I got a job! I spent last week applying for various jobs all over the Reno/Sparks area. I applied at Trader Joe’s, In-N-Out, Home Instead (a home care group for elderly), Whole Foods, AT&T, Dassault Aviation, and a number of other places. I had a friend try to set me up with a job at a door shop. I applied to be a flight attendant with US Air, based out of Phoenix AZ, a pilot/mechanic with Dynamic Aviation out of California, and a mechanic with Allegiant Airlines in Las Vegas or Phoenix. I was doing my best to look at every possible avenue.
On Friday, I decided to stop by Reno Flying Service to drop off my resume. I was hoping to fly for the Air Ambulance service (even though they require a minimum of 2,500 hours and I have roughly 700). I sat down with the chief pilot and he said that I wouldn’t be able to fly for the Air Ambulance service, though I could flight instruct if I wanted. I would have to find my own students but I could have the job if I felt so inclined. I did. YAHOO!!! That was easy…sort of. Now for the hard part! I need to find some students!
I already have one student who contacted me back in December. The chief pilot knows of a few people who are interested in flying but I am going to need to recruit a few more in order to fill up my week. Jessica has already hopped on board and she is working to develop a brochure for me to hand out and looking into advertisement options. She even created a Facebook page! (“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.” – Proverbs 31:10)
So, while I would love to work as a flight instructor full-time, I may have to work another job in order to make things work out for us. I hope to have an interview with Trader Joe’s later this week or early next week, and I am still (perhaps naively) hoping that things will work out with the aircraft maintenance job in Stead. Who knows? Maybe God had that job on hold so that I would get a job as a flight instructor as well!!!
So, we are doing our part and God is faithful, ever so faithful. It is certainly another example of his grace, the unmerited favor that He freely pours down on us. We are grateful and it is a blessing to have our faith stretched and grown.
On the home front, we are getting settled back into our house. I feel like a ‘real man’ because I have fixed a running toilet, replaced our garbage disposal, and figured out how to hook up our gas dryer. (My A & P training came in handy as I used teflon tape to help seal the gas pipe!) We were able to hang out with our neighbors last Sunday. Our neighbors directly to our right are muslims from Pakistan. We had heard that they were anti-social, but Jessica saw their son playing outside and she took our kids over to make some friends. (Just in case you didn’t know, children are the best “in” for any relationship/evangelism!) Jessica met the wife, her sister, and her mother and they had a good time visiting. The women were making an Indian dish called Biryani and they brought some over to us when it was finished. (Yes, it was delicious) I was able to talk with the husband when we invited their kids over to see Adelina’s “alligator” (which is really a bearded dragon named Tobok). We are excited to get to know them and hopefully have some conversations about Jesus.
We also got to see all of our other neighbors (whom we knew from when we lived in our house 2 years ago). It is great that we already have relationship with them and we can build on it. All of their children love to come over to our place to pet Tobok and watch him eat. They also like to play with Adelina’s toys! It is awesome how God has given us influence with our neighbors and we can’t wait to use it for His glory!
We are excited about MAF candidacy and the adventure that awaits, but we can’t wait to make the most of the present opportunities. The future and MAF will come. Right now is the time to invest in the lives that live next door and be faithful and fruitful here on Allegrini Court. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and we look forward to letting you know more about our neighbors!