Alumnus BRIDGE training 2020
I’m truly grateful for having the chance to partake in BRIDGE Training in 2020. I had no idea what the upcoming year would bring, and spending a week in nature, surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, and focusing on God’s Word, was the best gift and the greatest blessing I could have received as preparation for what was to come.
The multicultural context of the training helped me learn and grow: as ministry workers of different nationalities we could share our diverse experience. It also provided us with an opportunity to put to practice our gifts, all with the goal of sharing the gospel message. What made this experience even better was the chance to get away from everyday worries and challenges - at the training site at Severin na Kupi you could hear the sound of the river and the leaves rustling in the surrounding forest.
For me, the key part was the time set aside to spend alone with God, which was included in the training schedule. We were given a chance to meet with God and just listen. But to hear Him, we were encouraged to seek Him by asking questions and looking for answers in the Scripture, specifically the Book of Acts!
Other than spending quality time with the Lord and resting both body and soul, my goal was to get equipped and learn more about christian counseling.
The Christian Counseling Course that taught me basic skills and tools of counseling was beneficial for several reasons:
On one hand, I had to open up about myself and make myself vulnerable in order to see where I can grow, what I have to work on and what I have to let go. I realized that working on yourself is necessary if you want to share your knowledge and experience in a way that is effective. On the other hand, the course helped me learn how to use these tools and my experience in discipleship and serving the church and students in general.
One of the biggest blessings that I took home from training are the relationships, especially my friendship with my brother in Christ from Macedonia, Igor.
While spending time together, especially through working together during the Christian Counseling Course, God showed us that we had a lot of shared experience and shared a similar outlook on life and ministry. We also saw a chance to help each other by simply being a friend and a brother and walking together in this journey ahead of us. I’m still in contact with Igor.
We have continued to share our lives, blessings in our walk with God and new insight, as well as to encourage each other to use some of the tools we learned about at BRIDGE Training.
I learned a lot, enjoyed every part of training, found rest and let God refresh me and renew His Spirit in me. I want to emphasize that today I still use many examples and methods from the training:
One of them is the importance of active listening when I interact with people - listening to them but also to the Lord who guides this process.
Another important lesson I learned is to recognize the source of bad things and to point the people to the only real Healer.
To this day I still find these principles I learned very useful - the reminder about the importance of rest, refreshment and listening to God, as well as obeying His will. The BRIDGE Training experience still actively lives and resonates in me. Thank you LLI for this wonderful experience!