Preparing Workers to Go

POSTED ON 2018-04-13
  by Carol Smith

The students at Radius International in Mexico have approximately ten more weeks, and are beginning to recognise the amazing privilege of partnering with Jesus in building His Church, the immensity of the task ahead, as well as their desperate need to rely on Him. 

By God’s grace, Radius staff have endeavored to provide them with some crucial tools and a mindset for suffering… for communicating… for staying… for finishing! Please labour with them in prayer as they launch out to lift up the name of Jesus in a clear and relevant way where it has not been named before.

With Radius experiencing significant growth, Sharon has been asked to take on more bookkeeping responsibilities than she has had up to this point. This has been in effect since January, and she is really enjoying being at the training centre consistently and being able to interact with students and staff more.

Tim and Sharon are thankful for the Radius Staff team of fifteen, soon to be expanding with two more families joining them. Please pray for these families as they are both trusting God to raise up a prayer and support team before the end of July when classes start for the new school year! One of these couples has the gifting and training to be able to assist Tim in the Linguistics components of the course, especially Phonetics, which is very 'hands-on' as they work with students to help them hear, produce and symbolise many speech sounds they never knew existed! - making it very instructor/student intensive! This is a significant answer to prayer!

The work on the second Mexico campus has started. The two staff houses are taking shape, and decisions about pouring foundations for the dorm and the classroom buildings are imminent! The plan is to have a few of the 50 new students and one staff family living at the new campus in July. They will join the students at the main campus for classes and some other activities until the second campus is completed

In his linguistics classes so far this term, Tim has worked through Phonemics (developing an alphabet for an unwritten language), and literacy (developing a vernacular literacy programme for a previously unwritten language). Grammatical analysis will thread through most of the rest of the term.

On 15thJune, 37 students will graduate! Then around 50 new students will be joining for their one year of Radius training on 30 July! This will be the largest class so far!

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