A crucial part of the MDT programme is the module known as “inside-out”, where the trainees have the opportunity to reflect and deal with personal issues within themselves. MDT trainee (2015 #1) Tiwonge Tembo from Malawi shares how God revealed his own heart to him at the very end of the “inside-out” module.
In 1987, OM South Africa were seeing sent missionaries return from the field earlier than expected, many struggling to cope with the change of culture or situation. From this, the vision of a training programme was birthed. From the start MDT was a counter-cultural movement as a variety of South African cultures lived and trained together in community during the era of apartheid. Initially, to prepare South African for long-term ministry, the programme grew into an international programme as people recognised the need to be trained and equipped. Today, MDT has evolved into a discipleship and exposure programme that gives people key skills in discipleship, mission and ministry.