Sunday, June 30, 2013
Family Update—Marlayna’s mom, Irene, came to visit for the last 2 weeks of the school year. With all the yearend activities going on, we were very thankful to have her support us in caring for Elleazah. Irene and Elleazah had a great time together while we finished final exams, helped lead Senior Trip, Senior Banquet, and attend graduation. We will be heading back to Colombia at the beginning of July to: 1. Take 4 weeks of intensive Spanish training and 2. Begin the process of adopting a Colombian child. Please pray that the Spanish training will be fruitful and that the Lord will guide our steps in the adoption process.
·The Lord has brought new staff to fulfill roles of Bible, English, Science, Electives, and Chaplain. The needs at ECA next school year are still for Middle School Computers and Middle & High School Math.
· There will be a few newly married couples coming to ECA this fall. God has placed it on our hearts to facilitate a book study with them using Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller as they begin their new life together on the mission field.
· Steve and another married couple who teach at ECA will focus on creating a support system for new students, with special emphasis on MKs and their challenges with transition to a new culture.
· Marlayna’s role might be similar to this year, teaching both Health & Biology, or she will teach only one class, depending on our options for childcare. Since all the students she was discipling have left ECA, she hopes to begin new relationships with 1-2 students this next fall. She is also praying about the possibility of mentoring new teachers, since she is considered a veteran teacher.
· Steve will be advising the 7th grade class (Steve has done a small group with the boys in that grade for the past two years). We are prayerfully considering if we are going to do a high school small group and be a high school adviser.
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