It was an amazing facility with an even more amazing group of trainers and staff. The things we learned and the aspects in which we were challenged gave us so much insight into who we are, what we believe and how to deal with the challenges to come. We gained so much from hearing wisdom from others and have been humbled by their faith and their call to service. We developed surprisingly deep friendships during such a short time and look forward to seeing how God works through these ministries all across the globe.
Oh yeah and we cried our eyes out. Brooke more than me…..but unfortunately not by much. We also got to do some sightseeing in a new part of the country we hadn’t spent much time. I loaded some pictures on the "Photos" page if you want to check it out.
As we went through the training I tried to note things that stuck out to me or resonated along the way. As I was looking back at my notes I noticed I wrote:
“How much do I let my cultural view dictate my biblical interpretation versus how much of my biblical interpretation frames my cultural view?”
I asked Brooke why I would have written that and to my surprise she didn’t know. Go figure. I don’t really know either as it was just on a scratch piece of paper and not associated with any one particular session that we did. I am pretty impressed with my deep thought on that though and only now have really started to ponder it.
How much do we let society and culture frame how we interpret scripture? Do we cherry pick scripture and assign a meaning to it so it can support our social stance on topics? Of course we do. But shouldn’t we interpret scripture first and then let it frame where we stand on social views? Of course we should.
“Different is not necessarily wrong; wrong is wrong!”
What a blessing we received by being challenged through this training. As they plainly state the purpose of the program is and I can attest to its success we have:
- gained a more accurate knowledge of our motives, drives, joys, fears, strengths and weaknesses
- interacted with God and allowed Him to show His grace in the midst of both our current and anticipated joys and pains
- physically, mentally and emotionally left our personal comfort zone and will go wholeheartedly to the world of others who are different