Well, we made it to Elgin safely. Despite a weekend full of activities, today was our first “real” day of training. Our day went like this (all times are approximate):
8:00-8:30 – Corporate Worship
8:45-9:30 – Bible study on Matthew 5:1-12.
9:45-10:45 – A study of International Teams’ core values
11:00-12:00 – Missionaries as on-going learners
12:00-1:30 – LUNCH
1:30-3:30 – Sharing Testimonies
3:45-4:30 – Introduction to the facilities
It was a full day. It’s hard to believe that we’ll have five more weeks of this. Kristin is taking a nap as I type. We’re busy and tired, but it has been a great time so far. Most of the material today has been introductory. We will follow a similar schedule everyday. We start the morning with worship and bible study. We then look at some organizational aspect of International Teams – values, visions, mission, history, etc. (hence the title, IT-ology, a phrase used by the staff here). Next we study some aspect of our roles as missionaries (culture, language, teaching, etc.). After lunch we will typically look at something of the business side of missions (finances, insurance, etc.). Next week will be quite different, but this week will follow that general pattern.