Well, life is about to get a little crazy. Today we received an email from International Teams outlining the rest of our pre-field training. In addition to finishing up the Larry Crabb book that we’re discussing with mentors, the following assignments need to be completed by June 2nd (just two months away!):
1. Country Overview – research six nations, comparing standards of living, access to public services, religious affiliations, and other statistics. Turn in results.
2. Spiritual Gifts Assessment – read Discover Your God-Given Gifts, take appropriate assessments, and get feedback from three close friends. Write a reflection.
3. Introduction to Support Raising – read Funding Your Ministry. Write a reflection and evaluation.
4. Assessing Spiritual Emotional Health – read a selection from The Emotionally Healthy Church and take assessment. Write a reflection and evaluation.
5. Strengths Assessment – read Now, Discover Your Strengths and take appropriate evaluations. Write a reflection.
6. Cross-Cultural Acquisition – read Foreign to Familiar. Write a reflection and evaluation.
7. Cross-Culture Experience – interview a recent immigrant. Write a reflection.
8. Introduction to Team Empowerment Plan – read International Teams’ Team Empowerment Plan. Write a reflection and evaluation.
9. Non-Profit Status Assignment – Read “Non-Profit Status: Tax-Deductible Donations” by Stephen Freed (ITeams president). Write an explanation.
10. Introduction to Financial Information – answer questions based on the financial information provided by the ITeams home office.
11. Personal Testimony – write, and be prepared to share, a ten-minute testimony about your relationship to Christ.
12. Second Language Acquisition – read article on language acquisition and learning styles. Write a reflection and evaluation.
Needless to say, on top of my research papers and Kristin’s report cards, this will make for quite an exciting next two months. This is not to imply that we are not looking forward to these training exercises, because we are! It’s more an issue of time management. Some of the assignments won’t take more than an hour, while others will take several weeks. We trust that they will all be beneficial in one way or another. We are thankful that International Teams takes training and preparation seriously. I already feel that we will be as prepared as we can be to serve in a foreign culture. Keep us in your prayers!