Student Reflections

Reflections after En Route

Previous En Route Student
"We have been in Kenya 2 months now, and in Kitui for over 7 weeks, and we have been meaning for some time to e-mail you to say how well the en route course prepared us for life here. We have lost count of the number of times we have said to one another "We talked about that during En Route!"

Dutch pastor: Namibia: Director of Distance Learning at a Theological College
"I really appreciated the En Route course, it has been amazing how such a lot of material can be covered in a relatively short period of time. The variety of teaching material and expertise of the various teachers has been great. I hope to be able to use much of the material in Congo. The development studies material will be particularly helpful in setting up the project."

"Through doing En Route I've made sense of many of the experiences I've had and many of the things I've seen while doing short-term missions. I now feel much better prepared for long term mission and I can't wait to get involved!"

"I am thankful for all I received at the En Route course and All Nations. It is very helpful for the work on the mission field. I think especially of the lesson on transition and the Myers Briggs test. May the Lord continue to bless your work!"

"It has made me think about the questions we really need to ask ourselves and others as we prepare for mission. The course has challenged me by exposing issues that need to be resolved, and has helped improve my biblical knowledge. It has highlighted how important it is just to be still with God so we can hear His voice and for developing networks of friends with similar interests."

"The lessons were built up in a really good way, the themes were practical, enough time to reflect, useful in every country. I've learned so much about myself, relating to others, about God, all kinds of visions of mission, religions, cultures, development, just everything. I feel prepared to go."

"It filled a gap in my training very effectively - I had studied theology, but with very limited emphasis on cross-cultural mission, and not very much on 'the world church' and current global situations."

"It has covered a huge range of subjects and introduced some questions to be considered over the coming months. Everyone that teaches us has on the field training so are talking from experience. I have learned... the importance of spiritual discipline and relationships and servanthood."

A Reflection after Certificate (OU Validated)

Jenn Garibay: American- Level 4 - 2014-15.
"Level 4 (Certificate) was easily one of the most treasured experiences of my life. It was a time that God used to give me answers to so many of the questions that I had buried in my heart. Level 4 was, for me, a place of learning about God, healing from the wounds of my past and a place where I began my preparation to take my place in God's mission. The dedicated staff served as valuable resource for knowledge, as well as being attentive to my pastoral and spiritual needs. As an adult learner Level 4 was set up in such a way that made the transition back into study much more straight forward and accessible."

A Reflection after Diploma (OU Validated)

Student from South Korea - 2004-2005
All Nations is a beautiful place and everyone can feel a special atmosphere as we are being and living together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Beautiful nature and multicultural community give us lots of inspiration about God's love and God's kingdom, and it helps us to reflect and put into practice by living together.

When I first came here, I experienced God's restoration for my life from depression, sorrow, and dissatisfaction; just by being here and worshipping Him. From time to time God taught me to be a worshipper in all circumstances.

At the same time it was a challenge to study theological, missiological, and intercultural subjects in English. Not only was studying in English difficult, but also adjusting to different cultures and getting used to living with people.

However, God gave me sufficient grace to complete all the modules that I needed and worked in me, helping me to enlarge my thoughts and mental boundaries to understand different culture and people. Through this time God shaped and moulded me to be more like Him.

Now, I'm preparing to go to China after getting married. We plan to study Chinese in Shanghai first of all.

A Reflection after the BA

BA Student now in Chad
It has been a very rich time and I am filled with gratefulness! I've been immensely blessed by good friends from all over the world. They have taught me so much about how people from other cultures look at things differently, how they act and react differently. To learn from one another has been an invaluable enrichment to me!

When I started my life at All Nations three years ago I wanted to be like clay in God's hands. I desired to be moulded and changed by Him. He used people and circumstances to bring issues in my life to the surface. God put His finger on aspects that needed to be dealt with. He lovingly lay open old wounds so that true healing could happen.

I'm looking forward to a new step in my life. I'll go to Chad as a teacher for missionary children. Chad is a place where I've never been to and I never planned to go there, either. Yet, I trust it is the place that God has prepared for me and I trust it will be a place of further growth.

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