Mission looks exciting and ….

The majority of the Christchurch Team at their final training session prior to leaving on Sunday 19 August.
Team is Front: Adele Bishop, Luke Mitchell, Ngaire Good, Grace Curry, Denise Taylor, Jane Mitchell; Back: Graeme Mitchell, Chris Curry, Allan Hussey, John Ward, Grant Taylor, Mary Hussey. Absent: Jill Bennett, Eileen Ward, Andrea Mitchell.

One week before ‘wheels-up’ the Christchurch Team have come together for their final training session. When asking Chris about his feelings towards the trip, he commented “I’d say my feelings are both excitement and intrepedation. Excitement of visiting all the mission projects and living in the real culture of Fiji and not just a hotel/tourism holiday; but also the fear of what will it really be like? How will we cope with the temperature? feel about the poverty? cope health-wise? or will we get enough sleep?!”  Yet with the average team member age 75-80 years old, that’s why we are trying to offer an experience that is paced with experiences interspersed with rest times to recharge the batteries.

The team were enriched with NZCMS Youth Mobiliser, Anna Tovey, who has just returned from 7-weeks in Fiji. She gave insights for preparing for the culture shock the team may face during the 9-days. We were all encouraged by her words, “culture shock is ‘healthy and critical’ if we are to gain from the mission experience.” And that “culture shock is normal!” We all left the training session feeling inspired from Anna’s advice.

Now the team are finalising their preparations for departure on Sunday 19 August from Christchurch and Auckland.

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One comment on “Mission looks exciting and ….

  1. Joy Elliott says:

    It’s so inspiring that no matter how old our bodies get we can still have adventures and follow Jesus into the unknown! He continues to call us to step out of the boat! How scary and exciting and like God to keep challenging us! May God bless you and enable you on your adventure and may you feel surrounded with our prayers.

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