Friday, January 7, 2011

Never Too Late?

Today I chatted with one of my favorite lecturers at Daystar, a kindly, elder (and not very cool) Bible teacher. When I made some reference to me being an 'old lady' he told me a story.

When I was a pastor in Massachusetts I was invited to a birthday celebration of a lady turning 99. I asked her about her life and her story. She told me that when she was 72 she and her younger sister (age 58) bought a piece of land and build a house. She had lived there ever since. I celebrated her 100th and 101st birthdays with her too. She told me you are never too old to start living.

So, nearly 30 years after graduating from high school and almost 20 years since the last time I was in a formal education situation, today I was admitted as a student to Daystar University for a communications degree in Public Relations. The Rev Daniel Mutungi who told me the story said I should be studying International Relations. Although there is no degree in International Public Relations, perhaps there will be by the time I finish. Which might be quite a while since I will continue in my role at Daystar as the Communications Coordinator for Daystar US fulltime as I have been, only taking one or two classes per semester.

I was handed my admission letter today. On Monday I will get a student number. Next week sometime I will register for classes. The week of the 17th they start. Between now and then I will be doing some research to see what classes were in my AA degree that would be the same as ones in this program. So we'll see what happens from here. I sure would appreciate your prayers for a number of items related:

Most of my credits from Lutheran Bible Institute will transfer and I won't have to retake classes I have already taken.
This 48-year-old gray matter would be able to comprehend what I'm taught.
I would be able to be disciplined in all areas of life so school work doesn't get overwhelming.

Thanks for your continued support in every way.


Hoichi said...

Exciting news Jan! Can't wait to hear more!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Jan!

We miss you.

Hillary said...

Congratulations Jan!! That is great news:)
Good luck!!!

Suejstu said...

You go girl!

Sue S.

Zach Wartes said...

Your story reminds me of an old man I knew. My cousin asked him how he felt physically, the day he turned 100. He perked up and his eyes brightened and he said, I feel as good as I when I was 75.

draslanson said...

I don't what is tougher, you going back to school or me never seeming to get out!

Tony Beach said...

Wow Jan, that's great! What an exciting new venture!

Andrea said...

That's great news Jan! I'm excited for you! Blessings to you on this new endeavor.

Rachel Maves and Family said...

Great Story! Congratulations! Who shall know the mind of the Lord? I wonder what is up ahead 20-30 years down the road.