"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Yes, I'm still alive. It's been an insanely busy couple of weeks, and it's just going to get busier.
Good news ... it looks like we've sold our house. Closing is on for August 19. The movers come on August 15. The floors of the new house are being refinished. Robin and I painted the living room and first stairwell on Saturday morning. Things are starting to take shape. Did I mention we now have central air conditioning!!!
It's strange thinking of moving. We've lived in one house for 8 years. It just doesn't register that seven days from now, we'll be somewhere else. It's going to be really hard on the boys ... especially Schroedter. He doesn't do transition well and this is certainly the biggest transition he's ever had to deal with.
Kate (our intern for this year) arrives on Saturday and starts work next week. That's really the beginning of the year. We've got so many great students coming back and we've had a ton of interest from freshmen ... it's going to be a fantastic year. The student leadership has already been working planning lots of stuff and we're so far ahead of where we usually are this time of year. You can see a lot of it by checking out the ECM website.
We're also raising $150,000 to pay off the house, pay for renovations and establish a fund for future maintenance and renovations and build up the Julia fun. We're also tithing 10% of everything donated to our outreach ministries. You can check out the progress of the campaign (and add your name to the list of donors!) here.
We've got some good before pictures of the house, which I'll post soon (I hope). Hopefully they'll be some even better after ones soon, too!
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."