Checking in from PDX

As usual, life is busy. Whenever I actually live in such a way that doesn’t completely reflect slug-likeness, I seem to be in a constant state of being almost behind. I suspect–as long as it doesn’t spiral out of control–this fact is a good thing.

Not all busyness is mundane, however. This weekend Chrissy and I went out to McMenamins Edgefield Resort for a nice weekend together. We went out on Saturday to enjoy the whimsical artwork, pub fare, beautiful scenery, and partake at the winery. We spent a wonderful night there together and even shared a dip in the heated saltwater soaking pool. I’m so blessed to have such an amazing wife to share experiences with, and I can’t wait to see where our road takes us next!

School and work keep me on my toes as usual.  I have more Hebrew to work on than I really care to think about (how in the world am I supposed to concentrate on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in my later studies if I don’t like working with Hebrew?!).  My Acts and Epistles class is good but rather basic, so a lot of it is stuff I have already learned through the years or with my amazing professors in the Evangel University Theology Department. Thanks to my Mentored Field Ministry (internship) I’ve gotten that little extra push I needed to become more active with Evergreen. I’ve enjoyed getting to know more people as well as getting to know Dustin better. It has given me the chance to meet with Dustin regularly, become involved with administrative tasks, and make an intentional effort to connect with more people in the community.

Another Evergreen related development is my newfound interest in the fight against sex trafficking in Portland. I have experienced a growing passion to rescue young women and girls who have been trapped in a life of slavery and sexual exploitation. I have been in contact with Todd Diskin from Mayor Sam Adams’ office to find out about how the city is involved, and Evergeen is looking into how we can make a difference. I am excited about doing something to help victims of this egregious evil, and I’m lookomg forward to being a part of Evergreen’s efforts.

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