March 7, 2009
The following is an interview with K who is back from her week with OM's Outbound.
S: What is something that God taught you during the week?
K: The first meeting of the week was designed to teach us that every situation is not as we are going to expect it to be. They asked the question, "Are you going to be able to worship God when the music is not what you are used to or the temperature is not what you are accustomed to?" I thought it was a good lesson, and it gave me a different perspective on my own expectations. I realized that I do have a certain level of expectations that I didn't think I had.
S: Tell us about someone who inspired you during the week?
K: Several missionaries were also there during Outbound. I was able to talk to them a lot. One of the missionaries was a man who served in southern Asia for 20 years with his family. It was neat to hear his stories. It was inspiring to see how they could give up the comfort of the familiar to go serve in a foreign country where they didn't know the language or the culture.
S: Did you really spend the week sleeping in a room with 13 other girls?
K: Yes. We only had 2 bathrooms, but we all got along really well. The first day I had to take a cold shower.... I found out later that I was not the only one. More people took showers at night after that.
S: What was the most exciting part of the week?
K: Wednesday we had what they call, "Living Experience" (L.E.). My "tribe" (6 other Outbounders) and I rode in a van up to the ATL airport not knowing where we were headed or what we were going to do. Dropped off at the departure drop off area, we headed into the building searching for a lady in a jacket with the world map printed on it sitting at an eating area. From her we received an envelope with further instructions. We then launched into a big scavenger hunt through ATL. One of the activities included was to find a business man, get his business card and for extra kudos we had to pick him up as he held our tribe's flag and a coke bottle. My tribe got all the extra kudos we could as we traveled to Centennial Park on the Marta. It was fun to be out of the OM meeting room and watching our team work really well together.
S: What was the most sobering part of the week?
K: It was all fun.
S: So do you still want to go on the ship?
S: So what is next?
K: After I turn in my physical form, my placement advisor will send the paperwork to the OM Ship office in Europe for acceptance into the ship program. After I am accepted there, I will begin to work on raising support. If everything works out I am planning to leave in January 2010. In Germany I will attend the GO conference for 2 weeks which prepares me for working with other cultures and adapting to new places. From there I will fly to whereever the ship is and attend training specifically for the ship.
S: How can we pray for you?
K: Please pray for me,
- that I will trust God to bring in my support.
- that I will be able to leave and have a good "ending" with my relationships here.
- that I will not procrastinate and will work diligently to complete my school work, especially my math.