Get wrapped up in Adventure Week

30 Oct, 2015 | United Kingdom
Nadine Rabinger
Adventure week - wet, tiring, teambuilding
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV)

Wet, tiring, team-building are just a few adjectives describing OM Lifehope’s Adventure Week (AW). Venturing out for a special week, the training participants leave by faith, not knowing where they are going.

“I was so cold because I didn’t take my sleeping bag, so I was doing push-ups,” says Zakk*, a former student of the short-term programme, reflecting on his past experiences during Adventure Week.

“It was so good, though, to finally have time to process,” says Hanna*, referring to “solo time”, one aspect of the week.  

AW invites missions students at OM Lifehope in the UK out of the dorms and into the unknown. Before they head out to work alongside different churches throughout England, they go on a week-long team-building adventure.

The programme is disliked by some and held in honour by others. But in one thing they agree: AW is a great team-building experience.

“Be FAT,” says Greg Weaver, head of the training, “flexible, adaptable and teachable.”

Teamwork means dealing with differences.

“You are put into situations with other team members, and they are going to handle those situations differently than you, and if they have the tendency to explode, they will, because it’s AW and that’s what’s going to happen,” says Geert*.

Opportunities to listen to insights about oneself and others stick out as a benefit of the week. Time for reflection and debriefing ensure that wisdom can be drawn from these exercises.

“The short time you have available for these exercises is really a preparation for conflicts that can occur in a team,” says Geert.

“Especially helpful was to share our life maps,” Irmela* says. Taking off masks and sharing openly about one’s past invites vulnerability and strengthens relationships.  “You get practically equipped with tools you can use later as a team, when you go about starting a program in a church.”

AW may be a wet, tiring, team-building experience, but add God into the equation and He does the transforming work, leaving an imprint on the hearts of the students.

For more information about opportunities at OM Lifehope, visit the website here.

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