Church Leadership Conferences:
Pray for team members and indigenous partners:|
M.Div. - teaching discipleship, women in
MA Theology - teaching missions, discipleship,
D.Min. - teaching hermeneutics,
Photo journalist - teaching discipleship, SS
workshop; taking photos
student - teaching
computers, sports, discipleship
Red Cross HIV certified
teacher, DBU grad student in missions - teaching youth
activities, SS workshop, HIV awareness
B.S. - teaching sports, art, discipleship
MA in Marriage and Family
Counseling - teaching ritual and sexual abuse, discipleship,
translator, Equip Disciples partner
*Pastor Martin N.
Pres. of BBM, Equip Disciples partner
*Excellence in preparation
*Wisdom in presentation
*Good Health-both physical and spiritual
*Protection-both physical and spiritual
*One heart and mind
*Communication across language and cultural barriers
*For translators to be accurate and focused
Team Send-off with Prayer and Fasting
You are warmly invited...
departure for Africa approaches quickly (July 17)! (Dates for the actual
conferences are given on the left.) We will have a time of prayer to
send off the team members the Saturday before we go.
When: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 6:30-8:30 pm
1010 Loch Lomond Dr, Arlington,
Agenda: Scripture reading, evening fast (as God leads
you), worship, prayer time (for silent prayers and
spoken prayers), and fellowship
you to FBC Arlington Sunday School Departments 204 and 303 for putting
together 400 worldview discipleship picture books for us! These are ready
for use in Kenya and DR Congo in 300 plus churches and for our work among
ex-child soldiers. These books teach Biblical doctrines and Biblical
worldview using pictures along with Bible stories and Scriptures.
Since Africans are accustomed to expressing their beliefs with pictures,
the idea of teaching doctrines and Christian living through pictures was
born. The pictures include: God and His Spiritual Creation; God and His
Physical Creation; How God Communicates With Us; The Ten Commandments; Jesus
is the Answer; How to Identify False Religions; The Two Kingdoms; Staying on
the Right Path; The Ministry of Reconciliation; Spiritual Warfare;
Stewardship; and Future Things. Our goal is to strengthen the church
weakened by syncretism and in need of training, so that it can grow strong
and healthy and will reproduce itself through missions and church planting.
Alfred Mtawali, Wycliffe Bible Translator and Kenyan Christian music
artist. Alfred has been one of the native translators for the Kigiryama
Translation of the Bible in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also translated our
Discipleship materials used in discipleship conferences. Both Alfred and his
wife Hellen are very talented musicians. They have produced several CD's and
are very popular in Kenya and other Kiswahili countries. In addition to
leading worship and teaching in the Kenyan conference, Alfred will be
traveling with us to DR Congo to work with child soldiers and to teach in
the adult leadership conference. Be in prayer for him as he serves the Lord
in this way. We are honored to be partners with him and look forward to
serving together in the Lord's Kingdom.
Martin is the president and founder of Beyond the Bridge Ministries in DR
Congo. He has frequently put his life on the line to reach out with the
Gospel to the militias who are causing such devastation in the rural Congo.
Martin also leads many discipleship, leadership, and Bible study conferences
in DR Congo and Rwanda for Christian churches. We will be teaching along
with Martin and his ministry partners to encourage and equip rural church
leaders affected by the militias, and also joining him in ministry to
ex-child soldiers ages 13-16.
Using God's Blessings for the Kingdom
You might think $20 or $30 is a small amount and can't go very far.
But in Africa, this amount will sponsor a rural church leader affected
by the devastations of war for a full week of training, encouragement,
and equipping. God has blessed us with many such gifts! Our current
- 187 scholarships for rural church leaders in Kenya and DR Congo
- 164 Bibles or commentaries ($10-$25 each)
- Trip support for some of our team members
Part of our ministry of equipping disciples includes providing
effective and affordable resources for leaders who live in poverty and
currently have little to no resources--perhaps not even a complete
Bible. Some resources are made available for free, others are
subsidized. The resources include study Bibles,
the African Bible Commentary, MegaVoices in some languages, free Bible study
software for those with computers, and worldview discipleship materials,
which can be used among literate or preliterate people of all ages.
It's inevitable that in the ministry of the Gospel, at one time or
another we will all face adversity. At such times, the tendency is to quit,
leave, doubt, grow embittered, or despair. What is good to remember is
that we are not the only ones facing adversity. The early Christians
often faced adversity from their own countrymen, from unbelievers, from
religious leadership, from believers among whom they were working and
ministering, and from Satan who was trying to hinder their work and
Paul was doing something new....reaching out to
Gentiles and to the Jews who rejected Jesus. He was preaching the truth
to people who had never heard the Gospel, confronting sin in the
churches, reproving leaders who were teaching wrong doctrines,
encouraging people to turn away from idol worship and serve the living
God. We must remember that the Old Testament Prophets, and Jesus
Himself encountered adversity as well. With such tasks and various
ministries, how could they not encounter adversity?
What can we
do in times of adversity?
*Trust in God. King David wrote so many Psalms asking God,
"How long will you let the enemy triumph over me?"
But he would always come back and say,
"But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your
deliverance. I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me
generously" (Psalm 13:-6 HCSB).
*Enlist others to pray for you for the glory of God. At one
time Paul had encountered great suffering in Asia, even beyond what was
humanly possible. But his response was to ask a group of his friends to
pray for him (see 2 Cor. 1). In this way, God would be glorified in His
answer to the prayers of many.
*Encourage others. When Paul was
mistreated, he would go and encourage the brethren in ministry. He knew
that preaching the Gospel and challenging people to live in Kingdom ways
would come up against the patterns and ways of the world. He knew that
if he encountered opposition, the believers would also. He wanted them
to remain faithful and not be discouraged by his suffering. It
seems almost that it should have been the people who would encourage
Paul after such ordeals...yet you see Paul encouraging them! In 2 Cor.
you see Paul encouraging believers who have faced sorrow, to comfort
others with the same comfort God had given them.
*Continue to be
faithful to the ministry God has called you to. Paul said, "We
give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will
not be blamed. But in everything, as God's ministers, we commend
ourselves: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by
pressures, by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by
sleepless nights, by times of hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by
patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the
message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left, through glory and dishonor, through
slander and good report; as deceivers yet true; as unknown yet
recognized; as dying and look--we live; as being chastened yet not
killed; as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as
having nothing yet possessing everything" (2 Cor. 6:3-10 HCSB).
Paul didn't let these things get him down or make him quit. He chose
instead to view them as opportunities for God to be strong through him.
Jesus himself was not esteemed among men, he was betrayed, harshly
treated, and falsely accused. Let us not be among those who grieve
others in the body by false reports, afflictions, oppressions, and
restrictions, but rather, among those who are working together in unity
for the Gospel.
Please pray for us as we are teaching the Word, that we
will remain strong and focused even if the face of adversity arises.
Thank you for your Prayers!
Our help is in the Name of the
the Maker of Heaven and earth.
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