I am simply amazed at how fast this year has gone by. So much has happened, and there are still several months left! But the Lord has been gracious to me and my family, and we are thankful for his abundant provision and blessing.
My year began with a mission trip to Uganda. You can read my reflections about Uganda in an entry I wrote after my return. In many ways, my heart has remained in Uganda.
Nevertheless, I had one last semester to finish at seminary to graduate. My wife was also entering her third trimester of pregnancy with our fourth child. February to May breezed by, filled with activity and stress. By God's grace, we made it through this turbulent time. I technically received my M.Div. and my new daughter on the same day!
It was in the midst of all this busyness that my wife and I made a life changing decision. After much prayer and hearing wise counsel, we would serve Christ in Uganda. The need for biblical discernment and apologetics is so great in East Africa. Both of us have become deeply burdened for the body of Christ there.
However, if this was to become our future, much remained to work through after graduation. We needed to figure out the details about living and serving in Uganda. Then we had to develop a strategy to raise awareness and support. This process took longer than we expected—the months of June and July.
During this time, I also realized that my work situation would no longer fit our future plans. I didn't need the flexibility during the day to attend seminary; I now required free time on evenings and weekends to travel and speak about our ministry in Africa. Therefore, I found a new full-time IT job and dropped my two part-time jobs.
This brings us back to my blog. My new IT position does not have the down time for blogging that I used to have. Evenings are devoted to family and future mission preparation. With this in mind, I'm not sure what the future holds for The Reformed Baptist Thinker.
I do plan on continuing to post, but the frequency of my entries will likely be less and my focus will probably shift to more missions and international-related posts. I welcome any thoughts or questions that you have. Regardless, I hope this brief personal note helps you understand a little more fully the transition of my life and this blog.