Yesterday I was taking a Sunday afternoon nap and when I woke up I heard the recurring “shump shump shump shump” sound of a sewing machine in the next room. I walked in the room expecting my wife, but instead one of my daughters was working on a project for a friend. She just learned how to sew in the past couple weeks from my wife.
When I went downstairs, in the kitchen was my youngest son with an apron on backing brownies, under the tutelage of our other daughter who was making sure three tablespoons of salt were used, not three cups like he was about to pour in.
Going in the other room I found my oldest son on the computer creating some promotional fliers for his sibling’s sewing and baking “businesses”. He had pictures and layouts and I think the video camera was being charged to make a video to post on YouTube. I’d like to say that I taught him everything he knows, but honestly all I did a few years ago was get him started and he took of with it from there. Now he’s flourishing in creating things on his own.
Finally I found my wife, sitting on the couch reading a book. It hit me later last night what I had seen, besides the house being quiet. We were seeing my kids do things that they had been taught by us, now on their own and even teaching others how to do what they had learned.
“You have heard me teach things…Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. (2 Timothy 2:2)”
When we get the opportunity to train people in how to use storying, we don’t just want them to walk away with notes in a binder to file away. (Actually, the way we do training we don’t use any handouts or notes anyway, but that’s another topic.) We want people to leave the training prepared to train others in what they have learned, and do it in such a way that those people can in turn help still others learn.
This short excerpt is from an email I received in December. It is from a friend in Congo who oversees the people we trained in October.
Your mission to Congo has been a blessing to Church of The Holy Spirit. We keep practicing the training we got from you and it really works. Even a week ago we went to M______ on 18th afternoon and sent a couple of people from the church [my note – these were people who had never gone out before to other villages.] to God’s field telling Bible stories and 8 people come to Christ. Let me tell you that the same day, in the morning we baptized 8 new believers.
Storying is very transferable or reproducible. Something is easily transferable usually because it is very natural. And when what is taught is caught, it is able to be passed on to others.
Now if only my kids could learn to keep their rooms clean like they learn other things…but then again, a clean room might not be natural for them.