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Today Mary received a job offer/acceptance letter from the company that sponsored her training to become a certified computer technician for a government helpline. She begins six weeks of paid training at the beginning of February.
In April while we were eating lunch at Steak and Shake, Mary told me that she had signed up for computer certification course to qualify for a high tech computer helpline job. (https://annkilter.com/2014/04/07/marys-wishes/).
At that lunch, Mary told me that she was giving up on getting a job in accounting and was going to try something else. She had graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and had not found a full time job.
So this summer and fall, she took a 15 week course for computer certification. I took her to her class for 12 weeks every Monday and Wednesday evening. Then Ralph ended up in the hospital with a bowel obstruction. All of a sudden I couldn’t take her to her class. The building is an hour bus ride from our home. My plans for providing her with transportation fell apart. I didn’t know what to do. I cried out to God.
Then one of the gals in my Sunday School class took charge and arranged rides for Mary during the last three weeks of her course. She also arranged transportation so that Patty could get to her TA job at a local college. I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing this was to our family and especially to Mary and Patty.
Mary passed the certification test on the first try.
She had to get security clearance because this job is for a government contractor. And she starts the beginning of February with six weeks of paid training. Then she will be a Tier I Help Desk Technician. She will be paid a living wage, with health benefits. God’s provision is wonderful in the midst of trials.
I told Mary that the events of this fall demonstrates that we cannot be depended on to meet her needs. I pray that I will be able to take her to her job, and maybe if Ralph recovers enough, he can retire and provide transportation, but there are no guarantees. She may have to make arrangements to live on her own and find her own transportation (by bus most likely) sooner than we had planned. Maybe we will move to a two bedroom apartment closer to her job by bus and she can live with us for a few more years.
Still, she received the email with Job offer/acceptance letter while we were out shopping today. As we were driving home, she said that she had spent the last two hours in a state of pure happiness.