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February 2014 update

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February 2014 update

Anthony Elswick

'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,' he used to say. 'You step onto the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.'"

Bilbo’s quote from the Lord of the Rings has held true for us these past few months.  Since we last sent out a newsletter in November we haven’t all been at home for a whole week!  We were really swept off! The latest adventure that we have just come back from was CCMI (cross cultural ministry internship) the last required training from MTW before we can go to the field.  It was really an amazing month!

We lived dorm style, our whole family in one room, with over 30 other singles and families.  That certainly took some getting used to but it ended up being one of the highlights of the trip as everyone was really amazing!  But we weren’t there to make friends, we were there to learn!  Each morning we had classroom training on topics ranging from church planting to prayer to language learning techniques.  Each lesson was taught by a seasoned missionary veteran.  There was so much great stuff taught that it is hard to process it all.


One of the highlights of our training was when Andy Warren came and spoke about his ministry in Ethiopia to AIDS patients.  It was eye opening to learn about the international aid industry but more encouraging to see the amazing things that God can do through a ministry that is rooted in its community for a long time.  It really challenged and encouraged our thinking!

We also were assigned to work with a local church.  Our church was St. Andrews Scottish Presbyterian church.  Serving there was a real treat. We helped great at the door, go on pastoral visits, attend bible studies, peel potatoes for a special Haggis dinner, teach Sunday School, and lead the church in a prayer.  Abigail and Hannah got to join in too, as they were allowed to sing in the children’s choir the last Sunday we were there.  The church itself was amazing, filled with incredible people.  We met, several opera singers, a PhD student from Brazil, and a former missionary kid who was imprisoned in China for his faith in WW2!  The pastor, Andrew, was remarkable as well.  The ministry was a second career for him after he was already working as a scientist with a PhD in biology!

Completion of cross cultural ministry internship marked an exciting milestone for us - we have now completed our mandatory training with MTW.  What that means is the only thing that stands in our way from moving to the field is completing our support raising!  We are just over 50% pledged and are working hard to finish up as quickly as the Lord will allow.  Please join us in praying that we would be able to do this quickly, and of course, if you are interested in joining our support team please let us know!