Orientation through our organization consists of 8 weeks of learning everything from language and ch*rch planting strategies to acquiring visas and being familiar with our affinity (South Asia). We have leaders here who pour into us and are passionate about making His Name known among every nation, people, tribe, and language. What an honor it is to be here.
And just when the paperwork and sitting in a classroom for 8 hours begins to drain us, we are reminded through our quad-mates (who are quickly becoming like family) to be thankful for this season of life and the process we are experiencing. The organization takes care of us. Your offering takes care of us. And, even if it means a mountain (or entire notebook) worth of paperwork, it’s worth it all.
Speaking of our quad-mates: we live in a quad. We have a private room, bathroom, and kitchen but share a common area with 9 other people who all (except one) are going to South Asia. We will get to see them again at our affinity orientation in January and then again at various retreats next year. We are so thankful to have these great people in our life and to share life with them.
We are also at orientation with a variety of different people who are being sent around the world. One woman who is here happens to be a lady who knows how to do henna Bible storying. What a great opportunity it has been to learn this skill from her. The henna tells a Bible story and allows someone the opportunity to share the story and provide a connection to the South Asian culture. It stays on someone’s hand for about 2 weeks. It’s been a great way for me to learn the Bible stories (since it’s dyed onto my skin for 2 weeks) and has provided a great opportunity for me to share around the community with South Asians. And it’s beautiful! It’s a win-win-win! You could even try it in your community as a way to connect to internationals near you. Let me know if you decide to try it!
This time at orientation has also provided a time for us to be refreshed in the Word and spend time in prayer and meditation on the Lord. I will probably write a longer post on all that the Lord is teaching me during this time in the near future.
For now, feel free to ask us questions. And say lots of prayers for us. Tomorrow is immunization day. That means we each get 4 shots. It’s worth it all! It’s worth it all!