18 March 2008

Give me a… O!

Or would you say... give me an...O!

Either way the title could improve… but I’m still cheering!

O is for orientation… orientation sounds like a boring word but it has been far from boring…

Time for a rewind…

In 2005 when we were preparing to move to Uganda our original orientation was a 15-minute meeting where I was handed a 3-ring binder and told to read the whole thing… I thought it was perfect… what could be so hard about living overseas?

Long story short… read every post from Jan-Dec of 2006… the joke was on me…

Back to the present… NMSI is amazing… each day we learn what happens administratively to keep NMSI missionaries and programs functioning… for me its like finding out that we are not alone… there is a team that is committed to helping us in every way…

Here’s a few examples of how the new team is going to step in and help…

Anyone heard of my health… or lack of… issues? In our short time here the doctor and nurse on staff diagnosed me with an amoeba… 10 orange pills later I was regular for the first time in 9 months… I seriously forgot what it was like to not have at least 3 embarrassing “incidents” a week…

Our first year in Uganda we had over 100 guest in our home… at different times… between airport pick-ups, trips to buy crafts and being the doctors for every tummy ailment known to man it was amazing we got anything done… but with NMSI its no problem… the have an entire short terms project division to help us plan trips, coordinate teams and hopefully teach us to say “no” occasionally or at least “come see us next year!”

They have a stewardship department and finance department that helped us put together a reasonable budget and help us find news ways to raise funds… for example look just below the tribal host and find out how you can support the Atherstone Tribe!

This team has a player at every position… they have departments for spiritual formation, human resource, HIV/AIDS, publications, international operations, creative arts, and on and on…

But here is the amazing thing about our team… they are missionaries … even though some people might not see it this way… these teammates raise all their own support so they can support us overseas…

You might think that makes sense but it doesn’t… imagine how hard it would be to convince churches to support you as a missionary in Fort Myers, Florida… while churches are committing their funds to un-reached peoples, the starving in Africa and planting churches… these are the people who are making sure these things happen and continue to happen… so while you’re signing up to support us…was that a subtle enough hint?... check out a few other bios and consider supporting a Floridian missionary… you never know who they might be reaching…

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