|Dear Friends and Family,|
We are doing well up here in the still-frozen North land. This weekend brought a chilly mix of freezing rain, snow, and tiny ice-pellets—so we are staying indoors nice and cozy! Spring will be here soon though! Right?…
Thank you for all of your prayers and support for us over the last 9 months of our training. We are already over halfway through our time here! We can hardly believe how fast the time has gone; it’s been such a privilege to be equipped through this program.
Right now, Jungle Camp is looming large in all of our minds as it is only 6 weeks away. We’ve begun collecting the tools, food, and household items needed for building our house in the woods. Our class will spend about 2 weeks in the construction stage after which we’ll move into our new “homes” for a month! A huge thank you to those of you who have helped us gather supplies! (CBC Sending Team) If anyone wants to make a trip up here to visit us in Jungle Camp, you are invited on July 7th! Click Here for Open House info.
We have also had the opportunity to help lead a Bible Study at the local nursing home this semester. Tyler and two other classmates are teaching chronologically through the most crucial Biblical accounts to show the residents who God is and who they are in His eyes. This serves to prepare them to be able to understand the significance of Jesus Christ and what He did for them. It’s been a great chance for us to reach out to the community and to practice teaching in a similar way to how we’ll teach in a tribe in the future.
For God’s work in our lives, marriage, and hearts to prepare us for future ministry
For the Bible Study at the nursing home to be a light to the community and bring people closer to Christ
For continued guidance in future direction and decisions
The people and relationships that we have been blessed with here
God’s provision for us to be here as students
Our current classes:
1st hour has been focused on preparing us to teach Bible lessons to people of other cultures and languages. Right now we are going through Romans practicing what it would theoretically look like to teach the incredible truths of that letter to new tribal believers.
2nd hour classes have included Phonetics, Phonemics, and now Grammar. Apparently our grammar days didn’t conclude at high-school graduation! Grammar class is actually pretty great though because it isn’t just about English but rather about languages in general. There are so many variations to how humans communicate! These principles and concepts will be very helpful and we’ll certainly benefit from this class when it comes time to learn language and eventually translate Scripture into a tribal language.
Emanate’s blog post about Grammar Class.
3rd hour is dedicated to church-planting classes. First we studied Animism, its effects, and how to deal with that when planting a church. Then we studied an actual Animistic culture (The Yurok people of Northern California) to help prepare us for teaching Animistic people. Now we are in a Curriculum Development class looking at how to prepare Bible lessons for tribal people.
Emanate’s blog post about Animism.