Now here’s where it gets interesting. When their expansion phase didn’t go as planned, the friends decided to prolong it—in fact extend it through most of the 3-month cycle—in order to gain the experience they needed to teach, as well as to start seeing some results. They have also learned more about how to identify a receptive neighborhood.
The last cycle began with the normal 3 weekends of direct teaching. During the first 3 weeks of this phase, we attempted to identify receptive neighborhoods. So we selected 4 apartment complexes that we had originally thought would be receptive; even though during initial visits this seemed to be the case, over time it became clear that they were not very receptive.
Since the initial three weeks were not successful, the Core Team decided to prolong the teaching phase. About two months into the cycle a team explored another apartment complex. This neighborhood seems to be different than the others we previously visited. There are a few households that are very friendly and have opened their homes to the teachers. The community is multicultural and there are many children playing outside. So this cycle is teaching us how to identify a receptive area.