It was a whirlwind of a week.
Classes resume on April 4th. Our assignment last week was Kings (both 1st and 2nd as it was originally one writing) and it was all I could do to keep up. Then came news that my sister, Dolores Mae Schleif , who had been battling leukemia for several months, had taken a turn for the worse. This slowed me down a bit. After class Friday, and working until 11:30 P.M., I finally made my way to the dorm to get some sleep.
As I was climbing into bed, just before midnight, my phone alerted me to an incoming message. It was the message I had been expecting, and dreading, all day. My sister had succumbed to the cancer some twenty minutes earlier. needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.
Not to be overly distracted by life, I was awake and back to work by 6a.m., a hot pot of coffee beside me. I worked until breakfast at 9:00, saving my work before leaving it. After breakfast I continued on the Kings assignment. knowing that I would not get it finished by the 5:00 P.M. deadline, I wanted it to be as complete as possible. The vest majority of the assignment was a summarized bio on each of the kings of Israel and Judah (42 kings & 1 queen). I worked steady, going down the list of kings of Judah first. I had just finished Josiah, reached across my computer to turn a page of my bible and brushed the keyboard.
I have no idea what I did but, all the work, from Queen Athaliah to King Josiah (10 rulers), was gone; nowhere to be found. The computer was set to back up every 15 minutes, but the backup folder was empty. Rarely have I felt that type of frustration in my life. With little time left, I could do nothing but a book summery and final application before it was due; and accept an even more incomplete assignment than I had expected.
This normally would not be a big deal, except that I had already used up my graces in the first two quarters. Between being sick twice and taking time to travel to Minnesota to visit my sister in the nursing home, I had missed 3 assignments and had another incomplete. Basically, what this means is than I must carry a C average and make sure that everything is complete, and on time, for this quarter to get credit for the course.
However, as they say, life goes on and the circle of life continues. Less than 48 hours of the passing of my sister, we welcomed her newest grandchild, Aurora Mae, into the world; born to my nephew and his wife. And, as life continues, I too shall continue to grow and learn.
As always, I need your help. I still owe $2,300.00 for this quarter(includes classes, materials, room&board. I have also committed to being at YWAM Guadalajara, MX by July 1 and need funds to move there.
All donation go for The School of Biblical Studies at YWAM Montana Lakeside and helping to establish me as a long term YWAM missionary in Mexico. If God leads you to donate, the best way is to send check or Money Order, made out to YWAM Montana, to Dennis Mixer, 501 Blacktail Road, Lakeside MT, 59922. If you wish to do it electronically, you can go through PayPal by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org and putting “Dennis Mixer SBS tuition” in the memo/note area. (both these are tax deductible.
Even if God doesn’t lead you to donate financially, prayers are always needed.
Next time I’ll explain the system we use to study God’s word.
God Bless you all.