As for the school, just when we thought it was finished, God revived it. He sent Ted and Luanne Erskin, a wonderful couple who had been working in China, to lead the school. Their story is nothing short of miraculous. Though they had wanted to stay in China for five years, they ran into tight visa restrictions and had to leave after only two years. They quickly left their home and went to the UK, where they prayed about their next move.
Luanne tells this story beautifully on her blog, but basically, they prayed for a "Macedonian call" like Paul has in Acts, when a vision of a Macedonian man pleading with him to come and help them spurs Paul to spread the Gospel to Eastern Europe. Both Ted and Luanne are incredibly experienced teachers with business savvy. Several ministries in several countries wanted them. But Kosovo matched their prayers exactly—both by truly needing help and by being right next to Macedonia (how's that for a sign?!)—and they agreed to run the school for the next three years.
Sam, too, seems more relaxed and confident this year. He's enjoying teaching within his expertise (acting and music), and may even be doing some vocal tutoring. I love that he's teaching a math class, because it allows me to help grade some papers for him, which I've never been able to help with before. We're starting to get a system down, and it's so much less stressful than last year.
Thinking through everything that's happened, I am so thankful for a God who can take a bleak situation like a school with no teachers and turn it into an opportunity for growth, both for the old teachers and for the new staff. I can't believe how perfectly all of it has been placed, how lovingly crafted this plan seems to be.
As we walk forward, we remember God's faithfulness to the school and to us. We look forward to ever-new experiences of His goodness.
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Liz (and Sam)