Dear Friends and Family,
Merry Christmas and happy new year! I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior. I’m writing to you from Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States of America! It seems like this post has been a long time in coming and I know many of you have prayed for us over these past several weeks as we’ve transitioned from the UK to the US. Thank you! Your prayers have been so needed and felt.
There is a lot to tell and probably no good way to tell it all. But here’s our best attempt!
We left Cambridge in the beginning of November with hearts of gratitude, excitement, and sorrow; eager for all that was to come and also sad to be leaving a place that had come to feel so much like home to us. The last few weeks of our time there were filled with the chaos of an international move – which of course we expected – and lots of goodbyes to dear friends. We praise God for the many people He brought into our life in Cambridge and will miss them all very much!
In the course of those last few weeks, in Cambridge Will was also studying for his ordination examinations. He’s been pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) ever since he began seminary (in 2010!) and things are now moving towards an end. It doesn’t usually take this long to complete the process, but that’s what four years abroad in a country with no PCA churches will do! As of this past week, he’s taken all his exams, most of which he studied for and took in our last two months in England, and he’ll be examined by the Central Carolina Presbytery here in just a few weeks. Please pray for Will’s successful completion of this challenging ordination process! (Not ideal to do during an international move, but hey . . . )
Our days stateside began in Philadelphia, where we camped out for three weeks to visit Will’s family and gather our things that we’d left behind there four years ago. We were able to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US again (!) and also have some help while Will was in Denver for the annual SBL/ETS biblical studies conferences. While in Denver, Will – in usual fashion – pulled off a massive milestone by successfully passing his viva voce (the oral defense of his dissertation). That means that, except for “minor corrections” to his work, which means some spelling mistakes, Will is now finished with his Cambridge doctoral degree!
Our life seems to crowd out Will’s accomplishments by smooshing together big noteworthy moments into small segments of time and thus making it harder to actually note what’s happened!! So I wanted to just say that I’m so proud of him and amazed at his ability to juggle so many, many things at once. The Lord has truly gifted him not only academically but also with a work ethic that goes above and beyond. I am truly thankful for all that the Lord has allowed Will to accomplish despite the struggles along the way!!
After Thanksgiving, we loaded up our things and made our way to our new home in Charlotte, NC. We have a great house – which we had arranged to rent beforehand from England – with a wonderful fenced in back garden that the boys have loved exploring. It’s been a bit of a slow start getting settled and acclimated, as our things still haven’t arrived from England (by ship!). But even still, we’ve managed to buy two cars, get new NC licenses, and start gathering furnishings for our new home. We can already tell that it’s going to be a slow process addressing all the details of putting our home and “normal” life back together in a new city, but we are thankful. Please pray especially for us as we begin the search for a church home and for community and friendships in this new place.
Of course, we moved here for a good reason! Will starts teaching at Reformed Theological Seminary here in Charlotte very soon after the new year, so he’s already been very busy getting ready for classes! It’s going to be a deep dive head-first into the world of teaching and I know he’ll do a great job. We are still pinching ourselves and praising God that he has been given this opportunity. Please pray for Will to prepare and teach effectively to equip ministers in the church!
Amos and the other boys continue to do well! We are very thankful for the flexibility and friendship they share that has allowed this transition to be easier on them than it might otherwise be. They are amazing little travelers! They have expressed missing Cambridge in some amusing ways. When we first arrived and I was driving them all to the playground, Luke marveled, “Mommy, I didn’t know you could drive!” The boys have similarly asked where all the museums are, why no one is out walking on the sidewalks, and why there’s not been a Christingle service at church. All sweet reminders of our life in Cambridge . . . and the adjustments we’re making here!
Looking ahead, Amos and I (Kelli) will be traveling to California for a scan on the 28th of January. If that scan goes well, Lord willing, Amos will be able to move to an every-6-month scan schedule. The rest of his care will transition to here in NC. With that in mind:
Aside from the things above, please Pray….
- For the upcoming scan on the 28th, that it would show no recurrence of cancer.
- That Amos would continue to make progress in his rehab.
- For us as we look for local healthcare providers for Amos and all of us! But specifically that we would find some great therapists who work well with Amos and are also convenient to our location and schedule.
- That our things in transit from Cambridge would arrive quickly and without additional charges for customs inspection.
If you would like our new contact information (address, phone numbers, etc.), please email us at AmosRossUpdates@gmail.com and we’ll happily give it to you.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple! (Psalm 65:4)
Happy New Year and Love from the Ross family,
Kelli, Will, Amos, Luke, and Sam