Thank you so much for praying for our ministry trip to Hawassa, Ethiopia in March! Here is a hindsight report on what God did through us.
We trained four separate classes. Mine is pictured here.
On the final day of class, March 24th, the class of nine was invited to respond to any or all of these five questions:
1) What has God said to your heart this week through the Gospel of Mark? How is it transforming you?
2) What new tools, skills or insights will you take home for your ministry?
3) What did the TLI team do well that you would like to imitate? (We don’t care to be praised, but want you to clarify in your own mind what you’d like to emulate.)
4) What could we do better? (Help us improve!)
5) In what ways have we offended you? Let us know how we can apologize, or repair damage.
Here’s what they said:
"In the last half of Mark, Jesus was trying to teach the disciples to see (and embrace) His suffering, but they did not. Where am I in this direction? I was humbled to see myself."
Thank you for this training event.
Q1: I clearly saw who Jesus is in the Gospel of Mark. In Mark 10:45 Jesus is the Servant; I saw that clearly. That is what I gained from Jesus’ teaching.
Q3: I am amazed at the way you held yourself back from going beyond the Bible. You clearly distinguished your opinion from what the Bible teaches. You don’t rush to give the answer. You respect the word of God. We stood to read the text each time. That is a wonderful thing!
Regarding TLI training: TLI groups are on time. They value time. You cooperated with each other, especially when Jason was preaching. (His students set up a clothesline with teaching symbols on it).
Q4: Come not just for a week; to be with us longer!
In addition to those suggestions, like Pastor W, I clearly saw myself. I must show Christ clearly to others. Mark 10:13 helped me to see myself. I agree also with Mr. H—you limited yourself to only the message of Mark—no chaff, just the point. I also agree that the TLI team is a very special group, cooperating with us.
I just want to see my calling—called to serve. I have been called for a purpose.
I learned a lot about how to serve in relation to other ministers. Gil and Jared disagreed, but they still honored each other. Matt quoted Jason. This helps me to see how to respect others and work together.
Today’s contrast—of the paths of honor and suffering—helped me to know my direction and my path.
The disciples, even after being with Jesus for three years, could not see clearly what He was trying to teach them. I see similar blind spots in my own life. I am warned not be like them in their blindness. I agree with what Mr. H said regarding standing to read the word. It shows respect for the text and is a good custom that we don’t have. It is Biblical, especially in the OT. Thank you for reminding me of this.
You ate our food. This is not your culture and diet. Yet you enjoyed it with us.
I learned that though Jesus taught the disciples [about his upcoming passion], they became increasingly blinded [by pride and ambition]. I have learned that to serve Jesus I must deny self. This is very important.
It helped me much to see the two questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “What did He come to do?” I understand what I am called to.
I have also learned a lot about preaching. Expository preaching is against allegorical preaching. I want to commit myself— before you and God—to be an expository preacher.
Pastor Gil is like a father—sharp and on time. We are the fruit.
To gain honor, I must serve.
Giving is more blessed than having more.
I have learned the power of the word of God in its context.
I learned that I must study my Bible a lot! I am not called to just live for Christ, but to die for Him.
It was a privilege to teach this group! Then again, I feel that way after most of my trainings. The way I often get to see the Spirit of God bringing about transformation by His word in the lives of those who will influence others, makes me often reflect that I have the best job in the world! It is worth the hardships!
Rejoicing in the grace of Christ,