So I know it has been FOREVER since I posted anything so I'll catch you up with what's happened in my life over the past several months. I returned home on July 21 after I finished my year of teaching in China. I miss China a lot (especially certain foods) but am thankful to be home. I enrolled at BTSR (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond) and moved to Virginia after spending several weeks settling back into life in the USA. It was weird going back to Greenville with my parents not being there (they moved to South Dakota), but I received lots of love from friends and my church family.
I love living in Richmond and my classes are going very well. I'm learning a lot both in and out of the classroom. I've also started 2 new jobs which are going very well. One is at an adult literacy center. I work 16 hours a week answering phones and working in the office. My other job (although I think of it more as a blessing than a job) is as a youth minister in a small church. I started this past Sunday and am confident that the Lord is going to do amazing things with this youth group. I have really enjoyed getting to know them and am anxious to see what opportunities for ministry and service both within the church and community will open in the future. So between being a full time student and working over 30 hours a week I keep myself pretty busy. But I love every minute of it!