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SemperReformanda
07-27-2011, 06:38 PM
So most of you have read my previous requests for prayer that God would provide money for school. And then, most of you probably know that I was effected by the tornadoes in Alabama.

Well, today is the 3-month anniversary. And oddly enough I found out today from the Dean of my school that there is 0 scholarship money available for me, the hardship application I submitted probably will not yield any funds because I had renters and car insurance and my need for school does not matter apparently in terms of this hardship application, and I still don't have a car.

I have a roof over my head. I have a ride to work, a full time job. I got an extension yesterday from student receivables saying I have until August 19th to pay or confirm my schedule (show that I have money coming). I had to turn down a job yesterday BECAUSE I was so sure that God would provide the money for school -- and that if I took it and had to quit I would be doing a disservice to the manager who took was willing to take a risk on me to head up a new department. I had potential to make decent money. Now, I don't know where to turn. I've applied for loans 3 times and been denied. I've been told by two people in my department that there is "basically nothing left that we can do" for me, and I need to drop out and work and save up money to return to school. The problem? Within six months I have to start making student loan payments. On a $8/hr job? And pay rent? And save up money for school? And pay about a MINIMUM of 1k per month towards loans? Impossible. I really don't know what to do, ask or say. I honestly feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders right now. I can't escape it. I know I'll owe money once I graduate -- but at least then I'll have a degree and 6 months to get a job that will help make the payments. If I quit now..I'll never be able to return.

Pray for me. I know I seem like I'm constantly begging. Probably seem like an emotional sap. (This same prayer request applies to my brother. He's a Sophomore. Just got accepted into a program where he was one or 17 accepted out of 250 applicants.)

TheNon-Rapper
07-27-2011, 08:00 PM
Praying for you bro. I don't know what your situation is like and I can't relate, but just turn to scripture and we find that God already has a plan for us and all thing will work out for good for those who love Him. I'm sure it's probably hard to see that right now for you, but just keep praying and having faith that God knows what you're going through and He'll get you through it.

SemperReformanda
07-27-2011, 09:11 PM
Thanks. Lemme say I have calmed down a bit since I wrote this haha. It's overwhelming and burdensome, but deep within it all I'm content within my mind knowing that the Lord will provide and is sovereign over all of this. If I have to be a homeless 21 year old traveling to shelters -- the very breath I take is provision enough. Just a hard pill to understand and swallow, but It will be ok in the end.

d.hyde
07-27-2011, 09:25 PM
If worse comes to worse would you move out of state for work? my job is hiring Community service officers for $22/hour

SemperReformanda
07-27-2011, 09:48 PM
If worse comes to worse would you move out of state for work? my job is hiring Community service officers for $22/hour

yea man. if logistics were there I'd move to timbuktu to make a living and pay the bills haha

d.hyde
07-27-2011, 09:58 PM
You'll find the position here

https://jobs.bart.gov/psc/JOBS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1


This is a bus driver hiring
http://careers.actransit.org/psc/acthprod_cg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?FolderPath=PORTAL_ROOT_OBJECT. HC_HRS_CE_GBL2&IsFolder=false&IgnoreParamTempl=FolderPath%2cIsFolder&

and they have a lot of jobs here
twitter.com/jobsoakland

SemperReformanda
07-27-2011, 10:49 PM
You'll find the position here

https://jobs.bart.gov/psc/JOBS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1


This is a bus driver hiring
http://careers.actransit.org/psc/acthprod_cg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?FolderPath=PORTAL_ROOT_OBJECT. HC_HRS_CE_GBL2&IsFolder=false&IgnoreParamTempl=FolderPath%2cIsFolder&

and they have a lot of jobs here
twitter.com/jobsoakland

Thanks Mr. Hyde. ha.

I'm gonna amp up my resume and such just in case. Really appreciate that.

SemperReformanda
07-31-2011, 08:32 PM
Update: Was awarded (some) funds by the tornado hardship fund at the University. Helps a little bit towards school at least for the fall. Not substantial though. Grateful though.

Lawyer at church found out about our situation and is drafting a letter as our advocate to submit with our pleas for in-state status again. Pray that goes well. In-state would guarantee I could go to school. I'd delay a semester or two because I'd have to work to pay for it while going to school -- but I'd be able to go.

benjamin
08-01-2011, 09:42 AM
Praying for you fam.

