Many of you know that I’m in transition mode right now. I just finished a wonderful school year teaching Second Grade at a school in Fayetteville, NC. The Lord is good, and even with my failings/struggles, the kids learned a lot, and I learned a lot from them. I packed up my classroom and left the day after school let out. My students were sort of clingy the last week of school. They were sad about me leaving and I was too, but they will be third graders next fall, and will love their new teacher. I drove away with a very full car, and have moved back to my parent’s place, until July.
You may be wondering why I left, and this is why: I have a wonderful ministry opportunity to teach in Sydney, Australia for two years. I haven’t posted anything in regards to this in a long time, but plans are under way. Time is in the Lord’s hands. I was reading Ecclesiastes that last week of school. There is a season for everything. (Chapter 3) This is a new season in my life. I’m excited but also scared. Australia is a long way away.
I applied months ago for a visa, and found out that I need a background check to prove that I had no criminal activity during my time growing up in Canada. So I applied by mail. I found out in early May that mail-in requests take four months. After much deliberation, long distance phone calls, prayer and tears I contacted friends in Quebec, bought tickets to fly up to Canada in order to make a request for the background check in person. I was electronically scanned for fingerprints. It can still take a long time, but at least by doing it in person I’d know the request was made, and my forms aren’t lost in a pile somewhere.
I’m writing this in the Burlington Vermont Airport. I flew up to VT Saturday afternoon. A college friend came and took me to Montreal. I was able to stay with a gracious Haitian lady for three nights there. I got to use my French again for church services, and see friends. Monday we braved the metro and downtown Montreal to make my request for the background check. I was told to expect it to take several weeks. I’m praying that it will be much quicker. I know RCMP has it now, while the mail-in request could have been lost. Early this morning my friend took me on the metro to catch a bus back to Burlington. And here I am waiting for my flight back to Dixie (North Carolina). Proverbs 3:5-7 The Lord has perfect plans, I wish I knew why I made this trip up… but God does! It wasn’t as expensive as it could have been, but I do feel like I’ve been a lot of trouble to many folks.
Some other bits of news: My sister Meg, and brother-in-law Duncan Johnson are moving up to Alberta, Canada to help in a Bible college there, and hopefully find a job to stay. Besides the move, my sister is expecting a baby come November. They had the ultrasound recently and baby Johnson seems to be doing fine! 🙂 “Auntie Beth” is really excited, and hoping to come back to this side of the world early January. I’ve started making a cream colored baby afghan to celebrate a coming niece or nephew.
Praises from the last few days and weeks:
- Great school year, thanks to the Lord and my coworkers who were willing to encourage a rookie teacher.
- My students were a creative, energetic group and I learned a lot of about life from them. I was privileged to lead two of my girls to the Lord, and prayed with two others. What an awesome thing to see the Lord change hearts.
- My sister’s baby is coming!
- I’m so grateful I found cheap flights to Vermont that were daylight hours that would ease my Dad’s concern for me being by myself in remote parking lots.
- Even if they couldn’t make exceptions for me, or help me do the request from stateside, everyone I have spoken with either in Australia, Canada or the USA has been gracious and understanding with my strange dilemma.
- Wonderful lady to stay with for the few days in Montreal.
- Friend who helped with rides to and around Montreal and the cheap bus back.
- It was a wonderful time to see friends in Canada I won’t see again for a long time.
- Most importantly I was reminded that the Lord is my Shepherd, and has a perfect timetable/plan for my life.
Prayer Request: That the paperwork would go through quickly so I can get to Australia within a reasonable amount of time to adjust a bit before school starts late July.
Love in Christ, Beth:)