“So, Rachel, what’s training like? I mean, I know that the ‘big picture’ is that you’re preparing for tribal church planting, but what does that look like in every day life?”
I’m glad you asked! Here’s a glimpse of my normal schedule:
- 5:00-6:00 wake up, do Bible reading (I’m currently doing a 90-day Bible reading program, it’s really good!)
- 6:00-6:30 work on Scripture memorization, do knee stretches
- 6:30-7:15 shower, pray
- 7:15-8:00 make and eat breakfast (a poached egg with two slices of homemade toast), tidy up house
- 8:00-12:00 attend classes (Monday and Friday we have chapel from 8:00-8:45, and each day we have a prayer time from 10:00-10:15 called Hold the Ropes)
- 12:00-1:15 make and eat lunch (usually rice, or sandwiches)
- 1:15-4:00 work detail (Monday thru Thursday, though on Wednesday I have e-linc* until 2:30, so I start work detail a little later). Each student here pitches in and helps with things like cleaning, grounds and maintenance, etc to help keep our training costs low. I clean the Construction-Maintenance building and clean the outsides of buildings (cobwebs, sidewalks, etc).
- After that, I generally work on homework, make and eat supper, and hang out with other people (whether by having them over, or going over to their house). On Wednesday nights, my ministry team meets together and on Thursday nights, I have worship team practice. I generally get to bed between 10pm and midnight, depending on the amount of homework and the amount of time I spend with people.
- I spend my weekends running laundry, baking bread, attending Hispanic Church–my “official” ministry (Saturday nights from 6 until 10 or 11), helping with worship at the Lake Area Evangelical Free Church I attend on Sunday mornings, talking with friends and family, and gearing up for the next week of training!
This schedule is a little more laid-back than I am used to, but one of the ways God is using this training to stretch me is through building relationships. I’m used to being so busy with work, classes, and homework that I never have time for people, but here in training I’ve had to learn to take the time to build relationships with people and pour into their lives, which is definitely a skill I’ll need on the field!
Well, there you have it! I hope that gives you a small peek into my world and what it’s like here!
P.S. *e-linc is a discipleship “program” here at MTC. My e-linc consists of 2 staff couples, 3 student couples, and 5 single girls. We meet on Wednesdays and Fridays (officially) and hang out, eat, laugh, and talk about how God is working in our lives. We also hang out at other times, whether as a whole group or in smaller clusters. E-linc stands for Encouraging through Listening, Interacting, Nurturing and Challenging–and that’s exactly what it is! It is the highlight of my time here in training, and I’ve already learned and grown SO much through my fellowship with my e-linc “family”!