Imagine! I had time to work on my class material before class started and still kept the “normal” 8-5 office hours this past week!
I am enjoying having a lot of new staff around. We are finally able to spread out some of the work load a little better. I think I have a good start on the Basic Work Habits class that began today. Yes, I did mean today. We did it again. Started classes on Labor Day.
Staff retreat is history for another year. It was a busy but profitable time. We had 20 staff at the height of attendance (different groups came at different times). It was helpful and encouraging to get to know the rest of my “team” a little better. Pictured here (coming soon) are staff who serve full time, part time, with IBC, and on-loan from other agencies, on campus, and one who serves in Albuquerque, teaching extension classes. The current staff members come from Alaska, Australia, Germany, Korea, Hawaii, and other states in the U.S., including two Native tribes.
We have 8 new students, fewer than we thought were going to come. We’ll have a newsletter out soon, Lord willing, and will introduce you to them all with their photos and prayer requests. I don’t know for sure how many returning students we have. Guess nobody knows for sure till probably tomorrow.
I now have a house mate for at least a month. Julie comes from Australia so I have the privilege of learning a bit about living “down under.” I wonder who will influence who more in terms of accent?! She is on loan from Pioneers to IBC while her team assembles. She hopes to eventually work on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, probably one of the hardest places in the U.S.
Prayer requests this time are:
- wisdom for staff and faculty as we teach, interact with, and mentor these precious people (I won’t need to be mentoring this semester with all the additional staff . . .)
- God’s provision of the finances to completely pay off the newest acquisition, a building for administrative offices.
- wisdom for expansion plans as the student body isn’t quite as large as we anticipated.
- God’s grace and blessing on Julie and my relationship as we share living space for a time.
Thank you so much, faithful friends and co-laborers. May God bless you this fall!