Practical Living Skills Trip

10.20.13 Practical Living

 

We recently had an opportunity to go on a three-day Practical/Survival skills trip.  The purpose was to help equip New Tribes Mission missionaries as they live and or visit remote locations in the deep jungles where unreached people groups often live.

 

We knew it was going to be a doozy of a trip when we learned we would be hiking everything in (including food) and would have to find our base camp via GPS coordinates, map, and compass.  The experience was great! … fun may not be the best way to describe if I’m honest, but VERY beneficial for sure.  Through we had rain and chilly temps that dipped into the 30’s at night, we had a chance to learn and practice a ton.

Very glad NTM values equipping and training so much… It makes a huge difference.

 

8.31.13 MTC Life - Our Ministries

Here at MTC, we are to be involved in ministry within the local community. Bree is currently working with a local teen pregnancy center and I am working with our local YoungLife chapter.  We are both additionally involved in a youth group made up of the high school Missionary Kids whose parents work at the MTC.  What a cool way to get into the community here and have a chance to put what we learn into practice!

 

MTC Life – Work Detail

 

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         As students at the New Tribes Missionary Training Center, we are each given campus jobs.  The goal is to keep tuition as low as possible by not needing to hire workers.

IMG_2705Bree is one of the training center receptionists. Along with answering calls and questions, she has been working on the project of creating files on the computer for every student (or couple) who has attended the training since the 1970’s.  She also organizing thousands of scanned documents into their folders.

 

 

Pete in on the grounds crew team.  His team works on ALL kinds of seasonal projects on the property.  Everything from cutting dead trees out of the forest to mowing the MANY acres of lawn/fields, falls into their job description.

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Pete is also responsible to maintain the dust on our dirt roads by driving the water tanker and spraying them down.  How cool is that!?!

 

 

We made it to MTC!

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We Made It to MTC!

Wow… we are amazed by God once again.  We have officially started classes at the New Tribes Missionary Training Center in Missouri and we could not be more excited. This has been a “next step” for some time and it has finally begun.  What really amazes us is how God provided for us to get here.  Last May, we looked at the increasingly intimidating mountain of financial support that would be needed and… we shook in our boots. All we knew was this was the next step and if He wanted us there, He would have to get us there.  Well, we watched as God used many of YOU to partner with us to send us to Papua New Guinea this last October and now here to the training.  We wanted to thank all of you who prayed for us and came behind us financially these last few months.  We are here in class because of what God did through you and we are cannot wait to dive in.  This is some of best missionary training in the world and we are humbled to be apart of it.

classThe incoming spring semester classes are typically on the smaller side and our class is no exception.  There are nine of us in our class, but boy are we diverse!  We have three married couples and three single ladies.  We have Germany, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, New Jersey, Illinois, and California all represented in our small class! We all take the same subjects together and get to join in with the other classes on campus a few times a week for chapel and other events. 

Though small, our apartment is great! Plenty of room for us to live, study, and have folks over.  The campus is situated on a cove of the Lake of the Ozark and is beautiful.  Lots of places to enjoy the outdoors once it gets a bit warmer! 😉

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Thanks again for sending us to training! We are confident in the Lord that we are in the right place and look forward to learn all He has for us here. 

Hume International PNG Video

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I recently came across a great post on Hume Lake Blog about our trip to Papua New Guinea! It is written by Rachel, our teams fearless leader and Hume rockstar! READ it here.  I also found an awesome video from the PNG trip that Hume is using during winter camp to introduce missions to the students at Hume this winter!  WATCH it here! We’re in this video a couple of times!  Can you find us?…