Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tom teaching in Latvia

Without leaving Belize or even the comfort of our home Tom was able to teach for YWAM Latvia's Introduction To Biblical Counseling class.  Over the course of three days he used video chat when the video feed worked and using a phone line connection when the chat feature didn't work.  One of the days the audio was bad so he had to type in his teaching.

The Latvia base held the class in the afternoon to adjust for the time differences between the countries.  Tom taught from 8am to 10am & 11am to 12:30.  In Latvia the time was 4pm to 6pm, they took a break for dinner & then teaching resumed at 7 and ended at 8:30pm!

It is so amazing that we can be in the jungle of Belize, a country that doesn't have a highly developed infrastructure and be looking at people in the country of Latvia, a former member of the Soviet Union, which also does not have good infrastructure.

There were two translators in the classroom for the students.  One to translate from English to Russian for the Russian speakers in the room and the other to translate the English into Latvian for the remaining students.  The YWAM base in Latvia is small.  There are five people on staff and for this class they had five students.

We met the founder and director of the base when she and her husband were students of Tom's in Ternopil, Ukraine.  And we met the leader of this course when he and his wife were studying at the YWAM base in Kiev, Ukraine.  It was exciting for Tom to still be involved in the lives of former students...seeing them grow into leaders is rewarding.  

5 comments:

  1. See the power of positive thinking within you. God bless you.

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  2. That's so cool! I love how much easier we can reach the world now.

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  3. That is very cool. I appreciate being able to be in contact with people all over the world (like you!) through my computer. Technology is not all bad!

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  4. Great finding your blog. I was an expat all my life. Actually, since I also grew up overseas as an mk, even living in the US felt like being an expat. We just returned three years ago to the US and I loved reading your posts about Belize. We lived in Honduras in the 1990's and also in 2007. God bless you as you minister there. Look forward to reading more!

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  5. I think you two do such amazing work. Thanks for blogging.

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