The staff at Ebenezer are constantly “giving out” and pouring their lives into the apprentices physically, emotionally and spiritually, the team decided that having internal and external speakers come once a month to motivate, inspire, encourage and challenge them on a personal and work level would be excellent. The sessions are called Motivational Talks. The very first one was done by Gerald Mangena, a staff member at Ebenezer and worship leader at Crossroads Community Church.
Gerald started off by getting the team to do 2 team building activities. The first challenge was for the team to diffuse an “atomic bomb”. The second challenge was called 9 square. Both activities proved to be very interesting with lots of discussion, direction, debate and eventually the team succeeding with both tasks.
The lessons learnt from these activities were that a team requires clear communication, co-operation and skill to succeed.
After lunch, Gerry read the team a short story from Phil Callaway’s book entitled ‘Who put my life on fast forward?’ The short story highlighted the strategy of the enemy to dim and distract Christians in their zeal for God. Some key points that came through were:
§ How to measure or redefine success. It wasn’t about people or faithfulness anymore but about things. Making Christians equate success with stuff like wanting bigger houses and more cars.
- Keep people borrowing
- Husbands and wives working longer hours
- People becoming complacent and comfortable
- Create so much noise that Christians can’t hear God’s still, small voice
- View silence as a fearful thing and so on……
The group discussion that followed was brilliant because we looked at how the above points affected the team individually, as a team and in our relationships. Earnest prayer followed the discussion.
What an excellent start with real life application.
We eagerly await Motivational Talk # 2.
By Molly Manhanga