This is the last day we have with the students. This has been a great group of pastors and other leaders. They are doing great with the Bible Training Center for Pastors material. They are so attentive. We also have two students that have been through this program that are going to continue teaching the material after we leave. They have done an outstanding job teaching along side of us.
It is a bitter sweet moment but knowing the training is going to continue is a delight. I pray that the two instructors can take the students through the other nine courses.
We have also been discussing how to get this training to others in the country. We would like to see this training expand and more leaders be able to teach. Multiplying leaders is the only way that many can become trained. This is not an easy course to teach. It takes a long time for each course and a lot of preparation on the teachers part.
There are also special requirements to teach based on the BTCP guidelines. We need to find pastors who are qualified to teach the classes. This might mean Cambodian pastors. It might also mean pastors from back home coming to teach classes for a week.
The reason this is so important is that there is not a great presence of the Christian church. According to the Joshua Project 30 people groups are still unreached. Only 3.2% of the people profess to be Christian with only 1.61% evangelical. Based on personal experience from what we have seen this might be on the high side.
Please pray that barriers will be broken down and people will know Christ. Pray for revival. Pray for teachers and preachers that are spiritually called and qualified.
“to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’”
Acts 26:18 NASB
This morning we spent a few hours doing church. This is not church how most people in America would expect. There was no choir or worship leader. There was no instruments. There was no singing. Only ministering to people in small villages.
We had the pleasure of walking around and talking with families in some of the poorest comunities. We got to sit down face to face with them. We got to hear the struggles. Many were sick and could not work. We heard of a family where the dad was recovering from alcohol abuse. We got to talk to them about perseverance and hope.
We met a lady who does not have a job to support her family. Her husband is farming in another country but not sending money back home. Then we met a family who was worried becuase they did not have enough money even to send their child to school. If this child drops out of school, there is a real possiblity she will get into sex salvery. We explained that God heals and provides. We read Matthew 6:25-36 and explained Jesus says not to worry about tomorrow. We were able to pray with this sweet family.
At lunch we got to discuss the local church with the person who is with us. We found out that the local church does not have a pastor and many of these people do not attend church. He tries to minister to these families. We asked him about starting houses churches. We explained that he could start a network of house churches with someone different leading each one. He seemed very interested in that idea. This could be huge in a spiritually poor area.
Not only is there a spiritual need but a physical need as well. Many of these families have no way to support their family with food and school.
This week as I am traveling I have noticed something – the world is a beautiful place. As I was flying into Korea I was amazed at the beauty in the shore. Of course I say that every where I go. I would urge you to travel and experience God’s beauty.
I am also thankful that God has given me the opportunity to travel the world. I am also thankful God is giving me the ability to travel and tell people about His glory, Grace, and salvation.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””
Matthew 28:19-20 NASB