July 29, 2010 | ETO eReport | Written by Daniel Courter
Monday was a much needed day off to catch up on loads and loads of laundry from the Dnipropetrovsk trip, as well as the many things that had fallen by the way side while away. That afternoon, I (Daniel) moved into the Ministry Center with Bryan so I could learn the ropes, since Bryan was leaving on July 26th.
Tuesday the guys headed out to pass out tracts in L'viv (apartments). They were able to pass out about 10,000 tracks for the day. Bryan, Katelin and l worked at the Ministry Center on CBC. Bryan and Katelin entered the students, addressed envelopes, etc. I worked on wrapping Good and Evil books, checking off CBC students as their lessons were ready to be mailed, and whatever else needed to be done.
Wednesday was a half work day so the team could have everything ready to head out early Thursday morning to the Beal's. We spent the morning at the Ministry Center (admin. day) collating tracts, packing starter packets, organizing literature, etc.
Thursday and Friday were spent out at the Beal's for our Missions Training Conference. It was a very refreshing look at what true missions is and is not. Here is a list of topics:
- Effective Evangelism - Session 1 "The Essence of the Gospel" (Joshua).
- Language Learning (Nathan)
- Team Missions (Jessie)
- Online Tools (Bryan)
- Running a Correspondence Course (Nathan)
- Effective Evangelism-Session 2 "Common Errors in Presenting the Gospel -- Not taking the time to plan ahead or not teaching the pure Gospel" (Joshua)
- Family and Missions (Jessie)
- Missionary Finances (Nathan)
- Effective Evangelism - Session 3 "A Comprehensive Strategy for Advancing the Gospel" (Joshua)
It was a great time of teaching and encouragement. It is always encouraging to have men stand up and proclaim and the Word of God.
Saturday afternoon the team grabbed a train for a rainy trip to the mountains. Once we arrived at Striy, Nathan found a bus to take us up to the next city. There we hired a van to dive us the rest of the way. When we arrived, we unloaded, paid the driver, and began to do reconnaissance. Since the person we needed to talk to was not there and we couldn't pass out invites, we decided to find a place to pitch camp (it was looking like rain). Searching for thirty minutes, a nice spot was found next to a river. After setting up camp, the guys went swimming and Josh went searching for cell phone signal, while I stayed back at camp to build a fire and keep an eye on things.
Sunday morning we woke up to the sound of rain hitting the tent. We waited around hoping it would quit. With no end in sight, off we went around 11 AM, in the pouring rain, to pass out invites. At 2 PM, Jesse pulled up and took two of the guys to hang posters. It stopped raining just long enough to pack up all of the soaking wet gear and load up. We arrived half an hour before the showing and set up everything. The showing was a great success with the final tally of 50, the largest showing for this year's CMO project.
Kaitlin addressing CBC letters
Collating tracks into packs of 100
The guys just love me taking pictures of them!!!
Seth and Benjamin stuffing starter packets
Lessons ready to be mailed!!!
Missions Training Conference
Here's the CMO 2010 Team. (from left to right) back-row Nick Morrissey, Seth Watson, Jesse Beal, Joshua Steel, Chis Shaer, (Font row) Daniel Courter, Nathan Day, Benjamin Anna, Bryan Shufelt.
On the train headed for the mountains
Our fearless leader
Josh and Abigail in the mountains
Lightning strike in the mountains, looking for replacements to bring the team back up to full strength.