Greetings from Sanford, January 2011 Update
We had a great time with our family for Christmas. Everyone was able to make it to Flintstone and stay for about a week. It snowed on Christmas day so we made a luge in the front yard. Steep hills and snow and ice do not mix so it made it difficult for businesses in the area. There are not many snow removal vehicles in northern Georgia. It made it interesting to get around.
We rented a U-haul trailer and moved our belongings from Flintstone, GA, arriving in Sanford, FL on January 21. Another winter storm was moving in so we decided to leave in the afternoon before it hit. We had a good trip to Florida with no problems. Thanks for praying for us in our move.
We are settling into a rented house 6 blocks from the USA headquarters. It will make it easy to get to work. The short walk will be good for us each day. We have been officially offered and accepted positions in the Personnel Department. I’ve been asked to train into the position of Candidate Secretary. I’ll be working with the Bible School students as they move on in their mission training. Janelle will be doing computer data input and various other tasks in the office. We will continue to be on “Home Assignment” meeting with churches and supporters until our official start date of June 1. We plan to meet with the department to get some strategy for learning our new positions on Feb 4. There is need for us to be reviewing and updating ourselves on NTM policies so that we are better prepared for our ministries.
We like our new house. It has 3 bedrooms, so once we get set up we will be able to have a place for guests to visit us in Florida. We still have a ways to go to get the house set up. Kyla had a few pieces of furniture which we could use in setting up the place. We are seeking out the bargains at garage sales to furnish the house and are finding some good deals at local stores. There sure are a lot more choices here in the USA.
Kyla is living with us and is already back taking a class at UCF. She continues to work for her church as an office administrator and she has kept her part-time job as a book keeper at Albertsons. It is good to have her with us.
We will be making a trip up to Savannah, Georgia to pick up our crates. We have heard word that they will be in port on February 17-18. Pray that they will arrive safely and get out of customs okay. We will visit with a friend in Vidalia and work through the process of getting our crates. In March we hope to get back to Flintstone to put new shingles on our house.
Pray for us as we transition to our new ministry at the NTM USA Headquarters.
Phil and Janelle Sutton