July 27, 2012

Worldview Training in the Dominican Republic

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Blessings. Dios te bendiga. God bless you. It is a well-used greeting in the Dominican Republic, offered with a handshake, and often a hug and kiss as well.
 
Gary VanArragon and Linda Geerts have almost finished a week of instruction in Santo Domingo with the COCREF organization on the incorporation of Christian worldview in developing Christian curriculum. EduDeo Ministries has also partnered with the Samaritan Foundation who works in the northern part of the island.  They have sent six of their key leaders to participate in EduDeo Ministries’ training sessions.  We love partnerships.
 
The week will end with the participants sharing with the large group the curriculum they have written so far. They have wrestled well with the concepts of worldview and how it impacts the presentation of lessons, and have learned a lot. They are excited to better present their lessons with a more clear vision as to what it is to live all of life as God's people. Teachers have been challenged to use the units they wrote this week in the coming school year, make any changes and improvements they feel necessary, and share their work with others in their Christian schools. Everyone is hopeful and excited about this new development of Christian curriculum. They feel blessed by the opportunity to work with colleagues.
 
It has been a blessing to have built connections and friendships over the past two years with teachers in another country, discuss the joys and challenges of educating children for the Kingdom. Yet another blessing is the extended church and mission community, to know them, and to see how they strive to work together, to support and encourage one another in their different ministries.
 
It is true that participants with EduDeo who travel to work with other communities seek to give to others, but in doing so, receive so many blessings in return. Gary and Linda are thankful for the encouragement and learning they have received from their brothers and sisters in Christ in the Dominican Republic.
 
Dios le bendiga.

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