The 2017 Latvia English Bible Camp is nearly ready to launch. Eleven team members from three of the four U.S. time zones are nearing competition of their training. This team will have met virtually seven times before gathering together for the first time in person. Meeting in video conference helps us to start the team formation process early on. We have focused, at first, on getting to know one another and training in discipleship long before the first lesson plan was built.
It is always tempting to focus on mission task, i.e. teaching English, than team building. This is usually a strategic mistake as most short term mission teams experience more stress over interpersonal conflict with other team members than the task at hand or the culture in which they are serving. We will all arrive the same day and, once we're well fed and settled in, then we get to work.