You Have Need of
We are into the second week of teaching.
Over the weekend, we were able to enjoy relaxing, after a
busy first week. We joined the missionary family at ESBTAO for a time at the
beach. On Sunday, Jim and I both preached at local churches. Jim preached at
the church of my translator, Pastor Happy, on Jonah 1. I preached from Psalm 27
on the campus at the international chapel, with Director Allaboe serving as my
translator. We were thankful to be together with the church to be an
encouragement to the believers here.
As our teaching has continued, I have been reminded of the
amount of work faced by the students. They have work for courses that are on
pause while we are here. Most of our students are graduating in June, so have
final projects to write and submit. And most are in both of our courses with
assignments to complete. This is all in addition to family life for those who
are married. And this is not to mention the work of pastoral ministry for those
who are already serving in churches. It all came to a head on Monday night,
when my students thought I was giving them too much work, or at least that the
deadlines for the work needed to be adjusted. We are seeking to be gracious,
while also considering the needs of the school.
Tonight, we are looking at Hebrews 10:19-39. One of the key
themes throughout the book is the need for persevering faith. In verse 36, the
author says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the
will of God you may receive what is promised.”
In a practical way, we long to finish this week well. And we
want the students to finish their studies at ESBTAO having completed the work
they set out to do. But much more, our prayer is for the endurance of their
faith, so that they might receive the fulfillment of all God’s promises in
Christ in the midst of many challenges.
Pray with us to that end as we finish our time here.