Last week I brought my parents to visit the Discipling for Development (D for D) community of Musovu, in the Bugesera area of Rwanda. Hal and Nancy Thomas enjoyed hearing of the progress happening in the community. They were amazed at the way community members engaged deeply with each other, scripture, and the topic at hand. They especially appreciated the adult learning style of teaching we use.
This D for D community has determined that an in-depth study in financial management, including going through a problem solving process to improve their stewardship is a critical step in their moving out of poverty. The community is currently going through scripture studies on financial stewardship, as well as beginning to keep records of income, expenses and debts. Hal and Nancy noted the excellent interaction of all and the keen insights into the scripture passages we studied.
Hal and Nancy train Latin American leaders in a Christian PhD program (Programa Doctoral Latino Americana – PRODOLA) and said that our adult-centered, interactive method of teaching is also the ideal, preferred teaching format in PRODOLA. I love empowering our friends in Musovu (even some who are non-literate) with effective ways of learning and problem solving. We are thankful to have the opportunity to reach out to the poor and uneducated in such a way that they can grow in their knowledge and relationship with God and move out of poverty.
Contributed by David Thomas, serving in Africa