As we looked at the year ahead of us, we knew it would be a series of steps. In order to complete the process without being overwhelmed, we had to take it one step at a time. It sounds like a logical conclusion. Thus, we began our career with MAF this last January. Since then we have moved out of our house, packed up our long-term storage items, decided which items would come to Indonesia, traveled to Prescott, AZ to visit friends and connect with one of our supporting churches, finished MAF’s Standardization and Orientation courses, completed Turbo-Prop Training at Spokane Turbine Center, completed our cross-cultural training in Minnesota, visited friends and family in Wisconsin and North Carolina, and most recently ordered and packed our crates which will be shipped to our home base, Tarakan, on the island of Kalimantan. How did we do this? One step at a time. The good news is we nearer now than when we first began!
This past month has been quite the whirlwind. We left for training in Minnesota on June 19th. We got to catch up with our good friends, Jonathan and Esther Sundman. We had fun at the Mall America and just hanging out. Then, we attended a training seminar called Sahara Challenge by the Crescent Project. The purpose of this ministry is to teach Christians about Islam and train them how best to share our faith with Muslims. We had the blessing of doing a short study during our Orientation with MAF that prepared us for our time time at Sahara Challenge. The study is called “Bridges” and it is an amazing tool we would highly recommend. There are some commonalities between Christianity and Islam and we can use these things to explain the gospel and encourage Muslim friends to read the New Testament for themselves. We were greatly encouraged and excited about the things we have learned and the tools we have been given. What a valuable time and experience as we prepare to serve in Indonesia!