So when I was first thinking and praying about going to New Tribes, I decided to browse around their website and try to get a feel for the school and the staff. There are links where you can go to the websites of some of the staff members and learn about their current and past ministries. Oddly enough, I only looked at one couple: Joseph and Karen Moonsammy. They are both from Trinidad and came to NTBI to study the Bible. They then went and served on the mission field in Papua New Guinea and are now back here in Jackson working as staff at the school. I remember thinking what a great story and testimony they had. I've always enjoyed talking with missionaries and reading about them, wondering what it would be like to be involved in ministry with them. Well, during the time that I've been here, I've actually been getting to know Karen and Timmy (Joseph). A few weeks ago they asked me to join them in working at a youth group about 30 min away from the school. I play music for them and work with the girls. It's been such a blessing to be plugged into a church and to be serving again. I was thinking about it tonight and I realized that before coming here, I was wondering what it would be like to serve alongside people like the Moonsammys when I saw their website....here I am today working side by side with them. God is so amazing. The two people that I randomly decided to read about are the ones that have welcomed me with open arms to be a part of their work. We hear over and over again how you don't have to be in a foreign country to be a missionary, but it's during times like these that I really understand and get a taste of what it's like to be a missionary. Both of them are constantly reminding me of our mission and giving me amazing advice and training for whatever God has for me later on. What a gift it is to be personally trained one-on-one by those who have experience and great wisdom? Thank you God!
I'd like to ask you all to pray for my friends Brian and Samantha. As students here, those who can't find jobs have to raise support just like missionaries on the field do. It's an extremely hard task, and it's so hard to trust that all will be provided for. However, we know that God is faithful and can provide for our every need. Brian got the notice today that if he doesn't pay a certain amount of money by October 31st, he's going to have to leave the school. Samantha is in the same boat. Both are very scared, discouraged, and worried. Please be in prayer for them!!