Monday, December 28, 2009

Progress is Pointed.

Well, today I got the blood test and TB skin test required for my physical by BMM to go. I also got the Polio booster shot and Hepatitus A shot recommended for basically any country in Asia. :) I can honestly say it's been a while since I came out of the doctor's office with so many bandaids, but it was definitely worth it. :) I still have a few more shots to get, but other than that the preparations will turn more to the Commissioning service with church, which involves answering some questions for my pastor and telling the church body more about the trip, then come the fun stages of packing, figuring out plane ticket details, and hearing where I'll be staying for about three weeks after we get back. :) The current possibilities are (A) going back to Northland early and finishing up classes and BI projects there, (B) going to Maine with the Champeons to help finish up projects, or (C) going to Grand Rapids to BI headquarters to help Mr. Glenn Kerr with projects there. Any of the above scenarios suggested sounds great to me, but I'm still waiting to see what gets decided.

Another highlight of today was checking the mail and getting an authentic Manipuri (large tribe in the section of India where we'll be working) skirt from the Champeons... talk about the highlight of my Christmas. :) It's pretty amazing and it fits perfectly. Well, that's all on this front. More news will be coming soon as packing and planning continues. Feel free to be praying now. :) God is already at work. Romans is amazing!

Grace and peace and some leftover Christmas cheer from the fridge. ;)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Immunizations and Doctors

Today I went in for the physical examination that BMM requires and also talked with the doctor about the required immunizations to go to the different countries in question. Complete blood testing and TB skin testing will commence on Monday as well as continuing talks of where to obtain immunizations for such diseases as typhoid, malaria, etc. The doctor was quite helpful and friendly. :) I also have been in contact with Mr. Vauters at Northland who is in the middle of my visa applications as well as purchasing the ticket for the first flight out there (more power to him in dealing with commercial airlines and the governments) and with Dr. Champeon getting advice and instructions for packing. The departure date as of right now is either January 30th or 31st. Depending on the layover and flight times I am estimating arrival sometime February 1st. As of right now I am packing, reading my Bible, trying to keep checking email for information I need to supply to various sources, and praying for the future ministry opportunities. My mom and I got a chance to discuss little tidbits I could bring over. This is the ideal time to have a mom who is an elementary teacher and addicted to buying children's books. :) Anyway, that's my extremely overdue report on the status of the trip. Feel free to ask questions, I will try to keep everyone posted.

Grace and Peace to my siblings in the largest family on earth.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Comments?!

Just for any of you who've been valiantly trying to comment on previous posts, I would like to announce that the problem with commenting if you don't have a google account has been fixed. Anyone can comment, but I think I have to approve any comments before they get posted. :) Feel free to leave comments and I'll try to answer any questions or just respond relatively quickly. :)

Grace and peace and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Support Information

Well, so far I'm still just working on paperwork and figuring out details. The VISA process hasn't begun yet because they're still determining the itinerary, but should be started within the next week or so. Some people have asked if I'm going to be raising support, or if I need any extra money besides my normal school bill to go on this trip. This has been a point of confusion from a communication standpoint because originally it was said that there was no cost for the trip outside the normal school bill, but that has been clarified. So, here's what's going on. Northland tuition and room and board will cover my online classes, my expenses living over there for the entire semester, and then I am responsible to pay for my passport (which I've already purchased) the VISA's which will be added to my school bill as Northland gets it processed, and the plane ticket, which wasn't anticipated to be a big deal, however now it's looking like the plane ticket might be half the cost of the projected trip budget. So, that will also be added to my school bill for next semester.

So, I'm not officially raising any support, because most expenses are still covered by Northland, but if you feel led to support this trip financially, I would gladly accept support for this ministry, although I'm still definitely going even if no additional money comes in, because this is definitely where the Father wants me. So, if you are interested feel free to email Denny Vauters (denny.vauters@ni.edu). He will know better than I will how much the plane ticket is going to cost, and how much remains to be covered. He will also be able to tell you where to send it or how to go about it. :)

That's about all the new information I have right now. I'm in the process of working through the next round of paperwork for BMM and also trying to keep up with classes and keep my grades up. Well, that's all for now.

Grace and peace.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paperwork...

Well, it seems that every time I fill out one form, someone sends me three more to fill out. :) The progress is still there, but it does get overwhelming at times. However, that's when I look at the cross and remember why I signed up for this at the beginning. I'm not going to make it a grand vacation, I am going to serve my Father and see if this is the field He wants me in permanently. I am excited and looking forward to see what happens. If you want something to pray for, patience is a good one. As well you might also pray for endurance to make it to the end of this semester strong, there is a lot of work left and it's easy to get too tired. The end is in sight though. Anyway, that's where things stand at the moment. I will definitely be on campus for the first week of classes and then flying out to meet the Champeons that Saturday or Sunday. That's what I know for now, friends.

Grace and peace.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

BMM Approval

So, this is a day late, but I was so excited yesterday I didn't get a chance to update here. BMM emailed me yesterday and said my application for short termer missions has been approved! :) So the only things remaining now are getting the plane ticket and the VISAs to enter the countries. :) EXCITEMENT!! As always, more details will follow. Please pray for getting the Visas, they can take a while, and some are easier than others. Also, pray for the translation projects we'll be consulting with, that God would make our time there profitable for them and for us and for unity in the work we are all a part of. :)

Grace and peace!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Passport!

