Friday, December 5, 2008

And Here We Go

Thanks to all of you for your support in prayer and just being there with me through this process! In case I forgot to call you I am officially a part of the Reach Global Team!!! In fact I am going to be a long term missionary to Rome! I had come into the process as a Fixed Term Applicant, but Reach Global offered me the Long Term, which means that instead of a 2-3 year term, I have the option to stay on without having to reapply later!!! It also means that I get the full benefits package, including health with dental and vision, retirement and umm more I think, but I cannot remember.

All day I have orientation, but then I will be heading back to Santa Cruz.

I am super excited, in case you cannot tell.

Also for those of you who have been praying for Craig as well, he will be joining us in Rome as a Fixed Term!!! So God is really bringing our team together!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Music and Snow

This morning is just a time to be with God and reflect. So as I have been sitting in my hotel room, spending time in refletion, and conversation with God I have had Christmas tunes on Pandora and then I opened the curtins to discover that it is really snowing. Big soft flakes are filling the sky.

My Prayer

Lord, my God, my Love,
When Your Love spilled over into creation
You thought of me.
I am
From Love, of Love, for Love.
Let my heart, O God, always
Recognize, cherish and enjoy
Your goodness in all of creation.
Direct all that is me toward Your praise.
Teach me reverence for all things.
Energize me in Your service.
Lord, God my Love,
May nothing ever distract me from Your Love...
neither health nor sickness
wealth nor poverty
honor nor dishonor
long life nor short life.
May I never seek nor choose to be
other than You intend or wish.
(adapted from The Formation Poetic Form)
If you don't know how to best pray for me today, please join me in this prayer as I await to see where My Love intends me to be.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Just tonights pics.

This is Stu who failed to get in my pics last night.

We went to Split Rock Grille where I sampled the Wallie Sandwich.

Thanks Rev Day 5

I really want to thank those of you who have been lifting me up in prayer! I don't recall if I have told you how evident your prayers have been. This has been a process that would normally stress me out, but the last 5 days have been some of the most encouraging and peace filled days I can remember.

I mentioned it briefly in another post but I want to highlight perhaps the most revealing thing about ministry I have learned this week. It will seem obvious, but I think we often forget it and thus lose out; that we are so dependant on the presence of the Holy Spirit when we are in ministry. Sometimes we become so used to His presence that we may become numb to its power. Even Jesus when he was in the wilderness and then headed into ministry did so with the Holy Spirit not on his own, check it out in Luke 4. This was so evident in our role plays this week. "I can do nothing apart from Him who gives me strength, but I can do everything because of Him."

Today your prayers were even more evident as I went through what I expected to be my most challenging day with compleate peace and ease. I passes my MMPI psych assesment with flying colors. With no signs of Crazy and or depression, which is actually an answer to those other prayers for my Thyroid! He even said I am psychologicaly fit for overseas living and very well adjusted and have no visible signs of stress. My meeting with my doctor was also smooth and easy, he saw no reason I could not go, and said that Rome has great heath care. My interviews with the leadership went just dandy as did all my meetings with people from every area of the World. I also got the basics of what support I am going to need and how they put together our packages, as well as how those packages care for our total health and the organizations health. I am totally sold on how ReachGlobal cares for their people.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Global Market

For this evenings dinner we ventured out to the Global Market in Minneapolis. This is the type of place that would do fantastic in Santa Cruz. There you will find food from, you guessed it all over the World, but not just restaurant options, but deli's markets, craft and cultural goods. I went for the food from Africa 3 types of curry and yellow rice, it was really good. And I still have my desert here waiting for me to have room to eat it. For desert I got a chai cupcake with some sort of filling. (not from Africa) Others had food from the Holy Land, Greece, Mexico, Latin America, North America and Italy.

John and Sharon

Craig and Myself

Joan and Blair

Cheryl and John

Gloria and Gene Our Fantastic Leaders

My dinner. Chicken Fantastic, Chicken Curry and Beef Curry

John showing off their massive plate of meat from the Holy Land
I missed a few people in my pics but that was most of the group missing was Stu and Lois (a leader)

What Day is it? Tuesday I think. Day 4 of REV

I can tell you I may have reached my capacity for information, especially information in regards to myself. Today we have done so much I have to actually look at our schedule to tell you what we have fit in, and tomorrow there is even more.

