A New Beginning (I think I already used this title before, but it fits here as well)

Well if you are a Facebook friend of mine you’ve probably heard the news. If you’re not, then today you get to hear the news.

I’ve accepted a teaching position for next school year. I’m the newest teacher at Triad Baptist Christian Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina. Where is Kernersville, you ask? Well it’s in between Winston-Salem, NC and Greensboro, NC. (I understand if you’re from the area, you just call it Winston, not Winston Salem.) Next year I’ll be teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math, as well as a combined 6/7 boys PE class, and a combined 8/9 boys PE class. Let’s go Titans.

The amazing thing, and I use that term to imply that God is in control, not that it’s happened by coincidence, is that after I had made contact with the school about a possible job opportunity, one of the families here at RVA came up to me and said, “Hey, my parents attend the church that sponsors the school. Do you want us to put in a good word for you.” Me, “Yep!!!” I currently have their daughter in my 7th grade Math class.

Triad Baptist Church, the school is off to the left and back behind the sanctuary.

Then, and again this would be another God thing not a coincidence, the day I accepted the teaching position and made the announcement here at RVA that I had a job, a different one of the families here at RVA came up to me and said, “Hey, we have a house for rent that is about a 20-minute drive away from your school. Are you interested in renting it cheap?” Me, “Yep!!!” The nice thing is that the house comes with stove, fridge, washer, and dryer, so that’s nice.

My home rental. Small, but nice.
Car not included, but see below

Then, another God thing, my Mom and Dad decide, “Hey, we need to upgrade our car. Do you want our old car?” Me, “Yep!!!”

So within a couple of days, I now have a job, a place to live, and a vehicle to complete the trifecta. Who says God doesn’t take care of his children?

Now the hard part begins. Transitioning away from RVA to North Carolina. Making decisions about what to bring back from Kenya, and what to leave here is going to be tough. Most of my furniture I’ve already sold (I’m still using it and will until I leave in July), or I’m giving it away (my couch is 30+ years and not worth selling), so that’s taken care of, but I do have a bunch of smaller things that I’d like to bring back to the States with me. And I have a cat, which I have no idea what I’m going to do with.

I’m planning on arriving back in the US on July 19th (give or take a day) and need to be in North Carolina by August 1 (when my job actually starts), so it will be a very quick week and a half to get things organized for a move. Most of what I own right now will be in suitcases I’ve brought with me, and I’ll just throw them into a U-haul or something like that. Once in NC, I’ll have to pick up some other furniture (most importantly a bed) to fill out the house. Pray that the transition goes smoothly.

Well I’m sure there is more that I could write, but at least for today, this is where I’ll end. Here are a couple of prayer requests for you to lift before the throne.

  • Pray that this term at RVA will finish well.
  • Pray for transition, not only for me, but for all the staff that are getting ready for home assignments, new jobs, new locations, etc.
  • Pray for RVA’s Senior class, as they also transition from Africa to universities all over the world.
  • Continue to pray that the rains come. The communities around us need the rain to provide for their food.

Shalom,

Dan

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