For the next two weeks we are serving at the seminary, hosted and founded by First Baptist Church of Atibaia. I'm astounded at the level of rigor, depth and breadth of information, and the emphasis on discipleship. In other words, the students at Primeira Igreja Batista de Atibaia are receiving quality seminary education.
The students hail from an eclectic background. Some students are currently pastors, some are
from the Amazon, others are from neighboring states, but all are involved in ministry. The school desires to provide quality education with a local church emphasis at an affordable price. Thus, many of the students take classes for free or at a steep discounted price. They even provide housing for many students for free. The host and founding church, First Baptist Church of Atibaia, generously subsidizes the expenses of the seminary. The school is three years old, but the host church has been training pastors from its inception in 1980. Their heart to train leaders is inspiring!
In the seminary, they have two cohorts. The third-year cohort has twelve and the first-year cohort has six. They intentionally cut down the size in the first-year group, in order to ensure more discipleship.
Our daily schedule is class from 8am 5pm Monday through Friday. At night, we prep, rest and may speak at church events. The people are hungry and teachable.
We are currently teaching Hermeneutics and Systematic theology. Today, I was given the privilege of walking the first-year cohort through Arcing and Bracketing. It was a grueling 4 hours, but they truly started to grasp by the end. I'm so excited because these exegetical tools will truly serve them the rest of their life!
Next week, Nathan Tarr and David Crabb will be arriving to teach more classes. Please pray for a safe trip.
Teaching - For our teaching to be fruitful, spirit dependent, and pleasing to God.
Rest - We are working all day and much of the night. Brazilian’s bed time is at midnight so it can be quite noisy and hard to sleep!
Revival - There are twenty million people in Sao Paulo, what a harvest!
Pastors- Next week, the church is generously hosting 30 pastors from all over Brazil in order to provide a free leadership summit. Many pastors are discouraged and some are so poor that they only book they own is their Bible.
Grateful, Sam Choi