On Sunday Mike and Erin went with their respective group of missionaries to different ethnic churches to worship and fellowship in a different culture and language. Erin’s group of four missionaries went to Bethelkerk, a Flemish speaking church. Mike’s group of five missionaries with to the Iranian Church of Brussles, a Farsi speaking church.
On Monday the training week began with the great Brussels Exercise. The new missionaries were divided into four groups and were tasked with a sort of Brussels scavenger hunt. After several hours of maneuvering mass transit and navigating multiple languages each group returned for a presentation of their experience.
On Wednesday the entire group went out into Brussels to help serve the physical needs of the thousands of political refugees living on the streets of the city. We focused much of our time serving the Sudanese refugees who are awaiting a decision on their status for political asylum. We provided meals, played games with kids, gave out water, visited the elderly, and tended to the immigrants who were living in parks and sleeping on cardboard.
Thursday was a continuing of the church planting instruction by Bill Yarbrough.
During the week both Mike and Erin had group mentoring meetings with their assigned missionaries. In addition, they had lots of one-on-one meetings with many missionaries. In addition to the group and individual counseling each missionary is required to write two papers each week and submit them to their coach for feedback. Mike and Erin each read and commented on eight missionary papers.
It is such a joy for Mike and Erin to mentor and coach this new missionaries and to better prepare them for success on the mission field.