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3D-Outreach is a non-profit organization seeking to reach out, across borders, to the needs of the whole person through being a resource and support to existing long term outreach.













 

Intern update 2014

Posted by 3D-Outreach on 31 March 2014

3D-Outreach runs a one year intern program, training and exposing young adults to the life of missions. The first year intern team for 2014 is 6 members strong with Katie, Menzi, Cassandra, Alec, Saskia and myself (Danica). Roughly halfway into training, the interns have many stories to tell of their life changing experiences within the program.

Communal Living

3D- Outreach interns are accommodated in a house in Benoni, and the initial stages of training acquaint them with communal living. Katie writes of her experience:

Communal Living is a difficult thing to adjust to, however if done properly, it can be a great way to grow as a team. It requires everybody to give of themselves as well as receive from others. Working as a whole team unit is not easily achieved and it takes growth to become closer and to achieve a higher level of unity. Growth naturally comes from learning from your failures and mistakes. Let me tell you, in the first few weeks as a team, we grew a whole lot:

1920257_723818890985561_1240260042_nIn February we hadn’t been keeping the kitchen neat and tidy, and so it was taken away from us for one weekend. We were allowed a cool box for our food and a couple of pots and wooden spoons for cooking. This left us eating with our hands from the same pot and cooking on a fire. We came out of the weekend closer than ever and with great stories to tell, having learned from our mistake.

Structure helps prevent mistakes and we have developed rosters for cleaning and cooking duties. We have realized the benefit of following a biblical pattern in conflict resolution and gained unity and wholeness as a team. We have bonded as a family and thrived as a team. We make time to enjoy each other and have fun together. The best evenings have come from spontaneous decisions to do something completely random, often to play a board game, card game or a game we just made up.

Church Exposure

Part of the training process is to experience a variety of church services, encountering different styles of worship, fellowship and preaching and acquiring the ability to discern the heart of God within it all. Menzi accounts his experiences of Church Exposure:

As a team we go and visit different churches, in preparation for the mission field. This also allows us to experience churches that we have not experienced before. We have started to notice different styles of churches and to define how they differ from each other.1947721_10201184663648996_611811477_n

The exciting thing about church exposure is that after every service we gather together to talk about the service, discussing the teaching and the worship. This opens our eyes, as we analyze what we hear, see and touch.

Not only does church exposure equip us to examine the teachings of the pastor, but also to experience the whole church of Christ (the body). In this we learn and see that God uses different people to build His church by His will and for His glory. It is good for us to learn to discern truth for ourselves as young people.

The one thing we learn with each exposure is that the church is not the building but the gathering of the believers united in the body of Christ.

 Adventure camp

The team went on an Adventure camp in the Magaliesburg for a time of bonding and team building. Cassandra discusses the adventures had and the memories made:

IMG_0974 - Copy Though we were pushed to our limits, Adventure camp was a definite highlight as the team grew closer.  Day one was focused on team building, leadership and communication. In an exercise on leadership, we were blind folded and had to rely on a string to lead us through an obstacle course in the bush, each team member had a chance to lead the group.

On day two the team was woken up at 5:30 for a surprise swim in the freezing river! Team motivation was definitely needed and appreciated and we further developed these skills during the afternoon’s obstacle course. We improved communication skills by describing different structures to each other over walkie talkies. The recipients had to rebuild the structure in the sand, using nails. Later that afternoon we all went abseiling, and saw some team members overcome their fears. The evening’s meal was unusual as the team chose their dinner from a selection of mystery cans, stripped of their labels. The tinned pears were definitely the hardest to eat!IMG_1195

On day three we embarked on a hike in the Magaliesberg hills. The views throughout the 3 hour hike were beautiful, an awesome reflection of Gods glory. The day’s work wasn’t over when we reached our campsite and we had to clear grass for a fire pit and collect wood for our fire. We even did P.T for the day-tough but rewarding! Sleeping under the stars was an awesome experience and reminds us of the greatness and creativity of God. The adventure drew to a close with a time of prayer and reflection. What an awesome weekend, filled with new memories and experiences.

