It was an exciting day on campus as students gathered back in for the beginning of the January term. Long before 8:00 AM, students began filling the chairs in the classroom that had been empty yesterday. Today, it was a room that seemed to be full of anticipation. It was really a new experience for many of us in various ways. Many of the students in the class are first year students, and this is their very first class at the seminary. I count it a special privilege to invest in the lives of these students and to get to be a part of helping to give them a foundation for the remainder of their schooling and life beyond.
It was a difficult day here with the Internet, but I was so grateful to be able to instant message with my family this evening. It brought tears of joy to my eyes to be able to interact with them. I was also able to enjoy playing a new board game (“King of Tokyo” I think?) with the missionaries. The Lord continues to give us special moments each day, and there is a deep sense of our own growth taking place through this time. Thank you for your continued prayer for me and my family, and for your encouraging comments.