Archive for March 2008

Easter and essay madness

Armyguy-014-2008 As time marches on we struggle to meet deadlines on essays and collectaneas and other assignments. If we are not working on an assignment then we are preparing a sermon or a meeting plan.

The assignments range widely between biblical studies, pastoral care and mission studies. Because of the difference in subject the styles of the essays differ greatly. And for us who have never written any work at this level (and doing it in a second, or in Hanna’s case, third language) It is really hard to differ between a critical evaluation, personal reflection or a theological reflection.

The last two weeks have been the most pressured since we got to WBC and that is saying a lot. To add to our workload we will be organizing Easter at Woking.

As placements go we have been extremely fortunate.

We had a fantastic time during our social placement at Springfield Lodge. Our Sunday placements are going well at Lewisham and we have been asked to do our summer placement at Southwark corps here in London. The next placement apart from Easter at Woking is going to be our corps placement in Catford. Please pray for us so that we can get as much out of this even though we will have to juggle the children between usfor the week.

Lent, placements and essays

LentIt has been a few really hectic weeks here at WBC, as the officer training course relentlessly moves, we try our best to keep up with the demands of full time academic studies. We are handing in work every Friday (or Thursday if it is a preaching for placement) and it seems we will continue to hand in one major piece of work every week until June (not counting the week of in April, but that is quickly countered by us having to hand in twice in some weeks).

But we did get a breather for a few days as we wen to Latvia for the Nordic cadet training weekend. It was nice to meet our Danish friends again and make new friends among Danish, Norwegian and Finnish cadets.

The weekend was held at a nice hotel in Jurmala and we celebrated our mini vacation (Yes, we actually had classes but we enjoyed them) by going to a spa. Angelina loved it and was soon swimming like a fish with only armbands to help her float.

We paid for our leisure when we got pack as we had two days to finish of our mission essay and then after placement in the weekend only three nights to finish the second NT essay. Today we handed in the last one and now we are taking a deserved night of.

It has been non stop work (except the one evening where I played frets on fire for a whole hour) so the thought of giving up essay writing for lent is a real temptation.

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