Two days after Thanksgiving break, Stephen was taking an international trip to the U.S. He had two major destinations. First, he was traveling to Naples, Florida, where he was being considered as a possible candidate for high school administrator at a church-based school there. He was to spend two days there and then he would drive up to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend a job recruitment conference hosted by the AASSA international association of schools located in central and South America. Basically, several schools from countries in central and South America, would be sending representatives to this fair to recruit people for different administrative positions at their schools.
Stephen had already connected with several of the schools through the recruitment website, and was highly confident that he would receive several job offers while attending the conference. However, the fair did not turn out quite as he had hoped. Although he was able to make some valuable connections with other administrators there, he was not officially offered a job position by any of them. There are still a few schools who are still “considering” Stephen among their top candidates. But Stephen is learning that even if one is considered “second” among the candidates, it makes no difference if the person considered “first” accepts the job.
Such was the case with the Christian school in Naples. Stephen was told that he was a definite “second” choice, but they were waiting to hear back from their number one choice. Two weeks later, they received their confirmation from that candidate and told Stephen that the position had been filled.
So, here we are, once again, wondering where God will send us next year. The only thing we know for sure is that we will be leaving the Alliance Academy International. Stephen’s replacement has already been chosen and announced to the current faculty and staff. There is no turning back.
Our biggest challenge right now is finding positions that will offer Stephen enough of a salary that we can pay off our loans and mortgage, and so that Cristina does not have to work for at least a couple years while their children are under school age.
One school in Honduras was at the point of offering a position to Stephen, but he found out that we would need to rely on donations and financial support gifts. Raising support has been increasingly difficult in this past year as many of our friends and supporters struggle to meet their own financial burdens.
There is another recruitment fair in Chicago, Illinois during the second week of February. Stephen is still considering whether he should attend, because we really don’t have the funds to send him on another week long trip to the U.S. However, he may have to attend if nothing opens up between now and then.