It has been a few weeks since Candidate Orientation. A lot has changed in that time. Not all of that change is good.
Two weeks in and I already face large challenges. I am no longer a youth director at a church. My pursuit of missions was viewed as a conflict of interest. I was asked to step down, without them directly saying it that is. It came as a shock to me. The church, of all places, you would expect to be supportive of a staff member becoming a missionary. It is to be expected that not everyone understands the call to missions. I don’t understand it fully. But a pastor at a church not understanding why anyone would want to do missions? This is the last thing you would expect.