My wife and I get up at a truly awful hour tomorrow morning to begin a somewhat circuitous journey towards our first mandatory orientation as I start up as a Theological Educator bound overseas. We’ll make a pit stop in Iowa to visit some fantastic supporters, then jump back on a plane to St. Louis for a week of exciting meetings! I do NOT love me some meetings, but it’s all necessary and helpful preparation for creating partnerships that will last for the years to come. It’s strange coming back into a big organization. It’s been over a decade since I was last immersed in one – that one academic rather than logistical.
Orientation actually began nearly two weeks ago in a series of online Zoom and other meeting platforms. Everyone we’ve met so far is friendly and supportive, and it’s nice to feel as though we’re part of a team all working towards the same goal. In this case, I’m grateful for their accumulated wisdom and experience in doing this because I’m brand new at it. But I’m eager to learn.
Even if that requires meetings. We pray for safe travels for ourselves as well as safety for our teen kids we leave behind to man the fort and watch after the dogs!