Awe Star’s summer of missions has almost begun.
This week, we host our leaders for specialized training here in Tulsa, then transfer to Dallas where we’ll welcome the next level of leadership (MOMs and POPs) and then all our students and other missionaries. We’ll spend the next few days at Dallas Christian University for intense training in chronological Bible storytelling through drama, medical clinic administration, personal and lifestyle evangelism, language training and cross-cultural ministry. It’s an intense but powerful and personal time where students will also have the opportunity to embrace their rite of passage and move from childhood to emerging adulthood, laying down their adolescence and stepping up to adult tasks and responsibilities.
But we’ll also take time out for praise and worship, because worship (one of our four Awe Factors, along with prayer, Bible study and fellowship) makes us stronger. And we know we need strength as we face the challenges of overseas travel, new foods and cultures along with the spiritual battles common to those on the front lines of the gospel. Please pray for each aspect of this very full time of preparation for the vital work to which God has called us. We know He will use this time to equip us for the days and weeks ahead.
Our families need prayer as well. Many of us are leaving parents, grandparents and siblings behind to embrace the task of taking the gospel to the nations. We’ll miss them, but we’ll be busy doing Jesus ministry. They’ll miss us, but we also pray they’ll see the significance of our work and journey with us through prayer (text 81010 with @AWESTARMIN in the message to receive prayer update, and keep up with these blog posts for specifics on our adventures!).
And of course, as we look at the immediate future, we’re also looking months ahead. Applications have now opened for our annual Christmas Break Mexico trip (Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 2, 2020) as well as a brand-new addition to our schedule, a special, space-limited mission trip to East Asia, also during Christmas break (Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 10, 2020). Check them both out under the “Trips” tab on our website.
By the power of the Holy Spirit and through the ministry of prayer, we’re gearing up—preparing to go and tell.