Building teamwork

Our training group was split into three groups and given an assignment – complete this particular task together. We struggled and struggled as frustration started to mount with each other. Forty-five minutes later, we completed the task – barely, but not perfectly. This was our physical test in teamwork – we had learned in class earlier in our first week of training that teamwork was essential to overseas missions, and now we were given a chance to practice it. Our teacher gathered us around and discussed how difficult it was for us to work together as a team without getting frustrated with each other. He reiterated to us how being in a community reveals relational brokenness, but how that brokenness provides an opportunity for us to experience salvation and relational healing. We discussed how the experience affected us, had a few “learning conversations” (conversations focused on what we contributed to the situation), and continued with other tasks designed to strengthen us as a team. Two days later, we were given the same assignment, completing it in less than 5 minutes. I was amazed as I thought about the transition in our group. We had gone through several days of difficulties together, and, as a result, had formed into a team that could accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. My prayer is that we are able to form that kind of team with our career missionaries when we arrive overseas.


Blessings as you go out to transfer those skills to your mission!  Praying for you!

By Jay N Helene Thomas on August 03 2017, 10:41 am

Miss you so much and praying continuously for for you! I can’t wait for you to share all your missionary stories with me!!

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