So, you understood that title, right? 🙂
Indeed, there are many acronyms used here at the Missionary Training Center (MTC), and many jokes about said acronyms. Here’s an example of how we could communicate poorly with you:
“Hello friends in the PNW! After graduating from the BI in MI, we are at NTM’s MTC in MO, taking our e1 CP1 courses, to prepare us for e2 and NCLA so that we can move quickly into TCLA. Our current classes include FBT and BOFF, CLA and MP, MCM, and WA. We also have our ELINC twice a week with several other couples, some of whom are MK’s- and one who was with NTMA. We’re still being diligent with our PD too. We’re interested in PNG or perhaps WA, but we’re open to any UPG.”
Actually, the whole concept of acronyms really could relate to some of the things we’re learning here. For example, if we were to approach a stranger and quickly say, “You need Jesus!”, would they really understand? (of course there’s a chance, but the general answer would be no!) Sometimes we abbreviate things, and perhaps we don’t even consider why.
Two of the acronyms above, “FBT” and “BOFF” are the substance of what I’m writing about here, and what we’re learning currently. We are reading “Building On Firm Foundations” (BOFF) – which we highly recommend -, which addresses this very issue of hearts being prepared and ready to receive the Gospel message. This concept begins in Genesis 3. Before God addresses any other issues with Adam and Eve, He first asks them, “Where are you?” Is it important to find out ‘where’ someone is before telling them that their Savior has come? Do we have a relationship with them? Do we know who they are? From this book also comes New Tribes Mission’s (NTM’s) curriculum for tribal church planting – the Foundational Bible Teaching (FBT), which is Creation to Christ. We’ve mentioned it before, but by beginning in Genesis, a hearer is given the opportunity to learn who God is, the state of man, man’s failure to keep the Law, and man’s need for a Savior. Then when Christ comes on the scene, the hearer understands and can say, “That’s my Savior!” The point? Hearts and minds that are prepared and ready to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Part of this FBT class (see above) will be to teach through this curriculum to/with our classmates.
We are keeping VERY busy with studies, and we absolutely love being here at the MTC! We thank God for each and every one of you who has helped us get here in one way or another!
We ask that you remember us in your prayers:
- For our relationship (marriage)
- For parenting – Naya especially right now
- For our friendships with fellow students and staff here
- For God’s continued provision for our needs
|Blast from the past dinner! 🙂|
To find out how you can get involved in reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel, visit www.ntm.org!
|Our “home”! 3rd Townhouse from the left w/ the lights on.|