... so what does that mean?
First and foremost, I manage the Bible College here. It would probably be my most important job. Officially, I am the Bible College Acting Administrator. On a day to day basis, this means that I am responsible for the smooth running of the college campus and grounds, paying the bills, ensuring the administration office has all the office supplies in needs to run, and the grass and grounds are kept looking pretty. Our college runs from Monday to Friday, from 8am until 12:15pm
In addition to this, I also ensure that accurate records of student attendance is kept, that exams happen at the right time, and the student files and records are kept correct and up-to-date. I issue the term grades and report cards to the students, and to the student's pastors. I'm also responsible for printing all of our student books each term, and teachers manuals, chairing staff meetings, and switching the lights on each morning. Thankfully, Janie and Noella help me out with all of this.
We attend All Nations United Pentecostal Church, here in Port Vila, and in this church, Janie and I are the youth leaders of FreedomYouth. I won't go into a whole lot of details about what being a youth leader is, since really that is the same the world over. We do run a pretty intensive youth program however.
Home Bible Studies
I am also responsible for running All Nations Wednesday Night home Bible study sessions, call "OpenDoor". The object of these lessons is to provide discipleship teaching in a group setting of no more then 10 people. People who might be reluctant to speak up in a group of 20, are usually more willing to open up when there is 5 or 6 people in the room only. Currently we have a record number of study groups, with 8 groups meeting on Wednesday, and a couple on Tuesday night. As the OpenDoor co-ordinator, I set up the lesson material for the teachers, and I run "teach the teacher" sessions for the all the teachers before we launch the next lesson series. Each series is usually about 6 weeks long.
So what does Janie do?
Most of what Janie does is in the background. Most of what I do is out the front, and everyone can see it, but the truth is, without Janie, there would be no way I could do what I do. I'm not just saying that - it would be a logistical nightmare! We are both out of bed at 5:30 every morning, and by the time I step out of the room, my shirt is ironed, coffee is done, and breakfast is on the way.
She encourages me when I'm down, reminds me of things when I forget, advices me when I'm feeling lost, and helps me lift the load when I'm struggling. Janie ministers alongside of me, everyday of the week. I like Brother Poitras' definition of ministry, which is "anything we do to advance His (God's) kingdom. Without Janie, I would be truly handicapped, and so would my impact on God's Kingdom. I would also be much skinner... After all, I'm skilling in cooking... toast.
To Sum It All Up
The other important part of our job here, is flexibility. I've found that missions work is never predictable. As a matter of fact, pretty much the only thing that is predicable is my monthly report to Brother Poitras, and Brother Buckland. Everything else, you have to take as it comes, and be willing to change your plans.
And that is what we do, in Vanuatu. Yab-a-daba-do. :-) If you want to find out more about the AIM program, you can check it out right here
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