One of the things I have had to learn over the years is how to communicate information effectively to groups of people in various distracting circumstances (in a market, in an airport, during a meal). Information people need (we’ll be eating supper at 6, we have to be ready to go to the airport by 4 am…), but that isn’t necessarily interesting. Standing on a chair and yelling, “Everyone SHUT-UP!” is somewhat effective in stopping conversations, but it tends to create a hostile audience. So my favourite way is to start the announcement song – about how boring announcements are – and usually by the end people have joined in and are prepared.
So – pretend I’m singing (or don’t, it’s painful to listen to), and that you are joining in… and… I’ll do my best to make it interesting.
While in Pennsylvania, we were hoping to answer some questions: Now, what do we do with the rest of our lives? Where do we want to be in the next 5/10/20 years? What steps can we take now to start to move it in that direction?
Our vision hasn’t changed. We are still passionate about and feel called to work in a missions context, with a strong focus on discipleship. But the ways in which we see ourselves pursuing it have changed.
Returning to North America after 5 years in Rwanda, we have seen our home culture with new eyes. We have been evaluating the ways our normal modes of living contribute to injustice across the world, ecological destruction, and increasing experiences of anxiety and depression.
We can’t believe that this is a good way to live; we believe we follow a God who has some better ideas than this. So: long-term, we want to experiment with some ways of living that are more just and ecologically sound.
We appreciate many things about the Discipleship Training School. It is a model we are familiar with, and want to incorporate into what we are doing as a way of teaching what we have learned about God’s Kingdom, (in)justice, mental & emotional health, and missions.
Lest you think this is all ideas with no substance, we DO have some concrete ideas about how/where we will do this. We are also planning our next steps with our current capabilities and long-term goals in mind. You can look for more concrete “announcements” of this in our next few posts.