You guys are soooo supportive here that I took a leap and asked to guest post on one of my favorite blogs, not religious. Here is the post.
Typically, I have thought of missionaries in an extremist way: positively, they know a lot about the Bible and have sacrificed a…
Added by Rebekah Bray on April 30, 2010 at 6:30am —
I have some exciting news to share, so make sure you are sitting down -- unless of course, you have been snooping into my life and already know that I will be moving to La Côte d’Ivoire to be a missionary with
WorldVenture for one year. Before you flip, let me explain my journey.
1. Christmas… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on April 26, 2010 at 6:00pm —
I just posted new photos from my latest trip to Cote d'Iviore. Daniel and I were able to inventory the dorms and apartments and access their readiness. Based on our findings I have adjusted my fund raising goals, so we can updates the dorms with some new appliances and supplies. I want to remind everyone that we have a matching grant for $25,000 (for every dollar we raise they will match it, up to $25K) and I need to raise an additional $50,000 by August 1st. Remember if… Continue
Added by Dr. Jim Copeland on April 22, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Feeling discouraged and dissapointed right now. Hope someone can correct me if I'm wrong in this regard. Turns out I'm not eligible to go to ICA in Cote d'Iviore as maintenance staff because I'm Canadian. I can go into missions with a similar organization in Canada but this will not get me to ICA.
Am I understanding this right or can I make this work if I connect with a US church?…
Added by Justin Flynn on April 21, 2010 at 11:25pm —
So... about 36 hours till my meeting with my pastor to discuss my call to Africa and th announcement to my church. I'm a little nerveous....
I know he wants me to follow this calling and I trust that he will help make it possible... I know he called by the almost coincidental way this path started and has been guided... I'm calling it devine coincidense!!!
Added by Justin Flynn on April 21, 2010 at 10:57pm —
This blog will be a continuously edited version .... things people have said about my going to Africa:
2) Don't be a tall white woman walking alone around the city and getting drunk at night.… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on April 21, 2010 at 9:30am —
Added by Daniel Graybeal on April 21, 2010 at 6:29am —
So one thing that I've been realizing recently is how funny it is that I am a missionary. I mean, let's be honest with ourselves; when we think of missionaries, we have this supernatural image in our mind of people who have dedicated their entire lives to Christ, who live on little income so that they can focus on saving the lost, who are spiritual giants. If this is the job qualification list of a missionary, someone put my application in the wrong pile!
I absolutely crack myself up… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on April 19, 2010 at 11:30am —
So, none of us are actually WORTHY of the tasks that God has set forward for us ... I struggle with my desire to be the French teacher in Bouaké, Journey Corps and World Venture saying that they want me to do that, etc. Now that I'm in (WOOT!) I'm of course having second thoughts .... can I actually hold my own? What if I can't learn dyula? What if I forget how to teach? What if everything breaks down? What if I fail? What if I need to call mommy and the internet is down (aka no… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on April 14, 2010 at 6:31pm —
Please help us make this event a success by spreading the news and inviting your friends!
Added by Dr. Jim Copeland on April 12, 2010 at 8:30pm —
We arrived safely in Bouake, Cote d'Iviore at the new Journey Corps Training center. Daniel and I have been inventorying what is available and working in the dorms and housing at the site. We will need some new appliances and furniture and a lot of cleaning, but the campus is beautiful and the dorms are still in pretty good shape. I’ll post pictures in the next day or two of the dorms and apartments,… Continue
Added by Dr. Jim Copeland on April 7, 2010 at 11:53am —
Added by Aaron Bjorklund on April 7, 2010 at 8:30am —
Crazy first day in Africa looking for new vehicles for JC, new
appliances, Sim cards to put in iPhone, had Ivorian pizza for lunch, and
just got a $2 haircut (now really short) from an African barber who
seemed to have never cut a white guys hair before!!
Here is my March update newsletter…
Added by Daniel Graybeal on April 1, 2010 at 1:30pm —
So, after church on Sunday, two friends and I were discussing how sometimes the people we consider Christian don't seem to value or portray the values of Christ (generosity, kindness, forgiveness, etc.) as much as some people who aren't Christians. Do you feel that way? I know several people who are not as 'spiritual' (their own definition) as I am, but who are so much more generous and so much less judgmental. How come?
(see facebook.com/b.red.hot for a lengthy discussion and chime… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on March 23, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Here is an amazing community called L'Arche that is all over the world. They have 4 communities in Africa and one happens to be in Boauke, just 5 miles from the ICA campus where Journey Corps West Africa is located!!
Jean Vanier's books have deeply impacted me and will find their way into the life we have together… Continue
Added by Daniel Graybeal on March 11, 2010 at 5:40pm —
Here is a good interview with Pastor Oscar Murio from Kenia who has
been to the States and Urbana. We recommend all Journeyers to read it.
From his African mission perspective we could learn. Here is a little part of the interview in the link above.
Besides bringing an agenda, what… Continue
Added by Rod & Angelika Ragsdale on March 10, 2010 at 3:19pm —
Have a look. This is a great story of hope in Africa. One young boy was
inspired and motivated to so s.th. to help his village ...
Added by Rod & Angelika Ragsdale on March 10, 2010 at 3:00pm —
I just scheduled my doctors apt to get some blood work done, the last thing I need to do before I can be cleared to move to Africa for 3yrs!!
My recent update letter:
Added by Daniel Graybeal on March 10, 2010 at 11:56am —
A brief quote from my personal favorite blog, not the religious type
. This entry is written by the senior pastor of a church in Boston:
If my faith is "radical," does your merely run of the mill "faith" have any meaning whatsoever? (taken from Bonhoeffer's objections)
I am certainly not
saying MY faith is radical and YOURS is not; in fact, how I'd like to read it is "is my run of the mill… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on March 10, 2010 at 7:58am —
There is nothing like jumping in head first, or feet first. So many allusions to feet .... getting your feet wet, getting cold feet, what does all of it mean? I guess feet has to do with moving, or direction and possibly the prospects and consequences of it.
So, the direction of my life is heading to Africa, la Cote d'Ivoire, so my feet moved me to a plane which moved me to Denver. Now, here I am, sitting in the Journey Corps part of World Venture pulling together my passions.… Continue
Added by Rebekah Bray on March 8, 2010 at 3:30pm —