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Prayer

The mother was walking to the doctor as her two year old daughter lay dying in her arms.  A new Christian she lifted her heart in prayer that God would heal her daughter.   Arriving at the doctor’s home, the child lay cold on the exam table, “She’s dead” said the doctor as he examined her.   The mother continued praying.  After a bit the girl’s body began to warm, then a bit later she sat up!   God heard and answered the cry of a mother.

We need to include prayer in the classroom, not just as an introduction to the session, but as an active part of the activities, teamwork, and discussions.   Prayer is an essential activity for every pastor, teacher and Christian and we must include it as a constant and vital part of our teaching.    We should study prayer historically, explore different types, encourage silence, shouting, and read prayers.   The student should experience God in the class, not just examine Him at a distance.

Prayer is a core activity in this course of study.  Let’s integrate it into all our activities.

Open Materials

Love for students and translators,

Helping the poor and needy

We want our regional modules to be self-contained.   That is every module should contain all the materials necessary for a student to complete the class.   The core materials will be in the module itself.   Supporting materials should be public domain or an open copyright such as Creative Common 4.0   This will allow the materials to be easily copied and translated.

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Research activities

How should we use a student’s time?

In research?

When students come to an academic setting, especially in the humanities, they are given a list of reading, a list of papers due, tests, and their time in the class room is mainly in note taking, or in discussion.   Time outside class is mainly spent in the library, looking for resources that will apply to the papers that need to be written.   Sometimes a professor will give a list of library books, but mainly students are expected to develop their own sources, spending hours looking for materials, books, and articles on which to base their opinions.

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