This afternoon I headed up to Malenovice to join JV Winter Academy that's in progress right now.
For the past three years, our training team has been hard at work bringing our whole team up to speed and competence in all the various JV training materials and tools.
Every JV staff person now goes through two consecutive years of training - a week a year - to be equipped in these areas.
This afternoon Dave and I had a session with the group who are year one - missionaries who have been on the field less than a year.
Our topic today was "Lessons from the Journey" - things that we learned (sometimes the hard way!) in our first few years here.
While we could say so many more things about practices that helped us, we chose ten that we felt were significant for these new missionaries, and took turns back and forth, sharing what God taught us along the way.
I don't know if you noticed that ever deepening sunset that was happening outside as we talked!
I seriously wanted to go over to the window and take a picture the whole time we were up there. 😂But I restrained myself...and was happy to find afterward that Rob, one of our JV staff, captured it for me!
Want to know our ten lessons from the journey? Here they are!
1. Don’t doubt in the dark what God told you in the light
2. As you are going, make disciples
3. Let your difficulties sanctify you.
4. Cultivate a thankful spirit.
5. Try everything, build lots of relationships.
6. Pray without ceasing
7. Don’t ignore relational problems
8. Renew yourself
9. Imitate before you emulate
10. Trust God!