The year began slowly as Stephen found himself back at the beginning of the process of looking for a new job. He began to send out more applications to more schools both in and out of the United States. He looked at the job conference taking place in Chicago in February for a while. After much prayer and asking different people for advise, he decided the expense of the trip wasn’t worth the risk of not coming back home with a sure job offer.
So, we continued to wait. As the weeks of February passed by, he received both positive and negative feedback from different schools. He was interviewed over the phone and Internet for several schools. A school in Lake Jackson, Texas, called Brazosport Christian School (BCS) was the first to ask for an on-site visit from Stephen and agreed to pay for his travel expenses and hotel stay. Soon, they had scheduled him to leave Quito on Wednesday, February 23 and return to Quito the evening of Saturday, February 26.
In the midst of talking to this school in Texas, another school in Bangkok, Thailand called International Community School (ICS), had also started interviewing Stephen. Just a few days before Stephen was planning to leave on his trip to Texas, they also asked for him to take a flight over 12 time zones to come and visit them.
With Cristina’s due date approaching, he asked for the trip to be booked soon after he returned from Texas. Just this morning, he has been given a tentative itinerary which would have him leaving Quito only 24 hours after returning on February 26. His flight will leave soon after midnight on Monday, February 28. He will arrive in Thailand on Tuesday night and spend all of Wednesday and Thursday there before flying out early Friday morning to arrive in Quito late on March 4.
Fortunately for him, we have a two day holiday on Monday and Tuesday for Ecuador’s “Carnival” vacation. So, he will hopefully be able to recover from his jet lag soon after returning to Ecuador.
Besides these two schools, there is a school in Peach Tree, Georgia, which has told Stephen he is among their top eight candidates for the administrative position they have there. There is also another international school in Casablanca, Morocco (northern Africa) and in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that have been interviewing Stephen, but have not requested an on-site visit yet.
However, since Cristina has requested that Stephen not travel anywhere in her last four weeks of pregnancy, these two trips are the last he will make until our third little bundle of joy arrives on the scene.
If you would like to call Stephen and encourage him in the next few days while he is Texas, he is using the following cell phone number: 352-215-4524.