Sunday, July 19, 2015

visitors/events

As we added up what has happened over the last month, we realized, no, we're not crazy. We really did have a LOT of visitors and events in just one month.
First...one month ago we all helped put on an event at NTSM--the nearby National NTM missionary training center. the missionaries put together a huge lunch, and all the local government officials were invited--so it was a pretty big meal, and lots of officials from our local 'barangay' attended.
Then, right after that, we had some veteran missionary friends of ours come visit us for several days-- they shared about teamwork with our new missionaries.
Then, the next week, we had some of our leadership visit-- they had individual meetings with all of  new missionaries, and in our group meeting gave some good tips on teamwork, and also how to grocery shop for months at a time when you are living in the tribe. Tip #1....buy enough toilet paper.

Then, we got connected with a couple who is serving on board the Logos Hope, the Operation Mobilization shop that travels around the world and does ministry wherever they put into port-- with a floating bookshop, lots of outreaches, and Buckets of Hope-- an inexpensive simple water filter that can be used to provide safe drinking water for whole villages. We got to have supper on the ship, take a cool tour where the kids got to see the lifeboats and stand on the bridge, and go deep into the ship.

A few days later, we had our hosts to our house to meet our new missionaries and share a meal.
Not long after that, we had the UK missions team to our house for a meal...it made 17 people for lunch when you include us...
Then field leadership, one of our church planting consultants and some international church planting consultants came for a visit and meetings with us and the new missionaries...
The day after that Brian went to NTSM to share with the UK missions team for one of their meetings....
Then, three days later we helped prepare a big meal for the send-off for the UK team...So, all in all it's been a rather eventful four weeks. Those were just the extra things that happened...we still had all of the normal things going on...So, suffice it to say, life is not getting boring....we'll be sure to write a post about boredom if we can ever find some examples...
But until then, at least we're staying out of mischief.

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