Last week I attended a training in San Diego along with other missionaries working in or headed to places all over the world to share about Jesus Christ.
This training was informational as well as hands on covering all types of situations that may cause a crisis in our various work places.
Of course, you might imagine the need for a training like this with Louis and I working in the Middle East.
I have decided to take this week to process through the training and write up several journal entries before attempting to share my thoughts with the world, but I wanted to share a basic overview and to let you all know I am back in the State of Arizona to start meeting with people and fundraising again. Please CLICK HERE to reserve a time to get together, pray, and hear about what we are doing in Lebanon. You can call or email me as well.
If you have any questions, even specifics about our own security or about the Middle East, please leave a comment or send us an email.
What Did This Training Change About Your Plans?
Being able to do our own Risk Assessments will allow us to expand our mission work wisely. In the past a location we knew had risks was off limits because we felt unequipped to assess those risks. This training helped guide future risk assessment for our own travel within Lebanon.
This training also brought to light the limitations of our knowledge and our organization, Horizons International. Recognizing the essentials that are missing helps us pray and also act on our own behalf within our organization.
How Can You Use This Training Immediately?
My goal of gaining confidence and eloquence was definitely met. Of course I need some time to gather my thoughts about what I just learned before I could give a speech, but I know the direction to go in order to be an advocate for my family.
This week will be full of prayer about problem areas that came up in this training, research on topics and sites that were shared in the training, and drafting letters to the appropriate people in order to get Crisis Management Policies underway.
In travelling, so much of this training is applicable right away, and I am much more confident in future travels.
Did Horizons Send You to This Training?
I was encouraged to attend this training by several other missionaries when we went to MTI back in 2014. When we were put in charge of internships in Beirut, incoming interns’ parents often have asked us what policies are in place in case of an emergency.
Horizons has no such policies.
Therefore, I knew that with or without Horizons’ support, I needed to attend this training in order to protect my own family.
I sent the kids fun pictures throughout the week and am happily back at home with them now, which is why some of the pictures are more silly in nature.