So, what is it like here? And where am I, anyway?
I’m currently at New Tribes Mission’s Missionary Training Center in Roach, Missouri (near Lake of the Ozarks). I am on the Church Planting track here in training, which means that I will take 3 semesters (each semester is 18 weeks long) of classes that will prepare me to be an effective tribal church planter. After that, I hope to stay for the extra semester of Linguistics classes that will help me in my language learning on the field and will help prepare me for Bible translation, literacy, and linguistics on the mission field.
It is incredible to be on a campus where everyone–and everything–is geared towards tribal missions. Every student (missionary candidate) is here because they have answered God’s command to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15). We are all ordinary people, with ordinary skills, and ordinary faith, who are stepping out in faith, eager to see how God can work through our weaknesses to reach the unreached with the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is such an incredible adventure!
So what is it like? It’s like being surrounded by a family you never knew you had. At the same time, the classes and the ministry opportunities here stretch you beyond how much you ever thought you could be stretched. It’s good, it’s challenging, it’s refreshing, it’s new, it’s crazy…I wouldn’t trade being here right now for anything else in the world.
Well, I’m off to go eat supper with two other families and a bunch of singles. We all love opening our homes to each other, sharing meals, and growing in fellowship and unity with one another…it feels like we are one big family. Come and visit me any time so you can see for yourself!