Photo Blogging: Language School

Two words: Language School

For some, these words bring back great memories with precious friends.
For others, it strikes fear and dread into an anxious heart.

For some, it looks like a big class with many members.

12108875_10153588793099543_8966994930340859165_n

For others, it looks like designated time with a tutor in a house or office…

12189134_10154129355956494_5170135473187941093_n…or, in (my) case of earth-quake-broken offices and petrol shortages, at a coffee shop.

12190786_10156177359490511_3412017954410228086_n

Some endure cold temperatures while putting in the hours of formal training.

12187781_10154129356246494_3074407815713609679_n (1)

And anyone with children runs into these moments while studying independently:

12065564_10208773688966312_8368683416563042587_n

We take A LOT of notes.

12074656_10156177359070511_6013568856486552321_n

And we drink A LOT of coffee.

12196002_10208773689086315_2400053085025199110_n

Sometimes, we may even get to have a little fun!

12196056_10153588820244543_530193040222774320_n

Learning a language is both a great blessing and tremendous burden. We go to the field with an intense desire to reach the lost of our country with the gospel, but we can’t do that until we put in the long, hard hours of committing to memory  countless words, characters, sentence structures, and tenses.

Learning a language can be fun, but it is more often a source of great discouragement. We often feel like we aren’t where we want to be as we fail to see the progress we have made and only see how far there is to go.

12191419_10156177358600511_6311001976192806527_n (1)

We covet your prayers as we labor in language learning. We will do our part and put in the time, but we are desperate for the stamina and grace straight to our hearts from the hands of Jesus. Not many things make us realize our need of Him more than our inadequacy in language learning as we wade through the various other challenges of the first term.

We must humble ourselves as He did to carry this great message of Love to the nations of the world in their many different heart languages.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:5-8).

We long for the day when we can share this message in our target languages. Until then, you will know where to find us.

12189623_10153950683951125_247286313828396314_n
 

  • |
  • 6 thoughts on “Photo Blogging: Language School

      1. Thank you for your comment Miranda and for keeping up with WBTS. We plan to continue sharing these glimpses into our lives through photos so stay tuned!

    1. Love seeing these! They are a reminder of how much more we need to be praying for those who are learning another language! It’s tough emotionally and physically! Good job, Amber!

    2. Thanks, Mindy! We sure do appreciate your prayers and all your precious family does for us! I’m glad this little peek could take you back to your language learning days. I certainly have a greater respect for anyone who has learned a language and an awareness that they need our prayers!

    3. Amber I love this post! I remember in language school thinking I’m never going to get this down, but then one day you realize you are speaking in the language and understanding your teacher and people around you! That’s one of the best days ever!

    4. Beth, good to hear from you! Not sure I’ve had that day yet! I get bits and pieces and people around here like to stroke my ego but I know have a LONG way to go! Looking forward to this day for sure! I did have a day where I realized I was talking just to talk instead of avoiding conversation! Baby steps!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *