Hello from Kansas City, MO!
For the past couple days I have been going through orientation here for my 9 week internship with Avant Ministries to Mendoza, Argentina. Things are going very smoothly & I have been learning so much.
First of all, for those of you who are not be familiar with Avant Ministries, in a nutshell, it is a church-planting ministry based out of Kansas City established in 1892. Avant sends out teams to countries where less than 2% of the population is evangelical Christian. They believe in strategically partnering with national believers who can carry on the work & multiply the results.
This is the first summer Avant is sending interns out on the field & there will be 7 of us. 5 of which I have had the amazing opportunity of getting to know here. Jessica will be interning with a team in the Czech Republic, Janae & Rebecca with a team in Italy, Charity at the Malaga Media Center in Spain & Brittany & Meagan will be here working at the Avant head quarters.
I am, so far, thuroughly impressed with how Avant operates. The people here are highly intellegent, gifted & determined to do whatever it takes to take the gospel to the lost. They are not caught up in unrealistic hype or show, but rather in the details of being effective & building lasting relationships for the glory of God. I have been so inspired & encouraged by every one I have met.
Tomorrow I fly out at ~6pm for Argentina. My first stop is Atlanta, followed by my 10 hour flight to Chile, from Chile a 1.5 hour flight to Mendoza. I know there is a lot of work ahead of me & inevitibly, after initial euphoria, some level of culture shock. But I'm excited & also feel very calm & ready.
I'll keep you all posted & hopefully get the chance to upload photos to facebook once I arrive in Argentina. I also have Skype: MichaelaRae14. I love you all. Thank you for all your support! =)