Emphasis Book Study
Give Your All to God by Putting “Both Feet In”

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By Sheryl Churchill Buckner

Both Feet In reflects the incredible journey of missionaries Bud and Jane Fray, from their missions call to their mission service deep in the bush of Zimbabwe in southern Africa. This challenging story shows us how God moves His people to surrender, disciplines us to learn sacrifice, and then blesses us immeasurably when we give our all in service. Bud Fray is an example of one who gave his all by putting both feet in. The book’s content lends itself to a focus on discipleship, evangelism, prayer, building relationships, trust, and worship.

PLANNING YOUR STUDY

  • Determine your study outcome. What do you want participants to take away from the study—knowledge, a feeling, or a goal for action?
  • Know your audience. Who will be included? Adults only, adults and students, students only, Women on Mission®, etc.
  • Select when and where to study. To do justice to the book’s content, plan a two-hour session or multiple sessions on different days. If time is limited, condense the suggestions to fit a one-hour time frame. Consider a half-day retreat that includes a meal of southern African food. Ask a student or someone who likes to cook to research recipes from Zimbabwe (such as sadza, Zimbabwe’s staple dish traditionally made with white cornmeal).
  • Prepare.

– Begin with prayer. Ask God for insight into your preparation.
– Order several copies of the book for participants who may not have their own.
– Ahead of time, ask individuals to prepare role plays or testimonies. (See teaching activities below.)
– Purchase feed corn or packets of seed. Put corn in small bags, one per participant.
– Collect a worn-out plastic bag, Bible, and older Baptist Hymnal. Use with Chapter 8.
– Prepare the following:

· Cutouts of footprints—one for each participant
· Cards for each participant with Luke 9:23 written in the three versions found on page 19. Also place these words on a large visual (such as a poster, computer slide presentation, or white board).
· Three large sets of footprints (two feet—not a shoe print). Write each of these statements (one per set): Footstep 1: Surrender; Footstep 2: Sacrifice; and Footstep 3: Serve.
· A visual of the African proverb, “Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.”

 

  • Publicize the study. Use as many channels for promotion as possible. Create a visual using the book’s title for inspiration. Incorporate Both Feet In by using sets of footprints. Include left and right feet in the same design. Add “The Adventure of a Lifetime” to your title. Create interest by using the African proverb.
  • Design visuals.

– Locate a world map for display. Mark Arkansas and Zimbabwe with pushpins or small flags. Stretch yarn between the two.

– To show environmental conditions in Africa, gather pictures of drought-stricken earth, beans, feed corn (or display a bag of feed corn), and people living in Zimbabwe.

– Make a pattern of two feet (not a shoe print)—a left and a right foot. Make several copies and cut them out. Tape them to the floor one in front of the other as though walking. Mark the end of the path with a two-foot pattern followed by a sign with the words “Both Feet In.” The path can end on the floor or the wall by the world map.

– Choose quotes from throughout the book. Prepare these for display.

  • Create teaching activities.

– Divide your study time into three parts: Footstep 1: Surrender; Footstep 2: Sacrifice; and Footstep 3: Serve.

– Enlist several individuals to prepare a testimony or a conversation between Bud Fray and an African national. Use the following individuals from the selected chapters:

Chapter 3: Pastor Jonas Moyo Muchechetere. Emphasize the giving of Fray’s name, “Baba Moyo.”

Chapter 5: Mrs. Gambiza

Chapter 8: Sekuru Bangamuseve (testimony)

From Chapter 10, prepare individual cards of the verses Ephesians 6:10–18 and Hebrews 4:12 from the author’s perspective.

  • Involve students. Plan a study for the students in your church. Tap into their knowledge of technology by asking them to gather pictures or find statistics about Zimbabwe. Use this information throughout the study. Students can film interviews or testimonies ahead of time and play them during the study.

TEACHING SESSION

Introductory activity

Distribute cutouts of a footprint to each participant. Ask participants to write the name of a place where they have been that was unfamiliar to them and then words that describe how they felt about the experience.

Transition

Chat briefly about some of the experiences. Introduce Both Feet In with a short description.

Footstep 1: Surrender

– Display the footprints with the words “Footstep 1: Surrender.”

– Distribute cards with Luke 9:23. Enlist two individuals to read Scripture—one reads the English version and the other reads the verse translated by Baba Mandebvu. Ask participants what Baba Mandebvu means by “both-feet follower.”

Chapter 1: Call attention to the pictures of drought and food. Distribute small bags of feed corn or seeds. Describe the situation, the missionary, the Shangwe people, their surrender because of prayer, and significant Scriptures mentioned.

Chapter 2: Review the Frays’ experience of surrendering to God’s missions call. Ask if someone has experienced something similar.

Chapter 3: Describe the situation at the school that brought Fray to a point of surrender. Introduce the role play with Pastor Muchechetere. Ask, What are the results of surrendering to one another?

Footstep 2: Sacrifice

– Display the footprints with the words “Footstep 2: Sacrifice.”

Chapter 4: Briefly review the story of Caiphasi. Ask, What was his sacrifice in following Jesus?

Chapter 5: Choose one of the Scriptures from this chapter to read and then introduce the role play with Mrs. Gambiza. Discuss what Mrs. Gambiza sacrificed to follow Jesus. Ask, How did she live her life as a both-feet follower?

Chapter 6: Discuss how “Jesus is findable” through both the Frays’ family experiences and the experiences of the family from Denda.

Chapter 7: Display the African proverb sign. Ask, What had Fray’s family “sacrificed” to be in Africa? Call attention to Fray’s biblical references.

Footstep 3: Serve

– Display the footprints with the words “Footstep 3: Serve.”

Chapter 8: Emphasize prayer as service. Call attention to the plastic bag, Bible, and hymnal. Ask the person responsible for Sukuru Bangamuseve’s testimony to present it now. Further describe his role in the author’s ministry (prayer, church planting, etc.).

Chapter 9: Summarize the church-planting plan. Discuss how ministries to the people often resulted in a church plant.

Chapter 10: Describe the spiritual battles that often hindered the gospel and the author’s service. Ask participants to share Scripture interpretations. Share the story of Ferdinand.

Chapter 11: Introduce Christina, her changed life, her effect on her village, and how she served Jesus. Discuss the role of holiness in her life and our lives.

Chapter 12: Call attention to your feed corn. Introduce the grandmother, how she helped others, and how she served through praise. Also share Fray’s dismissal from his trial and his praise.

Chapter 13: Tell about Fray’s illness, important changes in his life and ministry, and how he was able to continue serving.

CONCLUSION

– Review the three footsteps. Read Luke 9:23. Ask participants what person, experience, or Scripture would prompt them to want to surrender, sacrifice, and serve the Lord with both feet in.

– Encourage them to keep the bag of corn as a reminder.

– Close with prayer.

Sheryl Churchill Buckner resides in Birmingham with her husband, Wally. Sheryl is retired from the national WMU® staff.