We have officially been back at the MTC for a month now and back in the swing of training and ministry. I’d like to share a few thoughts about some classes we are currently in, along with a reality that we are all not looking forward to.
When we came back we jumped right back into classes and begun our fall semester with Families and Education. This class was seriously a wealth of knowledge. Meegan and I got to really look at all the schooling options for our kiddos. We (mainly she) homeschools the kids and we were required to come up with a home schooling philosophy. We also got to talk about our timeline on when we expect to hit the field and when we might be back stateside. This would also affect the kids schooling so we were able to talk about the options and when we might be able to be back in Texas for furlough and how long. One of the hard things to think about with this class is all of the transitions our kids will make. By the time they get settled in to Papua New Guinea (PNG) we will pick up and be back for a year and then go back to PNG and so on. Transition will be a big part of all of our lives but we along with others can help them by being honest about time lines, asking their input, and talking through hard things with them so that they really understand the why behind it all.
Another class that we are currently in is Field Health. They really hold back no punches in this one. Brutal, but focused honesty about infections, malaria, wounds, burns, all of that coming with the reality of there is no ambulance coming. One of the first exercises done by the instructor was for our class to name all of the medical privileges that we have here in the US but will probably not get in the country we hope to go. Let me tell yuh, there was quite a bit that we have access to but will not in PNG. No ambulance, surgeons, 911, fire department, ER, Urgent Care, etc. This class came at a good time though, Aydin had just contracted a skin infection in his knee that we ended up having to take him to the local doctor for because his knee was the size of a great fruit and looked about the same as one too. He is fine now and on his way to running and playing as much as he ever was, thank the Lord. However it did open our eyes up to what we will have access to and how to try and treat infections with things on hand, and the need to be proactive on all sores from the beginning. All of this has opened up conversations with the kids on how to stay healthy. We saw that Aydin is really prone to the woe is me, life isn’t fair, why is God causing me to be hurt attitude, which also allowed us to talk more about the goodness of God. Please pray our children cling to Him no matter what they face in the future as we know they will witness many difficult things.
This may have been abit heavy to share but we really want people to know what we are doing here and preparing for. Jesus promised that He will always be with us and today our instructor showed us a picture of the disciples in the boat as the sea tossed and turned in Matthew 8:23-27
23Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!
To answer their question, He was not just a man He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings! Jesus, in Matthew 6:25-27 says:
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?