Summer 8-Week Tentative School Schedule
4:30 AM Prayer & devotions
5:00 AM Light chores and room clean
5:30 AM Breakfast
6:30-7:00 or 7:30 AM In classroom. Learning children’s songs in Spanish. Daily memory verse. Both of these will be used immediately in ministry. Usually an obstacle challenge too.
7:00 or 7:30 until 11 or 11:30 Classroom Lesson. Usually includes a coffee break or an activity depending on the topic.
11:30-noon Free time
12:00-1:00 Lunch. The only activity during this time will be for 1-2 people assigned to help in kitchen clean-up or food prep.
1:15-2:00PM Semi organized but private devotion. We start together by reading a section of the Bible, then go pray the passage personally, then share some. There will be other personal but dynamic prayer exercises during this time too.
2:00-4:00 Practical experience being a self supporting missionary in Central America.
Students will rotate through the tasks, you may be able to request favorite focus areas towards the end of the school.
Usually includes learning tasks such as harvesting bananas, transplanting bananas, planting & soil prep for variety of crops, seed gathering & prep for planting, cheese making.
Kitchen tasks: Making banana vinegar, banana chips, tortillas, and an assortment of banana, papaya, coconut & pineapple dishes. Squeezing lemon juice to preserve.
On-site missionaries support themselves by crop sharing, a poultry operation, hog operation, and making donuts to sell as they travel the river preaching. You may be able to job shadow some of these people for a day.
Preparing children’s song books & assembling craft material for the Sunday School teachers.
You may be assigned to work alongside Alejandro who is an experienced mission farm worker.
Some of these tasks require physical fitness.
All of them require a spirit of cooperation and willingness to learn and contribute labor.
4:00-6:00 Free time (except 1 person sets table for 15 min)
This often involves laundry and bathing in river, maybe a nap or walk
6:00 Evening Meal
7:00-9:00 Group time. May include movie about missions, documentary on learning topic such as the bio-digester, cards, dominos, singing, sharing, end day in prayer, then free time. Without background light pollution the Milky Way is magnificent at the mission. Bedtime is prompt because tomorrow is another eventful day you will want to be well rested for.
The above is a basic schedule for classroom days.
When the students do a project in the community (may be leading worship, children’s programs, medical clinic, teaching farming techniques, public health messages, and others) then the schedule shifts. For instance, you may have lunch in a boat at a village dock. You will eat Mission site food and drink Mission site filtered water from a cook that travels with the group.
The Classroom subjects are:
Missionology: Biblical references for mission work & how to relate to people of different cultures.
Church history and missionary development
Where there is no doctor
The life of Paul
Teaching small groups, focus on adolescence & Bible studies
Others. Usually there are guest professors and we include their specialties.
Cultural Experience: You will travel to and from the mission as the locals do. Someone from the mission will meet you at the airport, you will then all take a bus to a bus terminal, eat lunch there like the locals, then board another bus to a town. Ana has a house in the town and depending upon river conditions, you may stay overnight at the house. From town you will travel by boat to the mission.
Once at the mission, there is the discipline of being away from TV, cell phones, and Internet. At the end of the school, the group may choose to have a couple of touristy days. The cost and activities will need to be a group agreement. There are some fun low-cost activities nearby (zip line, chocolate factory, longest suspension bridge, etc.)
Depending on the relationship CR has with Nicaragua when you visit, you may pass through check points on the river staffed by Nicaraguan soldiers if Ana deems it appropriate to visit some of those remote villages; this depends on the temperament of the students and also political conditions; no way to predict at this time. Ana has lived here over 25 yrs and will make the travel decisions during school session.