Last matters…

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This marks the last post before I go public through Facebook/Twitter/Email with this blog. I look forward to comments from my friends and family on the former posts. Some last matters are shaping up for me. First of all I graduated this past Friday night (hence the slowed down pace in posts). Friday was a great day. Family came and supported me as well as some friends and members of my church family. I did not trip and fall so I figured that was a positive. A lot of great pictures were taken so I will post these as well. After graduation my mother surprised me with an Ipad2. That thing is pretty cool. It will be what I end up taking to India with me. After all of this my mom and my sister assisted in the dismantling of my room including the packing up of things that need to go home and the throwing away of items found in the darkest corners of my closet haha. The next treat of the weekend was hanging out with Katie for a couple of days. We were able to go down to Destin and eat at the Crab Trap and walk the beach and just enjoy spending time with each other. This does not happen often enough… Then Sunday came!

Sunday was amazing for me. In the evening service we celebrated the graduation of seniors, the singing of the youth choir, and I was asked to preach. Congratulations Alex Eaton, Colby Crosby, Zach Rich, and Peyton Reagan on graduating soon:) One response from the graduates is she desires to be where God wants wants her to be in ten years. Such humble hearts from this class of students. This humility makes my job easy. Preparing the message for the night was a lot of fun. Using the story of Jonah I preached on God giving us direction in life, God delivering men and women from who they are to a glorious relationship with Him, and God delighting in using His messengers for His purposes. After the service we held a bake auction to raise money for MFuge that is going on for the youth this summer. It was a hit! I would have loved to raise several thousand dollars but I believe God placed just the right people giving just the right amount for all of our students to be able to go to camp July 11-16. A safe trip home Monday morning and I am set now to preparing myself for India!

I have learned several new things this week. First off tho I am paid off. I have several people to thank for this but primarily I want to give a shout out to my dear parents who are not only allowing me to go but are strongly encouraging and supporting me to go. My mom is doing her best to bug me with questions… but I know with each question is required an answer. Some of the things she thinks is important I do not readily think about. She is an enormous help and is even beginning to read a great book written by a humble pastor called, Radical. I encourage everyone to read this short book! The other few things I have secured in knowing has to deal with culture. I finally read through all of a travel manuel that I have and it explained a little about the work that is being done. The main campus of IGL is called the Sharon campus. It is here that I will be staying. I am preparing myself to live in rough conditions but I believe I may be sleeping in a safe, air conditioned room! I am not disappointed in this. The other couple of things that were new to me were found in the packing list. IGL is very clear on what needs to be packed and what does not (by gender even).

In the morning I am going to make a final run to wal-mart and hope that be the afternoon I will have everything I need to pack and be ready to leave by 10 0’clock Thurs morning. I am also starting on a short list of Hindi words that will do me well to memorize before I get there. “Namaste” is a formal greeting when beginning conversations in their culture.

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About carlbasey

I am now in my second semester of seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I enjoy learning, reading, fishing, baseball, ultimate, and occasionally watching an entire season of a tv show at one time. I believe Jesus Christ saved me when I was 8 yrs young and has called me into vocational ministry. My life verse is Colossians 3:17
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3 Responses to Last matters…

  1. Mr Charles and Ms Penny says:

    Your blog is great! We’re praying for a wonderful experience for you in India. We are very proud off you!

  2. Mom says:

    Carl dad and I are so proud of you. We pray for you daily. Be safe and allow God to work through you. Remember your family loves you and supports you all the way!

  3. Carl,
    So your mother has informed me of where you are and has sent me the link to your blog (which is how I got here). So I am now trying to catch up on this journey you are taking. I didn’t realize she was reading Radical. I have begun reading it and hope to one day finish it.

    Anyways, hope all is going well and we will keep you in our prayers.

    I will work on posting a little something for you on our missions blog at http://www.sendmemissions.blogspot.com to encourage others to pray for you.

    See ya when you get back.

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