A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Test

Have you ever taken an emotional intelligence test? Or in my case, have you ever had to take an emotional intelligence test for an upcoming leadership conference after crisscrossing east Texas in a moving truck in order to resolve an ongoing issue with your wife’s passport…and before already having driven a few hundred miles…soon to board a flight half-way across the world with your family of five to live in a foreign environment with no electricity or running water? If your answer is yes, then you would have received an honest appraisal of your emotionally maturity during times of heightened stress. Forgive me for not revealing my score, but let’s just say that it was somewhere below my wife’s and above my son’s.

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The kiddos loaded up on the Moving Truck

Rebe and I took an emotional intelligence test in preparation for a conference we attended this past week entitled Leadership in an Interconnected World. The Global Training and Development team of Mission to the World facilitated the training, and the aim was to increasingly prepare missionaries to be leaders in a multi-cultural, global, inter-woven, and complex world. Aside from realizing my need to grow in emotional maturity, the conference was a refreshing break from the past few weeks of logistical details. Rebe and I were able to refocus and remember WHY we are making this journey. For me, it is this:

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Tim. 1:15-16 ESV

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Our Dear Friends from the Leadership Conference

Friends, wherever God has us, that is where we are called to share His mercy… His love… His Gospel. As our journey takes us away from friends and family to a faraway land, the promises of Christ are the same… He died so that many may have life. We rejoice in our calling to take this message to the Sakalava people of Madagascar, that they too may know the joy of the LORD.

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Rebe & I at MTW in Georgia