On Wednesday we will have the regional assignments for our first call. A Bishop representative from each of the nine regions, and a seminary are currently in Chicago talking about 200 and something candidates going into the first call process. They read about each candidate and pray for them and then decide which area they are going to send the candidates.
This Wednesday a phone call will come into the seminary from Chicago from our Seminary Representative. The community will have a worship service and then all the seniors will gather at the presidents house to find our regional assignment.
As someone awaiting their decision it is really nerve-racking. My wife and I hope that we are assigned to Region seven. On the one hand it would be flattering that another region would really want me to come to their synod, however I know what would be best for us and our family.
For Region Seven the bishops from each synod (Upstate New York, Metro-New York, New Jersey, Northeast Penn, Southeast Penn, and New England) personally interview each individual assigned to the region and then assign the go behind closed doors and fight for us to come to their synod. (Well I hope they would at least want me) I have let most people know that we would like to come to the New England Synod. That’s where our family is and most of our friends, so we would like to be close. We would like that support which we dearly miss. We especially miss it now because we are separated from our second home (the seminary) this year living in Souderton. But we have and continue to manage.
So that is what is going on with us recently, that’s only part of what our lives have been recently. It never ends….but we are in a very exciting time in our life, there are many possibilities that lay ahead of us and we are going to need lots of prayers and support the next few months as our future is played out in the hands of people who only know me by a piece of paper.