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Thrive in South Asia

SLICE Training Program

Is God calling you to serve Him and make His name great among the nearly 2,000 UPGs of South Asia?

If so, we are here to help you in your journey!

The heart of the SLICE program is to assist cross-cultural workers as they navigate their first term on the field and equip them for long-term effectiveness as they serve in the unreached areas of South Asia.

Located in the heart of an immigrant city, with access to each of the THUMB (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, Buddhist) people groups, our training base is the perfect place to lay a strong foundation for future work, whether in this city or other parts of Asia. Our SLICE program provides practical, real-life experience and professional language classes for laborers to learn, grow, and live among those in our community. It is a great first step for people wanting to work in places like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as we can help people focus on Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan languages and more!

Strategy, Language, Identity, Culture and Exalting Jesus are crucial areas for laborers to grow in if they want to last on the field. Our six month to two year program offers “on the job” training in each of these areas.

SLICE is helping people walk into an entire world. You’re not just teaching people how to say some words or teaching people how to ride autos or buy some vegetables to survive. It’s about learning how to enter into a place in all the ways one needs to enter.

SLICE Participant

Strategy

Finding the right strategy (or method) to fulfill the calling God has given you is essential in order to make your vision a reality. Walking alongside seasoned missionaries as you learn and implement different strategies is one of the best ways to determine if a method fits you and your calling.

Language

Learning the heart language of your people group is absolutely critical to life and ministry in South Asia. Through the Growing Redemptive Participator Approach (GRPA/GPA) of language learning, we will show you how language learning is not only fun but also ministry, and it is essential for learning culture and thriving in your new environment. We currently offer classes in Hindi, Bengali and Nepali as you are taught by local language nurturers.

Identity

In South Asia, identity is everything. Without an identity that makes sense to your people group and the government, you can be immediately ostracized from the community and possibly even barred from entering the country. Our training walks you through the process of choosing an identity that allows you to engage and build trust in your focus community.

Culture

Culture includes anything and everything related to the people and places of South Asia—what the people do, how they do it, and all the attitudes and practices in between. During your time in our city, we will teach you different skills to help you understand the culture and keep you building trust among the people. As you go through the program, you will have opportunities to delve into culture like never before!

Exalting Jesus

All that we do is through Him and for Him. Whether we’re headed to the market, a language class, or visiting a neighbor, our desire is to exalt Jesus in all we do. During our SLICE program, we will walk alongside you and help you keep Him first. Not surprisingly, taking the focus off of Jesus is one of the main reasons missionaries experience burnout.

Upcoming Program Dates

January 1, 2023

August 1, 2023