Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I am currently here in Palmer Lake, Colorado for 3 weeks attending Missions Training International. Aside from adjusting to the dry air and high elevation I am having a great time. It is amazing how after only 1 week of being here I feel like I have connected deeply with many of the other participants. There are about 30 people here, including children, participating in the training session. So far we have discussed issues regarding integrating cross-culturally, conflict management styles, maintaining spiritual vitality and managing stress. I feel like I am learning a lot of skills to help me on the mission field, but mostly I am learning a lot about myself. All of the sessions have focused greatly on arriving at a greater self-awareness, acknowledging that the things we know about ourselves we can change, but the things we don't know can control us.
Please pray for me as I continue the next two weeks of this training. Pray for my tired body and mind as I often feel exhausted after each session as my mind and emotions get worked to the core. Pray also for the tight community that is forming here at MTI. Pray that we would be encouraging to one another as we walk this journey together.
Thank you so much for all of your continued prayers and support. Each day I discover more and more that missions is such a team effort and I greatly appreciate you teaming with me in this process.
Here's a picture of me on the top of a big rock that I climbed in the Garden of the Gods. ( for those of you who know about rock climbing ratings, it was a 5-8. I was pretty proud of myself)