Sunday, September 19, 2010

Second Week Of Mission Training

Here we are at the beginning of the third week here at the MTC! This past week has been enjoyable and challenging as we delved into our studies. Since we finished linguistics last week, we started in on our actual mission courses this week. We began working on the Perspectives in Christian Missions course that we started on studying before coming. It is a little difficult keeping up with the classes, but we've been learning some  life and method changing concepts. We have also had some courses on witnessing and other practical things.  We especially appreciated Alan Roth's church planting classes. This weekend us girls visited Times Square and our family went to Central Park. We are all so glad we came. We've been learning so much and we have only finished two weeks!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as time ticks down for finishing our assignments.

Friday, September 17, 2010

To Die For Christ

I say I am willing to die for Christ..but am I really? Am I willing to go through the death of a friendship by moving to a mission field with no way to keep in touch? Am I willing to go through the death of my dreams? Am I willing to really and truly die to myself? Dying for Christ is not just something that can happen to our physical bodies. Am I truly ready to die for Christ?

Yes, Jesus, I will die for You.

Monday, September 13, 2010

First Week at Mission Training Center, NYC

Well here we are at the beginning of our second week! Our first week has been relatively smooth. The first day was a bit of a struggle(I figured out why they call culture shock, culture shock=), but after our introduction to the city in the afternoon it has actually been fun. Unfortunately, our camera's USB cord did not get brought along, so pictures will have to wait till we get back. Most of our classes last week were linguistics, since the teacher left for Bangladesh. That was a little heavy, but we survived  the classes, learned a lot, and enjoyed the street assignments very much. I must say that the afternoon assignments out on the streets are my daily highlights. It is like another country in here! Literally--the whites are the minority, the English speakers are a minority, and many of the buildings have writing of another language on them. We have quite a study load, so we would appreciate your prayers as we go through that. Also please pray for physical wellness and strength. We are are all tired and I am struggling with back, neck, and head pain --not a good thing when we are walking around 2 hours every day, often carrying heavy backpacks. Otherwise, we are are doing great! Thank you all for your prayes and support!
The only way to find significance is by living for something greater than ourselves. -Bob Miller

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It is when you turn your eyes towards others, that you learn the most about yourself.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We're here!!

We are in New York City! Whoever called it a concrete jungle named it apptly. This place is huge! Today we had our first classes in linguistics, an orientation to city life, and then we went out on the streets to get aquainted with the city. My group walked through most of Queens looking for live eel and longan fruit. Parts of the city are like they are in another country. For two hours we did not see another white person! My room mates are great, the other students are wonderful, and I know we are going to learn sooo much in the next few weeks!

For those of you that don't know, my family is in NYC for five weeks at the DestiNATIONS International Missions Training Center. It is basically Mission Bible School. All DNI missionaries go through this "orientation" before going on the mission field, and any one else that wants to be a more effective missionary also may go through the classes. We are in the classroom most of the day, and then out on the streets from 3-5 every evening!  Please pray for us as we learn and minister here!
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