment about what is next in life. She will be done with her graduate program at Willamette University and will have her teaching certificate in June. As we have anticipated her completion of that program we have also realized that means we need to ask the proverbial question... "What next?"

Well, as we have discussed it, prayed about it, played mini-golf and disc golf while dreaming about it, we have decided that it is time for me to pursue grad school.

"Where?" you ask. I was led to a program at Eastern University by a person I admire which deals with International Development from a Christian perspective. For a while I had been looking at many International Development programs at many schools but none seemed to quite address the issue in the holistic way that Eastern does. So I have applied for enrollment into their MBA program which focuses on Economic Development in the developing world, integrating current economic principles and practices to encourage community growth but also integrating faith and evangelism into the curriculum as well. It's a very unique program and seems to fit with many of my passions and goals.

Obviously this is not a done deal and I still need to get accepted and jump through all of those hoops, but it has been good so far to just be obedient and step out on a limb by applying, quitting one job in order to take some prerequisites, and flying out to visit the school.

Maybe this is what God has in store for Melissa and I, or maybe it's not. Either way I have already seen the growth that it has caused in myself and my marriage.

Oh, and did I mention... it's in Philadelphia.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Google has done it again...

I'm amazed at this new service offered by Google. Google has come up with some great stuff lately, but this one beats them all. If you are paying for internet you have to check it out. Really... I've already signed up!

Let me know what you think.