As you may have guessed from the picture in the heading, my passport came today! :) It was expedited, but even I didn't expect it to come in 10 days from applying to receiving it in the mail. :) That is a major praise that we will be able to apply for a Visa sooner than hoped for. Also in the good news category, I think Bibleworks came in the mail today, but since I didn't get there until after the mailroom closed for the day, I just got the package slip. I'm fairly certain it will be Bibleworks, so I plan to pick that up tomorrow and start learning how to use it effectively. :) That's about all for now. More to come!

Grace and peace. :)

Wednesday Staff Meeting

I received an email from Rev. Steve Fulks of BMM this afternoon, officially telling me that he has all the information necessary to present me as a candidate for service to the BMM staff meeting on Wednesday, and he will email me shortly afterward to let me know whether or not I have official approval. :) So, more updates to come on Wednesday. :) Also, Bibleworks should be here sometime in the next few days, and my computer should be here within a week or two. Also the passport should come in soon. That's about all I know.

Grace and peace. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

BibleWorks

Well, I ordered Bibleworks 8.0 last night online.  I was advised to get it for the upcoming trip next semester so I could help with doing word searches and other processes.  I’d already been advised to get it for Hebrew class, but this was kind of a better reason in my head to spend that much money on a computer program.  It should get here within the next few days and as soon as I have my Dell here I’ll start installing it on there.  I’ll probably also install it on biyn (my HP) so I can use it for class the rest of the semester as well. J  At this point I am still awaiting my passport, along with official approval from BMM, but I have my class list:

 

-Biblical Womanhood

-Systematic Theology II

-I Corinthians

-Romans

-Internship (which is really the 3 credits I get for being an “off campus” student, although it will involve a little writing, but I don’t anticipate that being a major problem. J)

 

Those are the classes I’ll be registering for, and as soon as I get approval and have the passport, we’ll start working on Visa applications and then probably plane tickets, and as it is I’m trying to figure out packing in my head right now.  My plan for clothing is to take about a week’s worth of clothing and to buy the rest there since it will help me to blend in a little more, although the red hair won’t help with that, it should help the local economy (buy local!), it should be pretty inexpensive, and it will save room in packing as well as supply me with a full wardrobe of some pretty awesome clothes to take home.  Seems to be a winning combination. J  That’s where things are right now.  I appreciate your prayers and if you feel like commenting, those are always appreciated too. J

 

Grace and peace.

Monday, November 2, 2009

DEFINITE

Well, I had a meeting with the GO office today and I can finally say it's definite. I have the "green light" from Northland and have a list of classes that I'll be taking next semester.  At this point, we're waiting on the passport to come in and then working out flight details and visa details with BMM along with waiting for the formal approval from BMM.  After that I'll just start reading the required books and praying for finances and wisdom. :)  That's where we are right now.  :)

Grace and peace

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It started out as a meeting...

Well, this "journey" started out in Mr. Cushman's office discussing possibilities for the fall semester of my senior year.  It quickly became much more than a possibility in the distant future, however, when it became spring semester of Junior year (which is next semester as I write this halfway through fall semester of Junior year).

Now, it has grown significantly from still being a "neat possibility" to being likely reality in the next few months.  I applied for a passport yesterday in Iron Mountain, Michigan.  They took my picture, confirmed the information on my application (which I had to redo in their office because I had some fields left blank and had put the wrong mailing address on it) and then sent it on its way to whichever government office approves those.

I have numerous blogs on the web, so why another one?  Well, this blog is hopefully going to be how I can communicate with people while on the road.  I obviously won't have time to send long personal emails to everyone who has said, "Make sure to keep in touch while you're gone."  So, I'm going to keep in touch, hopefully with quite a few people in one shot. :)  I should still be on facebook from time to time theoretically.  We'll just have to see.  Anyway, that's the purpose of the blog and until I get where I'm going I'll get plenty of practice by using this to update on the progress towards leaving.

Unfortunately I don't yet have details set in stone, so I'm going to leave that for another time and say what I do know at this point.

Here's where things stand right now:

I have all the forms filled out for NIU.  I have all the forms for BMM mailed in.  As far as classes for next semester, NIU thinks they'll line up just fine.  I have, as I said before, applied for a passport.  At this point I'm waiting for that to come back, I have another meeting with GO on Monday at 3pm to touch bases again.  Once the passport comes through it'll be time to apply for visas and hopefully BMM will have officially approved at that point.  After that, I believe the plan is for me to go home for a normal Semester break in Dec. and Jan. and to come back as normal spring semester.  I would be at on-campus for the first week of school to have orientation with my online classes and the LMS system, then I would go to Grand Rapids to BI headquarters and then the tentative departure date is Jan. 26th.  From there we head to India for a few weeks and then to Southeast Asia for the rest of the semester.  I will then theoretically get back for the last week, which is finals week and catch up with the GO office and then go home for the summer.

So keep checking back if you're interested.  I'll try to keep this blog updated with what is going on as far as the trip and just what the Father is teaching me. :)

Grace and peace.