About this Project

When we walk together, we can be both learner and teacher.

When we walk together, giving each other permission and encouragement to flourish, we will be joyfully surprised by latent talents of leading and learning that spring to life.

And so it was in Belize during the third week of August this year. A team of five instructors (four Belizean educators, and an EduDeo learning leader) walked together with over 40 Christian school teachers for five hot and humid days to empower learning through strengthened biblical literacy. Using Fee and Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth as a primary resource, the teaching team provided creative opportunities for the teachers to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of reading Scripture.

The course began with an interactive plenary presentation of four foundational stones of understanding: God’s story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration; God’s story as a grand drama in six acts; a review of the important biblical themes of covenant, kingdom, and time; and the multi-faceted role of the Bible within a Christian school. That foundation was topped with additional stones of exegesis, hermeneutics, and the science of biblical translation. 

Then through the structure of concurrent sessions, small groups of learners moved from classroom to classroom and were introduced to a deeper exegetical and hermeneutical understanding of the epistles, Old Testament narratives, Acts, the gospels the Law, the prophets, the Psalms, Wisdom literature and Revelation.

The format of the course was appreciated by the teachers: “The rotation of different classes was a great idea and the different presentations were unique and memorable.” “I truly enjoyed the splitting into groups and being taught by our colleagues.  What a great experience.”

The content of the course also made an impact on the teachers: “… now I know that if I will read a Bible  story, parable, etc., I will have to first dig into the background of the author, then do the exegesis and hermeneutics, and give the glory to God in all the stories.”

“For me, this week was an eye-opener.  I was just reading my Bible and many times I would not understand the verse.  Using exegetical and hermeneutical guidelines will transform my way of reading, preparing and delivering my Bible lessons and stories.”

At the end of the course, the teachers were asked to prioritize a variety of educational topics for future professional development.  As Christian teachers trying to teach Christianly in a Christian school, they overwhelmingly asked for more learning so that they could creatively integrate the Biblical story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration within each of the specific subjects they teach. 

When we depart from our walking together, we leave each other with a satisfied reassurance that learning and teaching has been enriched by our togetherness, and can be creatively continued in our own walk.

- shared by Bill deJager

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