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.
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.