days are drawing to an end for this time with these Ethiopian men and
women. We have moved from the awkwardness of first meeting one another
to the forging of friendships. Once again my eyes are enlarged to see
the glory of God in the expansion of the Body of Christ among the
peoples of the earth.
the shade of a large banana tree I have had the privilege of teaching
12 men and 1 woman how to unfold the books of Ruth and Jonah. The
purpose is two-fold: to have them understand the important messages of
these books and also to continue to hone the skills learned in previous
sessions on how to interpret God’s Word.
are learning once again that to properly address the Bible is no easy
task. It takes practice and humility and skill. They are learning to
discern the flow of the text and the key arguments that the writers are
making. They are seeing how the passage fits into the greater picture
of the entire bible. And finally, they are seeing the glory and majesty
of God in it all.
needs of the Ethiopian Church is no different that the needs of the
American Church. There is a massive need for Spirit-filled men and
women who boldly proclaim the Spirit-derived Word; having rightly
handled it in their study. TLI is not merely teaching skills. It is
exhorting pastors throughout this world to become skillful in the Word
of God for the sake of the spiritual health of their people and to the
glory of God.
the days are drawing to a close for the team, it is our prayer and
desire that the things taught will stay with these students. We would
ask those who read this post to join us in that prayer. Pray that the
pulpits throughout Ethiopia become forever changed and emboldened to
unleash Gods’ Word to God’s People.