I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us – yes(!) …
We came back to Canada to reconnect with supporters and family but with the intention of returning to Thailand to continue the work we were called to do there. We just found out that our mission group has given us our financial and medical clearance to go. We praise God. We are all healthy and we have the funds we need to leave.
We had several questions with regards to Evan and Eric and where they’ll be after we leave. Evan is graduating in two weeks and will look for work here. Eric is returning to school in the fall and had been looking for work. Both are now set to leave for a Christian camp north of Dryden, Ontario. They will work there as camp counsellors from June to August. The camp is run by volunteers and the camp’s counsellors usually raise their own funds to live and work there. In our sons' cases, one of our supporters generously offered to not just pay for their living expenses but to generously give money to them so that at the end of their time there, they’ll have earnings. The first time we heard the proposition; we all looked at one another and wondered why anyone would want to do that. We realized it could only be God and prayed for them to be accepted. Last week, they were notified of their acceptance.
Evan was blessed by not one, but two awards, for his studies at his college. Recommended by their college's faculty, he made it to the list of 2011-2012’s Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. His other award was a result of being voted by the students. Both awards had to do with his academic achievements and extra curricular work in the college's community. We are thrilled and super proud of him. Evan and I were actually type chatting on Skype when he told me about the Who’s Who award and I misunderstood and told him that I believed he would make it on the list at some point in his life. He then told me he was already on the list! I know only God can make that happen. The Lord is too good and kind. We also know that his awards will increase his employability. Yay!
Eric will need to be taken to his new, small college in Ottawa (with a student population of only 20-25/year). His getting there has been a prayer concern for us since neither Eng nor I will be here to take him. Miraculously, our doctor’s son was also accepted at the same college and they are willing to take Eric with them when they go in September. That exchange of information was done in the hallway in between appointments so it could only be God-orchestrated. The Lord is just too brilliant in His orchestrations! Also, Eric will finish his one-year Liberal Arts program in mid-April next year and since school doesn’t finish for us until June 1st, it would be very difficult to take the time to come back here and attend his closing ceremony. Again, God doing what He does, He already laid it in our friend’s heart, whose daughter just finished the same program, to attend the closing ceremony. When I visited her, she declared that she would also love to be Eric’s surrogate parent. Eric is welcome to go there during holidays and school breaks. They’re also willing to lend all the books that her daughter used for her year at the college. Now Eric has a ride, books, and a family he can go home to, if he wants to, and one that will also proudly represent us when he finishes next year. =)
Yes, we do praise the Lord for all that He has done for us: His kindnesses and His glorious deeds. How can we not love Him and be so grateful?