Dear friends and family,
Earlier this month we celebrated three years of living in St. Louis. Just over three years ago we were living in Montgomery, Alabama, trying to prepare for the life ahead of us in St. Louis at Covenant Seminary. We had countless questions about our living situation, work prospects, and paying for seminary. So much seemed uncertain, except the sense that now was the time for us to go to seminary. In the past three years God has showed his faithfulness to us again and again and again. He provided a fantastic apartment for us and then a wonderful house, complete with a giant yard for the dog. He provided us both with jobs, friends, and a community in St. Louis that has loved us well.
And all through this process God has given us scholarships and generous contributions to pay for Lindon's seminary education, but often those funds have been more like a trickle than a waterfall. However, this summer has been a raging river of wonder for us. In early July we learned that Lindon was awarded a grant to be used toward schooling expenses. It was a sizable grant from a foundation that seeks to help students who have lived in Great Lake states, and the funds would have covered his tuition and left a little extra for Lindon to add resources to his pastoral library.
If our news ended here, there would be many reasons for rejoicing. We were astounded by this grant, and the idea continues to thrill us. But there's more.
Recently Lindon learned that he has received a full scholarship for his final year of seminary. All of his expenses will be paid, and his grant funding can be fully invested in furthering his educational and ministerial resources. We are so excited with this news, so we wanted to pass it on to you who have loved us and supported us so well for the past few years (if not longer!). We are thankful for God's provision in such tangible ways, and we are thankful for the ways He has used each of you to encourage and bless us. Whether it was your financial gift, your prayers, or your kind emails, God has reminded us of His goodness through your friendship and love. Sometimes it was a stream in the dessert; other times a waterfall that overwhelmed us.
As we look to the future there are still many unknowns. We don't know where Lindon will work when he finishes school next May. We have no idea where we will live after seminary. And then there is the small matter of adding a child to our ranks and the uncertainties that come with being parents (children come with instruction manuals, don't they?). But we have so many reasons to rejoice in our great God, and we look forward to how He will continue to reveal Himself to us through His gracious provision. As we reflect on the events that brought us to Covenant Seminary, God's hand is abundantly clear. We are grateful that His fingerprints continue to smudge our lives and shape our hearts, reminding remind us that we belong to Him. To Him alone belongs the glory forever and ever.
lindon, megan, and baby fowler