The Kairos USA team has seen the amazing growth and spread of Kairos throughout the U.S. All that growth however is not just with the English language course. In fact Kairos is actively conducted in three different languages in the U.S. - English, Spanish, and Chinese.
With a commitment to see Chinese Christians engaged in the Great Commission, missions mobilizers James Hung and Isaac Chan took the course for themselves and returned to southern California to see it launched there. Through a partnership of several organizations and churches in that region, as well as training from Allan Witkowski from the U.S. National Coordination Team and Chinese Language Coordinator, James Chak, Kairos has taken root and this network has flourished.
In just over a year 5 courses have been hosted with over 80 participants and more and more Facilitators and up and coming Head Facilitators continue to be trained. They continue to make forward progress with the launch of their own website, www.kairossocal.net, and more courses, both in Chinese and English, are being planned for the year. The Chinese speaking community and all of southern California are surely experiencing the tremendous impact of Kairos!
Marinda, NC for Kairos Russia, and her team had the wonderful opportunity of training and coaching 3 new Kairos Head Facilitators (HF) in Southern Russia. Vlad is from Volgograd, Saslan from the Republic of Ossetia and Dima from Kabardina Balkaria. It was great to see these men in action in the two courses presented in Volgograd. They are amazing people with a vision to see the church in Russia mobilized for missions.
Vlad will organize 4 courses over the next few months. Dima is responsible for the Baptist missions movement in Southern Russia who has a vision to mobilize all their congregations in this region with Kairos. God is moving in amazing ways in Southern Russia, stirring His church to reach out to the 48 Least Reached people groups in this region.
Twenty-six participants and 6 facilitators, from 17 nations, using Readers in 8 different languages, embarked on a Kairos journey together last December 2012.
Readers used included Albanian, English, German, Nepalese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian. This did create a potential chaos for the facilitators, especially in relation to the worksheets, but it was exciting to be able to present the Kairos material in the heart language of the students. The groups primarily spoke in Norwegian and English, though other languages could often be heard. Cultural and linguistic diversity were not just talked about but were also put into practice.
This Kairos Course was a part of the YWAM Discipleship Training School at Grimerud (between Oslo and Lillehammer). This was the second time that the new Norwegian version of the Kairos Reader was used. Work will now continue to translate the rest of the materials to Norwegian.