Friday, September 19, 2008

Southeastern's Shop

When we left Amis Chapel in July, we moved back to seminary housing at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Dean Allan Moseley was so kind to us in our transition, helping us in several financial ways. Doug Nalley at the Housing Office was also kind and gracious with housing, and Sid King created a part-time job for me, cleaning the woodworking shop.

During the summer I cleaned it in the evening, but since classes started, I've been getting up early and start cleaning between 5:30am and six.

Here is the space I clean every day.

There are a lot of woodworking machines and a lot of dust to get up each day. Getting Patterson Hall ready to go online has been the big push this summer. The woodworkers are making horrendous numbers of book shelves right now for professors' offices.

I enjoy working there. The guys and supervisors are largely laid back and friendly. Don't mention that you might need help with something. At least three will drop what they're doing to help you. They love the Lord.

It has been great to get to know these guys and work with them, especially fellows with whom I have been sitting in class for several years. They are almost all preparing for the pastorate or the mission field, but they are also learning and using skills they can fall back on if anything bad happens in a church they're pastoring one day, and then they can support their families.

On Mondays the whole Facilities staff meets for about fifteen minutes, goes over the week, and prays. Sid leads the meeting. Here's a picture of last Monday's meeting just at the moment when everyone bowed in prayer for the week.