This July, Bree and I were able to partner with the Narramore Christian Foundations’ MK ReEntry Seminar at Biola University. It was an incredible 2-week program that gave MKs a unique chance to process their cross-cultural transition to the USA as well as into college.
This FUN-FILLED seminar had some very practical objectives:
Orientation: We talked about American culture—the good and the bad, college life, friendships and dating, and finances. There was several off-campus social and recreational outings, including the beach, and an amusement park.
Assessment: Personality tests that assess personal adjustment and identify growing edges.
Adjustment: Christian educators and counselors, with a heart for missions and a love for teens, encouraged and guided students in addressing areas for personal, social, and spiritual growth.
Challenge: Daily meetings, nightly dorm devotions, and informal conversations with staff and fellow MKs challenged students to trust God more fully and give new understanding to the Christian life.
One of the students said:
“As my family and I left South America earlier this year I didn’t shed a tear. All I felt was an empty numb feeling. All my lifelong friends where at the airport to see us off but I still couldn’t feel it.
I wondered what I was missing; why couldn’t I feel it?
This morning I felt it, all of it, as I said goodbye to all of you I felt that I was also saying goodbye to South America.
Thank you all so much for, well everything, I have felt a new kind of friendship with all of you that I have never felt before.
It all seems like a dream now that I’m back in the USA, but I will never forget the Reentry seminar.”
What a joy it was to be a part of this amazing program. We can’t wait for next year!
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?…
We just returned safely from an unforgettable trip to Papua New Guinea! We were a part of the Hume Lake International team that went over to put together a summer camp for the New Tribes Mission’s missionary kids.
(check out our pictures here – and the videos below)
This amazing opportunity allowed me a chance to finally see where Bree spent her childhood, and this was the first time Bree has been back after almost 8 years. This trip also gave us a chance to do the kind of support ministry to MK’s that we are looking to do long-term. Camp was incredible! These kids brought so much energy (which is important for a Hume Lake camp) but also brought a sincere openness to seek the Lord and hear the message. Since most of these Missionary Kids understand the gospel already, our message was centered around making the faith their own, a personal faith. What an encouragement it was to hang out with these kids and get a chance to challenge to personal faiths in Christ. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Here is the Recap Video from camp!!!
2012 Hume Lake Papua New Guinea – Spiritual Emphasis Week from Hume Lake on Vimeo.
After camp ended, we had the opportunity to fly into a small remote tribe in the PNG highlands called Simbari. This will stand as one of the most incredible days of my life. We flew little Cessna 206’s into a remote airstrip in the middle of mountains and canyons and then spent the entire day rubbing shoulders with the believers in the village alongside the New Tribes missionaries currently living there. We learned about their lives, played sports, sang songs and listened to them sing, heard some of their testimonies, and fellowshipped by the fire. Leaving and saying goodbye was the hardest part.
Lastly, Bree and I got to stick around an extra week in the capital city, Port Moresby with Bree’s parents. They currently serve with New Tribes Mission there as the mission’s Government Representatives. They showed us all around their home area and what they do day-to-day. They also had an anniversary that week and we celebrated by taking a boat to a local resort island just outside Port Moresby for the day. It was a fast but awesome week.
This truly was one of those milestone experiences in life that we will remember forever. For many reasons, this trip was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to all who came behind us and made it possible.
- Check out the trip pictures HERE!
- Here is a GREAT video of our trip made by Eryn our teammate!
Papua New Guinea 2012 from Eryn Holm on Vimeo.
This last week I had the opportunity to check out a PULSE Event in Milwaukee. Pulse is the fastest student-led movement sweeping the nation. It focuses on reaching the college generation for Christ.
It was an Evangelic outreach concert with bands such as Lecrae, Tedashii, KB, Family Force 5, and Flatfoot 56. It was incredible. We at New Tribes Bible Institute have been gearing up for it and inviting students in the local colleges/universities, and had an amazing turn-out. The Bands where top-notch and the music was BLASTING. However, the message was CLEAR. The gospel was given thoroughly. Not only did Nick Hall illuminate the gospel clearly, but most the bands took time to clearly give the reason they live for God’s glory. It would be easy to hold an event like this and share the gospel as a “tack on”… but this was not the case. The gospel was front-and-center from start to finish. Check out this video!
I was excited to be a part of this night and am thankful that Pulse knows this is not a one-time deal. They had great tools setup for next steps and continued discipleship in place. They partner with countless churches so these college students can get plugged-in and find a local church body to call their own right away.
From what little I have experienced of this ministry, I thought it was great. Check out this little snapshot of Pulse and see how you can get involved.
Check out pulsemovement.com to learn more about Pulse and how you can get involved.
I recently came across this new documentary being made about MKs in Denizen – Third culture Kids Magazine. Julie Englander, a Chicago-based journalist, is currently filming a documentary on Missionary Kids returning to the U.S. and adjusting to their supposed “home culture.” She just released a film demo and I am really excited about it! A lot of the film centers around the MK reentry seminars that Barnabas Int’l and Mukappa Int’l puts on every summer! In fact, we are excited about an initiative currently happening through Mukappa to help raise the funds needed for these very vital retreats! It’s called “A Buck and a Stamp” and is a REALLY easy way to get involved and help make these seminars available to as many MKs as possible. So what are you waiting for?… check it out and send in your dollar!!!
Check out the Demo!
Home Again demo from Julie Englander on Vimeo.
This is a great new video about training for tribal missions. Planting a church among an unreached people group is tough. That’s why NTM provides ongoing training that equips you for each challenge you will face. New Tribes Bible Institute (where we currently are training) and then the Missionary Training Center are great first steps.