06-2014 (archive)

If you look at a map of PNG, the Madang Province is along the north coast. Can you find the donut-shaped island named Long Island? That's where I'm going.

If you look at a map of PNG, the Madang Province is along the north coast. Can you find the donut-shaped island named Long Island? That’s where I’m going.

May 31: Leaving on a Delta Jet Plane

I’m going to outline the trip here now and will keep filling in details as I have them and have time.

  • May 31 – June 2
    Orlando to Los Angeles to Brisbane (Australia)
  • June 2
    24 hours in Brisbane. This is a day to adjust to the 14-hour time change and recover from 24+ hours at 36,000 feet. Jennifer and I (this is a rare opportunity to be traveling with someone) hope to get to cuddle a koala on this day and, since we will have wifi where we’re staying, there will be a photo posted if we do.
  • June 3
    Brisbane to Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea). We’ll gather with others traveling in for the event in this, PNG’s capital and largest city. We will be at a guest house over night. We plan a visit to the BTA office where we will spend time with the Executive Director of Wycliffe’s Papua New Guinean partner organization. Check them out on Facebook.
  • June 4
    Port Moresby to Ukarumpa. We’ll fly in the early afternoon, settle into the SIL Guest House, gather for a BBQ meet-and-greet for those who will travel together out to the dedication, and then host a Wycliffe USA Town Meeting. Pray for stamina.
  • June 5
    This day will be mostly exploring. There is so much to see in Ukarumpa. We may have a chance to do some shopping on Thursday.
  • June 6
    We are hosting/facilitating a multi-cultural, multi-national brunch gathering for about 24 women leaders. The remainder of the day will be filled with exploring and visiting and maybe a meeting or two. I’ll have dinner with a couple who were a part of my initial Wycliffe experience: Training Camp in July of 2001. How cool is that?!
  • June 7
    Fly to Long Island and spend the day there exploring and, as it’s possible, assisting in final preparations for the celebration on Sunday. Some will take hikes. We hear that there is nice ocean swimming near by. My priority will be to spend as much time as I can with the people who call this island home and see what their life and world is like. In the evening we’ll be having tea and cake with the translators under the stars. It’s a chance to meet the people from this community who invested themselves in this project over many years, to ask them questions, and to bless them for their generous service.
  • June 8
    CELEBRATION!!  Here is what Jeff and Sissie (our hosts) write about this day’s agenda:
    • 10:00 to noon: This is the big day for celebrating the Arop-Lokep New Testament. There will be singing and dancing to welcome you and the arrival of the New Testaments. A dedication ceremony will be followed by speeches and then the sales and distribution of the NTs and AudiBibles. Three different singsing groups will perform newly composed praise songs while the sales are being conducted
    • 1:00 to 3:00 PM: Feast time. Enjoy local food cooked in a variety of traditional ways.
    • 4:00 to 5:30 PM: More speeches and sales of NTs and AudiBibles.
    • 7:30 to 10:00 PM:  Singsing groups.
  • June 9
    Final day on Long Island. Fly back to Ukarumpa in the afternoon where we’ll be reunited with most of our stuff that will have been in storage and where we will also be reunited with electricity and running water. Just sayin’.
  • June 10
    If we can get connected to the internet (and we should be able to pull it off), I’ll post a photo or two. Don’t expect much more at that point.
  • June 11
    Morning flight back to Port Moresby. Transit from the SIL Aviation hangar to the Airport. Evening flight to Cairns (Australia) Short overnight at Tree Tops Guest House.
  • June 12
    SUPER early flight from Cairns to Sydney. Sydney to Los Angeles. Los Angeles to Orlando. We arrive on the day we leave, having lived through two sunrises and ready for our second sunset a few hours after landing, and a lot of little bags of peanuts.

June 17: Budget Meetings all day

June 18: EnterMission: EQUIP

June 19: Budget Meetings all day (or maybe less, we hope)

June 20: London Calling

Dad and I will grab supper (Groupon wins again) and then settle in at Northland for the Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts) presentation of Calling London: Two Sides of the Best of British Music, featuring its CFCArts Symphony Orchestra.

June 23: My MAGL Summer Class Begins

This course explores the nature of Christian leadership development slightly based on J. Robert Clinton’s Leadership Emergence Theory. The course also highlights an integration of spiritual leadership and how God shapes a leader over a lifetime for unique purposes. Development of a leader’s life takes place: (1) In the context of God’s sovereign formative hand, (2) in the context of time and (3) in context of a leader’s response to God’s formation. The course also aims to provide perspectives that enable students to assist others in their lifelong development.

Reading List for this Course:

Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008. ISBN 9780830835133.

Benner, David. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004. ISBN 9780830832453.

Clinton, J. Robert and Paul Stanley. Connecting: Finding the Mentors You Need to be Successful in Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1992. ISBN: 0891096388.

Clinton, J. Robert. Leadership Emergence Theory Reader Articles (LET Reader). Altadena, CA: Barnabas Publishers, 2005. ISBN 097418182X

Reese, Randy & Robert Loane. Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-8308-3789-2.

Trebesch, Shelley. Isolation: A Place of Transformation in the Life of a Leader. Altadena, CA: Barnabas Publishers, 1997. ISBN 9780974181844

Clinton, J. Robert. The Making of a Leader. Second Edition. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781612910758 (Pub.price: US$16.99)

June 25: EnterMission : Missio in the Middle

June 26: Ruth and Dad travel to Indianapolis for the weekend.

The plans in BOLD are set. Other things are tentative. There are a few other things in the wings that I’ve not put on here yet. I’ll try to keep this updated.

  • Thursday noon arrival: Don & Virginia Lassen pick up Ruth and Jim at Airport, have lunch, and take Ruth to pick up a car at Faith.
    • Jim staying in Zionsville with Don & Virginia
    • Ruth staying in Broad Ripple with Catherine
  • Thursday afternoon: (3pm pedicure with gift certificate)
  • Thursday evening: Supper with Catherine in Broad Ripple
  • Friday morning:
  • Friday afternoon: (Meeting with Faith Church Scripture celebration committee)
  • Friday evening: Supper with Patrick and Leslie
  • Saturday morning: Meeting with Faith Church women’s retreat peeps (9:30am) @ Paradise Bakery
  • Saturday afternoon:
  • Saturday evening: Pitch-In Cook Out with Ministry Partners
  • Sunday morning: Faith Church Connection Class BOTH HOURS
  • Sunday afternoon:
  • Sunday evening: Village Life Church  |  Supper with Smiths
  • Monday morning:
  • Noon flight back to Orlando

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