Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Working Together

YWAM Mountain Province is currently facilitating a Tribal Discipleship Training School. It is designed for students who speak local dialects. You can read more about it at the YWAM blog. (YWAMMountainProvince.wordpress.com)

Last week I had the privilege of teaching for a few days. It was a fun topic, Team Building. So for a few days, I was playing games and talking about them. The students had a good time as they faced various challenges, all designed to help them explore a topic related to team work.

Facilitating the games was easy. They all were good sports and really engaged. Even in the goofy, embarrassing games everybody had a great attitude.

The challenge was in debriefing afterward. Unlike in America where most people want to express their thoughts. In most teaching situations, I have found the Filipino students much more reserved. It did not help that everything needed to be translated. (But I did understand a word here and there.) However, I found that when I had the students lead the debrief, the other students joined right in to the conversation. This also reduced the burden for the translator. All I had to do then was to ensure that the important aspects of the exercise were discussed.

Hopefully the ideas they experienced in the games, discussed during the debriefings, and listened to during the lectures will help them as they work together in the school and in their outreach once the lectures are complete.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12


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