I recently came across a British documentary series called “Mish Kids” which was about the identity crises of teenage missionary kids in England. I think they only made three or four episodes and I don’t think the series ever made to it television.
One thing I love to do is research. (I’m a geek) So naturally, I enjoy researching the different MK resources out there.
This is a film that I recently came across about TCKs (Third Culture Kids or Trans-Culture Kids). A TCK by definition is an individual who, having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than the parents’ culture, develops a sense of relationship to both. MKs, as well as children of business, military, and diplomatic people who live abroad, become these culture-blend persons who often contribute in unique and creative ways to society as a whole.
Though this is just a trailer for the film, it looks like it may be very well done. It’s scheduled to broadcast in the spring of ’11 in Canada and then the States after that.
This is an interview that my good buddy Chris Jones put together. Chris, and his wife Evie, are currently finishing missionary training and are preparing to head overseas to do tribal church-planting in Indonesia. Chris and Evie had a chance to hang out with Scott and Jennie Phillips who are missionary’s working among the Dao people of Indonesia. They have been working in the Dao tribe for several years now and God has been doing amazing things! Check out this great interview as Chris asks what he can expect as he and Evie head to the mission field.
In the past I shared this video with you about the Moi tribe called AYAYO:
However, NOW you need to check out this exciting new video that shares the stories and testimonies of the Moi people as the Word of God has reached the Moi Tribe!
The Moi church in Indonesia has increased greatly after missionaries heard testimonies from more than 80 Mois who declared their faith in Christ when the Gospel was presented the end of September.
For seven weeks, people came from more than 20 hamlets, leaving their homes and gardens so they could hear eight Moi Bible teachers and missionary Rich Brown present the Creator’s Talk.
The total number of believers now consists of more than half of the adult and teenage population within a days hike from the village that first heard God’s Word.
For articles from New Tribes Mission related to the Moi, see: http://bit.ly/moi-articles
Some folks have asked about our school and what our schedule looks like. So, without further a du, here is a brief look into our lives here are NTBI.
9:00am-9:50am – First class of the day
10:00am-10:30am – Chapel
10:40am-11:30am – Second Class
11:40am-12:30pm – Third Class
12:30am-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm – Elective Class (we don’t always have a class during this time)
2:00pm-2:30pm – Campus Ministry Job (a job on campus that I am assigned to. My responsibilities are to clean a section of the chapel and keep the chairs orderly.)
2:00pm—- The rest of the day is filled up Homework, hanging out with MKs, Soccer, fellowship with friends, and home tasks.
We usually try to keep Saturday clear and keep it as a relaxing day. It usually stays that way but we will also do quite a bit of homework on Saturdays to lighten the load for Sunday.
On Sundays we go to Elmbrook Church (www.elmbrook.org) and then finish all of our weekend assignments and homework.
We are now a week and a half into our classes and we could not be enjoying them more! Our school breaks up the semesters into five blocks which are three weeks in lengths. The classes themselves vary in length with some classes lasting one block and some lasting up to three blocks. There is plenty of homework, but, believe it or not… we are actually enjoying homework! We usually have about two-three hours of reading each day (sometimes more), at least one paper or assignment each week, and usually has about two tests per class. Our current classes this block are Biblical Foundations, Bibliology, Evangelism in a Postmodern world, and Job.
Biblical Foundations: This class is a basic introduction to the Chronological order of the bible. We’re learning the main events through scripture and learning about the prevailing themes.
Bibliology: This is a great class that helps us better understand the bible. We’re currently learning about the background and contexts in which the original writings of the bible came about. We’re covering topics and debates such as the “inspiration” of the bible, the Cannon, and the transmission of the bible.
Evangelism in a Postmodern World: This is a great class that is teaching us about the history of apologetics and the journey through history that has brought us into the current postmodern worldview of our day-in-age. Along with reading, some of our class assignments take us downtown into the coffee shops were we have surveys to learn about the current worldviews of society today. We are also memorizing some scriptures. Bree and I have worked with kids and used the “hand motion” method of memorization with them, so, we decided to stick to our roots! Check out this little video that we wanted to make for the Zone Kids who we worked with for so long! See kids, we do MemoryMax too!!!
Job: This is an AMAZING class as our teacher is one of the most compassionate storytellers I have ever known! To say he brings Job’s story to life is truly an understatement. I have read Job before (which is a hard one to read as it has always seemed too depressing to me…) but WOW is there so much wisdom and meat in those passages when you stop to understand what is really happening there. Wow!
So, that’s a glance into our current training here at NTBI! We love our training so far, and are thankful to be here. We thought we knew a ton about the Word and who God is… but man, we are so humbled by His Word and how little we actually know about Him. We just can wait to learn more!