Fall 2022 Update

Dear Hope Family, 

Greetings in the name of our crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ! 

This is a quick update to let you know I passed Greek with flying colors. Praise God!! Now for the “real work”. Fall classes began September 6. I have a full schedule with Gospels I, New Testament Greek Readings, Church History I, Liturgics I, and Dogmatics I. 

In addition to my classes, I have Field Education. Fieldwork, as students call it, involves being assigned to a local church to participate in the life of the church. I will be helping with services and possibly a Sunday school or confirmation class; basically, learning the ropes of the pastor’s job. This past Sunday, October 2, I was installed as a Fieldworker at Faith Lutheran Church, Churubusco, IN. It certainly was a strange feeling to wear a “collar”. The photo of Jeanette and I (below) was taken after the service for the newsletter. 

This class load keeps me very busy and feeling overwhelmed many days. I know that the only way I am progressing through this journey is prayers from those lifting me up to the Lord. I am excited that you have joined me on this journey and will be praying for me; God knows I need your prayers! Thank you again for your support and prayers. 

The Peace of Jesus be upon you, 



Summer 2022 Update

Dear Hope Family,


I am grateful and humbled by your prayers, generosity, and adoption.  I received the $750 gift in my account, which helped me to cover my health insurance premium for July.  It is greatly appreciated and timely.  What a blessing it is to work together to fulfill Mathew 9:37-38; “Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”


As far as my journey is going, I am exactly halfway through Summer Greek.  Wow is it intense.  I have class beginning at 7:30AM Monday-Friday for 3 hours (4 on Tue/Thurs) and spend the rest of the day doing homework, studying, and helping my classmates.  I come home around 5:00PM for a supper break then study again from 7PM-10PM.  It is exhausting but rewarding with only five more weeks to go..  I have never formerly learned a foreign language before and was apprehensive about this class.  However, it appears God has blessed me with a knack for learning other languages (or at least Greek…we will have to see how Hebrew goes) as I am doing quite well up to this point. I pray this trend continues. I find it very exciting to open the Greek New Testament and be able to read it in the original language.    


Now, as you may have already concluded from my schedule, Jeanette has become a “Greek Widow”.  If she asks me about doing this or that, I say, “Let’s talk in September.”  She is keeping herself busy with the two grandchildren and their parents that live here in Fort Wayne.  Speaking of grandchildren, we are now up to five with number six due at the end of November.  The other three live in Huntsville, AL so we do not get to see them as often.  Oh, Jeanette is doing a gut-and-remodel of her dad’s bathroom too. Busy, busy 😊


I look forward to sending future updates (and maybe a visit) as our journey together continues.  Thank you again for your support!


ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ Ἰησοῦ,

(The peace of Jesus)