|After two months of ministry in Costa Rica, it was time for another debrief! Debrief is a time that the whole squad gets together for furthered training as well as rest and reflection of their journey on the World Race.
This debrief was held at a Christian camp in the mountains outside of San Jose. It was such a place of rest that the squad and myself really needed. We worshiped together, played games, and dug deep into the Word with an overview study of the entire Old Testament! This was the first time I was trying to teach an overview of the whole Old Testament. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go but I enjoyed every minute of it! And the fruit in the racer’s lives has been huge! I have heard over and over from them just how much the Bible is coming alive and now makes sense! This gets me really excited! This is one of the reasons I do what I do! 😀 Praise the Lord!
I arrived to debrief with eager anticipation as we were going to select new Squad Leaders from within the squad. The World Race desire to operate with an emphasis on high empowerment. We want to teach and show them how to live a life focused on Kingdom and then we want to see them do it without our help. With that desire in mind, our model for leadership is rather unique. For the first 4 months of their time on the field they have Alumni Squad Leaders. (Leaders who have already done their 11 months on the field.) Then after 4 months we select new Squad Leaders from the participant group. These new Squad Leaders are then trained by the Alumni Leaders for month 5 of their trip. Then the Alumni Squad Leaders leave the field at the end of month 5. I LOVE this about our leadership structure. It is exactly what Jesus did with His disciples. He did life with them and taught them how to live a Kingdom focused life, how to love the Father, and how to set the captives free! Then He left them and gave them instructions to do what He did without Him physically there. It’s so beautiful!
After debrief I traveled with the squad to their next location, Dominican Republic. There I was able to train my new Squad Leaders! It was an awesome week of bonding, digging into scripture, learning how to disciple and point people to Jesus. While also learning some practical understanding of their role and responsibilities. We had a really incredible time together and I have every faith that they will do well. I get to work with them for the rest of their time on the field as my ‘go to’ people on the field.