Dear family and friends,
It is a beautiful day here in Sanford, Florida. It is one of those nice autumn days where you don’t have to be reminded of why you enjoy living in Central Florida. It was 68 degrees this afternoon. According to the weather report it will only get down to 61 degrees tonight. The sky has been overcast all day, but I saw the sun peeking out from behind the clouds as I started to write this letter.
The school year seems to be whizzing by. My fifth grade students are all wonderful kids and I am thankful for the opportunity the Lord has given me to be involved in their lives during this school year. I have already planned out this coming week of school. My students will have both English and spelling tests on Thursday. On Friday we are taking a field trip to St. Augustine. One day last summer Brad and I went to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and found it extremely interesting. It was then that I decided that it would make an educational and fun field trip for my students. The park commemorates the 1513 arrival of Ponce de Leon in Florida and the legend of the Fountain of Youth. This makes it the nation’s oldest city which was established 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and 42 years before Jamestown. This park does an excellent job at presenting the different cultural backgrounds of the Europeans and the native Tumucuans. We will also get to observe a cannon shooting, trace the routes of different Portuguese and French explorers, and learn how the early sailors used the stars to navigate their ships.
Before leaving the park we will have to be sure to taste water from the spring. Who could pass up a sip from the Fountain of Youth? Later in the day we will stop by Fort Matanzas. We will find out about coquina and how it was used to build the walls of the fort. I have downloaded a scavenger hunt with many items that the students will try to find within the confines of this small fort. I know that my students are already looking forward to the many things that they are going to see and learn about Florida history in these two locations not all that far from where we live. What a great way to learn Florida history for these young Floridians!
Brad continues to do all the things that the finance manager needs to do to keep on top of things here at NTM Homes. This includes paying the bills for the building materials that are needed around our center. Earlier this year after we were able to occupy the new chapel, work began on a big renovation project. The old chapel is being remodeled into 6 more rooms in the assisted living facility. The work has been slowly progressing but will speed up now that the “snowbirds” have begun arriving from the cold northern states and Canada. The walls have all been framed and sheet rock has been hung. Great progress has been made on the air conditioning ducts, plumbing, and electrical. There is still plenty more to do before the rooms are ready for the residents. We have a number of retired residents here on the property that are still living independently in the duplexes, but really need to be where they can have more supervision. As soon as the rooms are completed, they will immediately be occupied by these older saints. I will insert a side note here. One of the big celebration events that takes place around here are the 90th birthday parties. Brad and I attended yet another one a couple of weeks ago. These are folks that we have grown to know and love over our years of service here at the retirement homes.
Praise items that we want to share with you:
- God is good!
- We are both in good health.
- God continues to meet our financial needs month by month and day by day.
- We enjoy our church friends at the small church that we attend in Orange City.
- We are thankful that we live in a free country where we can worship God where and however we choose.
- Missionaries are deep into language and culture study all around the globe.
- The gospel is going out and being presented to people who have never heard the good news before this time. There are many interesting stories on the NTM website.
- People are responding to the gospel and placing their trust in Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary.
- I, Wanda need God’s wisdom as I prepare and teach the many subjects during my school day (Bible, English, history, spelling, and math).
- My students are individuals who have various strengths and weaknesses in the different subjects. Some are performing above grade level and others are struggling to keep up. I need to be creative in guiding each and every student in their academic journey.
- I also desire to help build character in the lives of my students. I fully realize that this is a work of the Holy Spirit. It takes God’s wisdom to know when to say something and when to remain silent.
- Brad keeps busy in the office. He needs to be accurate in all that he does. He also needs to be able to quickly find mistakes when things don’t balance or some other problem comes up.
- Brad has been helping with an organizational project in the garage when he has some “spare” time on his hands. His job experience at an automotive store years ago is coming in handy.
We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in this job of world evangelization.
By His grace,
Wanda (and Brad) Hull