SemperReformanda
08-06-2011, 12:51 AM
'Nother update so those who have been praying with and for me and my brother can know more specifics:

Went on break today at 3. Had a voicemail from the secretary at our church. Told us we HAD to turn in our in-state residency applications today -- the lawyer attempting to help us called and talked to someone in the office. He was confident and encouraged that we would have a good shot at receiving it -- but it HAD to be today. I asked off for the rest of the day and sped over to campus. The office closed at 3. Pushed them both under the door with the date and time that we were there. Pray for grace from the registrar's office, that it would be granted without confusion (and that the fact that we made it there before their website said they closed -- which was 4:30). Would take a world of confusion, burden, and uncertainty and anxiety off my family's shoulders. Thanks fam!

SemperReformanda
08-08-2011, 06:18 PM
Aaand another update fam. Pray for me on Wednesday at 2CT. My brother and I are going to a meeting with the Vice Provost of Student Affairs and the University Registrar. We may or may not come out of there with news regarding our in-state tuition. We get it and we can go to school. We don't get it, and I'll be back to square one, my brother will have no options left and likely have to leave and move to Virginia to live with my parents. Again, I have 44 hours left. That's a year plus a summer. So close. Pray with me that God would be glorified through this meeting, and that if it's His will we would get the in-state tuition.

SemperReformanda
08-10-2011, 05:06 PM
My brother and I were denied. Three months ago when I stepped outside of the bathroom after the tornado had destroyed our complex, our car and most of our belongings, killed 4 neighbors and paralyzed another, and taken 40+ lives in my city I uttered the words, "Praise God. I'm alive, breathing, and was spared. Praise God." In my heart I knew that and held it dear, but I was shaken and flustered. Three months later, and I can still say the same phrase. Learning to accept that my plan, my will, and my idea of a bright future may not be what He has set forth. Difficult and comforting at the same time. Thank all of you for the prayers, and please continue to be in prayer as I remain confident (and will until school starts August 24th) that I will be in school this year. The Lord has not brought us this far to abandon us, and he surely won't. I'm alive, and that's a blessing sufficient for me. Patiently waiting, but I know that whether I am in school or not -- I have nothing I can do but to say, "To God be the glory."

This verse has been a comfort, thought it may not be perfectly applied. "From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him." Isaiah 64:4

albraggs
08-15-2011, 01:24 PM
will pray for you!

undadog4eva
08-15-2011, 06:34 PM
Amen!

SemperReformanda
08-19-2011, 08:06 AM
Update:

My brother and I decided to try one LAST time to apply for a loan last Wednesday when we were denied in-state. We'd been denied 5 times already this summer for loans.

We were both approved.

The University confirmed our schedules officially yesterday. We're both going back to school.

All glory to GOD ALONE for what He has done, and is doing in my life and my brothers. I still find myself anxious about stupid things -- money in the future, food, etc. If I've learned ANYTHING through this it's that the Lord will sustain and provide for me. No matter what. Even when it looks like there is absolutely no way. Even when it's not the way I really wanted. (We didn't WANT a loan. More debt. In the end, it became the only option. He provided.)

Thanks so much to all of you for praying for us. (Sidenote: Please pray for my brother, that he sees all of this is a product of God's mercy and grace and provision for us. Nothing of our doing. God alone provided, no matter how late we had to "wait" for it. I don't think he understands or is appreciative.)

Thanks again! Soli Deo gloria!

SemperReformanda
09-04-2011, 09:56 PM
Somewhat of an UPDATE:

School is going well. Busy, taking 18 hours.

My brother and I are still in dire need of another car -- a beater. Anything to get me from apartment, to campus, and to a job.

My job from this summer forced me to resign because I couldn't put in enough hours (because of the lack of car usage time). I can have it back anytime when I can put in more hours.

I have a lead on a radio production job producing one of the largest syndicated shows in the Southeast for a station in town. It'd fit my schedule perfectly, be a daily thing. I just need to A) get it, and B) God to provide another car.

So please pray with me fervently that God would provide a job that fits my school schedule, and another beater car for me to drive. Thanks fam!

SemperReformanda
10-10-2011, 09:13 AM
I'd appreciate some prayers today. Auditioning for the play-by-play job for a certain sport at the Univ. of Alabama not named football or basketball. Five time national champs, and defending national champs. 3rd biggest revenue earning sport in terms of broadcasting for the station. Nationwide audience. This would be absolutely huge for my development and resume. Thanks family!

StreetSermonz
10-12-2011, 08:40 PM
Man, Praise God for your testimony! I've had tough situation in school due to finances and stopped going to the University of Miami 3 years ago in part due to an inability to pay tuition. I would love to go back one day, and hope that the LORD wills it. Reading this was very encouraging.