Advanced Mission Training

In News, Rapid 14 by Howard Fox

This is a short overview I wrote at the end of my AMT class in August of 2015. AMT has been one of the greatest experiences of my life so far. I would recommend AMT to all of my friends. Within four days of arriving, we were in the bush ministering to the people! The leadership knew Holy Spirit would show my class how to minister to the people.This first trip was amazing and it completely broke my heart for Africa. The people were so hungry for the Word of God, they wanted to learn whatever they could from us. Most of my AMT met when we arrived in Africa, but we functioned as a team immediately. This first week brought us closer together and I know life long friendships started here.

Once we were back at the base we had two weeks of different pastors, evangelists, and missionaries share their experiences and teach us from the bible. I cannot fully express how grateful I am for the teaching and wisdom each minister brought. The most impactful topic was my identity in Christ, this truly changed my life and I will never be the same again. I feel our entire group matured in the Lord at an accelerated rate and that we were completely new people from when we first arrived in Africa.

Not only did we receive teaching we also had fun together, two of my favorite times were our medical training and safari. We were instructed by the founder of SOLO in a two-week hands-on medical training – Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. We learned the basics for responding to medical emergencies in remote places.  For our safari, we traveled to Botswana! In the morning We went in a double decker boat and then an open top Land cruiser in the afternoon. We saw wild animals within 5 feet of our vehicle, it was much more exciting than visiting a zoo! I saw hippos, cape buffalo, hundreds of elephants, kudu, antelopes, baboons and even crocodiles.

My AMT class became a family, the experiences we had forced us rely upon each other. The difficult times really built the team mentality into all of us. There was so much that happened during these past three months that I don’t even know how to fully describe them. I do know that I am secure in my identity in Christ because of the Word and the teaching that was brought during this time. I am a completely different person for the better and cannot wait to go back to America to start fundraising. God has wonderful things for me in the future and I am so thankful for all the missionaries at Overland that have poured their heart and soul into my life.