Looking Forward

Last night was rough. I finally got the vomit bug that has afflicted 75% of our house within the last few weeks. Thankfully i am doing better now, thanks in large part of my awesome roommates who helped me out.

In other news, I GOT THE MISSION TRIP POSITION!! I have unfortunately not been able to celebrate properly, but i am really excited. The trip will be sometime in April i believe, and i will get to be part of the committee who decides which littles will come. Right after Ron the Residential director told me this, Brian Albright who is the guys house director called me into his office and asked me if have been thinking about the future at all, and specifically what i was planning on doing after my contract at shelterwood expires. I told him i have been giving some thought about the internship position, and doing something more along the lines of planning and leading weekend trip, Biking, hiking, camping for shelterwood. Or working for a wilderness program. He said, well as you probably know Justin (who is one of our current hall directors) is going to be stepping down from his position soon because his wife, who is the girls house director is pregnant. So he asked me if i have ever thought about becoming an hall director and that if i wanted the job i could probably have it. As i think i mentioned in some of my previous blogs i have been considering this position because i knew that there was going to be an opening. I am excited and scared at the same time about his possibility. It would be an amazing opportunity to serve the Lord and i know it would challenge and stretch my faith. I definitely have my reservations though, first of all, i am only 23 year old. i think the average age of all of the bigs is like 25 and i am currently the second youngest big. I feel like this would be weird leading a bunch of people who are older than me. Second, Its a very different job, 75% of a bigs job is relational where as 75% of a HD’s job is administration/organization. Third, stress, while a bigs life is strenuous at times we really don’t have a lot of stress (anymore). We basically get to hang out with kids all days and act as a surrogate consciousness. Hall directors on the other hand have a vast array of responibilies and are flung into every single crisis situaiton and then tasked with all of the follow up(phone calls to parents, paperwork ect). While it would be an incredible opportunity to be a HD i really need to pray and see if it is what God has for me.

Please join me in praying for the mission trip preparations/fund raising and discernment about the HD position.

In Him,

Brian F

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