Honestly never thought I'd live in the Midwest - until I lived in Wisconsin for two years. And now, Shannah & I are both living in Michigan, just north of the Indiana border. We traveled over to Waukesha, Wisconsin last weekend for our Field Day between our 2 NTBI campuses.
Shannah & I stopped by Awana Headquarters on our way through Chicago. She's never been there, so it was a cool "first" for her. Too bad we didn't get to see Art Rorheim (the founder of Awana). His mentour, Lance Latham, was one of the co-founders of New Tribes Mission. Both are heroes of mine!
Shannah's holding the Zimbabwe flag.
What a blessing!! We got to meet up with Steven Maphosa, the Awana Missionary that I met in Zimbabwe when I went in 2001. He is now the Awana coordinator overseeing all of the African countries. He has been in the States for a month & this was his last day in Chicago before traveling back to Zimbabwe.
Then it was on to Waukesha for Field Day! We competed between the 2 campuses in Volleyball, Basketball & Futsol (indoor soccer on a gym floor)...men's & women's in each. Waukesha was favored to win...but we weren't phased! We brought the house down & swept the board in all but 2 matches.
I got to play on the men's volleyball team (as a middle blocker). Here's a few highlights from the game. Their men's volleyball was their best team, and they beat us by a few points, but it was an epic battle to be sure! And since we won all the rest, we weren't dissappointed.
This is my buddy Andrew who is a student at NTBI Waukesha. It was a lot of fun visiting with students from our other campus, who could be our co-workers on the field some day! I also really enjoyed spending some time with my sister Rachael who is Waukesha as a student.
Since June 2006, God has given me the privilege of serving as a missionary with New Tribes Mission. My training is in cross-cultural church-planting & I am currently serving at New Tribes Bible Institute at our campus in Jackson, MI. My wife, Shannah, and I plan got married on December 31st, 2009. Our plans are to finish her training with NTM & eventually head overseas to take the gospel to unreached people group(s).
Worldwide, over 4,500 language groups have NO witness of God's word (the Bible) in their language? They are living without hope and many are even requesting to have missionaries...but no one is going to them. For Shannah & I both, our prayer is: "Here am I, Lord, send me."