Email...(Sunday, January 7, 2001)
Dear Mr. Martens,
I hope that the Lord is blessing you and your
family in this new
year. I just wanted to inform you
that my wife and I just finished the online
applications for NICS. We
are excited and we covet
your prayers as we begin this application process.
We have our finances
organized and the Lord is
definitely blessing us in this manner. We have let
our families in our plans, also.
Patricia contacted the university where she
completed her Masters program. Unfortunately, they
we're not willing
to work with her regarding her
certification for school counselor. They were
requiring her to complete an additional
hours (essentially another degree), although she had
completed most of the coursework previously.
a minor setback. She wanted me to inform you that she
is so willing to be used in any capacity. She would
a classroom assistant, custodian/janitor, or cook.
As for me, we have just begun our second
of school. Presently I have not informed my principal
of my decision to leave. I don't believe
that she is a Christian and she may not understand our desire to teach overseas. The situation often calls for
dealing with her. I will need a little time breaking
this news to her. I am bathing this in daily
We ask that you continue to pray for us, and we
hope that we can still be used for the Lord
school. Feel free to advise us on the next steps of
Servants of the Lord
His Reply....(Fri. Jan. 12, '01)
Dear John & Patricia:
Thank you for your email. I received your NICS application today. I am attaching
a copy of my proposed web site which gives a lot of details about employment at ACS.
If you get on internet to collegeboard.org you should be able to find
the workshop schedues for their college placement seminars. If Patricia could get involved in one of those it would be
of great help for counselling students for college admission. I am currently thinking of using Macel as a high school supervisor
with the ultimate goal of college counsellor when we discontinue the current distance learning program from the University
of Nebraska. We are also working on joint accreditation with the European Council of Overseas Schools and the MId
Atlantic Accrediting Association. So I can foresee a longterm and fulfilling ministry at ACS. For John I am looking at a self-contained
class for Grade 6. I would also like to explore the curricular interests. I would like to begin specializing some of
the course in Grade 6,7,8. What areas would you be interested in? I am hiring a math teacher for the high school who will
also teach Middle School mathematics. My current 5&6 teacher is interested in teaching PE. If you happen to be interested
in PE we could develop a boys and girls classes. Just let me know.
We are praying with you for the Lord's guidance. Our new building project is
moving right along and should be finished by the end of June. The steel frame is up and the first floor walls are in place.
The ground floor is being poured today, I will put you on my weekly mailing list so you can be informed of what is happening