October 9, 2013

HANDS Team Leader Training

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This past Saturday, 13 people (representing 7 HANDS teams) came together for a very impactful HANDS Team Leadership Training at the EduDeo Ministries office. It was a great day full of interaction, learning, being challenged, and reflecting on cross cultural variances.
Discussion surrounding “Why HANDS?” was looked at with little difficulty of coming up with many great reasons for why HANDS is important.

Participants were challenged to research and present on 4 key parts of the HANDS team process: team formation, finances and fundraising, team training and preparation and the trip and post trip. They dug into the wide range of resources EduDeo provides. Sid Vanderveen, Team Leader from Drayton, commented that he was very impressed both with the range of resources provided to Teams and specifically Team Leaders and the quality with which they are put together.  “EduDeo does an excellent job providing team leaders with the resources they need.”

EduDeo was excited to begin distributing the newest HANDS Leader and Member Manuals, which includes the concepts of understanding on intentionally developing a healthy “perspective’ for the trip realizing that your perspective will affect your attitudes towards a wide range of issues as they come up in your team and on your trip and how these attitudes affect our “actions”.  Throughout the manual there are tips relating to perspective, attitude and action. The manual also includes the new “Safe Team Policy” and guidelines, new cross cultural training resources for Teams and much more.

Participants were further challenged in mindset and understanding on how to deal with various Cross Cultural case studies that HANDS Team Members may come across.
At the end of the day, many positive reviews were offered by those in attendance in how helpful the training had been for them and how encouraged, empowered and excited for their HANDS trip.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
(2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Go to https://edudeo.com/hands/ to find out more about HANDS Teams and how you can join.

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