Kyle finished up the second half of the New Testament and left some time for evaluations at the end. We passed out sheets of paper with a few questions to gauge the program so far.
- Were the notes understandable?
- Was the teaching understandable?
- What can we do to improve?
- What new information did you learn that you didn't know before?
- What other topics would you like to learn about?
Most of the feedback was very positive. We were reminded that the boys talk too fast. It's hard for the majority to follow along so quickly with our funny American accents. Ha! So now they know to slow down a bit.
The notes seemed to be very helpful to people. They liked having the material to reference afterwards and some even mentioned that they use the notes while they read their Bibles now!
Overall, the teaching was understandable. They just wanted more! More detail, more in depth, more information. Which is to be expected since the Old Testament and New Testament sessions were just surveys and there's so much more depth to each individual book. They really seemed to like the teaching and were so appreciative to have learned everything. One person shared that they are able to share and teach the material to other people!
As far as improving, some people said the sessions were too long. We started at 9:30am and went until 1:30pm with only one or two breaks, so it's to be expected that it felt long. However, some people said they wanted more information and time at the end for discussion, which would mean a longer session! Ya can't please everybody, eh?
The most common response to 'what new information did you learn' was context. Lots of responses included something about reading large parts of Scripture, not just a few verses at a time, to understand the context, which is crucial for proper interpretation. They really appreciated learning how to better read their Bible!
As far as other topics that they wanted to learn about, the answers were varied. The most common answer was the Holy Spirit, which should be covered next semester.
Also, they enjoyed the snacks! It's a pretty simple setup with hard-boiled eggs, bananas, mandazi (donut-like triangle pastry), and juice. What's not to like? I certainly enjoyed my fair share of snacks after everyone had some. Pregnancy is a great excuse for going back to the snack table two or three times.
The Discipleship Training Program was so well received this semester. Praise the Lord! It certainly gives us motivation for next semester. These first six sessions covered How to Read the Bible, Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey. Next semester will focus on basic theology and discipleship. Not all the curriculum is planned or written yet but we'll keep y'all updated when we know the breakdown of what will be taught.
Thank you for all your prayer and support! It makes it possible for us to do things like this and teach such crucial information to our African friends. They are so eager to learn and so appreciative for the opportunity to know these things. Thank you for helping to make that possible for us and for them!