Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mission Prep Meetings

Every two weeks, our team gets together to prepare ourselves for our trip. There are 13 of us in total: 3 from my family, Craig & Gretchen and their 3 girls, Rob (our church's director of discipleship), Christine & Monica (sisters), Wendy and Daphne.

At each meeting, we do a short bible study and some other business. This week we read Proverbs 3:5-6 and discussed being obedient to God's call, and how this verse helps - especially if we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations.

Inspirational Bible Quote Proverbs 3:5-6 Post Cards
Inspirational Bible Quote Proverbs 3:5-6

We also took time to get to know one another a little better. Though I knew most of our team in some way or another, nothing can gel or split teams more than how you prepare and how you deal with trying situations. Over the weeks ahead, we will discuss issues such as what are our fears and how we will prepare for them (example, not liking local food, coping with the skeeters or the humidity, being without home luxuries like your bed or 20 minutes in a hot shower, culture shock and not speaking the native language....).

We are all reading the missionary team book suggested to us by WGM (out of print so hard to find at reasonable prices though an old version is around $2.99) and it was suggested to find others, such as biographies of missionaries and so on. Rob suggested a day or two of fasting to prepare for days of irritation or discomfort.

One thing is clear: in times of discomfort, our true spiritual heart will surely be revealed - do we truly rely on God or do we just talk about it? Do we really have the fruits of the Spirit, or when it gets tough do we let emotion take over? As I've said before, I think we will probably get more blessings from this experience than we can possibly give others, but if I remember God's call then I remember this:

I am there at God's invitation. Which means He is already at work and I am joining Him - not the other way around. If I remember that I am not just doing His business but He is working through me, then I can do as Solomon said in Proverbs - lean not on my understanding but trust where the Lord takes me.

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