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.

3 thoughts on “IT-ology

  1. Read your blog – glad you both had a good first day! Tomorrow is field day – hope it doesn’t rain – again!!! Mom and Dad.

  2. yikes! sounds about as intense as our church planter trainings, although five weeks is staggering. hope you guys still manage to get some good sleep as well as some quality time connecting with each other in the midst of it. :)

  3. I just was coming online to send you an email telling you we’re thinking of you both and praying for you all day and evening.

    So glad to hear that the start of IT-ology is going well.

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