All this week Mike is in Izmir, Turkey attending Mission To the World’s worldwide leadership training. Every Team Leader from each MTW mission team in the world will be in attendance. The conference is a time for training, evaluation and study to better prepare MTW’s Team Leaders for their mission work.
On Wednesday all of the missionaries and national partners divided into eight small groups and were asked to discuss and report on a few questions. We had discussions about very difficult topics – What is MTW doing right? What is MTW doing wrong? How can MTW improve? What has MTW done to benefit your work? These are difficult questions to discuss when your supervisors are around, but, the group came up with constructive input.
The entire group took several hours and toured the ruins of Ephesus. Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. The Apostle Paul lived in Ephesus, working with the congregation and organized missionary activity into the hinterlands. He wrote the letter 1 Corinthians from Ephesus. Later Paul wrote the Epistle to the Ephesians while he was in prison in Rome. Ephesus was one of the seven cities addressed in Revelation (Revelation 2:1–7).
One of our most valuable exercises has been hearing from national partners. They were asked to give insight as to how MTW missionaries were doing in their countries. Through individual reports and panel discussions these nationals, who have experience working with North American missionaries, provided extremely helpful analyses of the work, attitudes and involvement of missionaries working in their countries. Some of their statements were critical and hard to listen to, but very useful guidelines for areas of improvement.