Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Confessions of an Amateur

I have always admired--both up close (Adam Powell: http://www.powellblog.com) and from afar (Gunner's: http://rawchristianity.com) --all the bloggers in my life. They have such profound postings and their very lives reveal that which they post. In light of this, I have always been a little bit hesitant to become a blogger. My RD, Summer, and I have joked about this, each thinking that we would read each other's blogs if they existed. She said she would title her blog: Things I've Learned from my RA. I told her that I would title mine: Things I've Learned from my RD. Alas, here I am writing all by myself. The main reason for the start of this blog is that I hope to use it to post updates once I am in Papua New Guinea. That's right...Papua New Guinea. Dr. Tatlock (my missions advisor at The Master's College) said that blogging is the growing trend in missionary communication. They can post what needs to be posted and the people who need the information or are interested in what is going on can just log on and read it! Pretty ideal, I suppose. It costs much less than quarterly prayer letters, both in money and time. So maybe this is the lazy missionary's prayer letter? But back to Papua New Guinea--Many of you have walked alongside me in this journey, but for those of you who are now just joining the cause, read on for the history of my relationship with Papua New Guinea.

I transferred to Master's as a junior in Biblical Studies. I chose to have a double-emphasis in both Biblical Counseling and Missions. Every Missions major is required to embark on a field-based semester missions trip, lasting 3-4 months. The concept is much like that of an internship in any other practical field of study. I essentially get to answer the question, "If you could go anywhere in the world with the purpose of growing in your sanctification, where would you choose?" Whoa. Big question, huh? At first I chose Quito, Ecuador to join missionaires Phil & Elizabeth Payne and looking into visiting my World Vision girl, Gabriela. Then I took a class in cross-cultural church planting and came out of it thinking that reaching unreached people groups was the only option for my life. Because of God's grace working in and through me, I realize that this may not be the most accurate application of the class. Nonetheless due to the influence of the class, I decided to dabble a bit in this area of missions by way of my field-based semseter. To make this long story shorter, I chose to study under New Tribes Mission for their Interface program. This is a 6-week training school based in the highlands of PNG. There I will be learning from the formal instruction of NTM missionaries and then going out into the jungle to apply the new knowledge. Right now the goal is to be hosted by a NTM full-time missionary family for another 3-6 weeks after Interface, but we have yet to establish those details. Be looking for updates as they come!

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