Many people have asked us why we are taking on such big projects as starting a new high school program specialized in nursing, developing a vocational agriculture education program AND helping establish a study abroad program for the College of Agriculture at OSU. Why, when you are approaching 60 years of age, would you dedicate so many hours to investigate all of the information needed, from strategic planning to building plans (out of my comfort zone) to curriculum planning? Why would you go back to school to get your PhD when you are about to retire?
|Angie visiting the Ohio State University Nursing School Lab|
However, both Larry and I have felt God prompting us to become even more involved in the ministry, through a different route. We have investigated the need for a nursing high school for several years. The time is ripe now! Doors have been opening for us to actually step out on faith and commit to making this dream become a reality. There will always be a certain fear and awe as we continue to seek God’s direction.
Do we have questions about this project? We certainly do.
- Where is the money going to come from? I am not sure right now.
- How much do you need? I am not sure about that yet either.
- How do you want the buildings designed?
- What are the strategic issues?
- What books do you want to use for the curriculum?
- How can we incorporate more specialized math and science education into the basic curriculum?
- Can we get this certified?
- Where will students do their practical experience?
- How can we help Honduras to strengthen their nursing program?
BUT, I do know that God has called me to tackle this project, and ever since I have stepped out on faith, doors have begun to open. In reading the book, “The Circle Maker”, by Mark Batterson, I have felt reaffirmed in my determination about continuing through with this project. Following are some of the passages that have spoken to me:
- “Praying hard is hard because you can’t just pray like it depends on God; you also have to work like it depends on you. You can’t just be willing to pray about it; you also have to be willing to do something about it.”
- “The reason God doesn’t answer our prayers isn’t that we aren’t praying hard enough; the reason, more often than not, is that we aren’t willing to work hard enough.”
- “There comes a moment, after you have prayed through, when you have to start doing something about it. You have to take a step of faith, and that first step is always the hardest.”
- “If you want God to move, sometimes you have to make a move.”
So, as we move forward, we have committed to circling this project in prayer, depending on God to open the doors we need to walk through. More importantly, when the doors do open, we need to walk through them. Will you consider joining us in praying a circle around what we believe God is directing us to do? Would you like to partner with us in this special time of our lives?