I recently completed The Nations Course, and it will be very helpful to me in the mission fields of Maharashtra (India). The course focused on cross-cultural evangelisation for missions.
We were given detailed and intensive training in all areas of mission work and living. It helped us to personally examine ourselves, to identify our strengths and weaknesses. We were able to know and confirm our calling through the word of God and with the help of committed missionary families. We had good interaction with students from various countries. It was amazing to see how the love of Christ binds us all together in working for his kingdom here on this earth.
The topics that impacted me the most were anthropology and animism. I learnt more of church history. It motivated me to be a history changer. In church history, many lost opportunities cost the church a high price. This particularly spoke to my heart, that I may not lose any opportunity in the kingdom of God. I especially benefitted from the study of culture and other religions. It was very helpful in the area that I am working, especially with Hindus. Disciple-making and church planting movements were very well taught. These topics are important to India.
With all this learning, I have made a list of things that I will now do differently in my ministry. I will focus on the spiritual keys in the mission field. I have made a strategic plan for the next year and have set some goals. I strongly believe that God will enable me to stand as a testimony, along with my family.
The course was very well organised. The accommodations and food were excellent. The teachers and staff were very kind and helpful. I was enriched by their lives. The six-week intensive training equipped us well for the task ahead. It gave us a good understanding of the challenges we are called to and prepared us to face them with courage.
The Nations Course impacted me personally. It revolutionised my attitude and thought process. Many mental and spiritual barriers were broken. I was able to see the bigger picture of missions
By Preethi John