Saturday, 16 August 2008

Going "home" to PNG

Wow, this thing called life is one crazy adventure.

I was 15 years old when I first felt God's call to medical missions. After many years of preparation, the dream is coming true! I have been invited by World Mission to serve at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, in Papua New Guinea.  After much prayer and consideration (and a trip to Afghanistan), I knew in my heart that PNG was home for me!  In January 2009, I will join a team of 5 missionary doctors and national staff who are providing medical and spiritual care to the people of PNG.

So the end of July I said "adios" to my Texas home and friends of six years.  I squeezed all of my earthly possessions in my car and headed to Ohio for some time with the fam.  The last three weeks were filled with sorting, building (well, Dad actually did the building) and packing my crate for PNG, and reading books and writing papers in preparation for seminary classes that I start on Monday.  What a whirlwind!

On Tuesday I made yet another move to Kansas City, "City of Fountains" and home to headquarters for Church of the Nazarene.  Ten new missionary interns gathered for orientation on Thursday an Friday.  What a neat group, representing work in almost every continent... South Africa, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, PNG.  It will be wonderful to journey with this group over the fall.

Love from KC.

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