Families Off the Grid
The "OFF THE GRID" youth discipleship school at Rancho Abierto is designed to unify and strengthen families who are taking the Family Discipleship Training School (FDTS) by providing similar teaching/training to the children as their parents are receiving in FDTS and foster an atmosphere of spiritual unity in the family. Our purpose is to facilitate family discipleship by speaking into, encouraging, and equipping parents to intentionally and effectively disciple their children. We seek to create a desire in the hearts of children and parents alike to fully engage and trust God as a family. Our prayer is that all family members would grow in understanding of who they are in Christ and how God desires to work in and through their family.
The English language only "OFF THE GRID" youth discipleship school is a mini DTS for children aged four to seventeen, not an academic school. This school is focused on the child’s heart change, not so much on academics. We intend to present a blend of discipleship training materials and academics. We do not intend to continue with the regular school subjects from the point at which each student left off prior to coming here. We will ask the children to bring schoolwork from home, typically mathematics, to work on in class for forty-five minutes, four days a week. The teachers and staff will help your children in all areas of learning. The kids will have a weekly lecture topic and each class will be designed to be interactive and engaging. Our intent is to create a safe place where kids can experience a vibrant and active relationship with God and have fun in the process. Short teachings will be reinforced with games, activities, and personal applications.
"OFF THE GRID" Youth Discipleship School
March 11th – May 28th, 2021
Children are powerful. In a world where parents are taught to control their children through external means, Jesus points to a better way—the way of teaching children to be governed from the inside through the law of love and self-control. Find the tools you need to partner with God in seeing the children around you live full and empowered lives.
Alongside evangelism, discipleship, mercy ministries, and Bible distribution, our current plan is to train families with the goal of hosting a Family Camp for believing families in South Asia. The camp would provide a Bible-based program to help the families become more intimate with God, provide times for corporate worship and intercession, and generally bless the families. We would provide various programs such as lectures regarding marriage and parenting, and conduct programs for children and teens.
Family Fun Times
Having fun is an important part of drawing a family together. The "OFF THE GRID" youth discipleship school has intentional times to not only have fun but to process and debrief teaching and ministry outreach times. Sometimes families have drifted apart and married couples have tended to live parallel lives, being more focused on careers than connecting with God and each other. The lecture phase of Family Discipleship Training School is a great time to establish new habits and family patterns.
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By reading and discovering God through His Word and through the stories of Jesus, we meet our Creator in an intimate relationship. Use your God-given imagination to place yourself in the context of Scripture. Once you have seen Jesus in this way, your natural memory will be unlocked. These stories will become so personal to you that you will simply remember them and then retell them as if they happened to you — using the exact words of Scripture.
Art is a door to spark the imagination, ignite the heart and illuminate the world around us. Use your creativity to tell a story, illustrate a concept, or convey a message. There is a passion in God’s heart to speak through your art. Learning to co-create with God, you will discover the power to illuminate the world.