#436: Foreign Language Class

Over the school year I took a class in the language of the country I just visited, and I’m glad I did! While I didn’t get to use my knowledge as much as I would’ve liked, it did come in handy several times when I was talking to people with limited English. I couldn’t carry on a conversation, but I knew enough. While I was there my speaking level didn’t really improve, but my listening and comprehension level certainly did. By the end of the trip I could listen to a conversation and about half the time I could get the gist of what they were talking about, considering this would probably never happen before the trip I’d say that’s a huge improvement!

#436: Thank you Lord for my foreign language class and how it helped me during the trip to communicate and understand the people around me.

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#432: Perspectives Class

As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been taking the Perspectives class at my church this winter/spring. (Which is part of the reason I haven’t been posting as frequently this year, I haven’t had time!) If you’ve never heard of Perspectives, it’s a class on missions and the Christian worldview, and it will change your life! In my opinion every Christian should take it if they can, because it will completely change how you see the world around you, you’ll see God everywhere, and want to be part of what he is doing.

Tomorrow is our last class and I don’t want it to end! Not that I’m going to miss the work, but God has taught me so much, and I want to keep learning. Each week I feel like a piece of the puzzle fell into place about what God wants me to do with what I’ve learned. I don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s getting there, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for me!

I could probably write multiple posts about what God has taught me through this class, but I won’t, at least for now. For now, I will give you some of the highlights, I could write a lot more, but these are some of the main ones.

-I’ve always thought of missions as reaching people with the gospel, and while the people group they come from matters for the end of time, (Revelation 5:9) in terms of every day missions it’s not a big deal. I now see that it does matter what group they come from.
-The Importance of Self-Sacrifice: If the whole world is to be reached, we need to make some sacrifices, whether or not we go on the mission field for the Great Commission to be accomplished.
-Application of some of the stuff I learned in school. There were a couple of lessons that used some stuff I had learned in some of my college classes and applied them to missions. I had never thought of it in that way!

#432: Thank you Lord for the Perspectives class and all you have taught me through it. I’m so glad I was able to take it and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next with what I’ve learned!

What are you thankful for today? Leave a Comment and let me know, I’d love to read it!