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The Impact of TLI's Training of Iranian Pastors

Apr. 25, 2013By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

If you ever have wondered the impact of TLI's training on the nations, read the encouraging email testimony we just received from a partner in Athens where we train Iranian leaders.

Hey Everyone,

I heard a testimony today that I felt compelled to share with you all. Yesterday, there were many people from Iran who were invited to the Tr*th Center. They attended a Sunday evening service which was led by Sult___, Sh__z & Jav__. (These three men are all part of our TLI program in Athens in the Farsi Class.) Last night, they co-taught a 90 minute lesson in the evening service which gave the "big picture" of the Bible. They used diagrams which they drew on the dry erase board and explained how the whole Bible fit together. At the end, they explained how to respond to the message of the Bible by repenting and placing faith in Jesus alone for salvation. We give God the glory that 16 Iranians made a commitment to follow Christ as Lord and Savior! 

After the service, the guys were asked where they learned how to teach the overview of the Bible as well as the diagrams which illustrated the content. They responded that they were taught this during the "Biblical Theology" course in June of last year. We don't always know how the Lord uses these training courses but I give Him the praise to have heard of this testimony. I trust that it is only a small glimpse of how He is equipping and reproducing leaders for His purposes. Be encouraged brothers that the Lord has indeed blessed your efforts and sacrifice. SDG!


Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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