Thursday, October 10, 2013

Training in Texas

James at The Cross at Kerrville

Things have been a whirlwind over the past two months!  The biggest thing we have accomplished in that time was our mandatory missionary training in Texas.  Our sending agency, Commission to Every Nation, hosted a three-day training and orientation in Kerrville, Texas (just oustside San Antonio) that we attended during the second week of September.  It was the first time either of us had been to Texas (besides layovers), so that was really cool for both of us.  Speaking for myself, the best part about Texas was the sky.  I can't say for sure if everything is really bigger in Texas, but the sky is!  Call me crazy, but it was SO BIG!!!!

Our first sunset in Texas
Just ask James, I am a little crazy about clouds.
Anyway, after I overcame the distraction of the sky, I was able to pay attention in class.  And it was awesome!  We learned so much, and met missionaries who are traveling from the U.S. and Canada all over the world, and doing some really amazing things through God.  We learned by the examples and mistakes of missionaries who had gone before us, and learned that we have an awesome staff of missionaries right here in the States who will be backing us.  We spent time praying, worshipping and fellowshipping with the pastoral care teams and missionaries who make up Commission to Every Nation.  It was great!

CTEN staff and missionaries (minus those moving to restricted nations)
R to L: Founders of CTEN, Rick and Jana Malm, James and me, and our pastoral care team, Tammie and Stephen Burger
Sadly, I have to admit, that James and I were both a little pessimistic before the orientation started.  We weren't sure how interesting the sessions would be after the amount of research we had done prior to the trip.  We weren't sure if the trip would "pay off" so to speak.  I have to say though, our training far exceeded our expectations, and we feel much more prepared for life as missionaries than we did before.  We learned many invaluable things that are had to summarize, such as how to file our U.S. federal taxes while we are out of the country, and what to do if we are ever faced with a hostage situation overseas.  We were also made aware of tons of resources available to us such as health insurance options for missionaries, fundraising tips, and the pastoral care and prayer teams that are there for us once we leave.  The week ended up being not only informative, but refreshing, and it gave us a new spark of energy to pursue our goal of being missionaries in Guatemala.

On a separate note, we still have tons of Guatemalan coffee for sale.  It is $20 per pound, and we have both whole bean and ground coffee.  100% of the proceeds go towards our ministry in Guatemala!!

Thanks to everyone who has supported our ministry thus far!  As of today, we are 29% of the way to our goal of joining Engadi Ministries in Guatemala!  I can't express the excitement we have to be there ministering to boys and families who are in desperate need of a Savior!  So thank you for helping both us and them! It means so much.  If you would like to donate, you can go to to make a tax deductible donation. Thank you for your support!!

In Christ,
The Carrs

[Verse above]
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:19-20

JamesandEllie / Author & Editor

James and Ellie Carr have been missionaries in Gautemala since 2014 and write to share their feelings and how they have experienced God's goodness and mercy on the mission field.


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