Category: Growing with us!

Have Mission Will Travel

How about Have Mission Will Travel. This could maybe be the title of the website rather than the organization. I guess this shows my age. I am modeling it after the popular TV show from my youth Have Gun Will Travel that ran on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was about a noble gunslinger name Paladin (Richard Boone) who went around hiring himself out to needy causes and rescuing various victims from tight situations. Gail and I both watched that show every week.

Maybe modeling our Mission name or website title after a famous gunslinger isn’t the best idea, but the metaphor works on some levels. Our vision is to be missionaries available to any mission organization already in existence that needs us. We see ourselves as “come-alongside” missionaries. Maybe God will change that, but that’s what the Leadership is for now.

Language School?

We have just heard about a Spanish language school in Guatemala from some former missionaries who have some experience with Nicaragua. This school uses a one-on-one tutoring style of language training, mixed with living with a local Spanish-speaking family and taking field trips with opportunities to use your Spanish. The costs are quite reasonable and a person  could go for a week or a month at a time because of the flexible nature of the program.

So Gail and I are wondering/praying about whether this would be a good idea for us. Gail has a good background in Spanish and can actually manage a conversation, but she needs a lot of tightening up and updating. It’s been a long time since she has had any extended exposure to Spanish, not counting, of course, the mission trips we’ve taken in the last two years. There, however, we are English teachers, and if we speak Spanish, we’re supposed to keep it on the down low because the students tend to speak Spanish to you if they think you can understand them. And, after all, we are there to teach English. So this language skill could backfire on our actual reason for being there. However, there are so many situations when a little Spanish would go a long way when we’re not in the classroom with our students.

Bob, on the other hand, can say Feliz Navidad (sp?), and a few phrases and words, and maybe he could even count from 1 to 4  – learned mostly from Wooly Booly by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in his youth on a long bus trip from New York to Idaho with his brother. But otherwise, he has to fall back on his high school French, which isn’t very helpful in Nicaragua.

So we’re thinking about this as an early part of our mission career.

The Name – What Do You Think?

We’re not sure about the Meade International name. It’s what we’re going with for the time being so we can go forward. But we’re looking for and praying  about a name for our missions ministry that strikes the right heart chord, fits our life purposes,  yet doesn’t sound either pompous or cheesy. This is a difficult zone to hit, it turns out. For instance, Bob & Gail on Mission – cheesy, amateurish, but darn cute. Meades on Mission – also cute-ish, but cheesy, not professional sounding. Meade Ministries – ok, but very vague. Meade Minsitries Worldwide – a bit pretentious: we want to go there but aren’t there yet. So., what do you think? All input on this subject will be deeply appreciated and carefully considered as we move down the road and develop our vision and our name to match it. After all, this is about branding, and your opinion from out there might be more accurate than our too close view from in here. In the meantime, Meade International it is.