We have begun our new module and are already absolutely loving it. We have back three teachers that we had during our Equipping module and the format is much more relaxed than it was during the Second Language Acquisition. We have very little homework and most of our classtime is very hands-on, lots of discussion. This format actually makes a lot more sense than merely sitting in a classroom for hours listening to theory on teams. You need to actually be out there trying this stuff out.
Monday, we discussed for most of the day, Biblical examples of teams. Our first example was probably the only one we needed to focus on since it was the Trinity. Sometimes we forget to acknowledge that our God functions as three unique parts of One God. We looked specifically at the example of creation and how all three – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – were involved, put in their input, and showed in the results. It was a fascinating study. Naturally, our teams will never be that perfect, but this should definitely be our goal.
Tuesday, we had a really fun day. Some of you may have heard of the restaurant Chic-Fil-A. It’s a mostly southern fastfood chain, but it’s a Christian restaurant, founded by a believer, and built on Christian morals. To this day, they refuse to open on Sundays. The founder, to make a very long story short, started a foundation called the “Winshape Foundation.” It’s a campus in Georgia that has quite a few programs, including working with marriages and troubled teens, and building teams. A couple guys from the “Winshape Wilderness” program came up from Georgia on Tuesday and worked with us all day on team building exercises. We were in a gym all morning and outside all afternoon. We had puzzle solving exercises, athletic-type exercises, and trust-building exercises. A couple examples are: a blind trust walk where we had to lead a team member through an obstacle course while they were blindfolded and we could not talk and a game where we had to roll a tennis ball down separate tubes of gutter to the end of the gym. It is much too hard to try to explain the other exercises! Basically, we had to work as a team doing exercises to simulate real-life conflict and experiences.
There was talk today about whether or not it’s beneficial for those of us who haven’t been on the field yet to go through this program before arriving, or if we should go through this teams program after our first term. We vehementally think that this is more beneficial getting these skills NOW because then we’ll be prepared when we arrive on the team. We both agree that it’s much better to go prepared than to come home frustrated and have to work through issues that could’ve been avoided to begin with.
We’re blessed during this module to have another man here who is also headed to Peru! He is not going with BCM and he will be in the rainforest, but he’s offered us some insight. We spent quite a bit of time tonight talking with him and getting his advice. What was absolutely wonderful, though, was that the information he imparted to us was already stuff that we knew! The giant research paper we had to do for the Equipping Class is already proving useful. Some of the information we got during our research paper seemed pretty extreme, but it was nice to hear Marshall reiterate that information from first-hand experience and so we know it’s all actually true.
What’s on my heart right now is the need for prayer warriors. Marshall pounded home to us what we already suspected: Peru is covered in very real spiritual darkness. There is a very real, very tangible presence in Peru that we will be facing on a regular, if not daily, basis. He strongly encouraged us to cover ourselves in prayer from here on out. There is a darkness in Lima that is unexplainable except that Satan himself is at work. We are going to be entering a battlefield and we desperately want to go armed and prepared. Will you join our team? We cannot do this alone. We will not do this alone! Join with us; pray with us; pray for us; pray for the people of Peru. For those of you who do not know the political side – Peru is in a state of limbo and there will be an election in two and a half years. This last election was won by only 51% of the popular vote. The other candidate, who just barely lost, has ties to Venezuela and his plan was to make Peru a communist country and join them with Venezuela over night. In two and a half years, the decision of Peruvian government will be made again. Lord-willing, we will be in Peru during that election. We ask that you pray now for our protection and for the government of Peru.
“For we wrestle do not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me [us], that utterance may be given to me [us], that I [we] may open my [our] mouth[s] boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…” -Ephesians 6:12, 18-19