Well, I finished my first week of class today. We took our test on hermeneutics this morning and I think I did OK. It wasn’t too hard, but as soon as I say that…
Anyway, while I could bore you with all the details about what I did, learned and studied this week, I’ve been more amazed by something else…so I’d like to tell you about some of the people I met this week.
I have been amazed and humbled by my classmates that I’ve met who’ve come from all walks of life and have sacrificed much to be here. Here’s just a few: Brent is married with two kids and drives to the seminary everyday from Battle Creek - one hour one way; Henry is here from Canada with his wife and three kids and used to be an auto mechanic; Dirk who is married with an infant daughter quit his job working with is Dad in plumbing and heating to enroll here; Jane is here from Nova Scotia with her husband and high school aged son; Ezra is here from Korea with his wife and three kids working nights as nurse and going to school during the day; Brent (another one) gave up his job with the City of Wyoming to enroll full-time at seminary; an Tess is here from Nigeria and does not plan to see his family for three years until he’s done with school.
Hearing their stories and so many more like them has been very humbling for me. It’s amazing who (and when) the Lord calls. It’s going to be wonderful to learn from and study with them all. I feel privileged to be here and continue to see more and more that God really doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. And that’s why all of us here together – to become equipped – for such a time as this.
So, yes, it was a good week in the classroom. But it was an even better one getting to meet and learn about my fellow seminarians.