As we started the Uniquip we remembered how Howard Malmstadt and Loren Cunningham sat on two metal chairs and confirmed the vision that God had given them for a University... This is how the UofN started. We set up two chairs and had two cups of water in between. Darlene served to create a learning community of hospitality and space.
Andy came for a short session on Revival and Reformation and how the goal of both is to see restoration. We need the urgency of Revival and the legacy of Reformation.
It only lasts if we have the two together and if we continue to champion young people in both revival and reformation within the mission.
We also had a welcome protocol from the Islands.
Rebecca shared her personal story of pursuing her degree with the UofN and in her experience working in the Middle East, learning Arabic and then pursuing her Masters degree and wanting to complete a PhD.
Adriano introduced us to Biblical Education and how it differs from education that shames us. God comes into the garden (the first classroom) and gives the students three questions which serve as a reality check.
Context: Where are you? This is to deal with our shame after the fall.
Authority: Who told you? This is to help us with our fears.
Responsibility: What have you done? We can’t take responsibility if we are still blaming others for our circumstances.
2 Peter 1:5-8 New International Version (NIV)
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also looked at how tension is important in education. We start with a God who live in healthy tension in the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons - one God. Trinity is important to all of life with God.
God is relational and calls us into an educational relationship that includes Formal, Non-Formal and Informal learning.
We also had a panel with Loren Cunningham, Darlene, and Joe Portale
This was such a rich time of story-telling and hearing about how the our stories fit into the big story of God, the history of YWAM, the establishment of the University of the Nations and how God was at the start of it all co-labouring wth us as YWAMers.
On the third day we started to shift into the future of the UofN and how we all get to take part in it.
Worship was central to all we were learning along with rich processing and intercession together...
We also had Tom Bloomer sharing on Transcactional vs. Transformational Leadership
After each session we had rich discussion around the tables and feedback so we could have a conversation over what God was imparting to us each day. These times were the most fun in that we heard from each other and could also learn from each ones experience and point of view.
The Last thing we did was to take the piece we were taking from our past and our piece from the future and ties those puzzle pieces together and hang them on the big timeline of God’s work and purposes. Only hanging there in the tension of past and future can we trust God for the fruition of his many promises to us.
We ended praising God for a rich week together!