We finished our first training, APO (Appointee Orientation), at WorldVenture today…and we learned a ton!
Most importantly, we feel like we are now a part of the WorldVenture family. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Jesse and I really were inspired by everyone’s story…how they came to faith in Jesus, how they felt a call to missions, how they found their call to their country/people group, etc. There was a couple that were 4th generation missionaries, and there was a couple that were 1st generation missionaries. Some were going to church plant, some were doing totally new/innovating ministries like Martial Arts outreach! We also were able to meet a couple that is going to Uganda (and has been living there for almost 2 years already). They are about our age, just had their first baby last year, and are also working in Business as Missions. We have a feeling that this couple is about to become life-long friends of ours.
We also got to start our mentor-ship with Eric and Rebecca from our church here in Denver. WOW! God totally knew what he was doing with this one. The more we learn about Eric and Rebecca, the more obvious it is that this was arranged by Him long before we asked them (which was only about a month ago!). We also got a TON of support from the leadership of our church. Eric is one of the elders, and two pastors (Stephen and Dan) came to the Celebration Service on Monday morning, too! Jesse’s parents and my father were also able to attend.
If you would like to see the service, here is the link!