Last week. Roseville, Minnesota. Pre-Field Live Training. A few days of working with missionaries headed to the field. Subjects ranged from culture shock to spiritual vitality to ministry effectiveness. Thoughtful, get-to-know-you conversations occurred around the tables as we pastored this new group of missionaries.
This week. Bloomington, Minnesota. Debriefings. Two days with another great bunch of missionaries. Coming off the field, these Jesus-followers are facing home assignment or some type of transition. In our roles as pastors to missionaries we debrief them about their lives. Their ministries. Highs. Lows. Joys. Concerns. Good conversations.
And. Next week. Tallin, Estonia. Europe Conference. The ReachGlobal missionaries scattered across Europe will gather in Tallin for their biennial conference. Worship. Teaching. Workshops. We will be there! Conversations already are scheduled for every meal. Pastoring is our priority in those conversations, and as we assist in staffing the prayer room, as well as conduct a workshop centered on the “Threads and Strands of Grief”.
Three unique weeks, all in the month of July, each one particularly and exclusively designed with a purpose. Missionaries training for the field. Missionaries coming off the field. And, missionaries being sustained on the field. Each week representative of what we do as pastors to missionaries. Training. Debriefing. Supporting. And more. Sometimes here. Sometimes there. All done in His strength. The strength of our Lord.
“God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit…God himself is behind it all.” I Corinthians 12:4