"What do you want to call your group?" Cesar asked about a dozen 7 to 11 year old Kekchi girls and boys standing near us dripping wet from head to toe. Each held a cracker in one hand and a fruit drink in the other. This was the second day of meeting at the kids' favorite place to swim and where we did an impromptu Play. Story. Eat. group with them and a few of their older siblings and parents.
"I think I´ll call you the Mojarras (a common fish)!" Cesar added, and the girls turned to one another and cackled in delight.
One of the experiments that Cesar and I began on this trip was to see if we could introduce our Kekchi teenagers to ministry by having them lead out in starting PSE groups for children. Kekchi youth face a huge identity crisis because of the rapid changes coming to them as civilization has overcome their villages. Most are wondering where they fit into this new world and are easy prey to negative influences. In April I had heard of a similar problem in India where Sam Stephens, a new friend of mine, has turned the teen identity problem into a creative solution for mobilizing leaders for children´s ministry. In coming days we hope to unfold a similar idea with our Kekchi friends.
We are all learning from cross-cultural stories and strategies in the PSE Discipleship Process.
PSE Experience Coming June 23 & 24 to Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack, Missouri
Come and experience for yourself the FUN, CONNECTION, and JOY of the Play. Story. Eat. Discipleship Process. Now that our Cowboy Up version has been tested somewhat in Honduras and Guatemala, it´s coming to the Kansas City area Friday 6/23, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday 6/24, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Open Range Fellowship. Friday evening supper and Saturday lunch will be provided. There is no cost for this as we open the doors to anyone wanting this training. But please contact us so we have materials and food ready for you when you come. Note that a part of this experience will include information and preparation for those going on the Guatemalan Women´s mission trip in July and the January 2018 Cowboy/Rodeo/Women's trips.
PSE Experience in the Jungle
On our recent trip to the jungle in Guatemala, besides playing with kids, we had our first Play. Story. Eat. Experience with about 12 pastors and leaders. And I have to say that it went much better than I had anticipated. Maybe it was the fact that time doesn't seem to oppress the Kekchis like it does for those of us who live in a culture that keeps us perpetually busy and driven by the clock. Or maybe it could be their patience in dealing with the translation process when we go back and forth from Spanish to Kekchi.
As I reflected more, I think there is one other thing that made this experience different than with any other group I have worked with. And that is, when dealing with the Kekchis, life gets boiled down to our most basic and common of human experiences. Through the years, many of my "aha" moments of PSE learning have come in shared experiences with my Kekchi friends.
Several times when making a point, Cesar or I would say, "Remember when we were together at such and such a place and..." When we would retell that common experience, several around the circle would nod their heads and say, "I remember that well." Our shared experiences was proof enough of what we were learning.
Yet while many of the stories we used to share with the Kekchis communicated well, the only written material we have is in Spanish and is designed for our cowboy and rancher groups. At the heart of this is our brand new 52-week Cowboy Up PSE Guide for starting Christian Rancher groups with 52 Jesus stories compiled for starting new groups.
Cowboy Material Adapted for the Kekchis
With the Kekchis, instead of using the language of cowboys and ranchers, we used Jesus´story of the sower and the seed as the key metaphor for the steps of implementation. Since they all live by the rhythm of their planting and harvesting seasons, the teaching seemed to resonate well with them. When we talked about what seed of obedience we were going to sow into the soil of our hearts this week, most talked about the need to share this information with their congregations. My seed of obedience I promised them was that the next time I come back, I will bring a Spanish guide using their terms of sowing seeds of faith and not make them have to become cowboys to have a scripture guide for their groups!
Please ask God to call people to engage in preparation for discipleship through the PSE Experience at Open Range Fellowship June 23 and 24. Please ask God to provide funding for the Women's Ministry Team going to Guatemala July 24-31.
Please consider helping a PSE friend with funds for an upcoming trip. The average cost for a week trip is $1600. It takes the Body of Christ to send missionaries.
Come and experience for yourself the FUN, CONNECTION, and JOY of the Play. Story. Eat. Experience/Discipleship Process June 23-24. Invite your friends in the Kansas City area.
Open Range Fellowship, 509 W. Lone Jack/Lee’s Summit Road (map link)
Lone Jack, MO 64070
Talk to you all soon!
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