Here's a quick look at our training last semester:
Pre-Evangelism - it's that period of time from when you first step into the lives of an unreached people group until you are proficient enough in the language and culture to be able to effectively communicate God's Word to them (about 2-5 years). As they watch our teamwork, marriages, family, conflict resolutions, work ethics, etc, are they becoming hungrier and thirstier to hear God's message? Are they more aware of inconsistencies in their own worldviews and finding them lacking?
Families and Education - our kids are an important part of God's ministry through our family, so what does this look like in regard to their education? Well, we explored education options for missionary kids, homeschooling philosophies/curriculum, and the challenges and privileges of educating/raising Third-Culture Kids (TCK's).
Field Health - immunizations, dehydration, stress, sleep, parasites, medications, and field health kits. Staying physically healthy, so we can stay engaged in sharing God's spiritual health through Christ.
Romans 12-16 - Living worship. "Our lives should begin to be progressively more consistent with where we're headed, and less consistent with where we've come from."
Simple Living - 10 days in the woods (check out our last update for more info on this)
Culture and Language Acquisition (CLA) Practicum - 6 week long exercise in which we engaged the Dobu language and culture through interactions with language helpers who did a great job of drawing us into the setting and realities of cross-cultural ministry.
Curriculum Development - how to develop Foundational Bible Teaching (FBT) lessons that effectively communicate to the hearts and minds of an unreached people group.
Semantics and Translation - when it comes to translating God's Word, the primary goal is to translate the intended meaning of the passage, not just translate words.
Prayer and Practical Living - Light reveals. Darkness conceals. When I'm walking in the Light, should I not expect sin to be revealed in my life? (1 John 1)