Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mission training in Colorado

We spent the past three weeks at Mission Training International, just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was a wonderful time, not just in terms of training, but also in terms of the relationships we could build in the community of fellow-participants, the beauty of God's creation, and the time away from responsibilities at home. We can only touch on a few things here.
  • Small groups allowed us to dig deeply into heart issues and encourage one another in struggles.
  • We considered our personal and cultural values, and how these might be challenged in working in a different culture.
  • We discussed grief and loss, and shared with the group some of our past and anticipated future losses.
  • We looked at the process of transition and compared it to a swaying suspension bridge over a canyon that begins settled, soon becomes unsettled, then develops into chaos, and gradually becomes more settled again - but it's a "new" settled, which has moved on from the original "settled" position.
  • We examined how we personally deal with conflict, and we came to appreciate others' conflict management approaches.
  • We were put into a simulated (but very realistic!) hostage-taking scenario to see how we deal with stress.

the MTI building

all three of us on top of a nearby mountain (Avigail is hiding in the sling)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tim and Francine:
    Sounds like some quality preparation! Erica and Hugo had similar in CA. Saw photos of Avigail as her proud grandparents were over last nite...God bless your further prep in TO. Looks like a very, very busy year for you!!!
    J&C Moesker