Ways the Grace of God Landed on our First Day of the Genesis Training in Digos:
1. God has given me a diligent, affable, godly team of trainers with whom to train. We had gotten acquainted online, but first assembled as a team at breakfast in our hotel, on Sunday morning in Manila. After worshipping together at a church that Dick and I knew, we flew together to Davao—a trial of patience, as our flight was delayed two hours by a mechanical problem. We got to our hotel about bedtime. Thus, we barely knew each other when, on Monday morning, we began to teach four classes of pastors. Yet, it became quickly evident that this would be a delightful team of trainers. We get along great.
2. Our gracious host, brought TLI into Digos to train his fellow pastors. He has gathered fifty pastors from this and surrounding provinces to feed on God’s word, and to learn to do Expository Preaching. He makes sure we are safe and our needs are met. He picks us up from our hotel on time each morning with a smile on his face. Then, after a morning of teaching he feeds us a feast in his home. At the end of the day he drives us back to our hotel with another smile, bidding us rest well.
3. The trainees, who attended the first three workshops, are back for more, eager to learn, and tender to the leading of the Spirit. The sweet humility with which they gobble up what we have to teach is refreshing. They are so eager to grow!
4. The training began with a General Session in the main sanctuary of our host church. I introduced the team members. Then I showed the influence of the book of Genesis on the opening words of the three Jewish Gospels: John, Mark and Matthew.
I was whetting their appetites for their first TLI training in an Old Testament book, for most of them are far more familiar with the New Testament than the Old.
I told them that, in Christ, Abraham has become their ancestor, as they’ve been grafted into the olive tree of Israel which sucks on the sweet roots of the patriarchs.
5. Air conditioning in Jason’s classroom was not working at the beginning of the day. By God’s grace it was soon fixed and that class too got relief from the humid heat.
6. I’ve heard today some testimonies of good results from previous TLI workshops. God has been at work to change lives and deliver people from bad theology.
7. At the end of the day, of the four classrooms where we have been teaching, three were on schedule. The fourth class is a lesson ahead already!
It is a joy to serve Christ’s body in this way. Thank you, partners, for all you do to enable us to do so, including your faithful prayers.
In the grace of Christ,
Team leader of this October 2016 trip