Faith Followers Newsletter 2010: Page 2
2010 Big Answered Prayers
-Just days before his birth, Cobyturned over from a breech positionso he could be born naturally!-Against the odds, we were able tofind an apartment that is muchbetter suited for us!
Teaching and Learning Online
Even with our traveling in the summer, Mark made time eachnight to go online and teach and/or learn. He managed anonline Computer Application class with 35 students for theduration of the summer break. At the sametime, he was working on his dissertationproposal for his doctoral program.Mark's work on his dissertation continuesinto the new year. His projected completionand graduation date is in the summer of 2012.
-Computer Applications-Digital Media-Sports Website: yisspn.com-Discipleship Group(studying leadership in sports)
Settled in Seoul
Upon returning to Korea, we set up our home in our "new" apartment,which sits on the tenth floor and has a beautiful view of the river and Namsanmountain.Mark jumped right into his classroom with a heavier teaching load than lastyear. He also makes time to play basketball, screen golf, and fantasy footballwith his friends.Malia began a schedule for her and the two kids, including daily walks to theHan River and visits to other moms and the school. She also began a book clubwith a number of the women in our community to read and discuss literatureonce a month, and she continues to attend a weekly women's Bible study.Along with our busy volleyball season, our work and hobbies have helped ussettle in to the city and our lives abroad in Korea.
Summer with Family in the States
During the months of June and July, we visited family in America. In Oregon, we spent time with Mark's parents (whocame up from Texas to meet us) and sister, brother, and sister-in-law. Because we stayed at the camp at which Mark'ssiblings work, Mika was able to play with animals every day! She enjoyed looking at the horses from a distance butwould chase the dogs whenever she had a chance. We also took a day trip to the coast!In Washington, Malia's aunt, uncle, and cousin welcomed us for a weekend stay. Wecelebrated Father's Day with them and also took Mika to learn about science at the SeattleCity Center. They had two cats in their house, and Mika would call one ("Ollie! Ollie!") whilerunning around looking for him. (The cat was hiding from her.)In Hawaii, Malia's extended
welcomed us back and brought the kids to the zoo, the aquarium, and the beaches. Mika especiallyloved playing with her cousins in the inflatable pool we set up in the backyard. Coby enjoyed being held by all his family members, and hewarmed up to Lila (his great-grandmother) immediately.
Pre-Field Orientation (PFO)
For two weeks in June, we were in Tennessee for training by our missionsorganization, Network of International Christian Schools (NICS). Thesessions focused on topics like cross-cultural missions, third-culture kids,and overseas safety. Even though we've lived abroad for four years, wefound the conference both helpful and inspiring. While we attended lectures, our kids werein a daycare program provided by the host church. Mika and Coby's caretakerscomplimented them on their good behavior and happy dispositions. They were also able tomake friends with children who are now our neighbors here in Seoul! Likewise, we were alsoprivileged to meet other teachers bound for YISS.
Our Coaching Mission
This fall, we had the unique privilege of coaching varsity volleyball together. Theexperience strengthened us both ascoaches and also in ourmarriage. Even beforetryouts, we resolved toteach our team skills as well as morals, discipline, commitment, andcompassion. We pray that we were able to model godly traits whilewe aimed to mold their talents and spirits alike toward excellence.Their hard work in practices truly paid off in early November when they placed3rd in a large volleyball conference in Japan. This was the best our school hasever done at this tournament!