CrossWorld has something of a tradition / rite-of-passage that we do at Candidate Orientation called History Night. The plebes, er, the missionary candidates and a great deal of the home office staff come together for a night of dramatic recreations of some of the high points of CrossWorld's nearly 80 years of history. OK, so they're just 4 skits that impromptu groups have to come up with in about 20 minutes, but they're hilarious and instructive. And they're the closest thing to hazing that we have.
Truth be told, impromptu skits are very stressful for me. I hate doing them. So of course I got tapped to direct our group's skit. On the spot. In 20 minutes. With costume and makeup. Get the Mayers -- they're "artsy". Here's how good of a job I did: About 15 minutes into working with my cast, one of the actors in all seriousness said, "Hey, we need a director." Yep, still hate doing them. But no one died or was seriously injured, so it was fun. Lots of laughs.
Pat even got to take part in things. Our skit was a re-enactment of the day more than 7,000 members of the Dani people in New Guinea burned the fetishes that were their tie to the spiritism that enslaved them as they began a journey to seek out the living God. Pat was the flames of the fire.
It's been great to reconnect with the staff and spend some time discussing the future with our boss and others. Maybe someday in the distant future there will be CrossWorld candidates re-enacting a skit about us. Nah. I wouldn't wish that on anybody.