Saturday, September 15, 2012

Transcultural Missions Course...Completed!

This was a week full of activity and good news. Before I tell you about the wonderful Missions course we just completed here on the YWAM base, let me share some wonderful news:
I am pregnant!!! 
It came as a surprise but was not unexpected, and definatly most welcome! We praise God for the beautiful life He is already knitting so perfectly inside me! 

So now that the word is out, let me tell you about this week. On Tuesday morning we embarked on one more of our trancultural missions courses called ``Kairos`` 
 It is a 50 hour intensive missions course that we do in our DTS. We were not able to do it last semester, so many of the students from our last DTS who have stayed with us as staff did the course this year (most of them are now doing a second level discipleship school) and some visitors from outside who wanted to take the course, including my mom, also participated. We had a very large, enthusiastic group!

Five staff, including myself took on the challenge of being facilitars of the course, which included leading small group discussions, correcting the chapter assignments, presenting the chapters and a daily devotional to the class. Above is a picture of our team of facilitators.
 Each chapter included a presentation of unreached people groups and a time of prayer...

 Here is me presenting one of the devotionals...

 We also had group activities which helped the students understand better the challenges of missions among unreached people groups (the main emphasis is the 10/40 window which is the area of the world with the most unreached people groups)

 After the presentations the students has a couple hours to read each chapter and fill out a homework sheet before coming together do to small group discusions and then do one more chapter. The course is 8 chapters and we have to complete it in 4 you can imagine how tirying it gets...but it is so worth it!

 One of the things the students learn is the importance of preaching the gospel without the cultural baggage. To exemplify that we do a ``contextualized worship service``, showing how you can plant a new church in another culture, without making it a ``western church``, but it should remain an indigenous (true to its own culture) church.
 As you can see, in this service we exemplified how a church planted in a muslim culture could look like...

 After the service everyone had the chance to try an international meal, eaten in the way Africans or Indians would eat it.
 This meal was prepared by our brother Seth Klu, from Gana, Africa.

 Both my parents had the privaledge of savoriong this wonderful meal with us (fish and a white corn meal called ``papa``)
 Here is a group doing worship...each of the groups took turns doing worship on different days.
 On the last day of the course each student wrote a letter to God and drew a picture representing the changes they would make in their lives to be involved directly in the Great Commision, either by Going, Training Others to go, or by Supporting Finantially. We had some amazing testimonies of how God spoke to each individual.

Each group had a time to share their letter and drawing in the small groups and be prayed over. I had an amazing team of young people, each so different form one another, but each with an amazing heart to reach the lost!

 Here are some of the other groups:

 I have to aknowlege my wonderful husband this week who became Lucas´ full time baby-sitter all week so that I could be free to facilitate the course. Once in a while he would peek into the room and do something funny...

 Finally, the course was completed and the diplomas were given out...Everyone completed the course succesfully!

 I have to highlight this young man Elidio. He is currently doing DTS and just finished the Kairos course, but an amazing fact is that he does not know how to read (he is complely illiterate). It was a great challenge to work with him because I had to sit with him after every chaper to give an overview and help him finish his homework. Despite this huge barrier, he pushed himself very hard and has shown tremendous growth (he is also a fruit from our drug rehab center).

 We praise God for yet one more victory and for the fruit which will come!
To him be all the glory and honor and the praise of all the nations!