We have finished the third day of teaching here in Tanzania. What a blessing! We rejoice that we have been blessed by God to serve him for his glory in this seemingly faraway place!
Our delight is to be one more person in the long line of men engaging in 2 Timothy 2:2 (“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also"). This is our goal and God is helping us to minister his word to these pastors and church leaders.
I teach biblical theology to four pastors and one youth pastor. They represent a couple different denominations, but we have in common Jesus Christ as Savior and a desire to be further enriched by God's Word. I believe God has been enriching us throughout this week. The biblical theology class is a certificate course and, therefore, we teach through a translator. This can be a challenge and cuts into our time, but it is a way to reach these men with God's Word without them having to learn another language. From what my translator says (Pastor Chacha), the students are learning much. He himself is learning new things! This kind of report is a blessing to hear and I give God all glory for such grace.
A couple of us have struggled with coughs. I was quite sick the week before flying out of the U.S. to come to Tanzania. I am very thankful this was not the week of that sickness! However, a cough is persistent, especially in the evening hours. I am thankful that this has not interfered with the teaching of my class.
The other fellow struggling with a cough (and congestion) is Ron Latulippe. God has also given him the extra strength to teach. We may be weak in this way, but God is strong. We both experience what God said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9: "'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" And, like Paul, we have found that we can boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us. God receives all glory for the good things that he is dong through us -- through all of us!
Our time is quickly running to an end: one more full day of teaching and then a partial day. We continue to look forward to all that God has for us in the remaining days and are so thankful for all who are praying for his grace and blessing in this good work!