|The Robertsons and the Future: a probably empty nest, a new city, and a new degree
Well, we don’t know the future, and we’re learning more than ever to hold our plans with open hands. Here’s what seems to be coming at this moment:
An empty nest: Johnny ‘graduates’ high school next month. I say ‘graduates’ because at this point, we’re not sure when or if there will be a graduation ceremony. Lord willing, he will be attending the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the fall. We’re so proud of him. He has had quite the awkward academic career: middle school in Mexico, part of high school in the USA, another part in Chile, and then the final part back in the USA but on quarantine. He has excelled through the changes, exceeding all our expectations and leaving us expectant as to what the Lord will do in and through him. Please pray for him as he moves forward into what God has for him in college.
A new city: A new country, too! Lord willing, in the fall, we plan to move to Medellin, Colombia! Medellin, which just a few years ago was a the capital of the South American drug trade, is the site for a brand-new ministry team under the leadership of our colleague Nate Bonham. God is bringing many different ministries and opportunities together, making Medellin a strategic nexus for Latin American ministry. God is bringing seminary training, church planting, Christian publishing and more together in this one city. And geographically the city serves as a great center for leading the region. Please pray for all that a change like this entails!
A new degree: Since all three kids are going to be in college at the same time, Amy decided she would also join in on the fun. Well, that’s not the real motivation, but Amy is now studying a masters degree in counseling from Colorado Christian University. She began coursework in January and will be able to do her coursework almost 100% online. For years, I’ve observed in awe as women have sought her counsel and assistance – sometimes at all hours of the day and night. She has a gift from the Lord in this area and has had that affirmed through assessments and experience. Now she has the opportunity to pursue further equipping. Please pray for her as she re-enters academia! And pray for us all as family life has to adapt to the new demands on her time and focus.