Today following our devotional, we moved into our Evangelism Exercises. Not my favorite part of this so far. We had to sit down with one person and tell them in 2 min with no warning all the points of the Gospel important in leading someone to Christ. That part did not have to be eloquent, but it was cold turkey with someone we had not met, while they sat and took notes. My time started and I went blank, so much so that I could not have even told you my name. It was like someone turned off my brain. Luckily someone flipped that switch back on and I think in the end I hit all the points I might need. Then we did some cold turkey roll plays, where we just needed to include our faith in the discussion, looking more at our conversational skills, and how easy or hard it is for us to talk about our faith. I did much better on this portion. The problem we found with the role playing is that the Holy Spirit is not role playing with us. Which means we are really out there on our own...I never realized how much I depend on the Holy Spirit in prompting and guiding my conversations, but it was clear that I do.

After the Evangelism we went over or Cross Cultural Assessment Inventory, which estimates how one will handle living cross culturally. It looks like I am pretty set in many ways to live overseas, a good thing. In the area I was lowest, it turned out we were all lowest except maybe one.

Then there was lunch, after which we went over our Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which is like the Myers Brigg normally I have come out as an ENFP but on this test I was an ESFJ. But I ranked smack in the middle on P and J and I totally feel I am more of the S than N.

You would think that was the end of the personality assessments, but you'd be wrong. We then went over our Spiritual Gifts. My highest three a surprise to me in some ways were; Knowledge, Pastor/Shepherding, and Faith.

We finished all of this by 2:30pm So at that time we got filled in on more details of what we can expect if we are hired by Reach Global, and what the next few days will look like.

Just to give you an idea of how to pray for me tomorrow, here is my day:

8:30am Latin America Meeting
9:00am MENA and Europe Self Guided
9:30-11am Leadership Interview
11-12:30pm Psychological Interview
12:30-1pm Lunch
1pm Dr. Visit
1:30pm Asia Meeting
2pm Africa Meeting
2:30-4pm Philosophy of Finance
4pm Take down stuff in the Chapel
5:20pm Dinner

Your prayers will be much appreciated for me and my fellow applicants these next few days.
On Thursday I get to spend most of my day reviewing on my own and praying, and then at 7pm I will have my Acceptance Meeting where I will be told one of three things.

Not Yet - but with some work on one or two things
No - and by no they mean not now and or ever

So by 7:30 my time 5:30 CA time I will know if I am part of the Reach Global Team.

Just so you all know, I have decided that I am for sure willing to go where ever God is leading. After one of our exercises where we had to choose if we would be willing to die for the Gospel, it was clear that if I am willing to die than I am willing to go where ever God may ask me to go.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Had to Go

We are in Minnesota and I am on "vacation" after all so we had to take the free shuttle from our hotel to the Mall of America (thanks dad for the shuttle tip). All I can really say is it is everything I thought it would be. It is so big that they have to duplicate stores just to fill all the spots. Which may be good business but makes navigating the mall tricky, just like Jon and Traci warned it would. (thanks for the heads up there) First we sampled some really tasty and some not so tasty tea at a Tea store (Craig do you remember the name?)

Then we came to a choir singing Christmas songs and right past them you could see the twisting roller coasters and amusement park. So thankfully Craig and I both love roller coasters so we asked to see which was the must ride. We ended up on the Sponge Bob Coaster. Where you head straight up, and I mean straight face to the glass ceiling and back to the ground then you tip down the other side so your facing the floor and your back is at the ceiling if only for a second. After some twists and turns we came to the end. I thought there was only one roller coaster in the mall prior to going but in fact there were at least three. Along with numerous other rides, games, mini golf and an aquarium I think.

Needless to say we barely scratched the surface of the mall. We did however go into the 2 story American Girl store. Where there is even a cafe, and a beauty salon for the dolls. Excess is a good word for this mall.

It was good to get out and do something totally unrelated to our mission, though we did spend most of the time talking about the week. We did move past that and got to share and learn a bit more about each other.

It's a little after 10pm I still have homework to do, so that's it for now.

It's All About Me

Today was the day, well was the first day where we spent the good majority of the day discovering who we are, and what makes us tick. We looked at our DISC assessment first. For those of you who care my scores are:

D -3
I - 5
S -5
C -3

Which very very simply means that I fit the "counselor" type. And the following words are most commonly used in describing me: Trusting, Influential, Pleasant, Sociable, Generous, Poised, Charming, Serene, Possessive, Complacent, Inactive, Relaxed, Non demonstrative, and Deliberate.

Generally I would agree with this assessment, but because I am a even blend of I and S some of those words are not as much me as others may be. But you all know me, so you would already know that.

Then we went over our Strength Finder Assessment, I am in this order:


Then we did some group work. Which is top secret. Sorry.

This is not the group I am trying to join, but it gives you an idea...