Naomi, Translator, and student sharing Titus Observations

Slept much better last night with the help of a couple Tylenol PMs. 10-7, much better than midnight til 345, then laying there waiting for the sun to come up. Yesterday was full. We did our first full teaching. I taught the Observation part of the Inductive Bible Study Method through the book of Titus from 10-1 then Naomi picked it up for the Historical Background til 2. The audience is a SOFM (YWAM School of Frontier Missions) They are singles and couple in their early 20‘s. The languages are English, Russian, and Armenian. It took forever to get through the observations of “who.” It was total chaos. If I did it again, I would lead them much more through specific observations instead of having them look at all the names in the book. One of the girls said she couldn’t concentrate because of people talking over each other. I struggled to keep things in order. Andrey translated it into Russian and then others translated it into Armenian for the people sitting next to them. We had the text printed in English, Armenian, and Russian. I divided the room into groups based on language and they did the out loud reading from there. The translator dynamic is interesting. It takes getting used to.


Naomi got up there with our permanent translator (I think her name is Ana) and did a beautiful job of getting them going and keeping them on task. She lead them through the Historical Background part of the teaching. She moves way faster than I do. I tend to “relate” with the class more and it takes more time. She just roles along. She’s like that with everything in life though. She can cook a meal in 10 minutes and write a perfect outline for a speech it about 15 minutes. She is an amazing girl.


After that, Jana, Naomi, and Andrey dropped me off in town to try and get my phone fixed. I went to this Apple Store repair shop to get it unlocked because apparently it is too “locked” to accommodate the “Orange” SIM card I bought the other night. I walked back to our apartment instead of taking a cab to get a feel for the city. I had the address and directions written in Armenian so I could show it to people to get pointed in the right direction. It’s a beautiful city actually. There are virtually no Mosques, which blows me away for this part of the world. So when I got back to the apartment, I realized I left the key in my backpack, which was with the girls who were shopping for food. My room has these windows without screens so I walked around to the back, climbed the wall, and made it up to the second floor without ripping the power boxes off the wall in the process. Glad I left the window opened.


After spending an hour there and eating with the girls, Andrey picked me up and we went and gave this joint message to group of young men in a home group. He told be about it today, so there was not much time to prepare. All I had planned on talking about the Saul and Divid contrast and relating it to them somehow. We sat on a couch together with a translator between us. He spoke for about 45 minutes in Russian getting it translated into Armenian. When he finished, I did the David part which was translated into Armenian with Andrey interjecting the occasion Russian clarification when he felt it was necessary. I feel like a bit of an idiot knowing only English when this 21 year old guy knew at least 3 languages really well. Preaching a bit of a tag team message when you can’t understand exactly what the guy who went first said is challenging. If I had to sum up the message in a phrase it was this: “Saul sought the kingdom and David sought the King.” I was convicted by it thinking about how much I want the things God gives instead of God himself. The people are amazing and I think I learn more from them than they do from me.


Andrey and I standing by a valley where the DTS ran their NICO training camps.