Something I never would have believed 15 years ago was that I would learn to be a patient person. If I told the younger me that I would wait a week, a month, or longer for an important, life changing answer I would have laughed in the face of the”wiser-me”. God certainly does work for His good and in ways that we could not imagine. I want to share what this big, patient waiting is all about. I am purposefully trying to share this information in a neutral, unbiased way.
The school where we serve, TESOL, filed papers to be an ASBL which in the U.S. we would call a non-profit organization. This was to gain status as a legal entity, however
the local United Methodist Church was not happy with this change and a legal battled ensued to determine who would control the school. Both parties, the TESOL administration and the UMC, are struggling to determine possession of the school properties and physical belongings, as well as the control over the decision making.
As UMC missionaries sent by Global Ministries we have been in a sticky situation, but by the grace of God and the support of our employer, have been able to remain out of the fray. Sadly, this has us waiting. Waiting to get onto the campuses to prepare the school, waiting to know when our four boys will be starting school, and simply just waiting to hear who will be responsible for the operation of the school.
Though I loath waiting, Nick and I have taken advantage of the time by playing games with the boys, working on some advanced math and reading, and taking a short trip to Zambia. We thank you all for the concern and prayers. It is not an overstatement to say that we are truly blessed by our time so far in D.R.Congo and pray that our time here continues to bless those God puts in our lives.
On a different note, if we end up homeschooling the boys for a short time, please pray that everyone makes it out alive. I would have been the first to say in years past, under NO circumstances am I willing or able to take on that task. However, God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.
Be completely humble and gentle; bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
Renee’s advance #3022491
Nick’s advance #3022490
Nick and Renee Shaw
C/O United Methodist New Life Center
PO Box 20219