Training takes on a variety of shapes in daily life. Our team both continually learns from those more expert than us and has a hand in helping those who are earlier on the “beginner” scale than us.
We have gone to conferences to learn how to analyze discourse. Yes, that is a real thing and it is about as fun-filled as the name suggests. We have had training seminars on translation principles, and church planting methods, and even how to effectively use different software to further our work.
I, in particular, have had several opportunities to further my training with regards to literacy. I still have a lot left to learn. But because I know a little bit, at least, I am sometimes called upon to share that info with the missionaries in training.
Sometimes we get “on the job” training, where experts in their field come to our location and give us feedback and guidance on how to progress in any one of these areas. An example would be when Rachel’s translation consultant arrives in our village to do a final comprehension check. This time is not only about evaluating her work, but also about strengthening her skill set as a translator.
Our team is grateful for expert help, guidance, and advice. And we are also grateful to be able to share what we have learned–and what we are still learning–with others.