a new chapter

Well, I’m here. Three and a half weeks ago I stepped onto New Tribes Mission’s Missionary Training Center (MTC) campus, and began a new chapter of life. My family helped me haul my stuff down here, hung out with me for a day, and then left. My best friend stayed a few more days, helped me get unpacked and settled in, and then went off to school. And I, being the resilient missionary-in-training that I am, quickly acclimated to life at the MTC, soaked up the training in orientation, made new friends, and enjoyed the thrill of being one step closer to the mission field.

NOT.

I wish I could say that transitioning here was easy, but it wasn’t. Quite honestly, the first week of training was one of the loneliest weeks of my life. I struggled with doubts (“God, why am I here?”), fears (“can I do this?”), and my eating habits and sleeping patterns were completely out of whack. But the transition shock eventually wore off, I began to eat and sleep normally, and got adopted into a whole new family of friends who know exactly what it’s like to be in my shoes.

So, what is it like here? What am I learning? How am I growing? Where am I, anyway? These and many more questions will be answered in the posts to come, but for tonight, I just wanted you to know that I’m here, I’m settled in, and…the adventure is just beginning.

 

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2 thoughts on “a new chapter

  1. Rohn

    Rachel,
    Glad to hear how God is working in you. I like your new blog!

  2. Edith Hockett

    Hi Rachel!
    I loved your honesty in your blog! sometimes life is lonely and very uncertain! But praise God, He’s there to walk us thru each of those times and you’ll truly experience that He will never leave you or forsake you! Praying for you daily!
    love and hugs, grandma

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