Sorry about the delay in this report but we have been without any internet service at the hotel and we have been too busy to make our way to an internet café. The last two days have been absolutely great. The teaching at the Bible Institute and been a real blessing. In the words of Jim Pittman, “I think they are really getting it.” It is so good to gaze out and see the faces of so many pastors and church leaders with the “look” on their faces. It is the “look” of this is all falling into place and it is not that they understand us but they understand the biblical principles which we are teaching. The first half of the week focused on the purpose, function and commission of the church. The latter half of the week has focused on the work of the pastor. We have organized this around the idea of the Pastor as a 1) Servant, 2) Shepherd, 3) Scholar and finally 4) Leader. Jim, Tommy and I have all enjoyed out times teaching and interacting with the students. We have actually finished all of the material (some seem to think that I teach longer than the others and that they are catching us up to keep us on schedule). Tomorrow we will give a comprehensive, open book test as a review of the material. We will go over the answers with them and use it as another teaching opportunity.
The final session will be a pastor’s round table. We have asked the pastor’s each day to keep track of Key Ideas that the Lord has laid on their heart or convicted them of during the teaching. Tomorrow we will give them a time to share what they have gained as key ideas. There are actually two dangers for that session. The first danger is that no one says anything. The second danger is that a room full of pastors will each take the opportunity to preach – I guess that will not be so bad.
In the evenings I have been preaching in local churches and it has been really great. Nica worship is loud, enthusiastic, loud, long and did I say loud. Two nights ago we were at a church that is like a large open gazebo. It was so great to be in the open air worshipping with our brothers and sisters here. Last night we took our traditional trip to Muan where we feasted on Pulibuey before joining the church there for another night or worship (did I mention that it is loud) and preaching. I have preached down here enough now that I am not certain which messages I have preached where so I am preaching the message for this next Sunday just to make sure I do not repeat myself. I should have it down pretty well by the time I get home. I may be waiting on translation but other than that it has the potential to be a short message since it ends up being about 35 here with translation. That should be less than 20 without translation – don’t get your hopes up. (Jim and Tommy will both be sleeping through the message.)
Our time with Cairo, Melvin and Chico has been great as always. These guys are real servant and they are a joy to work with. They work hard and keep us laughing all the time.
We are looking forward to our last day here but also starting to look forward to our trip home on Saturday. Pray that we will finish strong and that the Lord will take what we do and multiply it far beyond what we could accomplish on our own.
Ken – for the team.