I (Tim) have completed my first five days at my new job. So far, I like it. The place I am working is a halfway house that is contracted with the Department of Corrections and the Bureau of Prisons to handle inmates that are transitioning back into the community. Every one of them has committed a felony and is facing an uphill battle to re-enter their lives. My job is to teach classes to the residents, both men and women, during their first two weeks at the halfway house that will allow them to find meaningful employment. The classes cover things like forgiveness, anger management, and expectations. There is a lot of information to cover and it is not really enough for the years of incarceration but hopefully the classes are enough to get them thinking about their choices and what they want in life. Soon I will start putting my own personality into the material and making it my own. I am excited to add a new element of financial training into the material as well. It's a good job so far, and I am grateful to have it.
Heidi and I are now back in Rogers. The Leberts arrive back in the USA tomorrow with their kids, so we are no longer needed in St. Paul. It is good to be home but I will miss the fantastic location of their house. It was so nice to be able to hang out with people and not drive 45 minutes to do so. We are praying that the Lord will give us some way to live back in the city and when that happens, we'll blog about it.