Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Missionary Focus of RGBI Students

No big in depth post here, but I just wanted to say that there is DEFINITELY a missionary focus to this campus here at RGBI. Not just with the language school students, not just with the staff, but with the Bible students as well.

I think one thing that helps everyone keep a global focus is that there are people here from all over the world, NOT just Mexico and South America but also Europe and Asia.
Josué, a bible student from Argentina.

Language student on left headed to Spain. Language student on right
headed to South America.

Another reason I think there is such a global focus is because there are people here who have served all over the world. The wealth of experience and knowledge of the professors and staff here is great. This is something I will hopefully benefit from and learn more about as I serve here.

Third and last reason I see for such a global focus is that these students and staff GO all over the world with the Gospel as part of their Bible school training. Between April and August most of these students will be scattering around the world with the Gospel, learning what it means to serve the church and to take the Light to where there is darkness.

I look forward to learning more of the process of how these mission trips and teams are formed, how the vision is formed and carried out. So far I know that part of the process is that the student or team of students needs a picture to submit which will also be used on their Prayer Cards for the trip. 

This team of four students asked me if I could take their picture... ...that they needed from me that night because they had to send it in in the morning... ...and that one of the students was supposed to be running the Koinonia (Coffee shop) at the moment so we had about 5 minutes to get the picture taken! Fun challenge!
They decided on the picture with the flags for their prayer card. 

Team of students headed for Burma Asia for their summer missions trip. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

I am Learning Spanish! At the RGBI Language School!

Early morning before school outside our front door. 

La Escuela del idioma! We are learning Spanish every day. Some days it feels impossible and like we'll never be able to speak Spanish fluently and some days Sarah and I feel very encouraged and that we are actually making some headway (though these days are often different days for us because we tend to be encouraged by different things). One big encouragement for me is that this school has worked for almost everyone that has gone through it seems. I can see the Spanish speakers it has produced and if has worked for so many others it has got to work for me, right? 

I need to remember to be trusting in Christ, looking to Jesus the founder and Perfecter of our faith as I was reminded yesterday by a fellow language student (Mark Perry). If He wants me to learn Spanish than I will, and I will continue to strive to be working for the Lord and not for man (which includes not working for myself).  

We have dialogues that we memorize and then speak with another student
and our pronunciation and fluidity are graded. 

Phonetic Lab. Everyone has their areas of struggle!
Actually Savannah has very good pronunciation and is just being a great
 sister in law here. lol! 
I have taken to getting up super early (to me 4am is just about as early as it gets) trying to get my homework (tarea) done and making sure I have my daily Bible reading. It seems to help to have a couple hour head start on the day. I need the focus and encouragement from the Word and homework seems to (so far) get done better in the morning than night. 

The School works hard on training us to speak correctly. All these years growing up I thought that the Spanish and English alphabets were basically the same with some additional sounds and few sounds that were different... NOPE! The Spanish alphabet is actually a completely different set of sounds. And if I don't want to sound like a gringo then I have to approach it like that. Throw out all the the English sounds and relearn all your sounds from the start... kind of like a baby does. lol! It is hard but they are training us daily and I feel like my Spanish mouth is finally being born! ...slowly slowly. Poco a poco. 

My fiend Walter leading worship at our chapel meeting (they are every Tue. and Thur.)

The family in Christ here is an encouragement and an inspiration and makes me want to contribute to what the Lord is doing here. The students are very very involved in the ministry of RGBI. They all take initiative to lead and serve in different areas, helping lead worship, devotions, missionary club, prayer meetings, mission projects and more. And I think RGBI is very wise ask them to and to shepard them as they do serve and lead. Missionary club is so much more practical than what I think of as a missionary club. They meet in the coffee shop on Fridays and I think the basic idea is "How can we serve and assist missionaries on the field? How can we get ourselves and each other to the field effectively, both short term and long term? How can we pray?" Many of the students and also the staff have plans in place for going to the mission field in the near future. 

I haven't been taking as many pictures as I would like to or have been asked to just because of how much work learning Spanish takes for me. I did take my camera with me to school two days (so I had my camera bag slung over on top of my backpack of books) and I will be helping with some photo and video projects that are coming. Pray for me that I will wisely balance the work of learning Spanish with beginning to serve RGBI with photography and video. 

Dios los bendiga!