What is Team Launch? It is a 6-week stay here at the All-Nations base with your future team just before heading to the field. In our case the destination is Chihuahua State, Mexico to work among the Tarahumara people.
What is the reason for Team Launch? There are 3 main goals for this time:
Strategy: Spending time and prayer on a vision for the work among the Tarahumaras. What do we focus on? Where do we start? Where is this all headed? One example of a project we are doing is writing an approximate timeline of dates for when we will move, when we will begin language learning, teaching them to read, starting the Bible translation, and more. Of course, the Lord will direct according to His timing, but it serves as a guide to help us keep in focus.
Relationship: It has been special for my husband David and I and our family to interact with our other teammates, Pauline H. and Juanita B. (along with Danelle S. who will spend a year with us). We can begin learning positive ways of working/communicating together. Connecting with the All-Nations staff is an important part as well. Some of the ways this happens is group discussions after topics, devotions together each morning, and occasional meals together evenings.
Commencement: It is a time of bringing the years of preparatory training to a close and opening a new chapter of being sent to the field!
One highlight of our time here for me has been having a ladies session each week. One of the women on the All-Nations staff leads out in this. It's a good opportunity to begin sharing together and encouraging one another as the women on the team. Hopefully, this interaction can continue to grow as we live and work closely together in Mexico in the years to come. It will be lonely many times without our family and friends back home, so we will need each other. (For Juanita, her parents will live in the same general area.) We studied parts of a book called The Good and Beautiful Community, by James Bryan Smith. He points out that God's will for “community” (or in our case a “team” ) is to work together in unity. It takes good communication with a balance of encouragement and accountability. When difficulties and disagreements arise our tendency is to react, avoid it, or run from it. But God calls us to a higher standard: work through it peaceably! These conflicts can actually help us grow and bond.
The All-Nations executive committee is working hard to equip us for our future work in Mexico. Blessings to all as you serve God where you are!
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
“That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
“Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
“Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
“Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
“All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
"You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,