I know, it comes as a surprise to me, too! It has all happened rather suddenly.
Mike and I see our main role here as supportive. As I talked about in the previous post, that means stepping in where there is a gap we can fill.
In October, we sent 2 DTS teams over to central Asia for their outreach. (There are updates on their activities on the YWAM Nanaimo website if you are interested.) Usually when we send out a team like this, the leader of the school or another experienced staff member will visit them on the field to encourage and provide pastoral care. Because this is the first team sent out from YWAM Nanaimo, and the first team sent from here to central Asia, and because several of the leaders are leading their first teams, this pastoral visit is particularly important.
Our base leader, Livé, who also lead the DTS, was planning to do this visit. A couple weeks ago, they welcomed a new baby girl into their family. There have been some stresses and complications with her health, and so it became unrealistic for him to do this. So I am stepping in as a pinch-hitter!
I leave Wednesday morning, and will be gone for a little over a week. I am really looking forward to seeing the teams, and this unexpected opportunity to participate in outreach around the world!