A few times a year our mission headquarters in NY holds a “Candidate Week”, an orientation and final application stage for new US missionaries applying to Africa Inland Mission. We had the privilege of being the ‘missionaries in residence’ for the week at the end of June. It was so encouraging to see so many sensing the Lord’s call to serve Him in Africa, people from such a variety of backgrounds! It’s likely we’ll get to see some of these new missionaries in Tanzania some day. Our kids enjoyed the children’s program, we enjoyed leading devotions each day, sharing our experience with the candidates, and hosting an African meal that Melissa cooked for 60+ people! Another highlight was staying with Melissa’s aunt and uncle (technically first cousins once removed) Ted and Martha Barnett and seeing her cousin Jen and her kids.