All I knew entering this week was that orientation was just for preparing for Japan. I had no idea how I was going to feel and what emotions I would experience. Every session and activity had so much for me to take out of it. The amount of things God was sharing with the group of people here was beyond anything I’ve ever seen before. God was working in everyone’s hearts and had so much love to give. Even though my team and I just met at the beginning of the week we have been able to share so much with each other. We’ve been able to grow together and prepare each other and our hearts for the trip. I am so thankful for my teammates and everyone here at MB Mission.
I came into orientation with very little idea of what this week would hold. In my preparation for Action, I mainly considered my time in Japan and tried to imagine what the team would be doing and how we would get along with those we encountered. Orientation has proved to be an immensely valuable part of the Action trip. I feel as though I have grown far closer to my teammates than I would have expected in a weeks time and have felt God speaking to me through worship sessions and conversations with others. I am so excited to see how God will continue to bless me, the team, and the people we will meet in Japan!
What is there to say about orientation? Tears were shed and walls were broken down. This past week I have been blown away by the vulnerability and openness of my team, characteristics that are key in building a strong team. I have felt very cared for, and encouraged by not only my fellow team members, but also everyone on the MB Mission staff. So many different conversations have gone on this week, all of them contributing to the readiness for Japan I am feeling. God is working throughout our team, and will continue to work in us for the next 4 weeks in Japan.
This past week has really been a good time, it’s been really nice to meet a really solid community and the Japan team. The food has been really really good, and it has been impactful to listen to the stories of different people from all over the place. As we head to Japan it will be really exciting to bond further with the team, eat some really great food, and gain experience with ministry in a completely different culture!
This week has been amazing in orientation. We learned a lot and I felt the love of God. I’m sure we have built a bond between our team and it is getting stronger and stronger. Even more, our staff have such loving and caring spirit which the world needs. I now feel orientation is one of the most important part of the action. All I can say now is that I can’t wait for our mission. I just pray god will see us through every single steps that we will take from today. I can’t wait to see his greatness in Japan.
After living in Gretna while ACTION teams come and go I felt god pushing me to experience missions! Orientation has been everything I have expected and more! This time before our assignment has been incredibly life giving. Returning to God through worship everyday is something that makes each day refreshing! I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and can’t wait to see how we grow together in faith and friendship. I am so prepared, ready, scared, and excited.
Orientation went by in a whirlwind. There were many worship sessions, and teachings to process. Overall I thought I would struggle through the week being tired or fatigued, but I was wrong. There was a God given strength that was with both me and my team. As a team we grew in unity over the time in gretna, and I am grateful for the friends we have become. I was disappointed that there were so few teams at orientation this year, but I was overwhelmed by the strength of the community that grew and flourished there. I feel blessed and supported as we depart for Japan.