Category Archives: New York

First Week In New York For Madison

Our 15-year-old daughter Madison has completed her first week in New York City, where she is serving as an MTW cross-cultural intern for the entire month of July. She is working at a training where she and other staff are helping to prepare 30 new missionaries to head out on the mission field.

the four interns in NYCMadison is one of four interns serving at the training. Each morning the interns are assigned to Ascension Church in Queens. Ascension is a church plant of Redeemer Presbyterian and is located in a multi-ethnic community that is home to people born in 117 different countries. Starting this Sunday the interns and some of the new missionaries will host a weeklong vacation bible school in this diverse community.

Each afternoon all the staff and new missionaries meet back at another church in Queens where the new missionaries receive training and Madison is responsible for three, 7-9 year old new missionary kids. Each day she entertains and trains the kids on what life is like on the mission field.

Madison and Kate in Central ParkOur future teammate, Kate DeFuniak, is attending the training. It is fun for Kate and Madison to spend some time together before we all meet back in Honduras. Madison, the other interns and some of the new missionaries live in the dorms at Union Theological Seminary located in midtown Manhattan.

Our Daughter Serving In New York City

Our daughter, the 15-year-old missionary, wants to leave Honduras and serve as a missionary. Madison will spend the month of July serving as a cross-cultural intern at MTW’s Cross-Cultural training for new missionaries.

Before an MTW missionary leaves the U.S. to serve on the mission field they must participate in this month-long, intense, cross-cultural training in New York City. It is a mix of classes and service and is designed to prepare a missionary’s heart and mind to joyfully experience the shocks of other cultures.

Madison will lend her experience as a missionary kid and her four-years of living abroad to the kids that attend this training. Madison will have the chance to help prepare 30 new missionaries and their children to serve all over the globe.

To make this happen Madison needs your prayers and support. In the next 10 days she must raise nearly $3,000 to cover her expenses. If you would like to make a tax-deductible credit/debit card contribution to Madison’s work please go HERE. Make sure 16189 is in the designation.

It is exciting that our daughter has such a desire for serve. Please pray she raise the finances she needs to enable her to help prepare new missionaries to serve all over the globe.

New York City – Day 31 of 31

Final report from New York City (written in the airport waiting to catch our flight home).
So what DID you do in New York City for a month?
Here is a summary of our missions training in July:
Lectures and Exercises
Each day we participated in lectures and exercises that were designed to provide us with new information or challenge us to learn something new about ourselves. In all we participated in 25 lectures or exercises taught by nine different individuals. In all, the lecturers were experienced and knowledgeable in the field.
Field Ministry
We served and worshiped at Nueva Vida for four weeks. This is a predominantly Columbian, Spanish speaking church. During the week we painted and helped prepare for a concert. On Sundays we worked in the children’s Sunday school classes.
Written Assignments
In the past four weeks we each produced 13 written reports. The largest was a six pager. Each paper called for us to write on our cultural experiences and required us to do practical field work (interviews, observations, etc.) in NYC.
Service Team
Erin organized the slides and sang each day on the worship team. She was way out of her comfort zone, but this was a good experience for her to take to Honduras. Mike helped produce weekly newsletters, a training website and a web based depository for photographs. We both enjoyed serving the other missionaries.
Other Humans
The 28 other missionaries and their kids were a joy. Their desire to leave the comforts of their homes and serve God around the world was inspirational. We learned something from everyone. The McCanns (our future teammates in Honduras) were great. This was our first time meeting them and we are excited to report that they are wonderful people and we look forward to working with them.
Pettengill Family
We did well. We learned much about ourselves. We did fine being out of our comfort zone, the lack of rest, and numerous tasks. Madison did better with change then any of us figured she would. We are pleased our family thrived within the hectic schedule.
While in New York we were able to have some fun. We went to three Broadway shows, three museums, Coney Island, a Mets game and a movie.
This was a radical missions training experience. We did so much work and learned so many new things. We definitely acquired skills that we will use in Honduras. We learned about missions and we learned about ourselves. In the end, we believe we are much more prepared for our work in Honduras.

If you want an overview of our missions training in New York click here.

New York City – Day 30 of 31

Today was our last full day of Pre-Field Training (PFT).  The morning was spent in regional specific meetings.  All the missionaries going to Latin America met with Peter Beck (missionary from Peru) to talk about issues that are specific to Central and South American countries.  Peter provided our group with some great examples and insight.
After lunch we met with our Evaluators, John and Sue Burch, for our exit interview. They gave us a few pointers and insights specifically for us.  Our final event of the day was a concert of prayer.  Many of us got together for an hour and prayed for the needs of all the missionaries and the countries where they are headed.
We were released early so that we could go back to our apartments to clean and pack. Our group meets one last time, tomorrow morning for final presentations.  Tomorrow evening we fly home.
Check back frequently in July as we will be sharing lots of stories and pictures from our month in New York City.
If you want an overview of our missions training in New York click here.

New York City – Day 29 of 31

We just completed our last Sunday in New York.  In the morning we went to our usual 3 ½ hour, Spanish language service at Nueva Vida.  They invited us all up on stage and the entire congregation prayed for us.  Then they gave us a large quantity of CDs with Spanish language worship music and sermons as farewell gifts.  What a great congregation.
After a late lunch we then went to Redeemer and heard a great sermon on the sixth Commandment.  We have really enjoyed worshiping there on Sunday evenings.
The McCanns and the Pettengills - Team HondurasFollowing the second service we went to Sean and Lindsey McCann’s apartment for dinner and our first official Team Honduras meeting.  The McCanns will be our teammates in Honduras and we all wanted to start talking about some of the important issues before we got on the mission field.  We got quite a bit accomplished. We are really looking forward to working with the McCanns…they are good people.  Here is the first ever picture of Team Honduras.
Check back frequently in July as we will be sharing lots of stories and pictures from our month in New York City.
If you want an overview of our missions training in New York click here.