so the doctor called us with the preliminary test results from the CVS test carol took last week. the CVS tests for the three most common kinds of chromosomal abnormalities (like down syndrome), as well as other genetic conditions. while we have to wait a few weeks for the secondary results about the other possible conditions, the preliminary test results indicate that the baby does not have a chromosomal anomaly, and these results are 99% accurate. of course, this doesn’t mean that other complications may not arise during pregnancy, but nevertheless, the results were a huge relief to carol and me. thank you all for your support, encouragements and prayers!
at the same time, i have hard news to share on another front. the church i pastor has been struggling to grow over the last year, plateauing at 30-40 attenders on average. we had an important meeting with our denomination yesterday where we found out that our funding is going to end this year, and because our church is too small to sustain itself, it will be nearly impossible for us to continue to do ministry. and so, the riverside will most likely be closing its doors at the end of january this year. now, there are details that need to be hammered out in the coming weeks, but i most likely will be looking for a new position starting in 2012. so please let me know if there are any ministry opportunities that you know of. carol and i would like to stay in this area, but are open to anything, local or national, long term or temporary.
so how does it feel to be soon-to-be unemployed, with a fourth child on the way? pretty scary. but honestly, not as scary as being unemployed with a fourth child with special needs on the way. and not as bad as being unemployed and with no roof over my head. not as bad as being unemployed with sense of greater calling or purpose in my life. not as bad as being unemployed and having no wonderful wife and children to come home to. in other words, i am not complaining. guys who have it as good as i do have no right to complain.
i’ll post more once i have had some time to process everything that is going on…