Training Locally

“Would you help Home Missions by training our Barnabas team using the oral training method?”

This year’s Barnabas team was made up of Isaac Olson, Mark and Megan Thonsgaard, Phoebe Holt, and Miah Johnson. They spent two hours a day the week of June 8-12 learning Bible stories and preparing to teach from them. They set a new high standard for what a group could learn in one week. By the end of the first morning, they had presented their first story and were assigned their second. By Friday, the team had prepared the entire book of Jonah which they presented on Saturday to Resurrection Free Lutheran church plant in Ramsey, MN.

The Barnabas team is the only summer team going out to AFLC churches this summer and they must be flexible. Most of their churches will be in rural areas but they will modify their presentation depending on the local Covid guidelines as well as their own team policies.

Their main Vacation Bible School curriculum is written using the book of Jonah, so having the whole book memorized means that they are ready to teach at a moment’s notice. The ten oral stories that they prepared will give them great flexibility because they can each teach multiple lessons, or they can work together and teach students as a group.

“Then the Word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.’”

Summer Potluck

Just for fun, have you ever wondered what people in other countries eat? Here are some meals from around the world.  

In the Baja of Mexico, they served raw clams with hot sauce. Dug fresh on the beach, opened, and served on the half shell. The taste compares to oysters on the half shell. This was the appetizer for a delicious meal of fried chicken.

These are common foods in Uganda: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage, pineapple, rice, matoke, chicken and peanut sauce. Matoke is a cooked banana which has the texture of a cooked potato with a sweeter flavor and a hint banana.

In India, rice is a staple for every meal. It is served with various types of curries, and chutneys or pickles. This meal included fried chicken, chapatti, and fruits. Milk curd is served after the meal to tame down the spices.

In the Dominican Republic, they will use an open fire grill to roast the meat. The hand rubbed spices gives this chicken a tremendous flavor like jerked chicken in other Caribbean countries.

Brazil is well known for their churrasco. It consists of various grilled meats, more than you may be able to eat. Guarana is their delicious and unique soda flavor.

The Chinese hot pot meal is far different than what you might experience at an American Chinese restaurant. It is a family style of meal where meat, vegetables, and noodles are cooked in either a spicy or mild broth.