Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Travel and College Visits - October & November

I'm currently on the road at Moody Bible Institute. I arrived last evening and had a great time visiting with an MK and then meeting several other students and MKs. It's a great opportunity to catch up, but also to spend time in prayer and encouraging these young people. Today, I'm visiting with 2 more MKs here at Moody and then I'm off to Wheaton for a campus visit.

Tonight, I'll be back in Indiana visiting with 3 other MKs and hopefully continuing the ministry of encouragement.

So far this semester, I've been able to visit students at Indiana Wesleyan University, Kentucky Mountain Bible College and Trine University. I have plans to visit Asbury University, Ohio Christian University and other campuses over the coming months.

Please pray with me that the Lord will use me.

WGM Renewal and CMS Seminars - July & September

The mission hosted Renewal seminars (1 in July and 1 in September) for several of our families returning from their respective fields of service. My focus was working through some of the transition ’issues’ with the youth in attendance and seeing to the care of the younger Missionary Kids. Then during the week following each of the Renewal seminars, the mission had a CMS seminar for those missionaries beginning their Home Ministry Assignment. I continued working with the youth and children during these times, including being a home school teacher. In all, 32 children & youth were in attendance.

WGM Field Directors Retreat and MK Camp - June

From IWU, I moved over to the WGM Headquarters for a few days with the youth during the Field Directors Retreat. Then I directed our annual MK Camp, June 24-28, for the junior high and high school missionary kids who are in the States this year. Twenty-three students attended this year’s camp held at Ouabache State Park in Indiana. Our theme of FEARLESS came from a message God laid on my heart from Psalm 23. It was a great time of worship and personal challenge. There was a healthy sharing among the youth regarding the commonalities of their 'missionary' life experiences.

'Not The Same' Youth Camp - June

Next, I went to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) to participate in a youth camp for two districts of the Wesleyan Church. Over 700 students attended this week of crazy games and deep challenges from the Word of God. I led one of the six ‘chat rooms’ available each morning for the high school students. They also put me in charge of corralling the ‘red’ team each afternoon.  It was challenging, yet fun, to encourage a team of over 160 students to work together.

Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - June

After my Africa visit, I traveled to Rhode Island with an MK to help him move.  He had accepted a position as an electrical engineer upon graduation from Purdue University. It was a fun trip and a privilege to help him get settled in his new surroundings.  Along the way, we enjoyed visits with
another MK and another good friend pastoring in Pennsylvania.