Aug 17, 2017
It was a joy to be welcomed back to Africa Renew University (AfRU) for my fourth time. Training Leaders International (TLI) provides teaching staff for each AfRU Holiday Term. These are two-week courses that provide Bible training for pastors and church leaders who cannot attend full semester classes. Students earn a Certificate in Ministry by attending the Holiday Term classes offered three times a year.
Some students arrive early on the first day classes after traveling by bus for twenty four hours or more. The effort expended to attend AfRU is a testament to their desire to improve their knowledge of scripture and wisdom for practical application. We are humbled to teach such committed students! It also confirms the importance of TLI’s mission of training pastors and church leaders in places where pastoral training is lacking, and often non-existent.
I am teaching a course on “Spiritual Formation.” Sixteen attend--pastors, church leaders, or ministers of music. Nine of these were in my class in prior years; a number of my students from prior years are attending other courses. It is a blessing to renew friendships with our Ugandan brothers and sisters in Christ! It is also encouraging to see their spiritual growth as they complete classes while continuing to minister to their villages.
One of the highlights for me is the opportunity to preach in the village churches. It was special to preach yesterday at King of Kings Ministries. I had established a friendship with their Pastor Julius on prior trips. The people were warm and welcoming. The worship service included spirited African worship singing and dancing by adults and children. My message was from Psalm 31:1-5 and entitled “The Lord is my Refuge.”
I feel privileged to once again partner, through TLI, with a special team of gifted and experienced instructors, building friendships and sharing in the ministry of training faithful church leaders, who will be able to teach others also. Please pray for our teaching ministry over the next two weeks.
Short-term Team Member