Tomorrow I embark on most certainly the greatest adventure of 2012 if not the greatest adventure of my life. I am heading to Turkey and Romania for a 2 week missions trip with my church. If you would like updates about the trip as we go check out www.abcchurchmissions.wordpress.com. I’ll try to post a time or two on here as well, but no promises. Before I left I wanted to take a couple moments to share what the team and I are endeavoring to do, a few of my expectations, and how you can be praying for us.
First, our goal is to partner with existing missionaries that my church supports and their church planter network. The purpose of this is to expose these church planters to the ideas and practices of relational ministry, or simply living the Christian life together. We want them to see this in the way we live our lives amidst them and in how we communicate our message to them also.
My expectations for this trip are few. I expect to be “wow”ed by international travel and places. I’ve only ever been to Mexico, so I’m so excited for simply the experience of travel. I am also expecting to wait patiently on Jesus, for Him to point us in the right direction. Since we are going there to demonstrate relational ministry, we are relying on Jesus to prepare the way for us to do relational ministry with them. Finally, I am expecting a sense of renewed vigor for my faith. Going to Istanbul and doing ministry in a city of 13,000,000 of Muslim dominance is bound to be an eye opener for me.
If you desire, please pray for myself and the team to have safe travel, good health, and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We desire to be vessels for His ministry. Thanks for reading, praying, and caring.
- 1/16 – 1/17: Fly from LAX to Istanbul, Turkey
- 1/17 – 1/22: Ministry in Istanbul (+ a little sight seeing)
- 1/22 – 1/23: 19 hour train ride from Istanbul to Bucharest
- 1/23 – 1/27: Ministry in Alba Iulia, Romania
- 1/28 – 1/30: Ministry in Cluj, Romania
- 1/30 – 1/31: Fly Bucharest –> Turkey –> Chicago –> LAX
- 2/1: Home at last!