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Dear friends and family,

What have we been doing? - Culture and Language Acquisition Practicum:
 
We've been able to practice learning a language and culture drastically different from our own. 
 
The training center set up a village scenario and modelled it after an actual tribe and culture. During the class we have been making visits to the “village” and have been given the opportunity to put into practice what we’ve been learning since we arrived at the training center almost a year and a half ago.
 
We’ve been practicing: 
  • Teamwork 
  • Asking good questions
  • Being a friend and building relationships in a culture that is very different than ours
  • Stepping outside of our comfort zone 
  • Making wise decisions in challenging circumstances
  • Depending on God in new ways 
  • And so much more…
Yes, this is a simulated scenario, but it has been a reminder and an eye-opener into just how big of a task lies ahead of us. Learning everything about someone’s culture is daunting. However, this class has also been a reminder of our need for dependence on God. 
 
We are grateful that when we actually go into a tribe that we will not be alone. Just as we did in our village sessions, I know that when we move into a tribe, we will make some pretty embarrassing mistakes. But I know that God’s grace is enough and that, at the end of the day, He is the one who changes hearts and we need only to be a willing tool in the master’s hands
 
We are so thankful for everyone who partners with us in prayer and support, we appreciate you!

Christmas break is fast approaching! We will be in Tennessee from Dec 15th-27th and would love to see you! If you would be interested in getting together during that time, just let us know. 
 
Please continue to pray:
  • We are both involved in jail ministries. Pray as we interact with inmates weekly and for wisdom as we teach from God’s Word. 
  • Pray that we would be growing in our relationship with the Lord as well as valuable skills as we train to be missionaries.
 
We would love to hear from you, what God is doing in your life and how we can pray for you!

-Andrew & Rachel
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