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"Listen for God..."

So I know I'm a few days late in this post, but it's worth it.  I am still processing the reality of this whole journey now that I've completed orientation.  It seems a lot more "real."  Friday afternoon I went to lunch with a woman from my church of employment.  Her oldest son had been in both of my ministries and was always one of the really smart and really energetic kids.  He once tried to teach me a few words in Korean -- I failed.

Over the school year, this family has grown close to my heart as I've watched them merge into the mainstream of our large church with modest language skills and few others of their ethic heritage.  A few weeks ago, I was talking with the father of the family -- a brain surgeon who is re-doing all his college work because his Korean degrees "don't count" here.  He's in medical school and his wife does not work.  That day, the Lord had used him to show me what obedience looks like.  Beyong kept saying, "M…

Specimens of Righteousness

So, apparently, God really likes it when I eat lunch with people I don't usually eat lunch with.  Today I had lunch with a mentor of mine whom I dearly love and know will always tell me the hard news when I need to hear it.  She'd asked how fundraising was going and I said, "Well, in my own eyes its not great but could be worse, but no one around here is too concerned, so I'm trusting their opinions."  When I laid out the timeline and the reality of the task, she looked overwhelmed.  I understood.


She thought for a while and then asked about the methods and resources I've used to share my story and raise money.  She confirmed that she is certain this calling is correct for me and that I am doing "all the right things" to bring in money, but she couldn't figure out why the response has been lacking, or at least behind her perception of "normal."  I understood.


We prayed together and boldly trusted that God is going to break down whatever …

Exception

I had a really inspired lunch today with a man named Howard who is very much an authority figure for my mission organization.  Howard had asked more about my story and how I was lead here.

I told him I'd actually been reflecting on that a lot this week and that I've seen a theme emerge that has always been present but has not always been displayed as something positive.  I am an exception.  I'm the kid in school who once asked if there was more homework, the only red-head for the first 7 years, an attender of the Methodist church in a town that is very much Catholic or Lutheran.  I refused to drink in high school (mostly out of pride) and my idea of a party in college involved chick flicks and chips with dip. (Seriously.)  To-date, I'm the only member on either side of my extended families to have graduated from a 4-yr private college without getting married and/or having children by age 23.  All of these things made me socially different than my peers and family.

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Calling Out Fear

In the midst of a week of training, there are LOTS of new ideas, concepts, and informational tidbits that need to be absorbed.  I came into this week knowing it would stretch me spiritually and tire out my introverted side in a matter of just a few hours.  Well, here we are -- 24 hours in and my introvert is pooped out.  But we have three hours left, and my brain finds rest in processing what I've learned.

Today's focus was on each person's "calling" into ministry and/or to the mission field.  By "calling," we mean the moment we knew with great certainty that this suited your life purpose.  The head of TeachBeyond (at least as I understand it) gave a seminar this morning to get us thinking about when and how God got us here.  He gave us this nugget to think about:
"If your calling is sure, there is a release of control, and a freedom of space for God to move.  A lack of calling is marked with anxiety, anger, and self-motivation."

Now, if you&#…

Habakkuk 3:17-19 and Support Update

Well, friends -- as much as I would LOVE for this post to simply say I've reached 90% support and have booked my flight, the news is quite different this morning.  Last night I held my first major support-raising event in my hometown.  I planned for weeks, prayed for months, and waited for days to see the outcome.  It's a little early to get an accurate idea of the tangible support donated, but unless there was an undercover millionaire in the crowd, I've still got a long ways to go.

This morning in my personal study time, I opened the Bible to Habakkuk.  This book, often overlooked  because of its size and placement in a long string of minor prophets, is a gem among scripture.  This morning I took heart in this passage:

"Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD -- I WILL BE JOYFUL IN GO…

Support Update

No one ever said support-raising was easy.  In fact, I've been warned and "encouraged" multiple times that it will be very difficult in this economy.  Well, I'm here to tell you that God is providing support, financially and personally.  I'm sitting at 5% of my total support.  I have a LONG ways to go in 40 days. I will be holding an event in my hometown next Thursday, June 14 at 7 PM at the United Methodist Church in Springfield, MN.  If you're in the area, come on over and bring friends -- lots of them!

 I'm excited about the opportunity to tell my hometown folks about this big adventure and to clear up any rumors around town (i.e.: I'm not in the Peace Corps or the Air Force, I'm not just using the money for a vacation, and I'm certainly not eloping... very funny, guys.).  I am ready to tell anyone who will listen that God has a huge plan for each of their lives (however young, old, strong, or boring) and that we need to support the vision …