January 8, 2015

What's With the Stones?

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Proclaiming the Mighty Acts of God

Teachers who participate in the Teaching for Transformation workshops in Zambia know that it is important for teachers and pupils to understand the ‘overarching story’ of the Bible as being a drama in six parts: Creation, Fall, Redemption Initiated, Redemption Accomplished, Restoration, and Christ’s Return.

Reading the Bible as one big story is a new way for many of the Zambian teachers to understand God’s complete plan of salvation. For most, it is also the first time that they realize they have a role to play in God’s story. Humans are called to be co-workers with God to restore His world to what He meant it to be. Through the workshops they become even more passionate about sharing the whole story with others. In Judges 4, Joshua asks twelve men to choose a big stone from the middle of the river Jordan and to pile them up on the Canaan side. This pile of rocks will serve as a “sign among them. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’, tell them about the mighty acts of God.”

The stones stand as a visible reminder that God is doing a mighty work in Zambia.

The teachers in Zambia are raising similar sign posts. As we did the follow-up mentoring of teachers on-site, we saw many versions of these sign posts: a rock pile just outside of the headmaster’s office, a poster hanging in the teachers’ lounge, a pile of stones in the corner of a classroom and on a table. Each stone had a symbol on it: a cross, a pair of hands holding the globe, a small black square, and the letters SW or CB. In each case, a pupil was able to tell us how these symbols fit into the big story: Jesus died to redeem not only his people but also the whole world, God has the whole world in His hands, every square centimeter of this world belongs to God, SW means that we need to be ‘Servant Workers’ in the kingdom of God, and CB means that we can be co-workers with God to be ‘Community Builders’. It became very obvious that the new identities that teachers had taken on were now being transferred to their students.

The office staff of the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) Education Department also got into the act. They put together this beautiful pile of rocks and it is creating a fair amount of interest from those who come to the office. No symbols are found on it yet, but that will be the next step. For now, even without the symbols, the stones stand as a visible reminder that God is doing a mighty work in Zambia.

Story written by Dora Stroobosscher, EduDeo Learning Leader

Learn more about this and other Walking Together projects at www.edudeo.com/walkingtogether

 

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