Training for a Marathon

   In the midst of still grappling with the fact that I am actually here at MTC training for tribal church planting …  a whole week full of classes and orientation has flown past!

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First Day of Class!

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My Mailbox

Something that is so unique about MTC is the fact that my training will not be limited to the classroom. It will also include:

1. Involvement in a local church

2. Serving in outreach to the community

3. Discipleship, fellowship and prayer through a small group program called e-linc

Not only will this deepen my training for future ministry, but it will also allow me to get involved in people’s lives in a very real way right now.

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Map in the Classroom

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One of the places where learning happens!

Classes so far have been geared towards a “big picture” understanding of what it looks like to serve with New Tribes Mission on a church planting team. In class on Wednesday, we worked through a general timeline of planting a church among an unreached people group.

I put this timeline together based on what we talked about in class. It might not make total sense without the context of our discussion, but it definitely conveys the immensity of the task set before us!

Big Picture -- TIMELINE

CLA=Culture & Language Acquisition; TLCA=Tribal Culture & Language Acquisition

Stephen Crockett, a missionary to the Moi tribe in Indonesia, came and spoke to us this week.

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Stephen Crockett sharing with the student body

He compared the task of intercultural church planting to a marathon. The process is very long, it’s difficult, and sometimes it can be tedious. But it is entirely WORTH IT because Christ is WORTHY. Feelings of inadequacy start to surface in light of this crazy marathon ahead. But it’s true–only by dependence on the Lord can this thing be done! Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant” (2 Cor. 3:5-6a). 

marathon

We got to finish out the week by going canoeing. It was a great way to get to know people a little better and just enjoy God’s beauty on the water!

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We went almost 10 miles.

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It was beautiful!

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Eric, Jessica, Andy, Phil, me, Rachael, Kaylee, and Micah

Needing Him for the race ahead…and every moment,

Brooke

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