By: Michael Peyton
Since retiring from the Navy's Chaplain Corps, the Lord finally led me to a full-time hospice chaplaincy position here in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Marianne and I are empty-nesters as Brad has joined the Marine Corps and is stationed in Hawaii. Jim and Ashley are living in Franklinton, North Carolina after meeting at The College at Southeastern. Often when I came back for my Ed.D. coursework, I'd drive down memory lane (more appropriately McDowell Drive) and remember how faithful He was to see us through those very lean times. I now realize the struggles prepared us for future ministry, and I'd encourage you to let the Spirit have His way in your life at seminary. Looking back from this side, I do "...count it all joy” (James 1:2).
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our next step. We have a number of opportunities that have presented themselves: going on the mission field to Vietnam with an educational missions group, two churches in Florida (home for both of us) who are looking at me as their pastor and, as always, keeping one eye on the horizon to see an opportunity to open Christian Maritime Academy- a 6th-12th grade junior naval academy, using a classical Christian curriculum. Our health issues and our efforts to become debt free will determine whether we go on the mission field or not. Keep the faith, fight the good fight and explore nontraditional avenues of ministry.