SOMLD 2016 Week 9

This week we had Wayne Murphy come out to Vancouver all the way from YWAM Blackfalds, Alberta to talk with us about the topic of Biblical Worldview.

We started off by telling Wayne about ourselves and then we filled out some questionnaires giving our opinion about certain subjects. This opened the door for us to have a friendly discussion about why we think the way we do so we could better understand each other, and how we think. This was the basic concept we used through the week, and its the idea behind the topic of worldview.

The idea is everyone has a way of seeing the world, based on where they're from and the experiences they've had growing up. An important part of developing a Biblical worldview is always trying to understand the way other people see the world and how God sees the world. I think that's an important concept for Christians in general, and also is important specifically for missionaries. We go into a lot of different countries and within each country there are a lot of different cultures. And within those cultures there are a lot of different perspectives.

We learned different ways of trying to get to the root of why people think the way they do as well as why we ourselves think the way we do. Wayne led us through different scenarios where we had to try and see what was really going on. It was fun for some of us, and torture for others. Seeing the world as others see it is not the easiest task, and it can be incredibly frustrating sometimes! But, as I said earlier, it's a critical skill to have and I'm glad we had the opportunity to practice it.

This weekend we're on a road trip to Manitoba for a YWAM Canada leadership conference and the drive has been a lot of fun so far. I think it's a good sign when a team can be in a car together for 26 hours and still like each other at the end of the trip. I hope everyone else's weekend was just as good, and have a good next week.

Eric for the SOMLD

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