Well, I’ve now been in Missouri at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) for just over a week. It’s been a week of:
-heat (the hottest I think it got was 99, but a few days have been beautiful)
-orientation (we’ve had orientation all this week, learning, among other things, the meaning of things like e-linc, CP1, HTR, and MKEC)
-getting to know people (there are, I think, about 400 people here, between staff, students, and kids)
-water (the campus is right on the lake, so I’ve gotten to go swimming, swinging on the rope swing into the water, paddle boating, and canoeing so far)
-cleaning (each of us has an unpaid job on campus, and mine is, among other things, cleaning the laundry room and the showers)
-cooking (we don’t have a meal plan, so make all of our own food)
-scheduling (besides classes, which are every morning, we have church, an outreach activity, our unpaid job, a weekly get-together with other students and some staff, and many other fun activities)
-and many other things!
One exciting thing that I’ve noticed so far is housing. I was supposed to have a single apartment, but about 2 weeks ago I was switched to share an apartment with a girl named Rachel. She is very nice, and I’ve also come to find out that all of the other single girls in my class (there are 4 others besides me) live right by me now! If I had stayed where I was before I would have been quite a ways away, but now we are having a good time being right together.
Another exciting thing is what is coming up next week. Missionaries from all (or at least many or most) of the fields in which NTM works will be here on campus to talk to and lead sessions. So I’m planning on spending time with the NTM African director and the guy who is in leadership in SE Africa. They are supposed to be coming over for dinner on Monday night. I’m excited to see what they have to say!
Thanks so much for your prayers as I am continuing to adjust to a new place, new routine, and new people. You can continue to pray that the adjustment goes well and that I am a blessing here as I learn what they have to teach me.