15 October 2008

AfriCom at UniQuip

This week AfriCom has been participating in a UniQuip event being held at the Muizenberg training center. UniQuip is a University of the Nations initiative to help develop YWAM staff around the world by offering a series of training modules as well as corporate teaching times. At the event this week, hosted by Maureen Mernard, we have trainers from the International DTS Center and other experienced teachers offering modules in subjects ranging from public speaking to running a successful outreach.

Events such as these are great opportunities for a Com Team such as ourselves to network with others to help strengthen YWAM staff. Large gatherings are also an ideal environment to catch up on stories coming from the various ministries represented. This week Miranda is helping to run a module on Marriage, Family & Ministry - a look at how to balance the needs and demands of parenting and marriage within a ministry context. The group is a wonderful mix of African, Asian and Western staff members and leaders, which has led to colourful discussions about how we see the roles of men and women when it comes to family commitments. By the end of the week we hope to walk away with some deliberate changes in mind to help both men and women function in more of the fulness of what God has called them to as individuals and as a family team (well, that's the plan!).

And while we are energized by these meaningful and important discussions, Martial is in Kigali, Rwanda, teaching on the School of Communication Foundations. He's having a great time with the small group of 7 students. We are excited about this partnership with YWAM Burtigny, a base well known for their communication training, and with YWAM Kigali, a strategic center in East Africa.

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