Lego Land

As part of our training, we visited ‘Hands on Tech’ in Johannesburg. Here we learned how to use Lego as an educational tool for children. This will certainly prove to be a great means of community upliftment and empowerment when we are on the mission field. It was Alec’s birthday that same day, he tells of his experience:

We as a team and staff went to ‘Hands on Tech’ on the 14th of February 2014. It was an amazing experience, and we had a lot of fun playing with Lego. The people there were really cool and taught us some amazing ways to teach children verbal skills and hand-eye coordination with different games and activities using Lego. The games we learned were designed to develop pattern forming skills, visual skills, and creativity. We used the Lego bricks to build a person, create a playground and build 3 chairs for the 3 bears from the Goldie Locks’ story. Lego also proved to be useful in maths, as an illustrative tool to understand graphs and we converted 3D Lego graphs onto a 2D paper plain.DSC04912

Most people think Lego is just for fun or to keep little children busy, but Lego can teach people core skills that we don’t even realize we need. The best part of our visit was seeing the different types of Lego out there and learning how to use it. It was fun discovering the inner child in each team member (especially when we were offered a Lego keychain, and had to choose from a range of characters including Superman, Patrick star and even a pirate). One thing I can say about ‘Hands on Tech’ is that they have the best business cards (little Lego people, with business info printed on their t-shirts).

Urban Outreach:

Our most recent adventure has been a trip to Pretoria’s inner city for some urban exposure. We spent some time experiencing the city and tasting homeless life. Saskia expresses her experience of the city:

Our adventure started even before we left for Urban exposure as we transferred the contents of our backpacks to plastic bags. As we drove off, there was excitement within our hearts, unsure of what to expect. When we got to Pretoria, we met up with an Organization called PEN, and our tour guide, Anita showcased some of PEN’s project: an old age home, a clinic, and a home of safety for children of different ages. We visited Precious Pearls, one of the children’s homes, and took the children to their homework center where we helped them with their spelling and times tables. What fun it was to love these little children as Jesus would!

During the evening we visited Night Church where ministry is focused on reaching out to the homeless, prostitutes, drug dealers- the type of people you would avoid. It was wonderful spending time with these amazing people and I realized how quick we are to base our judgments on outward appearances.  That night we slept with the homeless in the church hall.DSC05108

During this exposure, we had the opportunity to hold an hour long service at a local soup kitchen. We put together a program with a sermon, testimonies, a bible reading and MC to co-ordinate the program.

It’s been humbling to experience a drop in the ocean of what these people go through on a daily basis.

Lectures

Much of our training is comprised of lectures designed to equip us for missions. We usually have our lectures at Benoni Baptist Church, just around the corner. It’s good to get out of the house and have a space to study. Thank you Benoni Baptist Church for making this space available to us!

The 3D-Outreach Staff members have taught us many practical skills on communal living, equipment care and the differences between urban and rural life as well as African and Western culture. We’ve also addressed the topics of homesickness and spent time discussing emotions and improving our EQs.

Outside lectures have frequently visited to impart their knowledge of apologetics and theology, spiritual warfare and spiritual gifting. We have learned to fix leaky taps and act out dramas for ministry. DSC05246We’ve spent time discovering and defining our own personality types, thinking and planning and dreaming as we feed into our own personal development. We learned how to hold bible studies and to maximize our personal devotions by observing interpreting and applying scriptures. We would like to say a very BIG thank-you to all the lecturers who took the time to come and impart their knowledge with us, it is very much appreciated!

Before Urban exposure, we learned how to evangelize, realizing the pivotal point: to love those we meet. While we discussed some practical points for evangelism such as the concepts of sin, salvation and fear, we also learned some creative evangelistic tools. These have included songs, cleverly folded paper and rope tricks.

Our time at 3D-Outreach has enriched us significantly and we look forward to putting our skills to use on the mission field.

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