I miss all of you so much! I wanted to send a quick update to let you know I am still alive and well here in Newport, Rhode Island. This is my fourth week of Officer Development School. We’ve marched, run obstacle courses, completed swim qualifications, and sat through hours of classes on Navy history and strategy. I’ve met women and men from literally around the world who have answered the call to serve. Some of which, became Americans just for the opportunity to join the Navy! They are inspiring.

This week is the busiest and most intense so far. We have our firefighting qualifications, our damage control simulator, and our final academic exam. I have felt your prayers throughout this entire time and especially covet them in these final days of my training.

I continue to be grateful to our lay leaders, volunteers, and staff who have continued to lead our church so well in my absence. It is comforting to know that I can fully focus on my training, knowing that all of you have everything under control!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again on October 2, as we gather around the Lord’s Table and break bread together. Until then, keep being the people that God has empowered you to be!

Grace and Peace,

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