I’ve had some significant life updates that I would like to share. I have not been able to blog at all over the past month or so due to my crazy work schedule (8AM – 8 PM almost every day) and for other reasons as will appear evident below.
- Evan IV’s time at CHOP. Last month, when Evan was about 5 weeks old, we noticed one evening that he had a fever and after consulting the pediatrician we rushed over to St. Mary’s here in Bucks County. After we were arrived in our hospital room, the nurse brought to us what they think may be wrong with Evan IV — meningitis! Infants should not have fevers and so they were concerned meningitis was causing it. Evan had blood and urine samples taken and went through a spinal tap. It was a scary night. In fact it was a scary three days. Spinal tap takes 48 hours for the results to return so until then we had to wait. Thus, Evan IV (with Amanda riding along) was then ambulance-d to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) while I followed. Amanda and I spent the next couple of nights conforming our bodies to a small bed-like piece of furniture which was barely comfortable for one person let alone two. We were scared so we reached out for prayers. After some time, meningitis became less and less likely. And the end diagnosis was that he had para echovirus, which is a common seasonal virus. Thank God! He is doing well now, and he is growing exponentially.
- Ordination. This past Sunday, August 29, I was honored by Redemption Church to become one of their pastors. Amanda and I have been serving there for a year now, and the leadership team wanted to affirm what I was already doing–thus, I am now Pastor Evan Curry. I was really blessed to see so many friends and family members attend the ordination. My brothers led worship and Tim gave the message. Then the people there prayed over our family. We are very blessed!
- RA Training. Part of my duties as Resident Director at Philadelphia Biblical University is that August is a consuming force when it comes to my time. I spent August alongside the other Res. Life staff training this year’s RA’s. I am very happy to have my team. I think it will be an excellent year!
- Greek. So, there once was a silly ol’ boy who took Koine Greek in undergrad and failed to use it since and is now taking it again because he forgot it all. That boy is me.
What I’m Reading:
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
- Slowly reading In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance. I have to get my Anabaptist fix from somewhere.
Looking forward to:
- The second year of our church plant Redemption Church
- Watching my kids grow
- Re-learning Koine Greek so I can look cool reading a Greek Bible
- Seeing my wife more often now that RA training is over
Yes, I got a job! Here’s an email I sent to my friends and family (and now to the blogosphere).
As of Saturday, I accepted a full-time position at Philadelphia Biblical University as their Resident Director. I will be working as part of the Student Life Department and will be interacting with and assisting the Resident Assistants at the off-campus housing. This is wonderful news on a number of levels:
1) My 9-month full-time occupation drought has ended.
2) Amanda and I were concerned about finding a place to live even after I found a job. However, PBU will be giving us an apartment on campus to assist in my duties as Resident Director.
3) Since we decided to help plant a church in Bristol, I hoped to find a job near Bristol and a place to live in Bristol. Langhorne is not very far from Bristol so it’s almost as good as it gets!
4) I was hoping to find a job where I would be able to work with people regularly, and this job is as people-oriented as it gets.
I will be finishing up my two part-time jobs this week, and next week we’ll be on a much-needed vacation in North Carolina. Both jobs were sad to see me go but understood. I will no longer be getting free coffee and discounts since I won’t be working at Starbucks, and I won’t be bored to tears because I will no longer be working at Bisco.
I’m completely grateful to all of you for your prayers and support. Thanks so, so much.
Evan, Amanda, and Giselle