Is there anything magic about the number “38”? No, not really. But 38 jumps out at me because that is how many new missionary candidates came to Pioneers’ in January, for a week of orientation. They came from all over the US, from one coast to the other…a total of 19 different states.
There were singles and couples, with ages ranging from 20 something to 50 something, from all walks of life and a variety of experiences. They did have one thing in common; a hearts desire to serve God, in difficult places, where most people don’t want to go. That’s what Pioneers is all about!
Here is a photo of all 38 candidates in our training center listening to each one give their testimony.
So, what did Kelly and I do during that week? We interviewed and evaluated candidates, and during meal times (breakfast, lunch & dinner) we met individually with them to find out about their church and how our team could serve that church.
This is just the first step for these new candidates. They are in the pipeline now. Over the next 1 to 2 years, some will get more training, they will raise financial support, put all their affairs in order, and one by one…deploy to the field.
We will repeat this process 4 more times this year. This too, is what Pioneers is all about.