Here are three stories of the impact our short-term trips have had in 2015.
Romika is a pastor of a small Baptist church in a strongly Orthodox village. He faithfully traveled from his village to attend each training session in Iasi Romania. At the end of our three years courses, he shared with our teachers that he hadn’t know at first how to preach just from the text. He said the courses were hard at first because preaching exegetically meant changing how he prepared, and preaching from the text and not his own ideas. But he has come to love studying and preaching exegetically and sees the power of simply explaining the meaning of the text and applying it’s truth to the lives of his congregation.
Hari is from a remote valley in a closed Asian country. Three times a year he comes to the city for TLI courses. During the first two courses Hari had lots of questions and wanted to know when we would be teaching students to work miracles and deliver demons. The teacher explained that our focus is to train pastors to understand and interpret the Scriptures accurately. At that time Hari was not very satisfied but he kept coming back to the training.
Now as he approaches the completion of the courses, he has shared how this training changed his life, theology, preaching and everything about ministry.
In Uganda one student said: "I think I need to repent of much of my preaching." This was the first time he was being taught to read the Scriptures with an eye toward the original intent.
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.