We have been in the States now for a little under a month and it has been really amazing to see God’s hand in leading us and opening up opportunities for us. However coinciding with the blessings of God’s leading we were very saddened to hear of the death of one of the teenagers there in Romania. Stefan was a joy to be around and he will be sorely missed by everyone. Ruth and I were however encouraged to hear from Steve and Alice about how the Lord took this tragedy and brought about something beautiful. They told us of two preteen aged kids that purposely sought out Steve wanting to receive Christ in light of the events that took place. They also told us of the amazing opportunities they had to talk with people that were very open during this tragic time. We ask that you continue to pray for Stefan’s family, the church, and the teenagers there in Romania. We miss them and love them very much.
In coming to the States I really wanted to be able to go to school and learn a trade but we didn’t know how it would all work with getting a job and having the funds to even go to school. It’s been really amazing to see God answer those questions or worries that we had. As of this week I’m enrolled at Apollo Career Center in Lima(which is 30 minutes away). Starting the 18th of September I’ll be taking part in their Multi-Craft Industrial Technologies course which is 15 months long. In the course I’ll be learning a variety of skills that will prepare me to be a Maintenance technician. All of my classes will be in the evening from 6-10pm Monday-Thursday which will enable me to work either part-time or full-time and there is the opportunity to be hired on by a company as a paid apprentice. For quite a few years I’ve looked into various courses like diesel mechanics or aviation maintenance and I’m looking forward to the skills that I will receive from this training.
It was amazing how quickly my schooling all fell into place. Applications, testing, and applying for financial aid all happened within the span of a week and a half. Because of our low but sufficient income in Romania we were able to receive a grant from the government which covers half of the tuition cost and the student loans that we applied for are quite minor and cover the rest of tuition cost. It is so amazing how quickly and smoothly the process has been and we thank the Lord for this opportunity.
We as a family are doing well. We see the Lord’s hand in various ways and it encourages us. We know that it is going to be a huge change with me working and going to school and I will miss getting to be with Ruth and Eliana so much. Pray for God’s grace in this transition for us. At the moment our time in America has felt like we are just visiting. It has been so great for us getting to be with my parents and they have been a huge help and blessing during this transition. We have one last trip before we settle down and I start applying for jobs in the area. Tomorrow we are starting our trip down to Florida to see Ruth’s sister and her family. It has been four years since we last saw Stephanie and her family and we are looking forward to it. On our way down we are stopping off in North Carolina for a few days to visit with our friends there before continuing our trip South. We ask for your prayers as we take this long road trip and that we would pace ourselves and enjoy our time together as a family.
As I mentioned in previous updates, supporters can still send support through SGWM until the end of September. For those who have monthly support set up you will have to email the head of finances at SGWM, Jack Fletcher, (Jack@ccsavinggrace.com) when you want to stop sending support.
We love you all and thank you for your love and support. It is amazing to see how the Lord provides and guides us all. I’m excited to see what the Lord chooses to do with us as a family here in Ohio. We ask for your continued prayers as we start this new season in our lives.
Aden, Ruth and Eliana