Allen – (from my Glenwood scholarship application)
My life goal is framed around 2 Timothy 2:2, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” I want to teach men and women who will then turn around and teach others. My dream job is that of Ted Kayser. I want to teach in an African seminary to men and women who will then go home to their own congregations and teach, impacting and enlarging the Kingdom of God. While that time is far off for my wife and me (wisdom has us staying in the U.S. as my oldest daughter’s heart problems will need to be taken care of as she grows), I still want to teach. My short-term goal (the next fifteen to twenty years) reflects that. I want to teach in either a Bible college (like Multnomah, my alma-mater) or a secular university’s religion department. Either way, I want to impact and challenge college-age youth to develop a love and understanding for God and His Word.
With these goals in mind, a seminary education is a must for me. The reason for this is two-fold. First, no college or university would let me teach without a master’s degree. While attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary I will be pursuing two master’s degrees concurrently, one in Old Testament and one in New Testament. Second, this seminary education will provide me the opportunity to learn the Bible in its original languages (and the ability to study It in those languages myself) and to sit under the teachings of wise men and women who are already doing that which I seek to do: teaching those “who will be able to teach others also.”
Steph – Steph wants to be a medical doctor. Specifically focusing on pediatric cardiology. Though at this point, general practice is exciting enough to think about. Steph wants to go back to school and finish up the bachelor’s work in some type of applicable science and then move on to medical school. Her dream job is that of Rob Congdon.
So between the two of us, me teaching in Africa and her doctoring in Africa, we’d be quite a pair. Next time you see Steph, ask her about her dream. Her face will light up and you’ll hear passion rarely matched.
And not to be outdone:
Lizzie – Lizzie’s dreams currently consist of going bye-bye, talking on the phone and running around our home laughing until she is out of breath.
Ellie – Ellie’s dreams consist of reading books, copying her older sister and saying “Please” in order to get food.