An Express Impression- from a training team member. 11/09/2015

Written by Minenhle Moyo

August 2015

As with everyone in the team, the Churches, Channels of Hope Express Follow-up Facilitator Training was new to me. First I wondered what would be included and what excluded, because the trainings are usually fully loaded packed with life changing stuff. I was also full of expectation about the participants who would be there, and a different mix of trainers. In all trainings I have been to, I have always enjoyed the training team complement as it combines people with different styles of facilitating, and personalities. These have contributed to enriching the trainings in many many ways such that to date, I have learnt new things and have always emerged a better trainer at the end. So I always appreciate the work and effort that goes into training team selection. I was really blessed to be with Janine, Efraim, Nonceba, Mpho, Aneleh and led by Anna. 

The new training manual is improved and more user friendly, topics are well sequenced and therefore competence is knitted in more naturally. While it’s still a work in progress, I appreciate the outcome we already have with us. The size too is amazing, and the resource toolkit too! 

Meeting new participants is always of particular interest to me, and while almost all of them had been previously trained, I met them for the first time. I was greatly encouraged by the excitement they had, and the fact that they really did not treat this as a second time in training. They ‘drank up’ sessions as if it was for the first time. Many of them shared how they too appreciated this second round of training as it felt there was a lot they had to grasp and digest the first time. But now they could let it sink in. I heard of practical work that many of them were already involved in after their first training. I saw in a different way how true it is that ‘with whatever we have’, when we take it to God, and give it to Him to use, He is faithful and the outcome is always mind blowing. 

The training was attended by 30 participants who were all from Gauteng province in South Africa. The majority of the participants (27) were trained in 2014 and 2015 and this offered them a fresh change to improve their understanding of the programme. 

Here was a group of people excited and ready to go and work for the kingdom of God. This was a very special experience that I learnt from and thoroughly enjoyed; one that clearly reminds us of the needs that exist and that the journey is still long therefore every hand, foot and heart will make a huge difference wherever the Lord plants it. 

The ‘Express Training’ was really  express. Before we knew it, the week was over, and it was time to go back home. We all returned home having been challenged in new and different ways, and sharpened too! It was an awesome time.


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