"You don't realise how fast the experience will go! I would encourage participants to apply the lessons as promptly as they can and not let the potential discomfort of a new approach slow them down. They'll be onto the next chapter of their life too quickly to let any fears delay their practices. I'm excited for new participants! It will serve their future ministries so well to have had such dedicated time of hands-on learning and discipleship-making."
"I learned to explore, venture out, try and fail, go outside of my comfort zone, and stretch my imagination for life and ministry."
"I went in with an open mind and a spirit for learning. Being in a missions class or prep before a trip is different than actually being on the field. Trusting the process and putting the program before myself is what helped me the most."
"Through love and respect, I have had the opportunity to share the love of Christ with people in ways I never did when I viewed the church as merely a brick and motor place of worship."
"Living in the tension of what you've been taught and working that out in real life is not a bad thing - it's an organic thing that keeps us dependent on God's work and ability rather than ours. There will be times where you don't think asking a question or doing something will have any impact, but it will! Putting yourself out there and being willing to be vulnerable, and in a learning posture, will get you country miles over most things."
"The thing that most impacted me while in EQUIP was just how important the work they are doing is. It is so important to learn how to do missions well. And then it is so important to live out what you learn so that God can transform lives through us."
"My husband and I found where we are called to serve long-term during the EQUIP experience. There was some major confusion and wrestling in the midst of the experience, but in the end, God led us to a place where we immediately knew we'd serve again long-term. That was our main goal of EQUIP and God answered that prayer!"
"Trusting the safe spaces I had during my EQUIP experience made a big impact on me. Without that, I wouldn't have survived the emotions and growth that I went through. It was crucial that I trusted the people around me with what I was feeling and thinking because if I wasn't open and honest it would have been detrimental to the end result."
"EQUIP isn't about reinventing yourself to fit some ministry narrative or look good to others, it's about stripping away unneeded Christian baggage and hammering yourself down to the fundamentals of the Gospel, which is a humbling experience."
"I learned how to make the everyday activities intentional for discipleship."
"During my EQUIP experience, mentorship made a huge impact on me. My mentor was a safe place for me to learn, question, and lament all the aspects of living abroad, DMM, and regular life struggles. She shaped my experience in the best way and I am so grateful for that aspect of EQUIP."
"I would love for future EQUIP participants to know that this experience is exactly what they need to set them up for fruitfulness in living for the Kingdom of God."
"EQUIP was where I was able to hone and experience active ministry for real. The ability to have a space where you are required to carve out relationships and a purposeful existence in community was imperative to all my future ministry work."
"Along with mentorship, the DBS model of learning and leading has proved foundational in my ministry long after leaving EQUIP. I use the idea of casual to meaningful to spiritual conversations as often as I can, and it has proven to be effective at establishing friendships that have/will lead to spiritual exploration."