Marblehead Harbor

Home Assignment 2018 : Nearing the halfway mark

Every two years, we have the task and privilege to return to the U.S. for a couple months to reconnect with ministry partners, families and friends. So that’s what we are doing this summer, plus we need to raise up new ministry partners. We will share more about this need of raising up new partners in some future posts, but for now we just want to share what we’ve been up to in the last month and a half.

We spent 3 awesome weeks in Boston and Marblehead, Massachusetts areas where we were so encouraged by our home church and many dear friends. The first 5 years (of almost 11 so far) of our marriage were spent there and we have many fond memories of the area and that time in our lives. We were very encouraged by the love we were shown, and how good it was to see so many dear friends. We ate really well! We had fun boating, meeting people, having play dates with other families, and seeing most of our friends and ministry partners there, including 3 supporting churches.

Next, we passed through Pennsylvania and visited two dear families for a couple day stopover. The Shorb family (friends and former teammates in France) hosted a house party and introduced us to their families and friends and invited us to share about our work in Paris. It was a privilege to be invited into a sample of their web of connections and some new relationships and ministry partnerships were formed.

Then we made it to Ohio where most of our family lives, and have been reconnecting with them including a mini vacation with Ryan’s family after the 4th of July. E (our 2 yr old son) is having an wonderful time. He has been pretty spoiled with his own room most of the time, abundant toys and green space everywhere we go. He loves visiting with everyone, especially other kids and animals. 

That’s a glimpse into our Home Assignment so far. In the next series, we will start giving you a broader glimpse into our ministry and some practical ways you can get involved if that’s how the Lord leads you.

4th of July

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Whirlwind June: World Team Internship

I had planned to post a lot in June because there was so much happening that I wanted to inform you about, but often the most productive and fruitful times of ministry are when we are most likely to go silent because there just isn’t time for everything. So forgive these rather late updates.

One of the highlights for Ryan and I in June was helping direct the World Team summer internship. We had three awesome ladies take part and serve during that time. It had been five years since we really got to be a part of the internship, and back then… we were the interns, so it was awesome to be on the other side. Working with young adults is honestly one of both my and Ryan’s greatest passions in ministry. I love the energy and openness they have, and getting to walk alongside them, cheering them on, often as they make key life decisions. Here are just a couple of explanations about what the internship looked like this year.

  • During their time we jumped right in (literally the day one of our interns arrived, sorry Allison!), starting out with some Gospel-centered teaching sessions and mentoring times. This lasted for a couple days. We wanted to see where they were at and make sure they were feeling connected to God and were intentionally cared for by a mentor (this year since it was three ladies, it was me and two other women colleagues doing the mentoring).
  • Then there was a training time on the Paris Prayer Conference, where they learned about what all their responsibilities would be before and during that week. One of the more intimidating things they had to learn was the entire public transportation system of Paris & the surrounding suburbs, because once the conference started they met people at the airport and helped the participants with basically anything they needed.
  • Another key purpose of the internship was to expose the ladies as much as possible to French culture and the Christian culture here. So they got to visit several churches, hear testimonies of a few French pastors, and visit key places and museums in Paris.
One of the Gospel teaching sessions at our place
One of the interns leading her group throughout Paris

They were such a fun group and very quickly became an amazing team. It was such a joy to get to help guide their experience, but mostly just to hangout with them. The World Team internship is an annual opportunity for young adults, college age and older. It looks a little different each year depending on what’s going on here, but often helping with the prayer conference is a key component. Stay tuned in case you or someone you know is interested in applying.

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