I really hate writing about myself. No really. A lot.
Let me give an example: When I first started talking to the Pryors about going back to Samban they asked me to write up a short bio that they could share with their contacts and use for the school out in the village; that was almost two months ago.
I started trying to write something a lot more confusing and involved about who I was in a deep spiritual sense and about how I’m defined not only by who I currently am but also by who I’ve been and who I’m trying to be. Some frustrating hours later I stopped trying to figure out what I was trying to say and came up with a simpler plan.
My name is Isaac Aughenbaugh. I I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado the 6th child and 4th son of Mark and Teresa Aughenbaugh; who are really quite amazing people (hopefully I’ll write more about them later). Having six kids wasn’t enough for my parents so sometime after I was born they adopted my three younger sisters (not all at once though). If it seems like I’m writing more about my family than myself it’s because my family has, in a lot of ways, made me who I am. I really consider my crazy, broken, screwed up mess of a family to be a tremendous blessing and wouldn’t have it anyother way.
Through the influence of my parents I’ve been a christian since a pretty young age; actually for as long as I can remember, which still seems a little weird to me. That being said there have been quite a few times in my life when Christ really became real to me (maybe something to Keith Green’s post conversion “salvation” experiences). I truly consider salvation to be as much of a lifelong process as sanctification and am always seeking to go deeper in my relationship with Christ. My long term goal is to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that I explode or to be martyred whilst sharing the gospel. Or maybe both.
Also for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to travel the world (“see all the things and eat all the delicious food”) and share the gospel. I’ve always tried to live my life as preparation for being a missionary, disciplining my mind, body and soul. I’ve done various sports and fitness programs (notably crossfit, boxing and parkour). Education wise I finished highschool and simultaneously received my EMT and IV certifications in April of 2015. During that time I took a few other core college courses and studied a lot of history. I’ve worked for my dad in construction for about the last five years which has given me a lot of skills and experience doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Spiritually, I’ve really striven to be a part of a church body and participate in that. I also helped out for a while with an AWANA program (which is a scripture memorization based youth program for those who aren’t familiar). Though I’ve never had any formal theology training I’ve studied a lot, dialogued a lot, listened a lot and thought way too much.
Back to seeing all the things and eating all the food. In February of this year (2016) I finally got the opportunity (and go ahead from God) to leave the United States. For my first trip out of my home country I got to travel down to Papua New Guinea and volunteer with Samaritan Aviation for three months. It was an absolutely amazing experience with the only bummer being that I fell in love so much with PNG that I want to go back. So much for travelling the world…
Anyway, I’m back in the states now, talking with a family that I got to spend some time with in village called Samban about helping out their organization (OIPNG) long term. I recently started working at Bonfils Blood Center as a phlebotomist (though I’m still in training). And that brings you up to date on who, where and what I am. The only thing left to be said is that I’m back to working hard preparing to go back to PNG and further the gospel.
I feel like I just wrote a resume. All that you can read above are a bunch of disjointed facts, they don’t tell you who I really am. I almost think you would know just as much about me if I told you how far I can jump and how much I can deadlift, or how much of the bible I have memorized. Such are the limitations of blog posts I guess. Hopefully as this whole thing goes on you’ll get a better picture of who I am and the way that I’m serving Jesus and furthering His Kingdom with my life.