Matthew’s Going to Fort Drum, New York!!

Oh my goshness PRAISE THE LORD. After many months of prayer and anticipation we finally, finally, fianlly found out that Matthew is going to be stationed at Fort Drum in New York!!!!

Hip hip hooray 🙂

What is all this commotion about you may ask? Well essentially, Matthew found out where he is going to be stationed once he’s done with military training, which means he found out where he is going to be living for the next year or so AND the army unit that he will officially be joining once he’s there.  Still confused? Click here for a more thorough read!

Yes, I know that I told many of you to pray that we would get Hawaii or Germany and New York is quite the opposite…but we are thankful none the less because we know that this is the place God has prepared for Matthew. To grow the most, to be challenged the most, and to glorify our Savior the most. Even though we don’t know what the future holds, we know that God has big plans for Matthew over there!

So Fort Drum, New York it is!

Fort Drum is notorious for being mind-numbingly cold and fairly barren but what’s awesome about it the home of one of the fiercest units with a long legacy of excellence. 10th Mountain Division is known as a rapid response unit and train their men to be the best of the best. Makes sense that Matt would be placed there seeing as he is the best of the best based on my completely unbiased third party opinion of course, so good job America.

Now  before you get all excited about the fact that he’s going to New York, it ain’t all as glamorous as you might think. Lemme lay down some facts for ya.

Fort Drum is in very upstate New York. It’s actually closer to the Canadian border than  to any major US City. Check it out.

Fort Drum Map

There’s this one cute little town that is about a 20 minute drive away from base called Watertown. To my dismay, there is not an abundance of ice cream parlors, boba places, or Yogurtlands because the weather is basically cold enough for you to make shaved snow in your backyard. To Miss Born-And-Raised in California here….I am already shivering.

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But no fear! There are a bunch of weekend adventure spots for the outdoor wanderer. New York, New York is a 5 hour and 17 minute drive away, Niagara Falls is a 3 hour and 46 minutes hour drive away, and 1 hour and 25 minutes!

And if nothing else, upstate New York is a clear picture of God’s majestic creation. So absolutely beautiful in that area, especially in the summer I am told!

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Fall

Please pray for Matthew and for us. Definitely lots of uncertainties and a lot of fears, but we trust in the sovereign God who allows all things for his good purpose.

  • For Matthew as he prepares for his first round of training in April – his area of focus now that his station has been settled. Even though it’s long and tiring, pleas pray for Matthew to be strengthened by the Word and find rest in the Lord throughout the 4 month training.
  • For God to reveal church and ministry opportunities out in Fort Drum. Just based on a quick search, the closest church other than the one on base is about an hour away (under good weather conditions).
  • For us to trust in the Lord with any future plans in our relationship and to be patient with one another as we figure out a list of things that may not even happen such as deployment, housing, moving, marriage (ahem) and more.
  • For peace and joy – super cliche I know, but we want to rejoice knowing that God has placed Matt where he will be most effective as both an army officer and a faithful servant of the Gospel instead of being bummed about the snowy weather and lack of boba.

Thank you to everyone for always asking about and praying for Matthew as he’s making his way through his military career. There is definitely a long road ahead, but we can’t wait!

So congrats to you, my dearest Matthew 🙂 I couldn’t be more excited or more proud!

Over and out,

Juang

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