It is has been a few months since we updated you on our progress in APNTS.
Updates on the progress of our classes
Since we arrived in August from PNG, I have been so busy with my class assignments and did not have time to keep you all updated. Prior to our trip to PNG, I had taken 3 PhD classes and when I returned, I had to work on the assignments until the first week of January. We had no Christmas break.
Between the second week of January to March 2, 2019, I took 4 classes. I am now working on some of the assignments hoping to complete some before taking a couple more classes between May and July this year. It is a lot of classes but I am determined to complete them so that I can cut down on the number of classes and hopefully finish early. At the moment I have taken 11 classes. By the end of this academic year, I hope to complete at least 13 classes so I will have around 5 more classes to take in 2020. Considering the tentative class schedules provided by the PhD department, I expect to complete all my classes by mid 2020 and work on my comprehensive exam to submit by the end of 2020. Sometime around mid 2021, we should be returning back to PNG where I will work on my dissertation and Christina will also be working on her thesis. If our dissertation work progresses faster, we hope to return to APNTS for graduation on May 2022.
For the last four years, Christina has been a taking a few classes as an undergraduate student in order to be on a student visa. We thank God that at the end of November 2018, she was able to graduate with a B.Th.
This semester Christina is enrolled as a full-time Masters student with concentration on Holistic Child Development. She is likely to complete all her classes by the end of April 2020 and concentrate in working on her thesis.
At the beginning of this semester, we were financially challenged. We had outstanding accommodation bills since October 2018 added with registration fees for this semester which added up to over 68 000.00 pesos (around US$1,300.00). We are grateful for the wonderful friends and church leaders who were able to respond to our need on time. We were able to pay all the outstanding accommodation bills (from October 2018 to January 2019) including the registration costs. All the money given and deposited into our student account have all been deducted and our account is zero.
For the month of February 2019, we have a new accommodation bill of 9,000 pesos (US$173.00) which we have not yet paid. It will double at the end of March if we are not able to have any financial support.
Passport Renewal and Application
We also thank the Lord for making it possible for 3 of us to renew our passports for one more year. Our applications for new passports have been sent to Port Moresby by the PNG embassy in Manila. We are advised to wait and check at the embassy after a month. We also thank those who were able to assist us with the money to cover the costs.
The big challenge we face now is the constant need for financial support to cover our monthly accommodation bills. The bill is usually around 9000 pesos (US$173.00) per month. If you would like to assist us, you can either contact us on the email provided on our contact page or send your donations directly to our student account managed by the APNTS finance team.
Thank you for taking time to read this and we appreciate your support through prayer and giving. We can never come this far without your support.