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.