Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ways I can prepare

Going back overseas has always been one of my dreams. Not just going back with my family, but by myself. And sometimes when you dream about something so much it's hard to imagine it as a reality.

Yet going back is becoming more and more of a reality. Especially as I get older. As the hard-earned money adds up, as I read about different missionaries and become even more enthusiastic. I'm not sure if I should skip college and take some photography classes instead, not sure if I should go ahead and get a degree in something so I can have a way to get into a different country. Goodness, I'm not even sure which county I'm going to yet! (Sudan, Chad, and India have been on my heart though).

But God is faithful. His mercy is new, each and every day. And I may have a chance to go to Chad next year!

So here are a few things I've found I can do to prepare myself for the mission field, whether I leave next year or in five years.

  • study. like a maniac. and not to study things that are going to be worthless (example: algebra. but I gotta do it anyways. life stinks sometimes). I want to study things that are going to help me later on and study things that I enjoy doing. Cheers for being home schooled! 
  • exercise. I run a lot, but I think I could do it more. For some reason I haven't been running quite as much as I used to. I need to mix in other stuff too, like swimming and biking. You gotta be fit for all the emotional and physical changes of being a missionary. Trust me, I am not getting sick like I was in Egypt again. 
  • eat healthy. eehhh. I don't exactly want to do this. I'm praying switching chocolate for veggies is going to pay off. But really, I don't want to make this a huge deal. I just have to make wiser choices sometimes. 
  • keep babysitting + shooting people. Missionaries always seem short on money. Because most don't work full time jobs. (and by shooting people, I mean with my canon. not the canon-ball canon. the camera canon. ha. ha. my jokes are too corny.) 
  • read about missionaries. Thanks to my awesome friend Jason I now have at least ten books to read about them. really gets you pumped. 
  • get in the Word. you can never seriously get to much of Jesus and the Bible. just sayin'. 

Those are my six ways to prepare. If you think of anymore let me know in a comment. 

- Kendra

ps: photoshoot of a great family coming soon to the blog. 
pps: fall really is here and I still like taking pictures of my feet for some reason.


  1. Love these pictures, Kendra! And I love taking pictures of my feet too.

    Those 6 ways to prepare sound very good--you are a wise young lady. :) {And haha... your jokes aren't corny at all. They are hilarious, actually. I love that. :D}

    I'll be praying for ya!! :)



  2. Sounds like a great plan, Kendra. :)

    Btw, I know a chocolate bar recipe that's extremely healthy for you, and has the same taste as a Nestle bar, (only without the crunch though). Check it out here if you like. http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-chocolate-bars/

    Take care!

  3. I've always been interested in missions as well!!! :) Those are really some good things you put there - I could definitely start thinking of doing more of those things as well. hahaha And I'll start to pray for you Kendra, and this wonderful dream of yours to go back overseas. I love your passion for Jesus and others Kendra! You're an inspiration.

    Love ya,

  4. taking pictures of your feet never gets old! and who's Jason? why don't you tell me these things????

    oh btw if you couldn't tell, this is Hans.

    1. a guy a church. he's married and I babysat for him for you information...

  5. Fact #284 of things I don't know about Kendra - she shoots people. :) Okay, okay, I knew what you meant. But I was still wondering if I was reading the laptop upside-down.

    I have a really bad tendency to pull up every single mission trip/missionary blog and read for hours...until I realize that I should really be doing my chemistry. Since I want to work at a mission hospital, Chemistry is rather required. I think. Anyway, it helps me learn endurance. :) (Algebra does too! And who knows - maybe you'll end up teaching some kid how to be the next world-famous mathematician?)

    I'm also just looking around for ways (and people!!!) to talk to or practice with. Like volunteering at a hospital...if I ever get around to it. Or writing you a gazillion emails. Doing as many scary and out-of-comfort-zone stuff to get me out of my shell. That sort of stuff.

    So...that's basically all the stuff you said. Anyway. I'll stop typing. *grins*

    -- Bethany

  6. Oh - is there a reason why your blog no longer is showing up on my dashboard? I'm quite frazzled. I tried re-following, and apparently, it didn't work.

    1. Weird. I haven't heard about it from anybody else!

  7. Hi Kendra,

    I love your blog. Like you, I dream of going on the mission field someday if God opens the door. Great preparation tips.

    As far as missionary books go, I have a number of favorites. Have you ever read Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor or Climbing, Goforth of China, or How I Know God Answers Prayer by Rosalind Goforth? If you want to read the longer version of Hudson Taylor's story you should definitely read Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission: The Growth of a Soul and Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission: The Growth of a Work of God. All of these books are available for free online if you would like to read them.

    --Taylor Christine

    1. I've read some books on Hudson Taylor. Thanks letting me know about those though!


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