Yes, it’s true! I am so excited to finally share with you our next step. We have prayed, we have planned, we have worked hard (okay, Brian has worked hard), and now it seems almost surreal to say, but we are going. Well, that is if we have no problem getting our visas and all the other multitude of details that have to take place in the next couple of months.
We had come to the point that we really didn’t think it was going to be possible. Brian had been accepted at several really great places, but financially we just didn’t think we were going to be able to do it.
Then we found out that Brian was offered a partially funded scholarship! There are still many financial weights that we have to carry ourselves, but this made it significantly more possible. We knew it was now or never, and we really couldn’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers. Sometimes the right thing to do is to jump out into the unknown.
No, we don’t know how all the details will work out. Honestly, sometimes I’m afraid about the unknowns. Excited, but still afraid and overwhelmed. I’m scared to share this even, because what if something happens and we don’t get to go? We’re confidently moving forward, doing our best to make the best possible decisions for our family, and trusting God to lead us each step of the way.
This fall, Brian will begin his research and writing for a PhD in history at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He will be studying Reformation Era church history combining his love of history and theology. Our hope is that having this opportunity to study with some great scholars, to research and write in the land where much of the history he is studying took place, and to further his academic qualifications will be for the benefit of society as a whole as well as to the Church in particular.
We still have many financial and logistical things to work through. Please pray that all the pieces will fall into place. We’re excited that God is giving our family this opportunity.
On a personal level we are very excited to give our family an experience living in another country, and we are also excited to be on the same side of the ocean as my parents for the first time ever. It’s not exactly next door, but close enough.
In case you’re wondering how old St Andrews is, it was established in 1413. The term that Brian begins will mark its 600th year. Yeah, that’s pretty amazing.
And now, I’m sorting, throwing, selling things, and generally trying to scale back our belongings.
It’s going to be a crazy, wild, wonderful ride.