1 Oct 2003

Update from Paul 10/1/03

Submitted by Paul Brown

Highlights: Spent time in Istanbul last summer, road trip to the Southeast, working on co-op at NPPD, looking at graduate study.

Last summer was great! I got to spend five weeks in Istanbul, Turkey, on a cultural exchange program. The goal of the program was to have us (American students) interact with Turkish students and get to know the culture by getting to know people. I enjoyed meeting new students as well as seeing old friends from the exchange program. Then after I got back I went on a road trip to see most of my family in the Southeast U.S.--Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia. Both trips were great experiences that I will remember for a long time! I certainly don't deserve the opportunities God continues to give me!

Now I'm about midway through a second co-op term at Nebraska Public Power District in Columbus, Nebraska. It's strange, but this time I feel like I know what I'm doing more often than not.... Anyway, God has blessed me and allowed me to participate in the music ministry at my chuch here by letting me put my meager mixing skills to work at worship about one week out of four. This time I have a roommate named Shannon (a guy, don't worry!) which is good for company and doing fun things sometimes (like tennis this week) besides just sharing the bills. He's a co-op at NPPD, too.

I have started looking at opportunities for graduate study. The Iowa State power group has a program with Porto University in Portugal for American students to go there for a master's degree and have it paid for. That has been weighing heavily in my mind the last few weeks since it looks like it would be almost a perfect match for what I want. I need to get going and take the GRE so I can get applications in to some other places and widen my options.

11 Apr 2003

Update from Paul 4/11/03

Submitted by Paul Brown

Highlights: having a great semester, running sound, leading connection group, decided to head toward university teaching by going on to grad. school

This has been one of my best semesters that I can remember. I have not been putting much time into my classes; instead I have been very involved in the music ministry of the Salt Company as a sound guy. That means I stand behind the sound board and mix things up for everyone else. :-) This is a very rewarding ministry for me, and I'm glad that my classes don't take too much of my time.

I have also been investing time in my connection group (small group Bible study). I worked hard to come up with creative ways to test ourselves on our memorization passages from Hebrews chapter 12, and many of the activities were fun. I still have plenty to work on, especially in facilitating good discussion and motivating the memorization.

Since I will be finishing my final undergraduate semester next spring, I have been thinking about the direction I want to take my career, particularly how I can be strategic in my choices now to have a global impact for the gospel. One thing that is both strategic and very appealing to me is teaching at the university level. To point myself in that direction, I have decided to go to graduate school after I graduate next year.

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