It has been a pleasure to join the Training Leaders International
team in Gulu, Uganda, training church planters and pastors in strengthening and
starting new churches. I, myself, am a
pastor in training and launch team member of a church plant in Baldwin,
Wisconsin. In addition, I am an English
teacher in the Oakdale, Minnesota school district the past 16 years. I have found my training as an English teacher
and a pastor helpful in teaching the book of John to our students in Gulu—using
reading strategies to improve their understanding of a text, reinforcing techniques
in hermeneutics and exegesis, and providing multiple approaches to sermon prep.
The TLI curriculum has been very helpful
This is my first time in Africa, and from my experience, I
have found the people of Gulu to be gracious and accepting of me, even eager to
please. More importantly, I am impressed
by their grasp of the TLI church planting vision after their sixth training
session. Each student understands their
purpose in strengthening and starting new churches and has reached proficiency
in understanding many books of the Bible.
Also, the students have made strides in preaching and teaching, now able
to identify the main idea of the text and provide supporting evidence in line
with the four hermeneutical questions. Their
sermons are organized and effective in communicating the gospel message. This is what we have hoped for. I hope to return in the future and work with
TLI and my network of pastors again.