May 2016, I quit my job at Chick-fil-A and decided to pursue being in ministry as my full-time gig. The avenue I chose for this was to be a missionary. My destination? Alaska. A missionary means “sent one.” Missionaries often serve in various different roles. Yet, what they have in common is the desire to overcome obstacles, dedicate themselves to praying and teaching the word, venture somewhere, and are sent by their home church. For a good biblical read on what a missionary is, bookmark this blog: Is Everyone a Missionary? During my first year in Alaska, I learned that some people don’t fully comprehend what a missionary means for today. If you would like to know more about what I do personally, read my e-mail update: Bringing Clarity.
I am drawn to movies about other cultures. When my friend Philip posted the preview about this movie it instantly grabbed my attention. I have enjoyed much of the entertainment industry that has come out of Japan – movies, animation, video games. Here was a movie about missionaries to Japan, I couldn’t pass up seeing it in theatres despite only an evening showing available in my area.
Note: To those reading my reviews for the first time, my Overall and Summary sections are spoiler free. There is a break with a picture, after that spoilers are fair game.
Rated: Rated R for some disturbing violent content
Released: December 2016
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
I am writing to update you on the leap of faith I took this past Spring. If you don’t know me well and are hearing about this for the first time, please read my short bio on the About Me Page. I have been traveling to Alaska on various mission trips for the past 2 years. I am on my 4th trip, experiencing the Alaskan winter for the first time. I am living in a dry cabin near Glennallen, in the Copper River Valley.
On October 31st, I started my journey back to Alaska from Pennsylvania. I had a great week prior to leaving as I spent my last moments with friends and family from the area. They all knew I was back east for a short visit and would once again be leaving to pursue my dreams of living in Alaska and being a full-time missionary. This journey has not been easy, and this past month I even thought about quitting and giving it all up. I have faced many odds and taken multiple steps of faith to pursue my dream. One thing that always keeps me going is that I know there are others watching me. I have discovered by pursuing my dreams, it can give others hope to do the same. I may not be doing anything grand; haven’t become famous, haven’t won any big competitions nor made newsworthy discoveries. However, I am doing something that has been in my heart since I was in 5th grade. You see, I did a state project on Alaska back then and discovered it is a beautiful state that is not always covered in ice and snow. I saw pictures of its beauty and learned of its tales. That moment, I knew I had to go. If I asked you, what you love, what puts you at peace, or where you would love to go, what comes to mind? Go ahead and pause and take a minute. This blog will wait…