A New Beginning
As a follow-up to one of my best friends' (Ben Hungerford) suggestions, I'll work on blogging more in order to keep those interested updated on the news in my life.
Right now, I'm beginning a new chapter as I'm planning to head back to school in just a few days. This time, instead of an 18 year-old freshman, I'll be 22. Lots have changed since my first walk through college; self-discipline, desire, focus: to name a few. I no longer have the distraction of a freshly broken relationship of three years. I will no longer struggle to maintain a late-night job through the week. I now have a pull to exceed among my peers, and a passion to learn what I believe God has ordained me.
The same question has been asked of me over and over again, "Are you excited?". Sure, of course I'm excited to acquire some independence. But really, if you want better insight to how I feel, I'm ready. God first called me to the mission-field when I was just nine years. Well, do the math, it's been thirteen years since! Can you imagine how it feels to know for thirteen years what you're meant to do, and then to only take such small steps towards that goal? It's a bit frustrating. I must admit, though, that much of the frustration is my own fault. Instead of listening to God's "still, small" voice, I chose to focus on my music and a girl (which cost me 3 1/2 wasted years). I guess God does have a sense of humor in that my respective college career is 3 1/2 years long. Lesson: do it God's way the first time, or choose your way and let it take at least twice as long.
For those that still don't know exactly what I'll be doing for the next 3 1/2 years, I'll explain. First of all, I'm planning to become a missionary of New Tribes Mission (google it if you want). New Tribes, due to the specialty of their mission work, trains missionaries themselves. This is a 3 1/2 year process, the two years at their Bible Institute and the 1 1/2 at their Missionary Training Center. They require a Bible degree for their missionaries and offer this through their BI (they also accept degrees from other Christian colleges). Although, their BI is open to anyone and not limited only to prospective missionaries. The BI offers strictly Bible classes. The MTC is purposed only for prospective New Tribes missionaries. The MTC offers classes in missions, linguistics, and "Practical Skills" (a.k.a. survival training).
Anyway, it's late and I think this is sufficient to meet my friend's expectations. over and out.